Office of the Associate Provost

Jeffery Osgood
Philips Memorial Hall
Room 008
700 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
610-738-0492


Welcome to the Office of the Associate Provost


 

Don't miss our News and Notes section below for the

latest updates from the Office of the Associate Provost!

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 Provost 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 Provost 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 Provost at (610) 738-0492.  Please view the Academic Affairs Assistance table for further help.

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News and Notes:

Welcome back.  Here’s wishing you a productive start to the Spring 2015 semester. 

As your plan your course syllabus and schedule, please utilize the Policy on Required Course Information, Evaluations, and Syllabi, as well as the Final Exam Policy

Important Dates

Academic Calendar:  The 2014-2016 Academic Calendar and all monthly calendars are housed on the Registrar’s Office website.

  • Spring classes begin on Tuesday, January 20th
  • Students may add and drop classes electronically through Tuesday, Students may add and drop classes electronically through Tuesday, January 27th.  
  • The withdrawal period begins on Wednesday, January 28th.  
  • Please check your class lists on MyWCU and make sure that all students are registered for courses, internships, practica, student teaching, individualized instruction, and independent study prior to the February 9th enrollment snapshot date. 
  • If advisees were placed on probation, continued probation, or pending probation at the end of the Fall 2014 semester, they must have an Academic Recovery Plan (ARP) completed by Friday, February 13th to avoid having a hold placed on their account.
  • Spring Break will begin on Friday, March 6th at 5 p.m. and end Monday morning, March 16th at          8 a.m.  No classes will be held during that time.
  • All no grades (NGs), audit requests, pass/fail requests, and course withdrawals are to be completed by Friday, March 27th
  • It is recommended that at least one major course evaluation take place (with the students receiving feedback) before the withdrawal deadline on Friday, March 27th
  • Finals will be held Tuesday, May 5th – Friday, May 8th.  
  • Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th
  • The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 11th.

Important Syllabus Notes

  • The Emergency Communication Committee has recommended that WCU's Department of Public Safety number – 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 to maintain compliance with the U.S. Government Policy for awarded aid.
  • When posting student information, use a system to identify students other than social security numbers or WCU ID numbers. 
  • Any student entering Fall 2014 or later will be held to the new General Education Distributive requirements.  Please familiarize yourself with that list of approved courses.
  • Transfer students must earn 60 credits at WCU in order to qualify for honors at graduation.  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 either/both requirements during their first semester at WCU.

Textbook Tips

The cost of textbooks may deter some students from purchasing them, which can hinder their academic success.  As such, the Division of Student Affairs Multicultural Student Success Committee has compiled a list of affordable textbook purchasing options to encourage students to buy their required readings in a timely manner: www.wcupa.edu/TextBookTipsforStudentsFaculty members are encouraged to share this information with their students at the beginning of each semester, through their syllabi, email, or other communication methods.

Student Advocate for ADA Accommodations

In an effort to assist students that either receive or may believe they are entitled to receive accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University has appointed a student advocate to be a contact for students that may have questions regarding the provision of their accommodations or their right to accommodations.  The advocate will assist any students that may have questions regarding these rights.  Dr. Idna Corbett, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Support Services, has been designated in this role.  Any students that may need assistance with their rights to accommodations should contact her at icorbett@wcupa.edu.  

  

Best of luck to you all as you begin a new semester.