Welcome to the Office of the Associate VP for Academic Affairs (formerly the Associate Provost's Office)
Don't miss our News and Notes section below for the
latest updates from the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs!
This office reports to the Provost and provides leadership for several areas within Academic Affairs:
- The Honors College
- Graduate Studies and Extended Education
- Undergraduate Studies and Student Support Services
- Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center
Students look to this office when dealing with difficult academic issues. The Special Assistant for Academic Policy handles waivers of general education requirements, Academic Recovery Plans, academic probation and dismissal, and those students who are looking to be readmitted to the university after previous academic difficulty. Students can find detailed information on the different forms that pass through our office, as well as other necessary information by clicking on the box above: Info & Resources for Students.
The Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs also oversees curricular matters and is responsible for maintaining integrity with regard to the university's academic policies. This office oversees program review and assessment and first-year student scheduling, and acts as liaison to the Curriculum and Academic Policies Council (CAPC) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). In addition, the Associate VP for Academic Affairs provides leadership for faculty development in order to facilitate an engaged learning environment. For more information, as well as access to a plethora of useful links, just click on the box above: Info & Resources for Faculty/Staff.
Please take a moment to review the information in our News and Notes section below. There you’ll find the most up-to-date information from our office to help you navigate through a successful semester.
Have a question for our office? Specific questions related to student matters should be directed to the Office of the Special Assistant for Academic Policy at (610) 436-3551; general matters may be directed to the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at (610) 738-0492.
News and Notes:
IMPORTANT FALL DATES
- Students may drop classes electronically during the week of Monday, August 26th through Saturday, August 31st.
- Students may add courses electronically through Sunday, September 1st.
- The withdrawal period begins on Sunday, September 1st.
- Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day. The university will be closed.
- Please review class rosters and confirm that all students are registered for internships, practica, student teaching, individualized instruction, independent study, and individual courses prior to the September 16th enrollment snapshot date.
- If advisees were placed on probation, continued probation, or pending probation at the end of the Spring or Summer 2013 semesters, they must have their Academic Recovery Plan (ARP) completed by Friday, September 20th to avoid having a hold placed on their account.
- Fall Break will begin on Friday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m. and end Wednesday morning, October 9th at 8:00 a.m. No classes will be held on October 7th or 8th.
- All No Grades (NG), audit requests, pass/fail requests, and course withdrawals are to be completed by Friday, October 25th.
- It is recommended that at least one major course evaluation take place (with the students receiving feedback) before the withdrawal deadline on October 25th.
- Finals will be held Tuesday, December 10th through Saturday, December 14th.
- Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Sunday, December 15th.
- Graduate Commencement will be held on Monday, December 16th.
IMPORTANT SYLLABUS NOTES
- The Emergency Communication Committee has recommended that the emergency phone number for WCU's Department of Public Safety – (610) 436-3311 – be listed on all course syllabi. This specific recommendation is made to help the campus be prepared in case of an emergency situation.
- Please include the University Sanctioned Events Policy found in the University catalog.
Policy Notes and Important Information
- Award Z grades to students who stop attending classes but do not drop or withdraw during the semester. This information is important to the Financial Aid Office, so they maintain compliance with the U.S. Government Policy for awarded aid.
- All academic policies can be found in the University Catalog and on the University website.
- When posting student information, use a system to identify students other than their social security number or WCU ID number.
- ONLY courses with the SPK prefix fulfill the general education public speaking requirement. For native students, only SPK208 or 230 are approved general education courses. For Transfer students, SPK199 satisfies this requirement.
- WRT100 recorded as transfer credit indicates that the WRT120 requirement has been met. The student can schedule any one of the WRT200 series to complete the composition general education requirement.
- Transfer students must earn 60 credits at WCU in order to qualify for honors at graduation. As this has been a growing misunderstanding, please be sure your transfer advisees are aware of this policy. There are no exceptions.
- Transfer credits that were taken Pass/Fail are now noted on students’ records as TP. This designation will indicate that the course must be retaken for a grade if required.
- Students must complete MAT1XX, WRT120, and WRT2XX by the time they have earned 60 credits. Transfer students entering with 60 or more credits should be urged to complete these requirements during their first semester at WCU.
I hope you find this information useful as you prepare for yet another successful academic year.