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Housing staff wins national award

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

KU Student Housing professionals were three members of a team that won - for the first time for the University of Kansas - 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.

Ashley Unmacht (team leader and Oswald Hall Assistant Complex Director), Ginger McBride (Grace Pearson and Douthart Scholarship Hall Director), Kate Schmit (Rieger and Krehbiel Scholarship Hall Director) and Courtney Mathena in FYE, took the crown from a total of 44 team entries representing 27 institutions. Each member of the winning team received a check for $200.

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.”

These students 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 educationThe 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.



More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
$4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities