In the News: Provost on Transformative Ed; Chapman on International Ed; So’s Chess Rise; Rishe on World Cup; Higgins on Events

| June 13, 2014

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Provost Schuster at Voice of Russia (U.S.) on the Value of a College Degree

The value of a higher education degree is a timeless topic, with a recent Economic Policy Institute study finding that despite rising costs, a four-year undergraduate degree absolutely pays off over a lifetime. In a story on the subject, Voice of Russia (U.S.) discussed that value with Julian Schuster, provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Webster University.

The question of whether to enroll is an “unequivocal yes,” Schuster said. The article continued:

Still, Schuster stresses that college students come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. They also enroll with range of aspirations, from becoming president to landing a decent job in their own neighborhood. For most goals, Schuster believes a college degree amplifies a graduate’s chance for success.

An analysis of the costs and benefits of going to college can’t end with a pay stub. College offers its students more than money. Schuster says college education also aims to “transform the student so that it can unleash creative potential of that individual to contribute the most to the society in which he or she lives… and to live the life to its potential.” While that’s hard to reduce to monetary terms, university education helps develops skills, competencies and creativity which all have value in their own right.

Chapman in Diverse Education on a Global Campus Network

An article about international campuses in Diverse Education quotes Grant Chapman on the value and construction of a global campus network. Chapman is cited throughout on the development, including ensuring curriculum while adding local flavor.

“It is a sort of getting to know each other and getting to know the educational-cultural system and being able to work out those differences where we operate,” says Chapman.


Chapman points out that each campus also focuses on what’s endemic to that area.

“We like to give local flavor to the curriculum,” he says. ”We use the city or country as a laboratory for certain subjects.”

Higgins on Special Events Trends in the Business Journal

The May 30 – June 5 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal solicited insight on institutional special event trends from a roundtable of four events leaders, including Nancy Higgins, director of ceremonies and events at Webster University. Higgins’ answers about trends and unique angles included the move toward healthier food choices to the technological ability to live stream events to audiences around the world, such as Webster’s international campuses.

Asked about unique ways to keep events fresh, Higgins noted (p. 21) the many ways to make them interactive. One example:

“We had a recent dinner for donors where they could take a picture of themselves at any of our international campuses through a photo booth. At the end of the dinner, they had a postcard photo to take with them. It’s a fun thing that technology makes possible.”

Rishe on World Cup at CNBC

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology professor Patrick Rishe appeared on CNBC’s Squawkbox to discuss the massive financial investment involved with hosting a modern FIFA World Cup. Watch the clip here.

 So on Public Radio for His Chess Success

Webster University student Wesley So has vaulted up the world rankings to become one of the top chess players in the world. In the process, the native of the Philippines has sought to switch federations to the United States to enable him to keep playing against the world’s top competition. Chess stars emerging from “non-traditional” chess countries is seen as extremely rare.

NPR affiliate St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU) featured his quest here.

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