How to be a lifelong learner

2:16:15 PM CDT - Wednesday, May 03, 2006

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

Elsie Shore, an award-winning psychology professor who will earn a bachelor's degree in French this spring, is an advocate of lifelong learning.

"But not everyone has to do what I did," she said about taking courses that led to a degree.
There are several opportunities available for WSU faculty and staff to take courses and to be lifelong learners.

  • Staff members, both classified and unclassified professionals, who work at least half time and are eligible for benefits can apply for tuition assistance for WSU classes, seminars or workshops. The course must either provide credit toward a degree, professional growth or employee development or be job-related to qualify.
    The deadline to apply for assistance for the fall semester is July 21. If you're planning to take a seminar from the Center for Management Development, for example, the deadline is at least two weeks before the seminar starts.

    For more information, link to the human resources site from
    www.wichita.edu. Application forms are available on that site, at the Human Resources Center or by contacting Shelly Kellogg, 978-6122 or shelly.kellogg@wichita.edu.
  • WSU employees who choose to pay for a class out-of-pocket can receive a discount of sorts on tuition. WSU employees do not have to pay for the student fees portion of credit-hour rate. For example, that would knock off $21.85 from the current one-credit-hour rate of $136.30. (The credit-hour rate will increase for the fall semester.)
  • If you're older than 60, you can audit a class at WSU for free. According to a Kansas Board of Regents policy, anyone at least 60 years old doesn't have to pay tuition fees for a regular lecture or certain group activity class, if space is available and if they don't take it for credit. The in-person registration dates for that option are May 23 for summer presession classes, June 7 for summer classes, Aug. 2 for fall presession classes, and Aug. 21 for fall classes.

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