Join West's Quarterly PLA Workshop

Join Western International University® (West) on Wednesday, July 16 from 5:00-5:30pm for our quarterly live, online workshop to learn how our complimentary Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) service can help you earn college-equivalent credit toward your West degree.

Before the event, fax or email your transcripts, licenses, and continuing education materials from non-college training courses. At the event, you'll receive an on-the-spot preevaluation of your professional training and experience.

It's time to get the credit you deserve! Click here to register, or contact our PLA team at (602) 429-1158 or for more information.

Shoppers Needed! Volunteer to School Shop with Boys and Girls Club Students

How would you like to go shopping for two hours AND make a difference in a child's or a teen’s life, all at the same time?

Join West on Thursday, July 24 or Friday, July 25 in support of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and be matched with a student as a shopping chaperone. Each child/teen will receive $100 to spend, and volunteers will assist in selecting back-to-school items and clothing.

Where else can you have this much fun and help a student get the school year off to a great start? Just two hours can make a big difference in these youngsters’ lives and have a lasting positive impact. Thank you for your help in spreading happiness!  

Pre-registration is required -- please contact or call (602) 429-1078 to select one of West's designated shopping dates and times:

  • Thursday, July 24
    7:15 am-9:15 am
    Kohl’s Department Store at Raintree
    8680 East Raintree Dr.
    Scottsdale, AZ
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 (select one of these times)
    7:45am-9:30 am
    9:15am-10:10 am
    Kohl’s Department Store at Desert Ridge
    21001 N. Tatum Blvd.
    Scottsdale, AZ

Dress for Success: Practical Tools to Live an Organized Life


With Guest Speaker Tracy Lorenz, President, Western International University

As a wife, mother, career professional, and active triathlete, Tracy understands and appreciates the needs of busy adults. Join us at this event and hear Tracy share her tips and tools for staying organized. For more information, contact or call (602) 429-1078.

                                                               Tuesday, July 22, 2014
                                                                6:00pm - 8:00pm
                                                                Dress for Success
                                                                1024 E. Buckeye Road, Suite 165
                                                                Phoenix, AZ 85034

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 Welcomes Academic Program Directors

Western International University (West) is pleased to welcome two new academic program directors.


Sherrie M. Bartell, Ph.D., Program Director for Public Administration

Dr. Bartell earned her PhD in Public Administration from The Pennsylvania State University with emphases in learning organizations and public management. In addition, she holds an MPA from The Pennsylvania State University, a BA in Mathematics from Long Island University, and professional certification in Training and Development from Penn State’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education. Dr. Bartell has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, authored public administration textbooks and public policy papers, and presented research at national and international conferences. She is also a specialist in computer applications for public settings.


David L. Shroads, D.Sc., CEM, Program Director for Information Technology

Dr. Shroads earned his Doctorate of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University with other degree work in Information Systems Management, Computer Science, Political Science, and Education. As a multi-disciplinary instructor from undergraduate to the doctoral level, he has experience in traditional, online, and blended classrooms. In addition, Dr. Shroads has nearly a decade of board-level, higher-education governance and work as a national program evaluator for ABET (Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology). Dr. Shroads also brings over 25 years of Fortune 500 technical operations and management expertise, and was co-founder of several companies, one of which earned him nomination as a regional Entrepreneur of the Year.

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

Invest in You: Clare Levison's Tips to Reach Your Financial Goals


Financial expert and CPA Clare Levison says that just because tax season is behind us, now is not the time to forget about your finances. Clare offers tips to leverage all that work you put into your taxes, including how to invest some of your tax refund in yourself to help meet your future financial goals. You can hear more from Clare's interview on Phoenix's Sonoran Living show by visiting:

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.