Warren Wilson College Catalog 04-05

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Academic Policies and Regulations

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for knowing and following the policies and regulations stated in this catalog and for satisfying all degree requirements. Guidance should be obtained from an advisor, but final responsibility remains with the student.

Modular Academic Calendar

The fall and spring semesters, each 16 weeks long, are divided into two eight-week terms. Some courses run across the entire semester, while other more concentrated courses run for the eight-week term. This modular schedule may facilitate students' arrangements for internships, overseas study courses, and other field experiences.

Registration and Course Load

For continuing students, early registrations are scheduled in advance of the start of each semester. New students may register during the Orientation week prior to the start of each semester.

Although there are two terms in each semester, registration is for the semester as a unit. The normal number of credit hours carried during a semester is 16, with a range from 12 to 18. A minimum of 12 credit hours a semester must be carried to be classified as a full-time student, to be permitted residence in the residence halls, to participate in the Work Program, and to receive financial aid. A student must maintain an average of 16 credit hours each semester in order to accumulate a total of 128 hours required for graduation in eight semesters. Students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours during any one semester (maximum 22) must obtain permission, in writing, from the Registrar or the Vice President for Academic Affairs. There is a fee per credit hour for any hours beyond 18. All courses for which the student is registered at the end of the first four days are counted in the course load for the semester.

A student who plans to withdraw from a term or semester course after the Add/Drop period in the first term of a semester should be certain that adding another course in the second term will not result in more than 18 credit hours for the semester.

Adding and Dropping Courses

A course is not officially dropped from a student's record without completion of the Add/Drop form, signed by the student's academic advisor and the instructor of the course that is being dropped, and submitted to the Registrar by the appropriate date. It is the student's responsibility to know and follow these procedures.

Students not present at the first class meeting of a term may lose their places in the class if the class has a waiting list.

The first four (4) days of each term are the official Add/Drop period, during which courses may be added or dropped. Following this period, no student will be permitted to register for a new course. Courses dropped during that period will not appear on the student's record.

Withdrawing from a Course

Any course dropped following the Add/Drop period will remain on the student's permanent record and is counted in the course load for the semester as hours attempted. If the course is dropped before the end of the first four weeks of a term course, or the first nine weeks of a semester course, a grade of "W" (withdrawn non-punitive) will be assigned. Withdrawing from any course following the fourth week of a term course or the ninth week of a semester course will automatically result in a grade of "WF" (withdraw failing), regardless of the student's performance in the course. A grade of "WF" is figured as an "F" in the calculation of the QPA. A grade of "W" will not figure in the calculation of the QPA. For withdrawal from the college, see also Withdrawal and Charge Policy.

Because of the Modular Academic Calendar, it is possible to withdraw from a 16-week semester course or an eight-week term course in the first term of a semester, and add another eight-week term course in the second term of the semester. There is a charge if the combination of course withdrawal and the addition of another course results in a semester course load of more than 18 credit hours. (See Course Load.)

Pass/Fail Grades

From the second semester of attendance, students may elect to register for a Pass/Fail grade in any course which is not applied toward

1) the major, 2) Triad Education credit, or 3) teacher certification.

A form for registering for a course on a Pass/Fail basis may be obtained at the Registrar's Office. (This form must be turned in to the Registrar's Office by the end of the Add/Drop period.) The maximum number of courses taken for Pass/Fail is five and no student shall be permitted to elect more than one such course per semester. There are some courses classified as Pass/Fail by departmental action, but this does not alter the above statement in regard to student selection of other courses.

Independent Study

Instructors may supervise individual independent study courses at their own discretion. Such studies may not duplicate a course offered during the current academic year, and the maximum for any student is four independent study credit hours per semester. Ordinarily, first-year students may not register for independent studies. Exceptions must be recommended by the department chair and approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A proposal for independent study must be signed by the instructor, department chair, and academic advisor, and filed in duplicate with the Registrar. Forms are available in the Registrar's Office. The completed proposal must be submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than the end of the Add/Drop period. Independent studies do not fulfill Triad Education Program requirements.

Incomplete Grades

A grade of incomplete may be reported if at the end of the term a small amount of work remains unfinished and the student has made arrangements with the instructor to complete the work. A student has two weeks within the following term to complete the work in a course for which a grade of incomplete has been reported.

Contested Grades

A student who believes that a grade has been reported incorrectly should consult the instructor for correction of a possible error. In exceptional cases, the student may contest the grade record through a written appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose decision in the matter shall be final. Copies of all relevant information must accompany this written appeal: papers, tests, syllabi, etc. The deadline for contesting a grade is the end of the second week of the following term. In the case of a spring semester or term four course, the deadline for contesting a grade shall be the end of the second week of term one of the following academic year.

Repeating Courses

Courses, up to a total of 13 credit hours, may be repeated to raise the grade. No course may count more than once for credits toward graduation. In the case of a repeated course, both grades will appear on the student's transcript, but the higher grade will be counted in the QPA.

Grade Reports

At the end of each term, grades will be reported to the Registrar. Mid-semester grades and final grades for terms 1 and 3 may be viewed by the student on-line using the student's personal identification number. A final grade report will be sent to the student and to the student's advisor at the end of each semester. If the student is under 18 or is still classified as a dependent (for income tax purposes), the report may be sent to parents or guardians.

Class Attendance

To increase the chances of academic success and to emphasize the need for class participation in order to learn effectively at Warren Wilson College, class attendance is required of all students classified by the Registrar's Office as freshmen. Each instructor will determine the appropriate penalties for nonattendance, and will include a written attendance policy in the course syllabus. It is the student's responsibility to know and follow the attendance policy.



First Semester -- 0-13 credit hours
Second Semester -- 14-27 credit hours


First Semester -- 28-43 credit hours
Second Semester -- 44-59 credit hours


First Semester -- 60-75 credit hours
Second Semester -- 76-91 credit hours


First Semester -- 92-107 credit hours
Second Semester -- 108 + credit hours

QPA (Quality Point Average)

Grades are assigned the following numerical values:

A, A- Excellent 4 quality points
B+, B, B- Good 3 quality points
C+, C, C- Average 2 quality points
D+, D, D- Poor 1 quality point
F Failure 0 quality points
W Withdrawn Passing Not Included
WF Withdrawn Failing 0 quality points
P Passing Not included

Quality points are figured by multiplying the number of course credit hours by the numerical value assigned to the grade received in that course.

Pass/Fail courses are an exception. P (pass) credit hours are ignored when calculating a QPA. F (fail) credit hours are included in the QPA calculation.

Probation and Suspension

The Scholastic Standards Committee meets each semester and examines the grades of any student whose semester QPA or cumulative QPA falls below 2.00.

For first time students attempting 1-16 semester credit hours: if the QPA falls below 1.00, the Scholastic Standards Committee will recommend suspension, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs will confirm the suspension. If the QPA falls between 1.00 and 1.60, these students will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. Each student on academic probation must complete a plan for corrective action and submit it to the Director of Academic Support Services and must earn a semester QPA of 2.0 or better in the probationary semester. Students failing to meet these standards in the probationary semester will be recommended for academic suspension.

Guidelines for Academic Probation and Suspension

Semester Credit Hours Attempted:

1-16, 17-32, 33-64, 65-80, 81-96, 97-128

QPA for Academic Probation:

1.60, 1.75, 1.85, 1.92, 1.96, 2.00

QPA for Academic Suspension:

> 1.00, 1.60, 1.75, 1.85, 1.92, 1.96

Should the grades of any student who has completed at least 16 semester credit hours fall at or below 1.00 in any given semester, the Scholastic Standards Committee will consider suspension regardless of the cumulative QPA. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will confirm any recommendation for suspension.

If a student is suspended for the first time, the student may apply for readmission after one semester. If the student is suspended a second time, permanent suspension is recommended.

If a student has six or more hours of incomplete grades in any given semester, the Scholastic Standards Committee will consider academic probation regardless of the information contained in table above. However, if the incomplete course work is satisfactorily completed by the stated deadline and the student's QPA returns to the non-probationary range in the table above, the probationary status will be removed.

Conditions of Academic Probation

Being placed on Academic Probation signifies that the student's academic work is unsatisfactory, and indicates that the student's highest priority should be to devote time and energy toward raising the academic performance to a satisfactory level. Thus, the following conditions apply for a student who is on Academic Probation: 1. It is recommended that a student on academic probation avoid courses that require unusual time commitments and avoid time-consuming extracurricular activities. The student must work closely with the academic advisor to plan an appropriate course load and schedule, and meet regularly with the advisor throughout the semester to monitor academic progress. Enrollment in EDU 116 College Academic Skills is highly recommended, as is utilization of other relevant college services and resources. 2. A student on academic probation may register for a maximum of 16 credit hours per semester. Courses in which a grade of F was received may be repeated (maximum of 13 credit hours; see Repeating Courses). 3. A student on academic probation may not participate as a member of a College committee or student government. 4. A student on academic probation may not represent the College as a member of an athletic team. 5. For purposes of calculating the QPA for students on academic probation, incomplete grades will be calculated using the grade that will be earned if the student does not complete the course material. The instructor reports this grade when submitting an incomplete grade.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements: The Warren Wilson College learning objectives are reflected in the College Mission Statement: the Triad Education Program develops skills, understanding, and breadth; completing the requirements of the student's major department or program provides depth of understanding; and the Work and Service-Learning Programs develop the capacity to work effectively with others. This section describes the specific requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree at Warren Wilson College.

Residence: For the B.A. or B.S. degree a student must complete a minimum of two full-time semesters, and a minimum total of 32 credit hours in attendance at Warren Wilson College at the upper-class (junior or senior) level is required. For persons transferring to Warren Wilson College, residence must include the senior year. An academic semester (full-time) is defined as completion of at least 12 semester credit hours.

Credit Hours and Quality Point Average: A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for the baccalaureate degree, with a quality point average of at least 2.00.

Triad Education Program: All students must complete the Warren Wilson College Triad Education Program. (See below.)

Degree Candidacy: A student becomes a candidate for the degree with the submission of the Senior Letter. Departmental certification that requirements have been completed, Work Program Advisory Committee approval, and Service Committee approval of the candidate's service project must precede presentation of the candidate's record to the College faculty and staff for final approval as a graduate of Warren Wilson College.

Triad Education Program

Goals of the Triad Education Program

Triad Education Program Requirements

Academics, Work, and Service

I. Academics

The First-Year Seminar 4 credit hours All new first-year students, and many transfer students with less than one full year of college study, must enroll in a First-Year Seminar during the first term or semester at Warren Wilson College. The student is assigned an academic advisor until a major advisor is determined. The seminar consists of a small group of students and is designed to provide a stimulating beginning for collegiate study. Seminars are offered in many different subjects, introducing the student to Warren Wilson collegiate life, and to strategies for learning, problem solving, and research, using resources of the College and the immediate area.

College Composition I and II 8 credit hours All students must demonstrate competency in college composition by successfully completing the course WRI 120 College Composition I and a Composition II course offered through one of the academic departments. (A minimum grade of C- must be earned in both courses.)

Students must enroll in WRI 120 in their first year and a College Composition II (CCII) course in their second or third year. The Director of Undergraduate Writing will determine in which semester a student will enroll in a required composition course. Every effort is made to match students with a preferred section of College Composition I.

Transfer students may, upon approval by the Registrar or the Director of Undergraduate Writing, fulfill the WRI 120 requirement through appropriate performance in an acceptable composition course taken at a previously attended institution. Advanced Placement credit is not automatically accepted for composition courses.

College Composition I
Students develop their thinking through writing expository prose. They work toward improved organization and clarity by writing multiple drafts of their assignments and participating in peer reviews. Students practice locating, integrating, and citing primary or secondary source material in their writing, and they learn to edit their own writing, checking for correct usage, mechanics, spelling, and punctuation. Although sections of College Composition I are organized thematically, the goal of all instruction is that students become familiar with the process needed to produce clear, polished, expository prose.

College Composition II - See also courses of instruction
Students complete several writing assignments that encourage them to improve their writing skills and discover the specific demands of writing in this discipline. They learn approaches to research and documentation as they are practiced in this academic field, and they are given some exposure to the professional literature of the discipline. Students should have completed WRI 120 with a grade of C- or better or had the College Composition I course requirement waived. Exceptions will be considered by the Director of Undergraduate Writing.

Liberal Arts Area Courses 32 credit hours
At least one 4-credit course is required in each of the following academic areas. Liberal arts area course requirements are normally completed within the first two years of study. The student should work with the academic advisor to ensure that selected courses meet the Triad Education Program requirements. Independent studies, internships, and professional courses do not fulfill Triad Education Program requirements.

A list of liberal arts area courses for 2004-2005 will be available from the Registrar prior to registration for the fall and spring semesters. They are also identified in the Courses of Instruction found on pages 133-219 in this catalog by the symbol p.

The Major

The major at Warren Wilson College consists of a planned program of courses, whether in a single academic discipline or in an interdisciplinary field. The major program assists students in developing a thorough understanding of a particular subject or interdisciplinary topic and an awareness of connections among its components and with related subjects. Study in the major helps the student learn the approaches to inquiry used in the discipline and appropriate specialized skills.

A major consists of a minimum of 32 semester hours of course work, including at least 12 credit hours at the 300 and/or 400 levels. A major consists of a maximum of 70 semester hours of course work, with no more than 55 semester hours of course work within a single academic discipline.

As a requirement for the baccalaureate degree, a student must complete course requirements and any other requirements of a major department or program. See Programs of Study.

Each student must declare a major at least two weeks prior to registration for the fifth semester of study. Forms for the declaration of a major are available at the Registrar's Office.

The Senior Letter

The candidate for a degree must write a letter addressed to the faculty and staff of the College, which includes an evaluation of the student's experiences at the College and reflections on the college career. This letter is presented to the major department on or before a date fixed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Senior Letters are made available to the faculty and staff through the Registrar's Office

II. Work

A student's work record must be approved by the Work Program Advisory Committee. Please refer to the Work Program catalog section for requirements.

III. Service Project

A student must successfully complete the service-learning requirements. (See Service-Learning Program.)

Off-campus experiential learning

Learning outside the classroom is an important part of the Warren Wilson College experience. Students have many opportunities for cross-cultural preparation, study abroad, academic exchanges, overseas experiential learning, field trips, supplementary service learning, and internships. Some experiences are open to all students, while others are competitive.

Senior "Synthesis" experiences

Courses, workshops, and personal assistance are available for students to reflect on the Warren Wilson College experience and to prepare for careers.