Send Kids Back to School Ready to Learn

Western International University® (West) is hosting a back to school drive for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale to collect school supplies through July 30. For more information on how you can help, please contact or call (602) 429-1078.

West Hosts Uzbekistan Higher Education Office Delegation

On Thursday, July 24, West was honored with the opportunity to host a delegation from the Uzbekistan Higher Education Office. A group of seven officials and educators from Uzbekistan and two U.S. State Department interpreters joined West Provost Dr. Benjamin Pryor for a lively discussion on methods of delivery and best practices in online/distance education, with regard to both students and faculty. West was pleased to welcome these distinguished guests and share our experiences in creating an affordable model to make higher education more accessible.

Join West August 14 for a Career Event!

"How to Become a True Leader"

Why are some leaders so much more effective than others, and what can you do to hone your own leadership skills? On August 14, come join West's Department Chair for Business, Rob Wengrzyn, in an informal but intriguing discussion about what it takes to be a true leader and why good managers are not necessarily good at leading.

This event will be held at the West Tempe Campus as well as broadcasted through our online classroom.

For more information or to register, contact or call (602) 429-1078. Online attendance link will be emailed upon registration.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
5:30pm - 6:30pm (MST)
West Tempe Campus
1601 W. Fountainhead Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85282

Complimentary refreshments will be served.

West Announces the John Blair Scholarship

Western International University® (West) is pleased to announce a new scholarship for undergraduate Information Technology students – the John Blair Scholarship. Named to honor the memory of former West Board of Trustees Chairman John Blair, the scholarship will award $1,500 annually. Applications are being accepted through August 31, 2014. For more information and application details, visit:

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, call 602-429-1078, or visit NAWBO at

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

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.