CANYON, Texas (KFDA) - For one graduate student, West Texas A&M Graduate School is offering a world-class experience from half a world away, and for another it offers a chance for a new career right here at home.
WT is ready to serve as a student-centered institution providing a variety of resources to help working professionals continue their educational journey.
“Graduate education can be a springboard for future employment and career advancement, enhanced workplace skills, career changes, income gain, and personal and public good contributions,” said Dr. Angela Spaulding, vice president for research and compliance and dean of the Graduate School. “WT is committed to helping students thrive in our high-quality programs, whether they’re taking classes exclusively online, in person or in a combination of both modes.”
WT offers 40 master’s programs and two doctoral programs, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Spring 2021 semester will offer a full schedule of courses to meet the needs of every student and are responsive to the needs of the Texas Panhandle and similar geographic regions, as with the doctor of education in educational leadership, which focuses on rural school leadership.
“WT’s Graduate School sends West Texas values to people across the globe,” University President Dr. Walter Wendler said. “Our professors teach in classrooms and online, but they’re all based in this region, and that makes a difference.”
Ami Okada, who graduated from WT’s healthcare management MBA program in December, praised the personal touch she felt while taking online classes from her home in California, particularly the attention paid by her graduate adviser, Lisa Mitchell.
“I have attended or worked at many universities over the years — Barnard and Columbia for undergrad and graduate schools, Harvard as a visiting grad student, and Stanford for post-doc fellowship and work — and Ms. Mitchell’s accessibility, kindness and quick response to urgent matters stands out as one of the most efficient and knowledgeable of advisors that I have ever had,” Okada said. “She truly exuded a sense of caring and provided for me a feeling of connection to WT, which otherwise may have been difficult to do in a fully online program.”
Amarillo resident Larri Jo Starkey, who is pursuing a master’s degree in instructional design and technology, also complimented WT’s online education capabilities.
“When I decided to make a career change, I needed to update my resume with fresh skills and a master’s degree. As a WT graduate, I knew that I would be in good hands. In my first semester, I’ve enjoyed stretching my mind in ways I haven’t in a while.”
Starkey said she is especially excited about Dr. Richard Rose’s weekly online “gab sessions,” which help students find ways for personal interaction in line with COVID-19 safety precautions and while being scattered across the country.
Among more than 400 online programs surveyed by U.S. News and World Report in 2020, WT’s online bachelor’s programs is ranked 16th in the nation and first in Texas, which they have held for five consecutive years.