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  • Cutting Edge Operations Mgmt Program Redesigned in 2018

    The Operations Management undergraduate online degree program at Southwestern College is being redesigned to have a blend of top-notch, relevant content infused with cutting edge technology.

    “We are removing standard textbooks where appropriate, adding up-to-date content and using innovative technologies to engage students for the best possible learning experiences,” says Mike Leamy, associate vice president of academic affairs for Southwestern College Professional Studies.

    The Operations Management program offers a practical learning experience and readies learners for top paying jobs in the field. In fact, the 2018 U.S. News and World Report lists operations manager careers as #5 on its list of Best Business Jobs

    Learners in the OMGT program will experience the following:

    • Six-week online courses
    • Project focused curriculum, not textbook centered
    • Relevant and current applied projects
    • Interactive lectures conducted by OMGT experts
    • Faculty who possess highest credentials in the field
    • Work with OMGT mentor

    Learn more about our Operations Management program »»

  • Southwestern College Ranked on U.S. News & World Report List of Best Online Programs

    Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College offers some of the best online degree programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

    U.S. News & World Report focused on factors including student engagement, faculty credentials and training as well as student services and technology when weighing how the programs are delivered. They also considered the success colleges have with awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable timespan.

    Southwestern ranked on the Best Online Bachelor’s, Best Online Graduate Education, Best Online MBA, Best Online Graduate Business (Non-MBA) Programs lists as well as Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.

    “Our faculty and staff members really pride themselves on developing and delivering highly engaging, student-centered courses,” says Mike Leamy, associate vice president of academic affairs for Southwestern College Professional Studies. “When the focus is on creating the best possible learning experience for learners, remarkable things happen.”

    Established in 1885, Southwestern College was one of the first schools in Kansas to offer online degree programs in 2001 through its Professional Studies division. Military and civilian learners experience quality programs with flexible six-week online classes that make earning an education while balancing career and family possible.

    Enrollment is now open for Spring Session 2 and 3 classes which begin February 19th and April 2nd, 2018.

    Southwestern College ranked on U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs 2018

  • Helping Students Achieve their Dreams

    If there was ever a person who knows what it means to multitask, it’s Southwestern College Admissions Counselor Miranda Kober. The first in her family to graduate from high school, Miranda knew the importance of accomplishing higher education. She attended a junior college before transferring into Southwestern College Professionals Studies in 2011. And with her husband in the military, 14-month-old son and another baby on the way, taking classes proved to be a challenge.

    “It was difficult juggling motherhood, being a wife and trying to be a full-time student since I took 18 credits a semester here,” she says. “I learned a good routine and managed my time in a way that I didn’t sacrifice time with my children. I would really focus on reading and homework while they were asleep which helped me maintain A’s for the most part.”

    After Miranda earned her bachelor’s degree in human resource development she worked at a debt collection agency. It closed a short time later and she took a position in admissions at a for-profit college. Admitting the work there seemed unethical and stressful, she switched gears after two years and took a position as an admissions counselor for Professional Studies.  

    “In the for-profit world it was more about the enrolling even when it may not have been in the best interest of the student, which was really hard to handle after a while,” she says. “A non-profit feels more honest and student-based which is something I enjoy more.”

    Miranda works to assist those who inquire about programs to transition into enrolled learners. She also answers questions about degree programs, credit transfer and military tuition discounts.

    “I feel I help learners best by trying to make their process of getting back into school as seamless as I can,” she says. “I know what it is like to enter college when you are working and have a family, so I try to make sure they feel the support they have from the college.”

    While Miranda works to assist Professional Studies learners find a program that fits them, she continues to plan her next education and career moves. She is currently considering either the marriage and family therapy field or pursuing a nursing degree.

    If you have any questions about the enrollment process, credit transfer or any Professional Studies programs, please reach out to Miranda via email at or by phone at 316.866.3381.

  • Southwestern College Offers Operations Management Degree Program at McConnell Air Force Base at Discounted Rate

    WICHITA, Kansas – Beginning this fall, Southwestern College Professional Studies will offer courses for its Operations Management undergraduate degree program at McConnell Air Force Base at a discount to adult civilian and military learners.

    The recently revamped program offers courses taught by industry experts through Spring 2019. The first course will run from August 14th through September 24th, 2017.

    Adult civilian and military learners enrolled in the course offerings on base will receive 45% off their tuition at a savings of more than $650 per class. 

    More information about the Operations Management Program and on-ground classes at McConnell Air Force Base can be found online at

    Questions regarding the program can be directed to or 316.866.3371.

  • Southwestern's Master's in Management Degree Program Makes Top 50 List

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College’s online Master’s in Management program has been ranked one of the top in the country.

    The college’s program has been featured on the list of Top 50 Best Value Online Master’s in Management Programs for 2017 by Value Colleges.

    Value Colleges gathered data from regionally-accredited colleges in order to find the greatest balance of three metrics. Those metrics included reputation (retrieved from the U.S. News and World Report), cost, and graduate salaries (gathered from the Department of Education College Scorecard). It strives to provide potential learners with information necessary to make informed financial and educational choices when it comes to choosing the right college or university.

    The Southwestern College Professional Studies Master of Science in Management program (MSM) prepares leaders of today’s complex and diverse business environment to manage key business operations and lead their organizations to success. The program’s six-week online classes allow working adult learners to attend class day or night from anywhere in the world.

  • SC Commencement to be Held May 7th

    Winfield, Kan., April 7, 2017 — Southwestern College Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 7, in Richard L. Jantz Stadium.  In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Stewart Field House.

    Professional Studies Commencement Reception:

    ·      11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Lunch Reception for PS graduates and guests in the Dining Hall.

    Commencement times and groups include:

    ·       1 p.m.—Undergraduate students

    ·       5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony (in Stewart Field House).          

    In case of rain, the Commencement schedule and times will be:

    ·       1 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.S. degrees (except B.S. in natural sciences and B.S.A.T) and B.S.N:

    ·       3 p.m.—Undergraduate students earning B.A., B.G.S., B. Mus., B.S. in natural sciences, and B.S.A.T.

    ·       5 p.m.—Graduate hooding and Commencement ceremony.  

    Commencement activities will be broadcast live on closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus as well as online at  Viewing locations include the Richardson Performing Arts Center and the Java Jinx in the Roy L. Smith Student Center.

    Parking for graduation day will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center.  Security personnel will assist in finding parking and by providing rides on golf carts.

    SC’s Honors Convocation will be Thursday, April 20, at 4 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the Dean’s Honor Roll for fall 2016 will be recognized on the printed program.

    Baccalaureate services will be held Sunday, May 7, in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. The service will begin at 10 a.m. In Richardson, devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall. 

    Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored on Sunday, May 7, at 11 a.m., at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class. 

    In case of inclement weather, the decision to move the commencement exercises indoors will be posted on and on social media sites.

    For more information call (620) 229-6223 or go to

  • Online Cap and Gown Orders for 2017 Commencement

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College graduates planning on walking in the May 7th Commencement Ceremony still have time to order their caps, gowns and announcements online.

    Orders can be placed through CB Announcements. It is highly recommended that all cap and gown orders be placed by April 15th to ensure delivery before graduation.

    Commencement is set to take place at the Southwestern College main campus in Winfield on Sunday, May 7th.

    More details regarding 2017 Commencement activities and ceremonies are available here.

  • Southwestern College is Ranked by BestColleges.Com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources, has published its annual ranking of America’s Best Online Colleges. Southwestern College is ranked ninth in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.

    Southwestern College's bachelor of arts in early childhood education combines general early childhood and early childhood special education certification into one program, with graduates qualified to care for and teach children from birth to age eight. In addition to hosting an on-campus preschool at the college's Winfield location, where many students complete their practicum experiences, Southwestern also maintains partnerships with special education programs throughout the country, such as PALS (Preschool and Language Stimulation) and the REACH program.

    Students interested in the online early childhood education bachelor's degree only need six post-high school college credits to apply for the program. Credit may also be granted for previous professional, military, or college experience. Curriculum includes a combination of general education, pre-professional education, exploratory education, admission to teacher education, and capstone-level courses. Inclusive and progressive content topics include technology in special education, teaching English as a second language (TESL), a diversity field experience. This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    “The Best Online Colleges ranking is intended to inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide a quality education and a meaningful learning experience at an affordable cost. As online higher education demand grows and more schools bring programs online, it’s important and necessary to hold institutions to a standard of excellence that students can depend upon when making their college choice,” said Stephanie Snider, general manager of

    Southwestern College also earned honorable mention status for the Best Online College of 2017.

    Southwestern is the only KCAC school in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education Programs and Best Online College of 2017.

    Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

  • Grad Finale Scheduled for Feb. 22nd

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies students planning on graduating in May are invited to attend this year’s Grad Finale.

    Grad Finale will be held at the Professional Studies campus on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    The event provides graduates with the opportunity to purchase their cap and gown, order graduation announcements, learn about alumni programs and touch base with Southwestern College staff to finalize unfinished business prior to graduation.

    Commencement ceremonies are being held Sunday, May 7th on the main campus in Winfield, KS. More information regarding graduation can be found on the main campus website.

  • Meet the Staff: Academic Success Coach Shirley Baker

    Wichita, Kansas - Becoming an Academic Success Coach was not what Shirley Baker originally had planned at Professional Studies. Already an instructor at Wichita State University, she was hired by PS temporarily to cover for an admissions counselor out on maternity leave. Before her interim position ended, a coaching spot opened. Baker’s background in communications and experience teaching made her an exceptional fit for an advising position.

    “I taught at Wichita State University for many years and met students from a variety of backgrounds,” she says. “Advising is similar to teaching except we get to see growth over a longer period of time. We get to see our students overcome struggles and then watch them graduate.”

    A former adult learner herself, Baker earned her B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Quality Management and her Master’s degree in Communications. Her career background includes positions as a systems analyst, technical writer and marketing manager. She credits those experiences with assisting her when advising students in the Strategic Leadership, Operations Management and Business Quality Management programs at Professional Studies.

    “Improved communication is critical in my position as a coach,” she says. “Our students are busy with their job, family and coursework. If I communicate well and efficiently, based on what each student needs, that helps them be successful.” 

    Baker assists her students with enrolling in classes, buying books and answering questions they have about courses. She also creates degree plans to make sure her learners stay on the path to graduation. Baker advises many of the college’s military learners, splitting time each week between an office at the Professional Studies campus and one at McConnell Air Force Base. Members of the armed forces make up the majority of Professional Studies learners and have some of the more challenging obstacles when it comes to completing a college degree. These are challenges Baker says she is eager to help them overcome.

    “Many students need to balance service-related jobs, multiple deployments plus a family,” she says. “Helping them create a plan and watching them achieve their goals is gratifying.”

    Baker enjoys spending her time away from PS by traveling. She’s already met her goal of visiting all 50 states and has completed a few international trips. She doesn’t have any immediate plans to journey beyond Professional Studies, saying that seeing students through their journey keeps her fulfilled.

    “I love what I do at Southwestern,” she adds. “I think I’ve found a job that matches my personality, so I plan to continue working here with students.”

    Shirley Baker can be reached via email @ or by phone @ 316.866.3383.