Academic Services

Academic Affairs

West Chester University's undergraduate programs include teaching certification programs, local certificate programs, and programs of study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in education, bachelor of science in nursing, and bachelor of social work. A complete list of undergraduate degree programs are located on the Program Index page. Programs of study at the graduate level are also available. These are listed on the Program Index page and are described in detail in the Graduate Catalog.

Academic Advising

West Chester University embraces the concept that effective academic advising is a collaborative teaching and learning process between the student and the faculty advisor. The University believes that effective advising should assist students in achieving their academic, professional, and personal goals. The University community – students, faculty, and staff – shares the responsibility for student success. Faculty advisors will strive to provide accurate, timely, and current information, thus establishing the framework around which students will construct their academic program of study. Students, in turn, must take responsibility for their educational and career goals by assuming an active role in working towards their degree and being aware of and understanding policies and requirements necessary for graduation. The University is responsible for providing a supportive environment where students can receive high quality academic advising and also be referred to other campus resources that will provide opportunities and assistance to help students succeed.

In order to maintain progress towards their goals, all students must meet with their advisors at least once per semester, as well as consult with department and university documents such as advising sheets and Degree Progress Reports. Students can find additional advising support information on the university’s advising website.

Advisor assignments are made by the academic department of the student's program of study. Students who are admitted to the University as "undeclared" are assigned an advisor through the Pre-Major Academic Advising Center (222 Lawrence Center, 610-436-3505). Students may find the name of their academic advisor on their myWCU portal page.

Students who choose to pursue an academic minor will also be assigned an advisor in the minor. The minor advisor will assist the student in understanding the requirements of that particular program.

Learning Assistance and Resource Center

The Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) provides academic support services to help students become independent, active learners who achieve academic success. The LARC offers tutoring services in most 100- and 200-level general education courses, such as mathematics, writing, natural sciences, social sciences, foreign languages, and introductory business. Tutoring sessions are 50 minutes long and are held by appointment only. Interested students register on a first-come, first-served basis and are assigned tutors depending on availability. The LARC also offers Supplemental Instruction (SI) in several general education and high-risk courses. Additionally, the LARC holds refresher workshops in preparation for the required standardized tests for prospective education majors. The Academic Success Workshop (ASW) demonstrates the application of learning strategies to the course content through seminars that influence learning, such as stress management, test anxiety reduction, assertiveness, concentration, and motivation; workshops are available to student groups upon request. The LARC website,www.wcupa.edu/larc, includes information on available services, a list of courses being tutored, and links to helpful resources. Additional services, such as online tutoring through Smarthinking, the Diversity 411 Workshop, the Brother-to-Brother Program, and the Early Alert Program are also available. Information regarding these programs can be found on the LARC website.

The LARC provides opportunities for paid practical experience for undergraduate and graduate students and requires participation in a comprehensive training program for new tutors, including seminars, workshops, online training, individualized projects, and peer observation. Opportunities for practicum or internship are available. Tutors employed by the LARC acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to meet the requirements for certification by the College Reading and Learning Association. The LARC is open Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 610-436-2535, e-mail larc@wcupa.edu, see the website at www.wcupa.edu/larc  or visit 224 Lawrence Center.

Veterans Affairs

Under the provisions of Title 38, West Chester University is an accredited university for the education of veterans. The University cooperates with the Veterans Administration to see that honorably separated or discharged veterans receive every consideration consistent with either degree or non-degree admission standards.

All veterans, certain dependents of disabled or deceased veterans, and war orphans who wish to obtain educational benefits under the appropriate public laws must register with the Veterans Affairs Office at initial registration. Veterans must renew their registration with this office at the beginning of each subsequent semester and each summer session. The Veterans Administration requires undergraduate students who are veterans to schedule at least 12 semester hours per semester in order to receive full benefits under the GI Bill; and graduate students who are veterans to schedule at least 9 semester hours per semester in order to receive full benefits under the GI Bill.

West Chester University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  The Post 9/11 GI Bill pays up to the in-state tuition and fees for all students in the program, depending on their qualifying benefit level.  For out-of-state students at the 100% benefit level, the University will contribute (and the VA will match) funds to make up the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees.

West Chester University is compliant with the recent passage of PA Act 11 and HB131 (referred to as the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014).

In accordance with Act 46 of 2014, West Chester University offers Priority Registration for Veterans. For guidelines regarding priority scheduling please visit the Registrar's website.

The Greg R. and Sandra L. Weisenstein Veterans Center is located at 624 South High Street. The Veterans Center provides services and assistance to veterans, service members, and spouse/dependents with their transition to college. Services include but are not limited to Student Veteran Group (SVG) meeting headquarters, a veteran lounge and computer area, the University's VA educational certifying official, assistance with VA educational benefits, and general VA information.

For information about the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits programs, assistance in completing the application for benefits, or to submit requests for enrollment certification, contact the Veterans Center at 610-436-2862 or e-mail veteranscenter@wcupa.edu.

Veterans' Residency

West Chester University adheres to the guidelines set forth by the PA Act 11 and HB131 in order to demonstrate compliance with the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.

According to WCU policy, your residency status may require you to supply extra documentation to ensure you receive the proper, in-state tuition benefits.  Please visit the Registrar's residency section for further information regarding military personnel.

Scholarly Publications

College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies is dedicated to publishing original and innovative scholarly research across the various periods, intellectual fields, and geographical locations that comprise the changing discipline of Anglophone and comparative literary studies. Graham MacPhee of the Department of English serves as editor.

Aralia Press

This nationally renowned literary fine press, located in the Francis Harvey Green Library, West Chester University, gives students hands-on experience in the publishing field through traditional book production. For questions regarding materials printed by the Aralia Press, contact the Library Special Collections Department, e-mail libspeccol@wcupa.edu or call 610-436-3456.

Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center

The mission of the Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center is to help provide and maintain a supportive environment that promotes the academic achievement and personal development of multicultural students at the University. This is accomplished by providing a wide range of services, programs, and activities aimed at meeting the educational, social, cultural, and developmental needs of multicultural students. In addition, the center collaborates with other offices, organizations, and departments to improve awareness of and appreciation for racial and cultural diversity for the University community.

The Multicultural Center serves as a general gathering place for all students and is also a home-base for the Lawrence A. Dowdy Multicultural Center Mentoring Program, the Board of Governors Scholarship program, and many multicultural student organizations. The center is located in Room 003 in Sykes Student Union and can be reached at 610-436-3273.

Assessment

The University takes seriously its commitment to excellence and student success, and therefore academic programs and student services regularly engage in assessment of student learning, student preparedness for employment, and student perceptions and satisfaction. All students are expected to participate in assessment of programs when requested in order to provide valuable feedback to the University community.

The full University policy regarding the assessment of student learning outcomes within programs at West Chester University are available on the web pages of the WCU Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Center (http://www.wcupa.edu/TLAC) as well as the home page of the vice provost (http://www.wcupa.edu/provostPolicies).