Changes to the Washburn Transformational Experience will bring new opportunities to explore America to students and faculty at Washburn University.
Faculty members soon will be able to create classes or independent study programs centered around a transformational experience within the United States. Beginning Oct. 1, faculty will be able to apply to the Scholarly/Creative WTE for approval. The first of the classes could be offered in Spring 2013.
Mike Russell, director of the Scholarly/Creative WTE, said he hope to see opportunities ranging from trips to Broadway and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to visiting Civil War battle fields or the route taken from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. in 1965.
Each of those faculty-created experiences would include coursework on campus and be awarded academic credit. Students will be eligible for WTE-specific scholarships to help defray the costs, as they are for the International WTE.
Other changes to the WTE program will provide more scholarship money to students participating in the International Education opportunity if they visit certain countries, including those in Africa, South America and most of Asia.
The Washburn Transformational Experience encourages students to go beyond their comfort zone in one of four areas: community service, leadership, international study and scholarly or creative activity. The WTE began with the 2005-06 academic year. A student may complete as many WTE projects he or she wishes but it is no longer required.
“It’s the dream program,” Russell said of the WTE. “We all have a dream. Maybe it’s a dream they’ve actually put down on paper. The WTE is a way to make that dream come true.”
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Mike Russell, director, Scholarly and Created Washburn Transformation Experience, 785-670-1566
Michaela Saunders, university relations, 785-670-2154