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In addition to specific needs in each of WKU’s academic, athletic, and programmatic areas, a number of global opportunities are priorities for the New Century of Spirit Campaign.

Academic Excellence at WKU

 Academic excellence at WKU begins at an early age through involvement in the nationally recognized Center for Gifted Studies. The Center is a major hub for gifted and talented education in the United States, with a vision to become a preeminent, comprehensive, international center.

 The 25-year history of The Center for Gifted Studies is the most important factor in WKU’s uncontested selection as the location for the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. The Gatton Academy is a comprehensive, residential program for the most gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors from across Kentucky who have interests in careers in mathematics, science, technology, and engineering.

 Building upon the foundation of The Center for Gifted Studies and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, WKU has created a world-class Honors College. The Honors college at WKU has a mission to offer the University’s most outstanding students an opportunity to challenge themselves as well as to take an active role in their professional training and personal growth. Honors courses stress independent and critical thinking, a broad worldview, and the development of writing and speaking skills. A WKU Honors education can be the most important deciding factor when competing with others for a premium job, scholarship, or fellowship upon graduation.

 The move to an independent Honors College will make the Honors experience a substantial portion of a student’s four-year experience at WKU. The Honors college will offer advisement and faculty who provide personal attention and exciting opportunities for study abroad and competitive internship programs.

 Programmatic, scholarship, and faculty support for these three foundations of academic excellence – The Center for Gifted Studies, the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, and a world class Honors College are creating the intellectual heartbeat of Kentucky and are important priorities of the New Century of Spirit Campaign.

Support for the University’s Study Abroad and International Programs

Students almost always describe a study abroad experience as the most transformational component of their college careers. The opportunity to engage with and immerse oneself in a foreign culture rates as an important element of the University experience. But, for most students, financial considerations are the primary obstacles that prevent this type of opportunity from becoming a reality. Scholarship funds for study abroad would allow countless students to engage in this important educational element.

 As outlined in the Challenging the Spirit strategic plan, WKU’s goal is to provide a collegiate experience that prepares studentsto be informed, engaged, and dedicated citizens. Study abroad opportunities support the internationalization of Western Kentucky University and promote global awareness by helping students, faculty, and staff develop a unique world-view and understanding. Not only do students learn to acquire an open mind about differences and diversity, they also learn more about themselves and are better able to reflect on their own contributions to the global society. WKU’s commitment to study abroad supports its vision to be a leading American university with international reach.


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 Last Modified 4/13/16