December 3, 2020

Letter from the Editor: Value of a Webster Education

Dear reader,

You may have noticed a new logo on the front of this week’s Journal. This logo — and those below — signify a project our newspaper staff has worked on for weeks. We are excited to launch this new endeavor, exploring the Value of a Webster Education, for the second spring term.

Our purpose as a student-driven newspaper is first and foremost to inform and educate students. The Journal staff strives to report stories that impact students and help them navigate college life at Webster. In an attempt to carry out this mission, we’ve decided to look in-depth at just what students get for their tuition dollars.

This doesn’t mean The Journal is seeking to criticize the administration for spending, or that we’re scrutinizing budgets. We want to give students a realistic view of what their Webster education means, what it offers them both as current students and as alumni.

To really understand what students can expect to get out of their money, time and commitment, The Journal broke up measuring the Value of a Webster Education into four categories — Rising Costs, Master Plan, International and Job Market.

Rising Costs certainly affect college students, and Webster is no exception. With tuition, textbook costs and fees on the rise, The Journal realizes students’ pockets are emptying. Stories with this logo seek to follow where students’ dollars are going and what the outcome of their use is.

 

A major focus of Webster this year has been creating a new Master Plan. Construction and expansion have many benefits for Webster students — facilities can attract and retain students, improve different programs or schools and be a great investment. Of course, this investment costs money. This logo signifies stories that will explore and explain Webster’s plan to expand.

 

Webster’s mission is heavily revolved around creating global citizens. When you see a story with the International logo, you will find stories focused on how study abroad, Webster’s    international campuses and programs reflect on its students.

 

The final logo, Job Market, involves stories that try to answer one question: What happens after students leave Webster? Whether focused on the employment rates of graduates or the successes of former students, The Journal wants to find out what a degree from Webster means in the professional world.

 

Keep checking The Journalfor stories each week as we do our best to give you comprehensive, in-depth and relevant stories that explore the value of the Webster education we are all currently seeking.

Andrea Sisney is a senior journalism major and editor-in-chief for The Journal.

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