Ram Plan Co-curricular Experience
Student Affairs recognizes the profound impact that formal and informal experiences outside of the classroom setting have on the development of students in the pursuit of identifying their purpose, connecting with others, and thinking critically about their understanding of the world around them.
In 2017, the Division of Student Affairs began to transform the WCU student experience by implementing a co-curricular approach that aligns with students' academic experiences. This division-wide initiative, known as the Ram Plan Co-curricular Experience, is one of the first of its kind in the nation. It serves as a foundation for student success and completes the educational mission of the University in developing graduates to succeed personally, professionally and contribute to the common good.
The Ram Plan Co-curricular Experience is divided into five focus areas: Career Readiness, Community Engagement, Health and Wellness, Involvement and Leadership, and Social Justice. Through these programs, students develop knowledge and skills in civic engagement, communication, critical thinking, integrative learning, intercultural fluency, personal development and problem solving.
The Ram Plan co-curricular transcript serves as a tool to capture co-curricular experiences and the learning within them. Together with their academic transcript and the leadership involvement highlighted on their resume, students leave WCU with a variety of tools to assist them in expressing their learning as a Golden Ram. Students may use their co-curricular transcript to help articulate their on-campus learning in interviews, cover letters, and conversations with others.
Click the graphics below for more information on the Focus Areas and Learning Goals.
Career Readiness - Educational experiences that help students explore their identity and passions, cultivate long-term goals, and prepare for their future.
Community Engagement - Educational experiences that prepare students to become active, civically engaged members of the university and in local, national and global communities.
Health and Wellness - Educational opportunities for students to develop and advocate for emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, sexual, spiritual, occupational, multicultural, and social health and wellbeing.
Involvement and Leadership - Educational experiences that integrate students into the university community and prepare them to lead.
Social Justice - Educational experiences that engage students in addressing systems of oppression in the areas of equity, access, participation, and human rights.
Civic Engagement- Encompasses actions wherein individuals participate in activities of personal, political, and public concern that are both individually life enriching and socially beneficial to the community.
Communication- The exchange of information orally, non-verbally, and in writing, with individuals, groups, and external audiences using multiple modes, including technology and related applications.
Critical Thinking- A habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
Integrative Learning- An understanding and disposition that a student builds across their personal, curricular, and co-curricular lives, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new and complex situations.
Intercultural Fluency- Valuing, respecting, and learning from people with diverse backgrounds (e.g., ability, age, culture, economic status, education level, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation). The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.
Personal Development- Includes both intra- and inter-personal elements. Intrapersonal development refers to an individual’s self-understanding and the extent to which they engage in selecting and living by their values and beliefs. Interpersonal development refers to an individual’s ability to build and maintain meaningful and healthy relationships, work collaboratively, and lead others
Problem Solving- The process of designing, evaluating, and implementing a strategy to answer a question or achieve a desired goal.
HOW DOES THE RAM PLAN CO-CURRICULAR EXPERIENCE WORK?
Watch this short video on the Ram Plan process
The Ram Plan is comprised of a series of steps:
- The Co-curricular Catalog allows you to explore programs related to your areas of interests and goals as a Golden Ram.
- You then can create an Education Plan of programs you'd like to engage in throughout your time at WCU, like planning your courses for your academic major.
- You register and attend programs, complete an assessment/survey of the learning outcomes with a passing score, and then the program is listed on your official WCU Ram Plan transcript.
Now that you're ready to share your co-curricular transcript, remember to communicate the learning you've achieved and the skills you've exercised on your resume, and in an interview. For more information on this, including examples, visit the Career Development Center.