West Alumni Connection News

West grads, check out the latest edition of the West Alumni Connection newsletter and be sure to see what West has on tap for National Career Development Week in November. 


International Speakers to Meet October 2 & 16


Join West's International Speakers group for the October Toastmasters meetings in Room 222 at the Tempe campus:

Thursday, October 2, 11:00am-Noon
Thursday, October 16, 4:00-5:00pm

Meetings are open to West students, faculty, staff, and the public, and visitors are always welcome. For details on this organization, email Hue.Haslim@west.edu or login to my.west.edu, click on Communities tab, then the All Clubs link.

West to Host NAWBO Phoenix Mentoring Program

West will host the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Phoenix mentoring program starting in August and ending in May 2015. This program will be held the first Wednesday each month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at West’s Tempe Campus, and West President Tracy Lorenz will facilitate the session on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 with the topic “Finding the Right People – Lead and Manage the New/Growing Organization.”

The NAWBO mentoring program is helping women business owners achieve excellent results in their businesses and in their lives. During the past 10 years, more than 200 women have experienced the power and enjoyment of receiving personal support from qualified executives and coaches to achieve breakthroughs, strengthen business acumen, and gain confidence in their leadership skills.

For more information, contact Hue.Haslim@west.edu, call 602-429-1078, or visit NAWBO at http://www.nawbophx.org/index.taf?mnid=benefit&smid=1244652345

The "New" Traditional College Students


West President Tracy Lorenz writes about the changing demographics for today's college students and debunks five misconceptions about the online educational experience.


Read more of Tracy's articles on higher education at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tracy-lorenz/

National Survey of Women Finds Price Outranks Prestige When Considering College

Survey also finds personal achievement is the number one reason women seek a degree

The Western International University (West) study surveyed women age 22-50 across the United States with an interest in continuing education, to gather insight into their thoughts about higher education and the motivators and barriers they face to earning a degree.

Women overwhelmingly chose price over prestige when choosing a college, as affordability is their biggest barrier to achieving a college degree. The survey also found by a margin of more than three-to-one that women see online degrees as more achievable than traditional on ground programs. In addition, women aren’t just pursuing degrees to make more money, but rather as a badge of personal achievement. When given reasons for continuing their education, 97 percent chose accomplishing a personal goal as very or somewhat important, while 89 percent noted it would be very or somewhat important to earn more money in their field.

Click here for a summary of the survey findings.
To view the complete survey report, click here.