New & Updated Programs for 2015-2016

Students Ask, and West Listens!

It seems at each year's commencement ceremony, we hear bachelor graduates telling us, "I wish you offered a master degree in ________." Western International University (West) is pleased to announce that three additional programs are now open for enrollment. Two master programs that are frequently requested and a new bachelor program have recently been updated for our online course format. Click on each link below for complete program details.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management

Master of Science in Information Systems

Master of Arts in Innovative Leadership

Is Higher Education a Buyer's Market?


West President Tracy Lorenz writes about declining enrollment in an educational landscape where the number of education providers is on the rise, and three options a prospective student should consider when selecting a university.

You can read Tracy's articles on higher education at:

Help Kids Get Ready for Back-to-School

Western International University (West) offers two ways for our community members to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) with their back-to-school efforts.

Volunteer today to help a youth shop for back-to-school clothes! On July 24, adult volunteers will be paired with a youth or teen to spend an hour doing back-to-school shopping. Each student receives a $100 gift card to Kohl’s for the shopping excursion. Be there to see their faces light up as they choose a new outfit and backpack to start off the school year on the right foot. There are two times you can select: 

WHEN: Friday, July 24, 7:45–8:45 a.m. OR 8:30–9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Kohl’s department store at Desert Ridge, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

RSVP: Please pre-register by emailing with your selected shopping time, or call 602-429-1078 for more information. 

Additionally, you can support BGCS by dropping off school supplies at the West campus in Tempe, or by making a donation to their Back-to-School Supply Drive. Click here for a list of items needed and for more information on making a donation. 

Many families would not be able to purchase these items on their own. Thank you for your help in sharing the joy of the back-to-school experience with the children.

Nominations for Distinguished Faculty Award Due July 31

Each year West honors a distinguished faculty member for recognition at our annual commencement ceremony.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes a faculty member who exhibits exemplary performance in the classroom as well as inspires and supports students in their pursuit of their degree.

Each student may nominate one faculty member by completing the nomination formPlease complete the nomination form in its entirety and give a brief explanation of why you are nominating your chosen faculty member.

All nominations are due by Friday, July 31, 2015.

International Speakers to Meet July 2 & 16


Join West's International Speakers group for their Toastmasters meetings in Room 230 at the Tempe campus, from 3:00-4:00pm.

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