Why you shouldn’t be worried about the ‘burden’ of physical education credentials
In this July 8, 2016, file photo, a student is seated in the gymnasium at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The University of Seattle is planning to let students who take physical education certifications in their early 20s choose their own school, a move that would allow students to get into more colleges and universities while also increasing the amount of work they can put in to graduate with a diploma.
The move was first reported by the Seattle Times on Wednesday.
“It’s a really good example of the kind of flexibility that we’re trying to provide students who are pursuing careers in health care and public health,” said Dr. David Kowalczyk, the UW’s chief physical education officer.
“It’s not a guarantee of success, but it’s an example of a way to encourage people to pursue careers in the physical sciences,” he said.
The new plan will allow students with a physical education degree in the UW to choose their college or university from a list of 12,500 options, including private, public and nonprofit.
Students must choose one school they have a high probability of graduating from and the remaining choices are based on what students have already completed in high school.
The UW is also proposing that students who want to pursue their medical degrees with a certificate from a medical school can transfer to the UW and then apply for admission to a community health center or a community college.
Kowalcszyk said the UW will use the waiver program to help students who have an early career goal of pursuing a medical degree and a high degree of difficulty.
There are some challenges with the waiver, Kowalsky said.
It will not provide access to all colleges and schools, he said, and students must still complete a number of school-related tasks before they can choose which schools they would like to attend.
For example, students must complete an online college transfer application and have completed at least three of their courses, which can be challenging for students who do not have a college degree, Kowealsky noted.
But the UW is looking for ways to improve the waiver and hopes to have a plan to help all students who need it by early 2018, Komisaruk said.
In the future, the waiver could be expanded, Kowaalsky suggested, and he said the plan would be rolled out to the entire UW community, including the health centers, as well as students who enroll at other UW institutions.
While the UW plan is not yet finalized, it is a step forward for the school and its students, Kowerczyk said.