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AI in Higher Education: A Deep Dive at SHSU's September Series

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Delve into the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in higher education as SHSU recently hosted a series of enlightening events, including the AI Town Hall and Conversations with Administrators, shedding light on the future of education in the AI era.

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Upgrade of the Learning Management System- Blackboard

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SHSU is gearing up for a major upgrade to Blackboard Learn Ultra, with full implementation set for August 2024. Discover how this transition promises a more modern, user-friendly, and mobile-compatible learning environment, and stay tuned for upcoming informational communications to guide you through the process.

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Call For Submissions - Online Student Stories

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Attention SHSU faculty! We're seeking student insights for our upcoming SHSU Online Newsletter. Dive into the article to discover the themes we're spotlighting and learn how to nominate a student to contribute their unique perspective on online learning.

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Game Changer: Kinesiology Levels Up with New Coaching Course Model

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Discover how SHSU's Kinesiology department is transforming sports coaching courses by pre-recording video lectures with expert coaches, eliminating scheduling conflicts, and providing students with consistent, high-quality content for a more flexible and engaging learning experience.

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New Team Members

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SHSU Online is delighted to introduce two new team members, Jessie Lapin and Arnoldo Guerra, who bring a unique blend of technical expertise and creative enthusiasm to contribute to the university's success. Join us in welcoming them as they embark on this exciting journey at SHSU Online!

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SHSU Online Newsletter Archive


TSUS 2018 Report Cover

As of Fall 2018, among the six public university systems in Texas, TSUS leads the way in the percentage of students pursuing their degrees fully online, with 14%. The Texas State University System is uniquely positioned to move forward as the state’s leader in online education. Courses and degree programs offered online are increasingly important tools within the Texas State University System to address issues of both college access and student success. TSUS institutions plan to increase online education opportunities to support the growing interest among Texas students and families.

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TSUS 2019 Report Cover

While colleges and universities have been facing overall declines in enrollment in recent years, distance (online) education has been the exception. As of Fall 2019, among the six public university systems in Texas, TSUS continues to lead the way in the percentage of students pursuing their degrees fully online, up 1% from last year with 15%. Making online education a priority is an appropriate response to the rapid growth in online programs nationwide.

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TSUS 2020 Report Cover

2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges—for higher education and for virtually every other part of American and global society. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic early in the year, which also brought a powerful economic disruption with it, 2020 is a year we will never forget. The implications for higher education are profound. This report will demonstrate the many ways in which the Texas State University System and its institutions have responded to the unique challenges of 2020 and will provide a glimpse of how we will continue to address those challenges in the years to come.

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TSUS 2021 Report Cover

With the pandemic-driven increase in online education over the past year, a growing focus has developed on the quality of the experience in TSUS institutions. The quest for higher quality has taken several forms, from online departments finding new ways to expand or partner with academic service departments to addressing a growing need for online tutoring to thoughtful redesigns of online courses, which include inclusive content, greater ADA compliance, and recognition of disparate student learning styles.

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TSUS 2022 Report Cover

As of the Fall semester of 2022, approximately one-third of students across TSUS institutions are studying exclusively online. Through the TSUS shared services initiative, our institutions are fostering collaboration to seize the moment. Over the past year, two additional System institutions—Lamar State College Orange and Lamar State College Port Arthur—have been brought into the shared ecosystem already being used by Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, and Lamar Institute of Technology

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