8.0.0 Academic Life & the WWC Degree

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8.1.0 Academic Advising
8.2.0 Vice President for Academic Affairs
8.3.0 Academic Honesty
8.4.0 Academic Honors and Awards
8.5.0 Competency in College Composition
8.6.0 Academic Policies and Regulations
   8.6.1 Student Responsibility
   8.6.2 Academic Calendar
   8.6.3 Registration and Course Load
   8.6.4 Waiting Lists for Registration
   8.6.5 Adding and Dropping Courses
   8.6.6 Withdrawing from a Course
   8.6.7 Leave of Absence
   8.6.8 Institutional Withdrawal
   8.6.9 Medical Withdrawal
   8.6.10 Administrative Withdrawal
   8.6.11 Pass/Fail Grades
   8.6.12 Independent Study
   8.6.13 Incomplete Grades
   8.6.14 Contested Grades
   8.6.15 Repeating Courses
   8.6.16 Grade Reports
   8.6.17 Class Attendance
   8.6.18 Classification
   8.6.19 GPA (Grade Point Average)
   8.6.20 Probation and Suspension
   8.6.21 Guidelines for Academic Probation and Suspension
   8.6.22 Conditions of Academic Probation
   8.6.23 Readmission
   8.6.24 Institutional Withdrawal and Refund Policy: Federal Return of Funds
   8.6.25 Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
   8.6.26 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
   8.6.27 Residence
   8.6.28 Credit Hours and Grade Point Average
   8.6.29 Triad Education Program
   8.6.30 Degree Candidacy
   8.6.31 Post Baccalaureate Study
   8.6.32 Courses with Relatives
8.7.0 Other Academic Programs
   8.7.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
   8.7.2 Study Abroad
   -  8.7.2-1 Short-Term Study Abroad Courses
   -  8.7.2-2 Term-Length Study Abroad Courses
   -  8.7.2-3 Other Study Abroad Options

Academic Affairs

Paula K. Garrett, Vice President for Academic Affairs
& Dean of the College, Ext. 2083
Sabrina Reisinger , Administrative Assistant, Ext. 2083
Carol Howard, Associate Dean & Student Retention, Ext. 2017
Gary Hawkins, Associate Dean for Faculty: Teaching & Learning, Ext. 3718
Laursen

Gretchen Whipple, Director of Advising, Ext. 3098
Melissa Blair, Director of General Education, Ext. 3732
David Abernathy, Director of Educational Technology, Ext.3707

Paul Bartels, Chair, Natural Science Division, Ext. 3069
Ben Feinberg, Chair, Social Science Division, Ext.3709
Philip Otterness, Chair, Fine Arts and Humanities Division, Ext.3733

Office of the Registrar

Christa Bridgman, Registrar, Ext. 2086
Registrar Assistant, Ext. 2086
Nathan Cogsdale, Office Assistant, Ext. 2086
Laursen
http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~registrar/


8.1.0 Academic Advising

An Academic Advisor is a community member who guides students in making progress toward academic, life, and career goals. Each student has an advisor. Incoming students are assigned a first-year advisor or transfer adviser. Additionally, new students have a ‘web of influence’ that includes a first-year or transfer advisor, a first-year seminar instructor, a peer group leader, a work crew supervisor, and student life staff. These individuals each have a role in supporting, encouraging, and guiding the student. When a student declares a major, the student chooses an advisor within that field of study.

During separate advising sessions, advisers will assist the students’ transition into the Warren Wilson College academic or major/discipline culture, guide students in the planning of their studies and in their development as a whole person, facilitate successful attainment of students’ academic, life, and career goals, and reinforce students’ understanding of the value of a liberal arts education. Through this advisee-advisor relationship students grow in their understanding of their interests and abilities, as well as the academic, work, and service responsibilities and opportunities at Warren Wilson College.

Each student is personally responsible for knowing and acting in accordance with college policies. Each student is individually responsible for monitoring his or her own progress toward satisfying the requirements for graduation established by the College in general and by the major department. College policies are outlined in this handbook and academic policies and requirements are outlined in the College Catalog.


8.2.0 Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Vice President for Academic Affairs reports directly to the President and is responsible for the development and quality of the College’s academic programs and for overseeing efforts to integrate the Triad of Academic Study, Work, and Service. The Vice President for Academic Affairs works closely with various constituents: leaders of the faculty, including the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Student Retention, Associate Dean for Faculty, Teaching & Learning division of fine arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, and department chairs; administrative leaders of other areas of the College, and members of various committees, many of which include students. The Vice President for Academic Affairs has primary responsibility for the faculty, including overseeing the annual evaluation process and recommendations for new and continuing appointments.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs is also responsible for the execution of policies developed by the faculty, ensuring that students and staff are informed of policies and procedures and determining that they are administered in a fair and uniform manner. Although the College provides a wide range of staff to consult with students on a variety of issues, questions, and problems, the Vice President for Academic Affairs makes decisions on student appeals in academic affairs and may be consulted accordingly. However, the Vice President for Academic Affairs only receives complaints/grievances exclusively regarding academic matters except where other matters require the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ involvement.


8.3.0 Academic Honesty

For the sake of the student’s own personal integrity and for maximum educational benefit, students must be scrupulously honest about their work.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.10 Academic Honesty.


8.4.0 Academic Honors and Awards

A Dean’s List is prepared and posted at the end of each semester. It recognizes those full-time students who achieve a Quality Point Average of 3.75 or greater with no grades of incomplete. At the end of each school year, the Scholar Certificates or Scholar Awards are presented to the top 5% of each class based upon cumulative grades through the first semester and term three of that year. A Senior Plaque is awarded to the graduating student who has maintained the highest cumulative grade average in his or her four years at Warren Wilson College. The Alton F. Pfaff Cup is presented to the member of the graduating class who in the opinion of the faculty and staff most clearly approaches the ideal student with respect to academic and work improvement, citizenship, and contribution to the enrichment of the College community. Other academic honors and awards are presented through the various departments.


8.5.0 Competency in College Composition

All students must demonstrate competency in college composition by successfully completing (C- or better) the courses College Composition I and College Composition II. Students enroll in College Composition I in their first year and College Composition II in their second or third year. Transfer students may, upon approval of the Registrar and the Director of Undergraduate Writing, fulfill the College Composition I requirement through appropriate performance in an acceptable composition course taken at the previously attended institution. Students seeking such credit should make a transfer credit request at the Office of the Registrar. Academic credit toward the CCI requirement may be granted to enrolled students who receive scores of 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Test in English Language and Composition. Students seeking such credit should contract the Director of Undergraduate Writing who will request that the student submit a portfolio of expository writing.


8.6.0 Academic Policies and Regulations

8.6.1 Student Responsibility

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

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.01 - Student Responsibility.

8.6.2 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.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.02 - Modular Academic Calendar.

8.6.3 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 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 Office of 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. Students are responsible for making sure that they have met all the prerequisites before registering for a course. If a student registers for a course and does not have the prerequisite, the instructor and the Registrar may withdraw the student from that course. 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.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.03 - Registration and Course Load.

8.6.4 Waiting Lists for Registration

Because classes often fill rapidly, students should not assume that the courses of their choice will be open. Instead, students should make every effort to register as early as possible and, upon finding a course that is full, sign the class waiting list. Students should note, however that instructors are responsible for all decisions regarding class waiting lists. Instructors may determine if space is available and which students, if any, on a waiting list may be enrolled in the class. Students should attempt to contact the instructor of a full course in order to find out the likelihood of adding the class. Students on waiting lists are advised to attend class on the first day.

8.6.5 Adding and Dropping Courses

Adding and dropping courses is done by the student, via the CampusWEB system, during the prescribed registration dates. 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.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.04 - Adding and Dropping Courses.

8.6.6 Withdrawing from a Course

Any course dropped after the Add/Drop period is called a withdrawal. Withdrawn courses will remain on the student’s permanent record and are counted in the course load for the semester as hours attempted. If the course is withdrawn 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 GPA. A grade of “W” will not figure in the calculation of the GPA. Because of the Academic Calendar (see section 8.6.2 above), it is possible to withdraw from a 16-week semester course or an eight-week term course and add another eight-week term course. 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 previous paragraph on Registration and Course Load.)

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.06 - Withdrawing from a Course.

8.6.7 Leave of Absence

Steps for taking a Leave of Absence from Warren Wilson College:

8.6.8 Institutional Withdrawal

A student establishes an academic record once there is a registration for courses recorded by the Registrar. In order to avoid receiving a grade of F in an uncompleted course(s) a withdrawal from the college must be filed. Students need to begin the process of an official withdrawal by contacting the Dean of Students (learn more by visiting the College Catalog, 1.06.1 “Institutional Withdrawal Policy”). The date of the withdrawal will be the date that the College is notified of your intent to withdraw. This may be verbal notification, but written notice is preferred. The Dean of Students notifies all relevant offices including the Registrar of an official withdrawal. The Registrar will inform instructors and the academic advisor. Regular refund policies apply and are outlined in Chapter Four of this Handbook. Resident students are expected to leave campus within three days of the withdrawal date. The College is NOT responsible for items left in student living spaces after withdrawal. Students are strongly urged to take or store their personal belongings off campus. Grades will be recorded as “W” if the withdrawal is before the end of the fourth week in a term course or before the end of the ninth week for a semester class. If the withdrawal is after that point, the Registrar will contact the instructors and they will assign a “W” if the student is passing the class at the time of withdrawal or a “WF” if the student is failing. Should any grade be recorded as a WF, the Scholastic Standards Committee will review the record at the end of the semester. Students submitting an official withdrawal are eligible to apply for readmission and should do so through the Admissions Office.

If a student stops attending classes without completing an official withdrawal, an unofficial withdrawal date will be set at the midpoint of the semester. If a student does not pass at least one of the classes attempted, the midpoint of the semester will also be set as the unofficial withdrawal date, since the College cannot assume that classes were attended. Charges will not be adjusted in the case of an unofficial withdrawal; however federal grants and both student and parent loans will be pro-rated as outlined by the federal return of funds policy (see Chapter Four: Financial information). Students with an unofficial withdrawal are eligible to apply for readmission and should do so through the Admissions Office. It is advisable to present course work completed successfully at another institution as part of the readmission process.

8.6.9 Medical Withdrawal

A student, or a parent or guardian acting on the student’s behalf when the student is unable, may request a medical withdrawal when illness, injury or a significant personal situation occurs that makes it impossible for the student to continue with classes. A medical withdrawal may be used in response to matters of both physical and mental health. To be recorded as a medical withdrawal, documentation from a licensed medical practitioner must be submitted to the Dean of Students outlining the nature of the illness or injury and confirming that the student would not be able to complete course work as a result. Medical withdrawals will be dated according to the date that the college was notified of the intent to withdraw. As with official withdrawals, resident students are expected to leave campus within three days of the withdrawal date. The regular refund policies outlined in chapter four of this document apply. Medical withdrawals can be recorded up to the last day of class for the semester and are never retroactive. The College is NOT responsible for items left in student living spaces after withdrawal. Students are strongly urged to take or store their personal belongings off campus.

In the case of a medical withdrawal, all grades are recorded as “W” regardless of the time in the semester and as with official withdrawals all relevant offices and professors will be notified.

A student may also be required to take a medical withdrawal at the request of the College when a student’s illness or associated behaviors present a risk to the safety of the student or others or are significantly disruptive to the community. The Dean of Students in consultation with medical professionals will make the determination of when a mandatory medical withdrawal will be required.

Students who have taken a medical withdrawal are eligible to apply for readmission and must do so through the Admissions Office. Students are strongly encouraged to take a full semester away from the college to address the medical issues before seeking to return. Depending on the situation and the time in the semester that the withdrawal takes place this may be a required condition of the withdrawal/readmission. Students who leave on a medical withdrawal will be asked to submit confirmation that they have addressed the medical condition and are ready to return to full participation in the educational program of the college. This may require documentation from a licensed medical practitioner. To be considered for the fall semester, apply by February 15. To be considered for the spring semester, apply by October 15. All acceptances will be based on space available.

8.6.10 Administrative Withdrawal

The College considers the act of registering for any course to constitute a commitment on the part of the student to make a mature and responsible effort to succeed and to allow others the opportunity to succeed. Therefore, upon recommendation of the instructor and at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, a student will be subject to administrative withdrawal from a class at any time during the semester if that student has guaranteed a course grade of F by failing either to attend a sufficient number of class meetings or to submit a sufficient quantity of graded work, or has engaged in verbal abuse or the threat of physical violence or any other conduct disruptive to class meetings. Administrative withdrawal during the first four weeks of a term course or the first nine weeks of a semester course will result in the assignment of the grade of “AW.” Subsequent administrative withdrawal will result in the grade of “AF.” Students who are actively enrolled in fewer than 12 credits as a result of administrative withdrawal will not be allowed to reside in college housing. Students subject to 12 or more credits of administrative withdrawal in a semester may, at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, be suspended from the college. Administrative withdrawal and suspension decisions made by the Vice President for Academic Affairs are subject to appeal to the Scholastic Standards Committee. The student should contact the Chair of the committee within 24 hours of notification by the Vice President for Academic Affairs to initiate such action.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.05 - Administrative Withdrawal.

8.6.11 Pass/Fail Grades

From the second semester of attendance, students may elect to register for a Pass/Fail grade in any course that is not applied toward 1) the major, or 2) Triad Education credit.

A form for registering for a course on a Pass/Fail basis may be obtained at the Office of the Registrar. (This form must be turned in to the Office of the Registrar 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.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.07 - Pass/Fail Grades.

8.6.12 Independent Study

Instructors may supervise individual independent study courses only with permission of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. 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. First-year students may not register for independent studies. A proposal for independent study must be signed by the instructor, department chair, academic advisor, library director (or her designee), and presented to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Forms are available in the Office of the Registrar. The completed proposal must be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to the first day of the term or semester. Independent Studies do not fulfill Triad Education Program requirements.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.08 - Independent Study.

8.6.13 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.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.09 - Incomplete Grades.

8.6.14 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 courses, the deadline for contesting a grade shall be the end of the second week of term one of the following academic year.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.11 - Contested Grades.

8.6.15 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 GPA.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.12 - Repeating Courses.

8.6.16 Grade Reports

At the end of each term, grades will be reported to the Registrar. Mid semester grades and final grades may be viewed by the student online using the student’s personal identification number.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.13 - Grade Reports.

8.6.17 Class Attendance

Because developing careful study and attendance habits are important for new students, Warren Wilson College has an attendance policy specific to first-year students. 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 particularly required of all students classified by the Office of the Registrar as freshmen. In addition to this first-year requirement, all students are encouraged to meet this expectation throughout their entire enrollment at the College. 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.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.14 - Class Attendance.

8.6.18 Classification

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.15 - Classification.

8.6.19 GPA (Grade Point Average)

Grades are assigned numerical values and a complete listing of those will be found in the college catalog. Grade points are figured by multiplying the number of course credit hours by the numerical value assigned to the grade received in that course, summing these products and dividing by the total number of credits. Pass/Fail courses are an exception. P (pass) credit hours are ignored when calculating a GPA. F (fail) credit hours are included in the GPA calculation.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.16 - GPA (Grade Point Average).

8.6.20 Probation and Suspension

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

For first time students attempting 1-16 semester credit hours: if the GPA falls below 1.00, the Scholastic Standards Committee will recommend suspension and the Vice President for Academic Affairs will confirm the suspension. If the GPA 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 Service and must earn a semester GPA 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.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.17 - Probation and Suspension.

8.6.21 Guidelines for Academic Probation and Suspension

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.17 - Probation and Suspension.

8.6.22 Conditions of Academic Probation

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.3.18 - Conditions of Academic Probation.

8.6.23 Readmission

After one full semester of leaving WWC, a student wishing to reapply to Warren Wilson College must submit the following materials:

Your letter requesting readmission must include:

To be considered for the fall semester, apply by February 15. To be considered for the spring semester, apply by October 15. Your application for readmission will be considered in the context of applications from other promising students. Each application for readmission must be approved by the Executive Admission Committee, which includes the Director of Financial Aid, Dean of Admission, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Work, Dean of Students, Dean of Service and the Registrar.

College Catalog cross-reference: 1.04.18 - Readmission.

8.6.24 Institutional Withdrawal and Refund Policy: Federal Return of Funds

College Catalog cross-reference: 1.06 - Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

The Warren Wilson College Withdrawal and Refund Policies are established to provide fair and equitable treatment to finances of both the student and the College. Since Warren Wilson makes financial commitments on behalf of each student at the time of enrollment, those costs will be shared with the student as explained in the following policies. These policies will be applicable for official or unofficial withdrawals. However, please note that costs are not pro-rated for withdrawals due to suspension or expulsion for administrative, work or disciplinary reasons occurring at any time within a semester. Refer to Chapter Four: Financial Information for more details.

8.6.25 Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Annually, Warren Wilson College informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This Act was designed to protect the privacy of education records, establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Office (FERPO) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act. Local policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with the provisions to the Act. Copies of the policy are on file in the Office of the Registrar.

8.6.26 Baccalaureate 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.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.4 - Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

8.6.27 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. 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 hours.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.4 - Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

8.6.28 Credit Hours and Grade Point Average

A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for the baccalaureate degree, with a grade point average of at least 2.00.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.4 - Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

8.6.29 Triad Education Program

All students must complete the Warren Wilson College Triad Education Program.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.4 - Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

8.6.30 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.

College Catalog cross-reference: 2.4 - Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

8.6.31 Post Baccalaureate Study

Warren Wilson College graduates who wish to complete studies in an additional major subject may do so by completing the requirements (including prerequisites) of that major. Each department will determine the required GPA. Grades for studies in the second major will be recorded on the student’s transcript, but not averaged with those earned for the BA or BS.

8.6.32 Courses with Relatives

Teaching a relative or enrolling in a course taught by a relative is allowed under certain conditions and must always be preceded by a conference with the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In consultation with the instructor and the academic department chair, special arrangements must be made for evaluating and grading the student’s work in the course, including arranging for a second reader for papers and essay tests, excluding from the calculation of the course grade subjective measures such as “class contribution,” and, as appropriate, providing for alternative means for the student to demonstrate knowledge that might otherwise be graded as “class contribution.” These special course arrangements must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

For the purpose of this policy, “relative” will mean a parent, foster parent, parent-in-law, child, spouse or same sex domestic partner, brother, foster brother, foster sister, grandparent, grandchild, son-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, or any family member living in the same household or considered an IRS dependent.


8.7.0 Other Academic Programs

8.7.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Debra Allbery, Director, Ext. 3716
Amy Grimm, Assistant to the Director, Ext. 3715
http://www.wwcmfa.org

The Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers is a full-time, four-semester, low-residency graduate program in creative writing (fiction and poetry). This nationally-acclaimed program, named as #1 by Poets and Writers magazine and in the top 5 in the country by Atlantic Monthly, has been associated with the College since 1981. Each January and July, students and faculty meet on the Warren Wilson campus for ten intensive days of workshops, lectures, classes, readings, and individual conferences. During the residency, each student designs a five-month semester project with his or her faculty supervisor. Students devote 25 hours a week to their graduate study during the rigorous non-resident semester, submitting creative and critical work to their faculty supervisor every three weeks.

The MFA faculty includes some of the nation’s most accomplished writers and teachers—among them, state poets laureate, recipients of Guggenheims and Fulbrights, winners of National Book Awards and Pulitzers. Residency lectures and readings by the faculty are open to the public.

Warren Wilson undergraduates have the opportunity to interact with a visiting member of the MFA faculty each year who returns to serve for a week as writer-in-residence. The College also offers an annual MFA Residency Class each January, in which select students participate in a course that parallels and builds upon the residency experience.

8.7.2 Study Abroad

Naomi N. Otterness, Director, International Programs, Ext. 3057
http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~studyabroad/

College Catalog cross-reference: 1.09.3 - International Programs Office: Study Abroad Opportunities.

Warren Wilson College encourages students to study abroad and offers special funding and support. International Program student qualification is based on Warren Wilson residency, academic credit hours (minimum 2.5 GPA), good standing in academics, work, service and student life, and the acceptance of program rules, regulations and orientation provisions. No student is required to participate in the Study Abroad program. Typically, a student with 60 credit hours who has met residency and other conditions may begin formal application for the program in a prescribed manner. However, students are encouraged to begin discussions with academic advisors and international programs staff long before junior year in order to incorporate intercultural experiences into their study plans. Transfer students in particular should schedule a meeting with International Programs staff soon after their arrival on campus to learn about opportunities. The International Programs Office offers stated program options and identifies specific international sites as part of the program. The options and sites change from year to year. Program fees are required. Details are available in the International Programs Office.

WWC’s international programming offers a variety of short-term courses and semester and year length study abroad options. The College covers a large portion of student travel expenses for Study Abroad courses led by WWC faculty and staff, but also provides some cost-offsetting toward other, qualified study abroad options with advance approval and planning.

8.7.2-1 Short-Term Study Abroad Courses: Faculty and staff members lead courses targeting various topics and regions of the world. Short-term Study Abroad Courses are designed to enhance existing WWC academic programs and meet international and experiential education interests. These courses involve one semester of study on campus followed by a travel component normally conducted over summer or winter breaks. Academic credit is typically 4 credits per course assigned to the semester preceding travel. Study Abroad course fees vary depending on such factors as air ticket costs, length of time abroad, on-site activities and transportation needs, and the location and type of lodging available.

8.7.2-2 Term-Length Study Abroad Courses: Similar to short-term Study Abroad courses, these courses spend more time in the field and carry more in depth academic and cross-cultural treatment as well as service opportunities. Previous term-length courses offered have involved study in the Near East and Latin America.

8.7.2-3 Other Study Abroad Options:

Semester Abroad Opportunities
Warren Wilson maintains a number of institutional exchange agreements and other collaborative partnerships with institutions in several countries. These opportunities are sometimes more competitive due to limited openings. Applicants are subject to approval from receiving institutions in addition to Warren Wilson College. International Programs staff is available to counsel students on the opportunities that are available, what programs might work best for specific interests and major areas of study, and application requirements.

External Study Programs
Eligible students who are interested in participating in certain U.S.-accredited pre-approved, external, international study programs such as SIT, CIEE, Living Routes, or similar programs may be qualified to receive Study Abroad financial assistance with prior approval within stated deadlines. Contact the International Programs Office for conditions required in obtaining this benefit.

Internships
Certain academic cross-cultural internships may be approved as a Study Abroad Program experience. Details are available in the International Programs Office. It is the responsibility of the student to learn about the program and ascertain her/his qualifications. Other useful Study Abroad details include the following: