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KU master’s degree students win national virtual case study competition

Friday, April 24, 2020

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas earned first place in this year’s Virtual Case Study (VCS) Competition, hosted by StudentAffairs.com. StudentAffairs.com provides student affairs professionals with resources to effectively support and enhance student growth and development.

Since 2002, StudentAffairs.com has sponsored a VCS competition for master’s-level students in student personnel administration, counseling or higher education administration graduate programs. Each team member must be currently enrolled in a master’s-level program during the corresponding spring semester for a minimum of three credit hours. The 2020 case study scenario dealt with food insecurity on campus, and this is the first year that an institution in the state of Kansas has won the competition. More information about the VCS competition can be found here.

“We are proud and excited that StudentAffairs.com recognized the excellence of our students,” said Lisa Wolf-Wendel, associate dean and professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. “We are enthusiastic about these professionals and their future as change agents in the field who care about students.”

KU’s team, Ashley Unmacht (team leader), Courtney Mathena, Ginger McBride and Kate Schmit, took the crown from a total of 44 team entries representing 27 institutions. Each member of the winning team received a check for $200.

Unmacht and others are enrolled in the master’s degree in higher education administration, offered through the educational leadership & policy studies department at KU. The master’s degree program is designed primarily for individuals preparing for administrative careers in higher education. The program consists of 36 credit hours of integrated courses and hands-on experiences, all of which can be completed in two years. More information about the master’s degree program can be found here.

The KU School of Education is a nationally ranked school, preparing educators and health/sport/exercise professionals as leaders. The school is in the process of changing its name to the School of Education and Human Sciences, effective Fall 2020. More information on the name change can be found here.


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