1P4 Communicating Expectations to Students
Recruiting materials, the University Catalog, View Book, Student Handbook, and the Western Web communicate expectations for prospective and current students. Many of these can be accessed online. The catalog lists prerequisites for courses, as well as required licensing or exit exams, for each academic department. Course syllabi detail the expectations and learning objectives for specific courses and faculty.
Admissions staff makes regular high school visits and holds university fairs for area high schools students and counselors. The Office of Financial Aid staff holds workshops for parents and students. Personnel from the colleges and academic units make themselves available to answer questions and provide information.
Students become acclimated academically and socially to the Western community through the Student Orientation program. Orientation begins when Western accepts a student and continues until the student has successfully made the transition. Most incoming freshmen attend a two-day orientation during the summer months. A one-credit hour course, Griffon Edge, assists students in the transition process. A special orientation in the summer and in January communicates expectations to incoming transfer students.
The Offices of Admissions, Student Services, and the Registrar's Office provide information about course and degree requirements. Admissions counselors and general advisors stay informed about changes in academic programs so that they can effectively assist students with degree exploration and course selection until the students prepare to declare a major. Student Services supports the communication of expectations regarding student preparation, learning objectives, and degrees.
Faculty advisors in academic departments and staff advisors in Student Services provide information regarding degree requirements, semester class selection, program outcomes, and career development. Students meet with their advisors each semester to plan schedules for the next semester of study.