In the News: Akande on Steward; Sanders on education in Ghana; Cottam on online course development

| April 17, 2015

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Coverage of Sanders at TEDx in Ghana, Nigeria News Outlets

Webster Ghana director Christa Sanders’ appearance on a panel at TEDx Accra 2015 was covered in several local and regional news outlets. The Ghana News Agency (GNA) published a story which as picked up by Ghana Web, Ghana News 24, Modern Ghana and the Nigerian Herald.

The coverage quotes Sanders discussing education in Africa:

Sanders has called for the introduction of innovation and technology into the African continent’s educational programmes. She said the younger generation should be equipped with the necessary skills and training to make them relevant in the emerging job market.


Sanders said even though there are challenges in the continent’s educational programme, there are many achievements which could be celebrated.

“The style of teaching in our schools needs to be improved to bring a holistic approach to problem solving. We should also reassess the training of teachers and also equip them to better deliver on their mandate,” she added.

The Director explained that there should be a system to encourage students to interact more with their lecturers to broaden their understanding outside the classroom.

Cottam in Campus Technology on Online Faculty Support, Course Development, Student Success

Michael Cottam, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and director of the Online Learning Center, was interviewed for a Q&A in Campus Technology on the importance of faculty support in student success, and the way Webster’s master course model standardizes course/program guidelines for faculty to help ensure academic quality.

On the former point, Cottam said:

It really is about helping the faculty member to be the first, the most effective, and the most important contact for the student. I think faculty are the most important piece in achieving student success. In spite of all the supports we might provide (advisors, success coaches, counselors, tutors, and so forth) I do not believe that student success will happen without really effective faculty.

Read the full Q&A at Campus Technology.

Steward Profiled in St. Louis American, Quotes from Akande

The St. Louis American profiled Webster University trustee David Steward with extensive quotes from Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. Steward will receive the Walker School’s “Person of the Year” award on Tuesday, April 21.

“He created something that did not exist. He is a modern-day pioneer in his creation of World Wide Technology, which has emerged as a market leader in systems integration and supply-chains solutions from a technological perspective,” said Akande of Steward, who created the company in 1990.

Today it is a global company with $6.7 billion in annual revenues, and recognized on Forbes lists of the “Largest Private Companies” and “Best Companies to Work For.”

But Steward is also receiving the award in recognition of his philanthropy, community service and mentorship.

“I have heard from and visited with so many young men and women in St. Louis, who say they reached out to David and he sat down with them and listened attentively to their challenges and offered sage advice and counsel in times of difficulty,” Akande said.

Read the full story at

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