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Western Carolina University    
 
    
 
  Aug 17, 2017
 
CURRENT 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

About the University and the Graduate School


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About the University

The Graduate School and Graduate Study at Western Carolina University

 

The University Register

Student Life


About the University

A member of The University of North Carolina, Western Carolina University offers courses in the arts, sciences, technologies, humanities, and professions. Students can elect degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, or doctoral level study in educational leadership and physical therapy. As a regional institution, it serves the people of North Carolina from its residential campus at Cullowhee and through off-campus instruction in Asheville and other locations.

Mission

Western Carolina University creates learning opportunities that incorporate teaching, research, service, and engagement through on campus, off campus, on-line and international experiences. The university focuses its undergraduate, master’s and three doctoral programs, educational outreach, research, creative, and cultural activities to sustain and improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in Western Carolina and beyond.

Our Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Excellence, Scholarship, Teaching and Learning
  • Collaboration with and Respect for our Communities
  • Free and Open Interchange of Ideas
  • Responsible Stewardship and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Organizational and Environmental Sustainability
  • Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Our Vision

To be a national model for student learning and engagement that embraces its responsibilities as a regionally engaged university.

Location

Western Carolina University is located in the scenic Appalachian mountain ranges at Cullowhee, North Carolina. The university consists of the main campus in Cullowhee and resident credit centers in Asheville and Cherokee. A faculty of approximately 675 serves a student body of approximately 9,400 in resident-credit and extension classes.

The Cullowhee campus is in a rural valley between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville and seven miles south of Sylva on North Carolina Highway 107. The location at the southern end of Cullowhee Valley in the heart of the Tuckaseigee River basin, gives it an unusually attractive setting. The closest commercial airport to the university is located in Asheville.

The central campus consists of about 233 acres, including beautifully wooded areas and modern academic, student residence, recreation, and athletic facilities. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Qualla Boundary (Cherokee), Fontana Lake, and numerous resort areas offer golfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, water sports, and other recreational opportunities nearby.

Governance

Western Carolina University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, functions under the jurisdiction of the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina and the Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University. Policies of the Board of Governors are administered by the president and the General Administration of The University of North Carolina. The Board of Trustees receives its authority by delegation from the Board of Governors.

The chancellor is the chief administrative officer of the university. The Faculty Senate, the principal policy-recommending body of the faculty, operates under the provisions of a faculty constitution and bylaws.

Accreditation

Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Western Carolina University. In addition to this institutional accreditation, other special accreditation by appropriate agencies includes these:

In addition to this institutional accreditation, other special accreditation by appropriate agencies includes these:

AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
ABET, Engineering Accreditation Commission
ABET, Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission
American Chemical Society
American Council for Construction Education
American Dietetic Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in cooperation with the Council on Accreditation of the American Health Information Management Association, and the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Council on Accreditation of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology
Council on Social Work Education
Foundation on Interior Design Education Research (FIDER)
National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Science and Protection
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of School Psychologists
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National Council for Teachers of English
National Kitchen and Bath Association Endorsement
North American Society for Sport Management/National Association of Sport and Physical Education
North Carolina Board of Nursing
North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Project Management Institute, Inc.

The university is a member of appropriate state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related. These include but are not limited to:

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Higher Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American College Dance Festival Association
American Council on Education
American Society of Allied Health Professions
Association for Continuing Higher Education
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
College Entrance Examination Board
Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
Cooperative Education Association
Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Institute for International Education, Inc.
International Council for Small Business
Mathematics Association of America
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Business Education Association
National University Continuing Education Association
North American Association of Summer Sessions
North Carolina Academy of Science
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina Political Science Association
Southeastern Theatre Conference
Southern Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies
Southern Regional Education Board
Southern States Communication Association
Speech Communication Association
United States Distance Learning Association
United States Institute for Theatre Technology

The Register

History of The University of North Carolina

In North Carolina, all the public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees are part of The University of North Carolina. Western Carolina University is one of the sixteen constituent institutions of the multi-campus state university.

The University of North Carolina, chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1789, was the first public university in the United States to open its doors and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century. The first class was admitted in Chapel Hill in 1795. For the next 136 years, the only campus of The University of North Carolina was at Chapel Hill.

In 1877, the North Carolina General Assembly began sponsoring additional institutions of higher education, diverse in origin and purpose. Five were historically black institutions, and another was founded to educate American Indians. Several were created to prepare teachers for the public schools. Others had a technological emphasis. One is a training school for performing artists.

In 1931, the North Carolina General Assembly redefined The University of North Carolina to include three state-supported institutions: the campus at Chapel Hill (now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University at Raleigh), and Woman’s College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). The new multi-campus university operated with one board of trustees and one president. By 1969, three additional campuses had joined the university through legislative action: the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

In 1971, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation bringing into the University of North Carolina the state’s ten remaining public senior institutions, each of which had until then been legally separate: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pembroke State University, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University. This action created the current sixteen-campus university. In 1985, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for gifted students, was declared an affiliated school of the university; and in 1996, Pembroke State University was renamed The University of North Carolina at Pembroke through legislative action.

The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions. It elects the president, who administers the university. The thirty-two voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the North Carolina General Assembly for four-year terms. Former board chairmen and board members who are former governors of North Carolina may continue to serve for limited periods as non-voting members emeriti. The president of the UNC Association of Student Governments, or that student’s designee, is also a non-voting member.

Each of the sixteen constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Governors on the president’s nomination and is responsible to the president. Each institution has a board of trustees, consisting of eight members elected by the Board of Governors, four appointed by the governor, and the president of the student body, who serves ex officio. The North Carolina School of the Arts has two additional ex officio members. Each board of trustees holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institution on delegation from the Board of Governors.

Board of Governors

W. Louis Bissette, Jr., Chair

Roger Aiken, Vice Chair

Joan Templeton Perry, M.D., Secretary

Darrell Allison

Pearl Burris-Floyd

C. Phillip Byers

Walter Davenport

Madeline Finnegan

Hannah D. Gage

Thom Goolsby

H. Frank Grainger

Henry W. Hinton

James L. Holmes, Jr.

Joe Knott

W. Marty Kotis, III

Scott Lampe

Steven B. Long

Joan G. MacNeill

Ann Maxwell

J. Alex Mitchell

W.G. Champion Mitchell

Anna Spangle Nelson

R. Doyle Parrish

Therence O. Pickett

David M. Powers

Robert S. Rippy

O. Temple Sloan III

Harry Leo Smith, Jr.

J. Craig Souza

George A. Sywassink

William Webb

Laura I. Wiley

Michael Williford

 

Officers of the University of North Carolina

Margaret Spellings

 

President

Meredith Didier

 

Chief of Staff

Junius Gonzales

 

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Kevin Howell

 

Senior Vice President for External Affairs

Andrew P. Kelly

 

Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy

Jonathan Pruitt

 

Senior Vice President for Finance and Budget

Tom Shanahan

 

Senior Vice President Governance, Legal, and Risk and General Counsel

Vacant   Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University was founded in August 1889 as a semi-public school. Chartered as Cullowhee High School in 1891, it served the Cullowhee community and boarding students from neighboring counties and other states.

For Professor Robert Lee Madison, the institution’s founder, the aim of the school was teacher training. In 1893, with the first state appropriation of $1,500, a normal department was established. In 1905, the institution became Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School, a title it held for 20 years.

Beginning about 1912, the status of the school was gradually raised to that of a two-year normal school or junior college. With state support increasing and work at the secondary level discontinued, the name of the school was changed in 1925 to Cullowhee State Normal School.

In 1929, under a new charter authorizing the school to extend its work to the four-year level, the name Western Carolina Teachers College was adopted. Modifications in function and rapid growth climaxed in 1951 with the addition of the postgraduate year to the curriculum, and the granting of the Master of Arts in Education degree was authorized. Demands in the liberal arts, and for programs in other areas of learning, led to an expansion of its offerings and to a further change, in 1953, to the name Western Carolina College.

In 1967, the institution was designated a regional university by the North Carolina General Assembly and the name of the institution was changed to Western Carolina University.

In 1971, the state legislature reorganized higher education in North Carolina, and on July 1, 1972, Western Carolina University became a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina.

In 1996, Western Carolina University was approved by the University of North Carolina-General Administration and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer the Doctoral degree in education.

Board of Trustees
 

Ed Broadwell, Jr., Chair

Patricia Kaemmerling, Vice Chair

Carolyn Coward, Secretary

Grace Battle

Phil Drake

Joyce Dugan

Thomas Fetzer

Gaither Keener

J. Bryant Kinney

John Lupoli

Kenny Messer

Wardell Townsend, Jr.

Katherine Spalding (SGA President)

 

Administrative Officers

Office of the Chancellor

David O. Belcher, D.M.A.                             Chancellor

Melissa Canady Wargo, Ph.D.                     Chief of Staff

 

Chancellor’s Executive Council

Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Ph.D.           Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Shea Browning                                   General Counsel

Mike Byers, M.B.A.                             Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

H. Sam Miller, Ph.D.                           Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Craig A. Fowler, M.B.A.                      Chief Information Officer

Lisa Gaetano, B.S.                              Internal Auditor

Lori Lewis, M.Ed.                                Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Engagement

 

About the Graduate School

Brian Kloeppel, Dean, Graduate School and Research
bkloeppel@wcu.ed

Sharon James McGee, Associate Dean, Graduate School and Research sjmcgee@wcu.edu

Roxane Stiles, Executive Assistant
rstiles@wcu.edu

 

Elizabeth Frazier
Student Services Manager
efrazier@email.wcu.edu

Nick Canada
Student Services Assistant, Admissions
nrcanada@wcu.edu

Vacant
Student Services Assistant, Admissions
@wcu.edu

 

Rachel Walker
Director of Graduate Marketing and Recruitment
rwalker@wcu.edu

Don Strickland
Technology Support Technician
dpstrickland@wcu.edu

Jan Stanfield
Student Services Assistant
jmstanfield@wcu.edu
 

The Graduate School consists of a graduate faculty represented by the dean, who is the administrative officer, and the Graduate Council. The dean reports to the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor and is responsible for Graduate School and Research. Please see the Graduate Faculty & Staff web page for a current list of graduate faculty members.

Graduate Council

Graduate School members serving on Graduate Council are the Dean as Chairman, Associate Dean of Graduate School, and Student Services Manager. Please see the Graduate Council web page for a current list of faculty and student members.

The Graduate Council formulates and recommends policies and standards for the Graduate School, reviews and recommends all teaching personnel for graduate courses, and appraises and recommends new graduate degree programs and changes in existing programs.

Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides comprehensive support services for faculty and students seeking external funding for research from public and private sources. These support services include assistance with project planning, funding searches, proposal development, internal and external electronic submission processes, budgeting, human and animal subject research, project administration and compliance.

Faculty Scholarship Advisory Committee

The mission of the Faculty Scholarship Advisory Committee is to serve as an advisory body to the WCU Chief Research Officer and the Director of Research Administration on matters pertaining to the development of research and creative activities. The advisory group is charged with helping to nurture a climate that encourages research as one of the primary missions of the University. The group identifies needs of the faculty and other researchers; analyzes services, policies, and procedures that affect research; and makes recommendations which, in its view, will facilitate the research process and research productivity at the University.

The Graduate School and Graduate Study at Western Carolina University

Graduate study is a personal experience, and the selection of a graduate school is one of the most important decisions a student is called upon to make. At Western Carolina University, graduate study is characterized by small classes, personal interaction with faculty members, and a pleasant atmosphere conducive to the pursuit of individual educational goals.

Western Carolina University is a state-supported coeducational institution with a student body of almost 10,000, of which over 1,900 are graduate students. Including its credit and noncredit instructional courses, continuing education offerings, workshops, conferences, and service programs, the university serves more than 12,000 persons each year. The Graduate School offers programs leading to 25 master’s degrees in more than 50 professional and academic areas, the Specialist in School Psychology degree, and three Doctoral degrees.

The Graduate School provides programs to prepare members of the teaching profession for licensure at the master’s and sixth-year levels, to prepare persons to teach in higher education, and to meet the needs of persons working in or preparing to work in other occupations and professions. A student interested in any of the following programs should request additional information from the Graduate School or the head of the appropriate department: accountancy, art, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication sciences and disorders, construction management, counseling, educational leadership, elementary education, English, entrepreneurship, health sciences, higher education student affairs, history, human resources,  mathematics, middle grades education, nursing, physical therapy, project management, psychology, public affairs, school administration, social sciences, social work, special education, sport management, or technology.

The university operates on a semester system, with two semesters making up the regular academic year. In addition, a summer semester offers a wide variety of courses for both graduates and undergraduates.

Further information may be obtained by emailing the Graduate School at grad@wcu.edu, writing the Graduate School at 110 Cordelia Camp, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723, or by telephoning 828-227-7398 or 800-369-9854.

Division of Educational Outreach

Through the Division of Educational Outreach, the teaching resources of the university are made available to the residents of the region and the state. The division promotes and coordinates noncredit and off-site credit courses and programs, supports military students (residential and distance), manages distance learning student support, operates a testing center and supports academic departments in non-credit offerings and conferences, camps and other events. Many workshops, institutes, conferences, seminars, and short courses are available for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit.

Distance Learning. Division of Educational Outreach collaborates with the academic colleges, Information Technology, university student service units, community colleges and businesses to provide support to distance learners. Distance Learning Student Services supports students by assisting with application and admission processes, providing online tutoring, student support through electronic and personal contact, supports distance faculty where appropriate and provides data for distance learning decisions. Distance learning extends the boundaries of the university by using a variety of telecommunications technologies in the online and off-campus delivery of UNC approved distance programs. There are occasions when students may meet in a regular classroom setting or on Saturdays for clinical activities at distant instructional sites. Distance learners may be required to attend an orientation on the campus of Western Carolina University or at an outreach site.

Cordelia Camp Building. The division manages a conference and training center, which is equipped with classrooms, computer labs, and interactive video facilities. The center serves businesses, agencies, and schools in Western North Carolina with continuing professional education workshops and retreats.

Camps and Conferences. The division provides support for educational conferences, camps and special events and is the facilitator of faculty led conferences on campus. Several annual conferences are held each year on campus with expert faculty from Western Carolina University and from throughout the U.S. Experienced staff can help develop budgets; assist in program planning; secure appropriate facilities; arrange for lodging, meals, banquets, and tours; provide brochure design, printing, and mailing service; handle registrations; and manage financial details. Depending on the university calendar and preference of the sponsors, conference participants may be housed in campus facilities or off-campus commercial settings.

Professional Growth and Enrichment. With the rapid explosion of new knowledge and technologies, up-to-date information is vital for today’s professional. A wide range of opportunities is available for continued learning in many fields. These include both online and face-to-face opportunities. There are non-credit opportunities for recertification or certification in a variety of fields including nursing, project management, and drug and alcohol. Programs can be tailored to meet specific organizational needs and to assist in corporate training efforts at any site.

Military Student Service-Educational Outreach houses military student services including the certification office for military-affiliated funding for active duty, veterans, spouses and dependents.   The Office acts as a one-stop for all things military from recruitment to graduation.  The Office advocates for military students and educates the campus as to the special circumstances of military students.  Additionally the Office supports the Student Veterans Association. 

Testing Center. The Continuing Education Testing Center oversees administrations of a variety of tests.  Testing includes TEAS, SAT, CLEP, DSST and MAT and other national exams.  The Center also serves as a testing site for a variety of high-stakes/professional  exams and is an approved site for proctored testing for distance learners through UNC-Online Proctoring Network and the National College Testing Association. Western Carolina University distance students must also test at a testing center approved by one of these two organizations. Each test will have specific requirements for registration.  For a list of all testing and requirements, visit the website http://testing.wcu.edu.

Online students. The Center also serves distance students from other universities.  The Center provides testing for a variety of professional testing. Students should consult with faculty about proctored testing requirements.

Summer Sessions. A full summer academic program at the graduate and undergraduate levels is offered in Cullowhee, Asheville and on-line. Special short courses, workshops, and institutes in a number of subjects are available at these locations and in Cherokee. Visit the website at http://summer.wcu.edu for more information.

Western Carolina University Programs at Biltmore Park

WCU hosts a large instructional site in Asheville which offers a rich mix of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Most are programs designed for working professionals looking to complete their degree while continuing their career. At WCU Biltmore Park the University offers two doctoral programs in Education and Nursing, and ten masters programs which include degrees in Accounting, Business, Counseling, English, Nursing, Public Affairs, Social Work, and Technology. Additionally, WCU offers three baccalaureate completion programs in Engineering, Hospitality & Tourism and Nursing.

WCU’s instructional site in Asheville is located at 28 Schenck Parkway, halfway between downtown Asheville and Hendersonville at Biltmore Park Town Square.  More information can be found at biltmorepark.wcu.edu or at 828-654-6498.

Service and Research Centers

Faculty members and students participate in a wide range of service and research activity. The university’s service centers add impetus to the programs of the colleges and departments and provide significant assistance to the region in which the university is located.

Accessibility Resources. It is the mission of the Office of Accessibility Resources to remove barriers and ensure equal access for all qualified students with disabilities. We do this by providing accommodations and related support services for students with documented disabilities. Accommodations are provided when deemed necessary and reasonable for a particular student and are determined on a case-by-case basis through an interactive process between the student and OAR. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, testing accommodations, note-taking accommodations, alternate format texts and materials, assistive technology, and communications assistance (such as sign-language interpreters or CART services). It is the student’s responsibility to disclose his/her disability, to request academic or physical accommodations, and to provide documentation. The request can be made at any time; however, some accommodations may take time to put in place, so it is best to make the request as early as possible in the semester. OAR also provides coaching, self-advocacy training, awareness events/activities, training for faculty and staff, and accessibility monitoring. Ms. Wesley J. Satterwhite, Director, 828-227-3886. accessibility@wcu.edu.

Center for Career and Professional Development. The Center for Career and Professional Development encompasses resources and services that support students’ self-assessment, career exploration, and pursuit of experiential and post-graduate opportunities.

Activities/services include the following:

* on campus student employment
* JobCat and other assessable job listing programs
* individual conferences with career counselors
* vocational and interest testing
* internship program assistance
* resume and cover-letter critiquing service
* an on-line mock interview program
* career events

The Center for Career and Professional Development is located in the Reid Building Room 150. For more information (http://careers.wcu.edu). 

Center for Rapid Product Realization. The mission of the Center for Rapid Product Realization is to match the College of Engineering and Technology’s resources of laboratories, faculty and students with the manufacturing and business needs of western North Carolina. The goal of this engagement is to grow and transform the region’s economy, enhance student learning through real-world project experiences, and improve the quality of life. The RAPID Center has special expertise in four areas: rapid prototyping, advanced manufacturing, intelligent sensors and optoelectronics. The Center in collaboration with the SBTDC and Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation serves as the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center for North Carolina. Faculty/student projects, particularly the two semester senior capstone projects, are one of the principal avenues for interacting with the WNC community. Projects have included improvements to wheelchairs, sensors to help persons with dementia, new products for the Christmas tree industry, rehabilitation devices for children and the elderly and devices to help men and women of the U.S. Army and Navy Special Forces. Commercialization of technology is the central theme of these regional and statewide initiatives. To learn more about the student/faculty projects and how to become involved with the Rapid Center, visit http://rapid.wcu.edu.

Center for Service Learning. The Center for Service Learning helps WCU students, faculty, and staff find service opportunities in the region. The office plans and promotes volunteer opportunities, facilitates course-based service learning projects, and tracks and recognizes student engagement in service through the Lily Community Engagement Award Program. Service opportunities are available at over 130 community agencies, and include many types of projects. Through service learning, students can improve their understanding of course content, meet community needs, develop career-related skills, and become responsible citizens. Each year, there are nearly 100 courses with service learning components, spread across every college and school of the University.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits. Western Carolina University is approved under the provisions of Title 38 United States Code, Chapter 36, to receive and process VA education benefits. Persons eligible and entitled under provisions of Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35 and Sections 901 and 903, and Title 10 United States Code, Chapters 1606 and 1607 may enroll in programs approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency. All inquiries concerning Veterans Affairs educational benefits should be addressed to the VA Certifying Official, Military Student Services, 138 Camp Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723, telephone 828-227-3022/2135.

Highlands Biological Station.

The Highlands Biological Station (HBS) is a field station for biological research and education focused on southern Appalachian ecosystems and organisms. Founded in 1927, HBS has been an Inter-institutional Center of the University of North Carolina since 1976. Western Carolina University has served as the administrative campus for HBS since 1981. Twenty regional colleges and universities also participate in the Station’s programs as member institutions.

HBS is located on the Blue Ridge Escarpment about 30 miles south of Cullowhee in the town of Highlands, North Carolina. The topography, latitude, and high rainfall of the area combine to yield extremely rich biotic and environmental diversity, making HBS an ideal locale for field studies in environmental biology, conservation, aquatic ecology, population biology, community and ecosystem ecology, and systematics. Its facilities are open to students and senior investigators engaged in research on the organisms and environments of the southern Appalachian region. Station facilities include housing (40 beds in several residences), a self-service dining hall, well-equipped research space, and teaching classrooms and laboratories. The 23-acre campus also includes the WPA-built Highlands Nature Center, which offers educational exhibits, K-12 outreach, and a wide variety of public programs, and the 12-acre Highlands Botanical Garden, which features hundreds of native plant species in a variety of southern Appalachian habitats.  Both the Nature Center and Botanical Garden are free and open to the public. 

Each summer HBS offers a series of one- to two-week courses and workshops, taught at the advanced undergraduate and introductory graduate levels, as well as short courses and workshops for general audiences. Academic credit through WCU or UNC-Chapel Hill is available for most courses and workshops. Limited financial aid is available for courses, and a research Grant-in-Aid program also provides financial assistance to graduate students conducting thesis research at HBS. Since 2001 the Station has hosted a fall semester-in-residence undergraduate program in environmental biology in cooperation with the Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill. WCU students majoring in biology or environmental sciences are encouraged to apply to this unique program.

To learn more about the programs, courses, and research opportunities at the Highlands Biological Station, or to visit see the HBS website (highlandsbiological.org) or contact Dr. James T. Costa, Executive Director, Highlands Biological Station, 265 N. Sixth Street, Highlands, NC 28741; 828-526-2602; costa@email.wcu.edu. 

Hunter Library

The Hunter Library provides high-quality information support services to students, staff and faculty as its primary mission. Librarians provide both individualized research assistance and classroom instruction. The library is open more than 96 hours per week during the regular Fall and Spring semesters. The library’s vast digital resources are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The collections and services that support student and faculty research include:

  • Main book collection consisting of over 700,000 books and bound periodicals. This collection is augmented by a cooperative agreement with UNC Asheville and Appalachian State University through the use of a shared online catalog and delivery service. Students can readily borrow items from these other libraries and generally receive them in 2 days or less. The combined collection is over 2 million volumes.
  • 200+ electronic databases and 45,000+ electronic journals that can be accessed remotely
  • Free document delivery service that provides access to articles from approximately 25,000 journal titles that can be accessed remotely.
  • Electronic reserves collection that can be accessed remotely
  • 1,200 print journal subscriptions
  • Free interlibrary loan service for all students and faculty
  • Microfiche collection of 1.5 million pieces
  • Government documents providing access to over 227,000 government documents representing both the Federal government and the North Carolina government
  • Special Collections containing manuscript collections, books, photographs and other resources documenting the history of Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia, the history of the Cherokee Indians, and literary works and papers of Western North Carolina authors
  • The Map Room collection contains more than 122,000 sheet maps and an extensive collection of digital mapping data with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to support it
  • Media Collection, an extensive collection of CDs, videotapes, DVDs and other media in its Curriculum Materials Center (CMC)
  • Curriculum Materials also maintains collections of state-adopted textbooks, curriculum guides, children’s literature and other classroom instructional materials in support of the university’s professional education programs

Information Technology. The Division of Information Technology is responsible for providing technology assistance, information and services in support of Western’s mission and aspirations. These services include providing information resources to students, faculty, and staff to support teaching, learning, research, administrative and regional engagement efforts. Information Technology provides advice, planning and technical guidance for the appropriate use of technology in support of the university’s educational endeavor. Information Technology is located in various campus buildings with assistance available at many of Western’s facilities beyond the Cullowhee campus. The university is an active member of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. The university is also a member of Internet2, a software and networking consortium led by members from the research and education communities, industry, and government.

Information Technology has over 80 staff and is comprised of the following units: The Office of the Chief Information Officer, Academic Engagement & IT Governance, Chief Technologist & IT Security Office, Coulter Faculty Commons, IT Applications & Systems, IT Project Management Office, Instructional Technology and Desktop Services, and Networking & Communications.

The university uses a state-of-the-art administrative system that allows students and faculty to do virtually all of their business with the university, such as register for courses or post grades, online. All students receive a WCU email account that allows them to communicate with their peers, faculty members, and university offices. The myWCU portal is the primary tool used by students to access email and other campus and course-related information. Blackboard Learn is the primary instructional delivery system in support of traditional classroom and online courses.

There are over 5,000 WCU owned computers and mobile devices in offices, classrooms, and lab facilities, all with connections to high-speed broadband networks. Students enjoy high-speed network connectivity from their residence hall rooms or from the EDUROAM wireless network available throughout the Cullowhee campus. The Technology Commons, our IT walk-up location which boasts a multitude of services, is located on the ground floor of Hunter Library. Their hours can be found at tc.wcu.edu, but the Technology Commons is always open 24 hours during the last two weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Users may call the Information Technology Help Desk locally at 227-7487 or 866-928-7487, email ithelp@wcu.edu, or visit the Online Help Desk/Self-Service page located at: help.wcu.edu for assistance with any Information Technology service or resource. Faculty routinely work with the Coulter Faculty Commons to integrate technology into their teaching activities.

Information Technology supports both Windows and Apple operating systems along with various software applications including a focus on Microsoft Office products. Office products are provided for faculty, staff and students along with upgrades for the Windows operating system for university and personal computers. Information Technology also provides computer virus protection software to all students, faculty, and staff and is committed to keeping computers safe, secure and current in a highly-networked campus computing environment. Many software packages are centrally licensed with a limited number of licenses available in labs and classrooms, but they can also be accessed anytime/anywhere through our VCAT service. Visit vcat.wcu.edu for more information. Statistical packages and other specialized software, including digital media editing, geographical information systems, and engineering design programs, can be found in collaborative labs and classrooms.

IT Video Services provides consultation and technical support for campus video needs, including audio/video production, streaming, live event support and video conferencing services through the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) web site at http://doit.wcu.edu provides a variety of useful technology information and self-help resources, as well as links for downloading software for personally-owned computers and accessing computer purchasing information.

International Programs and Services.

The Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) provides leadership and advocacy for international programs and activities on campus and coordinates the resources necessary to sustain their growth. IPS is the hub of international activities at WCU. IPS works with faculty, staff, and students on campus, in Western Carolina, and throughout the world to:

  • Help develop WCU students into global citizens
  • Manage WCU’s study abroad programs
  • Develop and facilitate international engagement and partnerships
  • Support international teaching and learning-for example, though faculty-led study abroad programs, and Global Learning Academy
  • Recruit and enroll international students
  • Provide immigration services and transitional support for international students and scholars
  • Provide English language training to international students
  • Increase cross-cultural understanding through outreach programs, for example, K-12 outreach

Mentoring and Persistence to Success (MAPS) (http://www.wcu.edu/learn/academic-success/maps/) is a comprehensive academic-support program which assists eligible students in choosing and working toward their academic, career, and personal goals with programs tailored to meet individual needs. Services include academic advising, career and personal coaching, and mentoring. Students may qualify for all free services if they meet one of the following criteria: they are first generation college students; OR are independent status; OR meet U.S. Department of Education income guidelines. MAPS  also coordinates freshman and early start and transition programs including the Academic Success Program (ASP), Catamount Gap, Catamount Gap Abroad, and STEM Enrichment.

Mountain Heritage Center. The center collects, interprets, and disseminates knowledge about the southern Appalachian region and its people. Its research and artifact collections promote public awareness of the region’s rich natural and cultural heritage using publications, exhibitions, and demonstrations presented both on campus and throughout western North Carolina. The center also collaborates with public schools in preparing programs for educational enrichment and provides a learning experience for university students through internships.

Myron L. Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The Coulter Faculty Commons, founded in 1988, provides comprehensive support for all part and full-time faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants in teaching, learning, research, and engagement. Located in Hunter Library, the CFC’s mission includes the enhancement of student learning, the facilitation of effectiveness in instructional technology, the planning and implementation of events/ professional development opportunities, and the support of faculty research. Graduate students and faculty who participate in CFC activities are able to document their participation and collaboration with the CFC to show evidence of professional development in teaching and learning. For more information, visit the CFC website at http://www.wcu.edu/learn/faculty/coulter-faculty-commons/

Activities and services include:

  • One-on-one consultation and workshop opportunities on course design, syllabi, learning objectives, active learning, and effective teaching and learning strategies
  • One-on-one consultation and workshop opportunities for research design, methodology, and assessment, particularly for research in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • One-on-one consultations and workshop opportunities focused on using lecture-capture software and other digital media tools in teaching.
  • Monthly newsletters with news, opportunities, and best practices in teaching and learning
  • Training opportunities for using the LMS (Learning Management System) for instruction
  • Support for the use of research software, including ArcGIS, Qualtrics (a survey tool), SPSS, SAS, and STATA.
  • Support for research across the Boyer model, including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The Coulter Faculty Commons can be reached at 828-227-7196.

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) was established by the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1985 as a statewide center to recognize and support outstanding North Carolina pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public school teachers and to enhance teaching as an art and profession with the ultimate goal being the retention of high quality teachers in the classroom.  A center of The University of North Carolina, NCCAT is governed by a board of trustees, and its programs and activities are conducted by a professional staff of faculty and administrators.

School-University Teacher Education Partnership (SUTEP). SUTEP, housed in the College of Education and Allied Professions, partners with more than 100 schools in the 18 western North Carolina school systems. These partnerships are designed to enrich school-university relationships, strengthen teacher preparation, and provide professional development for teachers and school administrators.

Southern Appalachian Biodiversity and Ecology center (SABEC). Faculty and students in Biology and Natural Resources Conservation and Management collaborate with Highlands Biological Station, regional groups, and public schools in education, research, and outreach focused on ecology and biotic diversity in the mountain ecosystems of western North Carolina and surrounding areas.

Speech and Hearing Clinic. The Speech and Hearing Clinic’s (SHC) fundamental mission is to provide quality clinical education for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the discipline of communication disorders. As a critical adjunct, the SHC provides diagnostic, treatment, and consultative services to citizens with known or suspected speech, language, and/or hearing disorders in its catchment area of western North Carolina. The SHC also strives to serve as a community resource for allied professionals and agencies requiring information about human communication and communication disorders. The clinic derives its strength from a combined academic/clinical orientation that directly fosters the delivery of state-of- the-art services. The SHC’s services are available to persons of all ages. In addition to traditional speech/language/hearing services, the SHC offers the following:

  • hearing aid evaluation and dispensing
  • otoacoustic emission testing
  • augmentative communication evaluation
  • interdisciplinary evaluation
  • assistive technology consultation and training
  • education on various topics related to communication disorders

The Small Business and Technology Development Center at Western Carolina University (SBTDC at WCU). The SBTDC center at WCU is staffed by four dedicated business professionals who provide comprehensive business counseling for small to medium-sized companies. These counselors serve the 14 western counties of North Carolina through two convenient locations on campus at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and in downtown Asheville. 

Most business owners or their executives come to the SBTDC initially for confidential counseling to assess their business and develop a plan to make their business better. Together, the counselor and company select tools to implement that plan - financial analysis, market studies, focus groups, strategic needs assessments, government procurement assistance, and/or strategic planning retreats to name a few.  If funding is a need, the SBTDC provides hands-on assistance with loan package preparation and approaches to other capital sources (including angel investors).  For companies involved in scientific research & product development, our team assists with federal SBIR and STTR grant proposals.

As a program of the university system, the SBTDC strives to leverage the assets of WCU to benefit businesses in the region.  Each year, in partnership with professors from the College of Business well over 250 students from WCU participate in applied learning projects designed to assist companies with improvement and growth. These projects provide a hands-on learning experience for students and much needed resources for businesses.  Finally, the Center administers a summer internship program for rising seniors at WCU who work with a small business in the region for eight weeks over the course of the summer.  Students apply for specific positions with companies who have expressed interest in hosting an intern.

For more information, visit the SBTDC at WCU Center page at http://www.sbtdc.org/offices/wcu/.

Testing Services. The Continuing Education Testing Center oversees administrations of a variety of tests. Testing includes TEAS, SAT, CLEP, DSST and MAT and other national exams. The Center also serves as a testing site for a variety of high-stakes/professional exams and is an approved site for proctored testing for distance learners. Each test will have specific requirements for registration. For a list of all testing and requirements, visit the website testing.wcu.edu.

Writing and Learning Commons (WaLC) provides tutoring and academic support services to help students develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to achieve academic excellence. Services include course tutoring, writing tutoring,  academic skills consultations, international student consultations, and online writing resources.

Writing tutors collaborate with students from all classes and majors at every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and prewriting to drafting and revising. Course tutors facilitate collaborative sessions and offer strategies for effective study. Academic skills consultants conduct in-class workshops and one-on-one consultations focused on improving students’ reading, note taking, time management, test preparation, and test taking skills. Visit http://tutoring.wcu.edu or call 828-227-2274 to schedule appointments.

Tutoring services are available during fall, spring, and summer terms and are offered to enrolled students without charge. All consultations and tutoring sessions take place in the WaLC or in designated classrooms on campus.

Distance students and students taking classes at Biltmore Park are encouraged to use Brainfuse, an online tutoring service provided by The Division of Educational Outreach. For more information about Brainfuse, visit http://onlinetutoring.wcu.edu.

Centers and Institutes Affiliated with Graduate School and Research

Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines. The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) is a research and educational outreach center. The primary mission of PSDS is to conduct scientific research into coastal processes and to translate that science into management and policy recommendations through a variety of professional and public outreach mechanisms. PSDS personnel foster faculty and student participation in these areas of research through grant writing and active engagement of students in research projects.

Public Policy Institute. The Public Policy Institute is a multidisciplinary applied research and outreach arm of the University concerned with promoting effective public policy in the region. Faculty and students from across the University participate in the institute in a variety of ways. Interested students and faculty should contact the director via email for more information.

Office of the Chief of Staff (External Affairs)

The chief of staff to the chancellor also serves as the university’s primary external affairs officer, providing strategic direction and vision to the university’s communication and outreach to external constituents such as governing boards, system officials and staff, elected and appointed officials, media, and prospective students and their influencers. Functions reporting to the chief of staff include communications, public relations, government relations, special events, and university marketing. 

Communications and Public Relations. The Office of Communications and Public Relations, which includes the university’s news, media relations, photography and videography functions, is led by the chief communications officer. The office includes University News Services and Photography and Video Services. The office is the official liaison between the university and all news media, is responsible for photography and video used to promote the university, produces the university magazine and faculty-staff newsletter, issues press releases and answers media inquiries, and maintains news content and other messaging on the university’s website.

External/Government Relations. The Office of External Relations is led by the university’s official liaison with elected and appointed officials from the municipal to the federal levels. The office pursues federal funding for WCU through congressional appropriations mechanisms and state funding through the University of North Carolina system’s established budget priorities process. In addition, the office serves as university liaison to important economic development entities within the local community and the greater Western North Carolina region, including chambers of commerce and regional economic development organizations.

Special Events. The Office of Special Events is led by the director of special events and is responsible for the strategic direction, planning, and implementation of top-level, university-wide special events on behalf of the chancellor and the chief of staff, both on campus and off. The special events team also serves as advisors to the Chancellor’s Ambassador student organization providing leadership and event support for functions held by the chancellor and senior leadership. The office also serves as event consultants for departments across campus.

University Marketing. The Office of University Marketing, led by the chief marketing officer, includes the university’s marketing, design, brand management, web and social media functions as well as the WCU Print Shop, The office is responsible for the management of the university paid media plan, design for the university magazine, all recruitment collateral and advertising, web design and content management for the university’s external website, environmental design, signage and sponsorships, and oversight of all institutional social media platforms and channels.

Office of Development. University Policy #55 assigns the Office of Development responsibility for private-sector fund-raising on behalf of University units and programs. The Office of Development receives, records, receipts, and acknowledges all private gifts to the University; conducts annual fundraising activities for support of academic and other programs; and guides and coordinates the systematic pursuit of major and planned gifts. Any fundraising activities for voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, or philanthropic agencies conducted on behalf of the University or any unit thereof must be coordinated through the Office of Development.

Foundation. The Western Carolina University Foundation is the primary volunteer organization engaged in cultivating and directing significant private resources to the University.

Office of Alumni Affairs. The Office of Alumni Affairs maintains all alumni records; organizes and coordinates meetings of alumni groups, alumni reunions, and alumni homecoming activities; works directly with the Board of Directors of the Western Carolina alumni associations and Western Carolina clubs (alumni chapters); assists with publications and all electronic communications with alumni; and general serves as a communications link and support structure for alumni.

Office of Partnership Development. The Office of Partnership Development for the WCU Millennial Initiative is responsible for exploring and developing outside/external partner proposals and opportunities for the Millennial Initiative. The Office works closely with the Millennial Initiative Policy Group (MIPG) in developing and coordinating policy interpretations and business practices relating to Millennial Initiatives and external partners.

Student Life and Services

Services are provided at Western Carolina University to further each student’s academic and social development. The Division of Student Affairs has general responsibility in this area, and its functions include providing comfortable housing, offering counseling services and health care, and enhancing the college environment with recreational and leadership activities. The Division’s website is available at http://www.wcu.edu/experience/dean-of-students/About.asp.

Housing

Residential Living. The university’s residence halls are an integral part of campus life, offering a variety of experiences that contribute to intellectual, personal, and social development. The residence halls are staffed by Area Coordinators and professionals responsible for both the residential community as well as each student’s personal growth and development.

The residence halls are open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, to the extent available. Freshmen and some transfer students are required to live on campus. This requirement may be waived if the student is married or lives with parents in a county contiguous to Jackson County. For full details regarding the residency requirement, please read University Policy #96 at http://www.wcu.edu/discover/leadership/office-of-the-chancellor/legal-counsel-office/university-policies/numerical-index/university-policy-96.asp.

A variety of accommodations are available including private and double rooms, suite-style buildings, and graduate housing. Each room is furnished with computer data ports, single beds, study desks, chairs, dressers, and closets. Students provide their own pillows, bed linens, towels, lamps, clocks, wastebaskets, and telephones. (A list of suggested items to bring can be found on the Residential Living website.) Cable television is provided in student rooms, as well as in designated public areas. Other amenities include vending machines, washers, and dryers. Mail service is provided to all residential students at the Student Mail Center located in the University Center. Mailing addresses are assigned by the Department of Residential Living and will be provided when students receive housing assignments.

Please visit http://housing.wcu.edu to learn much more about Residential Living and life in the residence halls at Western Carolina University.

Off-Campus Housing. Students who are eligible under University Policy #96 to live off-campus and choose to do so are responsible for making those arrangements and the associated obligations. While the University does not endorse any off-campus housing, an on-line service is available to help University community members explore off-campus options: http://offcampushousing.wcu.edu/.

Dining Services

Please review the Dining Services website at http://wcudining.wcu.edu for comprehensive information about eating on-campus.

Food service may not be provided when dining locations are closed during holidays and other periods when the university is not in session.

Students living in university residence halls are required to purchase a campus meal plan each semester. Participation in a food service plan is optional for commuting students. Special dietary requirements are accommodated by contacting WCU Dining at 227-7396.

Student Activities and Services

A variety of programs, activities, and services identified with everyday living are available on campus. Students are encouraged to choose and participate in co-curricular activities wisely and balance them with their academic endeavors. The student activity fee helps to support many of these activities and services as well as a number of cultural programs. The fee also supports the campus media including the radio station, newspaper, literary magazine, and student television station.

Student organizations are recognized as an important part of the educational process. More than two hundred recognized campus organizations provide students opportunities to explore their religious, political, professional, social, or special interests and to be recognized for their academic and personal achievements. Learn more about the ways students can get involved on-line at http://westerncarolinauniversity.orgsync.com/SO_home.

A.K. Hinds University Center

The University Center (UC) is your gateway to involvement at WCU! From programs and student organizations to dining options and conference rooms, the UC is the central facility for student participation! The UC provides a wide range of services, programs, and organizations aimed to improve student involvement and to provide a well-rounded collegiate experience for students. The A.K. Hinds University Center provides an inclusive student-centered community that supports and encourages student learning, leadership opportunities, personal development, and active learning in a caring atmosphere.

Named for the late Anthony Keith Hinds, former dean and professor of mathematics at WCU, the University Center is the hub of student social life on campus. The UC features a two-story atrium, meeting rooms, a grand ballroom, a 170-seat movie theater, Club Illusions, Catamount Clothing, a food court, and the student mailroom. The additional space also includes the Intercultural Center, as well as the Center for Student Involvement with offices, workspace, and conference rooms for student clubs and organizations. Also a vital part of the UC is the Student Media Center, located in the historic Old Student Union, which houses student-run media groups that include radio, newspaper, television and literary magazines. The UC also works with the student leaders of Last Minute Productions (LMP) and Arts and Cultural Events (ACE) to provide student-initiated programming for the entire campus. These groups work to bring concerts, speakers and a variety of performers to the campus community. The UC website is available at: http://www.wcu.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/visit-wcu/wcu-virtual-tour/hinds-university-center.asp.

Athletics

Western Carolina University is a NCAA Division I institution with membership in the Southern Conference. With over 300 student athletes competing in 16 sports, WCU students have many opportunities to support their Catamounts. The mandatory Athletic Fee provides support for WCU Athletics so students have free tickets to all Athletic events. More information about Catamount Athletics is available on the official website: http://www.catamountsports.com/.

Base Camp Cullowhee. Located in Brown Hall, Base Camp Cullowhee (BCC) is the outdoor program of WCU. BCC provides outdoor trips and skills clinics to help students experience adventure in the great outdoors, learn new outdoor activities, challenge themselves to do more than they ever thought was possible, grow as a person and a leader, connect with other people and friends, and explore their surroundings in wild Western North Carolina. BCC also manages the Base Camp Climbing wall, a 50ft tall indoor climbing wall located in the Campus Recreation Center, and offers the campus community a rental program for outdoor equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, whitewater gear and more. Many classes, clubs, and organizations take advantage of BCC’s teambuilding services to provide their group with unique training to reach their goals. For more detailed information, visit the BCC website: http://basecamp.wcu.edu.

Campus Recreation and Wellness

The mission of the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness is to create a campus-wide culture of wellness by providing programs, services, and facilities for individuals to engage and sustain the active process of healthy living.

Located in the 73,000 square foot Campus Recreation Center (CRC), our goal is to offer a wide range of quality facilities and programs that will support the university community in achieving a balanced quality of life. The CRC is home to the campus intramurals program as well as club sports. Please visit our website for current information about Campus Recreation and Wellness: http://reccenter.wcu.edu.

University Health Services. The mission of Western Carolina University Health Services is to meet the healthcare needs of the academic community and to enhance the physical, psychological, environmental and health education needs of the WCU campus community. The staff includes physicians, physicians’ assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and a laboratory technician. Additionally, the Health Service administers a student-run ambulance service that allows for on-campus coverage for emergencies. Specialty services offered include a women’s health clinic, allergy and immunization clinic, and some limited pharmacy services.

The mandatory Student Health Fee supports University Health Services; however, some procedures require additional charges. WCU is part of the University of North Carolina System which requires all students to provide proof of immunizations and health insurance coverage. A student’s registration status may be restricted until these requirements are met. Students that do not have health insurance coverage are required to participate in the UNC System-sponsored health insurance plan.

More information about Health Services and the health insurance requirements are available on-line at http://studenthealth.wcu.edu.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) provides free and confidential short-term counseling and emergency services for students. Other services include support groups, consultations, psychiatric medication assessments, referrals, and outreach presentations and programs. Please refer to our website at http://www.wcu.edu/experience/health-and-wellness/caps/index.aspx for further information on our services, staff, and mental health resources. Initial appointments can be made in person (Bird Bldg. 2nd floor) or by phone (227-7469). Please refer to our website for a list of our weekly groups, outreach presentation topics, and biofeedback services.

Career Services and Cooperative Education

The Career Services/Cooperative Education Office is multi-faceted and student service oriented. We are committed to providing up-to-date services which: assist in career/major decision-making; promote career experiences, and job search learning; and then facilitate contact with employers and graduate schools.

Activities/services include the following:

On campus student employment (http://careers.wcu.edu/nws-jobs.asp), web-accessible job listings, programs, individual conferences with career counselors, vocational and interest testing (both on-line and in person), cooperative education and internship programs, resume and cover letter critiquing services, an on-line mock interview program, a career library with a university-wide computer-aided career guidance programs and multiple career events.

The Career Services Cooperative Education Office is located on the 2nd Floor Killian Annex. For more information (http://careers.wcu.edu).

Educator Licensure Assistance. All students and alumni seeking initial or advanced teacher or school professional licensure will find assistance in the Office of Field Experience and Licensure, Room 230 Killian Building, 828-227-2000.

Intercultural Affairs

Intercultural Affairs sponsors programs during nationally-recognized celebratory months to highlight some of the many cultures represented in the campus community. ICA staff serves as a resource, advocate and foundation of support for the Western Carolina community on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and tolerance for differences. Located in the University Center, Intercultural Affairs is a resource for all WCU students. WCU’s Diversity Initiatives website is at http://diversity.wcu.edu/ and highlights many of Intercultural Affairs programs and services.

Ramsey Regional Activity Center

Western North Carolina’s most versatile entertainment complex, the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center provides quality programming for the entire community. The 8,000 seat arena hosts major concerts, national touring acts, commencement and Catamount basketball and volleyball. Student tickets to major events are often available at a discount.

The arena, concourse, meeting rooms, outdoor patios, and other reservable spaces are available to the public for banquets, trade shows, conferences and meetings. Students may utilize the Ramsey Center’s full line of event services including event planning, equipment reservations, and room set-ups.

The Ramsey Center offers opportunities to enjoy regular fitness activity. Students have free access to five racquetball courts, two basketball courts, walking or jogging around the concourse, and a lighted outdoor rollerblade and skateboard area.

Students play a major role in the operation of the Ramsey Center. Student managers keep the Ramsey Center open for activity during evenings and weekends. Stage crew, lighting operators, and promotion and event staff help with concerts and other major productions. Utility crew and office assistants work closely with staff to handle day-do-day operations. Ramsey Center team members work flexible hours; gain leadership experience; and develop communication, teamwork, and time management skills.

For more information about the Ramsey Center and its programs and services, go online to http://www.wcu.edu/ramsey/.

WCU Community Creed and the Code of Student Conduct

The Department of Student Community Ethics (DSCE) works with the University community to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as stated in the Western Carolina Creed, the Student Handbook and the Code of Student Conduct. DSCE works to help students and organizations who violate University living and learning expectations become more responsible members of the Western Carolina University Community. DSCE also collaborates with academic leaders and public safety officials to help keep our campus community safe and welcoming to everyone in this community. The DSCE facilitates education about the Western Carolina University Community Creed:

Western Carolina University Community Creed

Creed: a system of beliefs, principles, and aspirations

  • I will practice personal and academic integrity.
  • I will respect the dignity and rights of all persons.
  • I will demonstrate concern for others and live up to my community responsibilities.
  • I will engage myself in the arts, culture and intellectual life of my University.
  • I will celebrate and take pride in Western Carolina University.

The WCU Community Creed also serves as the basis for the Code of Student Conduct. All students are held accountable to the principles expressed in the Community Creed and the standards for behavior found in the Code.

The DSCE website is found at http://dsce.wcu.edu and includes important information about the Community Creed, alcohol and drug education, as well as student rights and responsibilities under the WCU Code of Student Conduct.

Campus Safety Report and Emergency Preparedness

Western Carolina University Police work to keep the campus community safe and help prepare the campus for emergencies. An annual safety report is posted on-line at http://www.wcu.edu/discover/campus-services-and-operations/university-police/ in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Crime Statistics Act (formerly the Campus Security Act). A link to an Emergency Information website is included at the bottom of all WCU web pages or can be opened at http://emergency.wcu.edu/ for details on campus preparedness and emergency notification systems. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to carefully review this information.

WCU Campus Police and Law Enforcement

The University Police department is responsible for providing law enforcement, criminal investigation, and protective services on campus. University Police officers are certified by the N.C. Attorney General’s Office and meet all standards set by the Attorney General for law enforcement officers in this state.

All crimes that occur on the campus of WCU should be reported to the University Police Department. Emergencies should be reported by dialing 911 from a University telephone or by dialing 828-227-7301 from your cellular telephone; non-emergencies may also be reported by dialing 828-227-7301. Reports for crimes may be filed by visiting the University Police Department, located in the Camp Building Annex, or by contacting an officer on patrol. Officers may also be summoned for emergencies by activating any of the emergency blue-light callboxes which are placed at various locations throughout campus. Information regarding crime reports, statistics and prevention programs is available at the University Police department and http://police.wcu.edu website.

Traffic and Parking.

The University Police department is responsible for the administration of Western’s parking system, vehicle registration, and traffic and parking regulations enforcement. State statutes provide that campus traffic and parking regulations have the full-authority of law, and violators may be subject to the penalties such law prescribes.

Everyone parking a vehicle on campus must register that vehicle with the Parking Services Office and display a current decal on that vehicle.  Parking and traffic regulations literature is made available in the Parking Services Office, located in the Cordelia Camp Building. These same regulations are made available on-line at http://www.wcu.edu/discover/campus-services-and-operations/university-police/parking-services/parking-traffic-regulations/.

The Parking, Traffic, and Safety Committee, composed of students, faculty, and staff, functions as an appellate board for faculty and staff members wishing to contest parking citations that they have received. Appeals concerning student violations are heard by a similar SGA appellate committee. The faculty and staff parking citation appeal form is available at http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/police_appeal_form_faculty_staff.pdf, or in the Parking Services Office. The student parking citation appeal form is available online at https://www.wcu.edu/discover/leadership/student-government-association/student-parking-ticket-appeals.asp. For more information, contact the University Parking Services Office at 828-227-7275 (PARK).

Shuttle Bus System (CAT-TRAN). The shuttle bus system, or Cat-Tran, is operated through the University Police Department. Cat-Tran provides shuttle service according to prescribed routes throughout the semester during day-class hours. Reduced shuttle service is available during evening, weekend, and summer hours. The Cat-Tran does not operate during holidays, spring or fall breaks, or semester breaks. The Cat-Tran buses are used for the daily shuttle routes and are not available for special event or group use. For information regarding routes, hours of operation, or other issues, please visit the Cat-Tran website at http://www.wcu.edu/discover/campus-services-and-operations/parking-and-transportation/cat-tran/index.aspx or call the Cat-Tran office at 828-227-8726 (TRAN).

Other Services and Facilities

Bank Services. A Wells Fargo ATM is located on campus. State Employees Credit Union and BB&T ATM’s are located in the Hinds University Center. Additionally, branch offices of Wells Fargo, BB&T, State Employees Credit Union, Sun Trust Bank, Macon Savings Bank, Carolina First Bank, Mountain Credit Union, United Community Bank, First Citizen’s Bank, Jackson Savings Bank are located in or near Sylva.

Books, Supplies. The Catamount Bookstore offers students a variety of educational materials and supplies. An extensive selection of paperback books is offered for class use and extracurricular reading. All books for graduate students, distance learning and supplemental text and course-related materials for undergraduates are sold by the store. The book rental plan, operated through the book rental department of the bookstore, is explained on page 38 of this catalog. Caps and gowns, graduation invitations, and class rings also may be purchased at the store. For more information, call 828-227-7346 or visit our Web site at http://books.wcu.edu/home.aspx.

Clothing and Gifts. The Catamount Clothing and Gifts store offers students a variety of clothing, gifts, greeting cards and miscellaneous items. The store is located on the second floor of the UC and for more information, call 828-227-7626 or visit our Web site at http://merch.wcu.edu/home.aspx.

Mail Service. Students residing on-campus are assigned a mailbox with their room assignments. All other students may rent a box in the Cullowhee Post Office. U.S. postal regulations do not permit receipt of mail through general delivery after an initial thirty-day period. A postal commodity machine offering stamps, envelopes, postcards, aerograms, overseas services, and other features is located in the University Center.

Recreation. The Campus Recreation Center is considered the playground of Western Carolina University’s campus and home to a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Within the 73,000 square foot facility there is a 48 foot climbing wall, three lane indoor track, gymnasium, two multi-purpose studios, and full locker room amenities. The fitness area includes selectorized weight machines and an assortment of free weights and cardio equipment which provides options for every fitness level. Additional programs offered by the center include: personal training, fitness assessments, group exercise, and other wellness activities that contribute to health, well-being, and social development.

Housed in the Campus Recreation Center is the Intramural Sports Program which offers sports in more than forty individual, team, and co-ed activities allowing students an opportunity to participate in sports in a fun and competitive atmosphere. In addition, the Intramural Sports Program has 14 established sport clubs. These clubs are open to all students regardless of skill level. Students are also encouraged to develop new sport clubs.

Additional recreational facilities on campus include: Reid and Breese pools, Ramsey Center racquetball courts, tennis courts, and a 12-hole disc golf course.

Student Support Services (http://sss.wcu.edu) is a comprehensive academic support program which assists eligible students in choosing and working toward their academic, career, and personal goals with programs tailored to meet individual needs. Services include academic advising, career and personal counseling, mentoring, and tutoring. Students may qualify for all free services if they meet one of the following criteria: they are first generation college students; OR they have a documented disability; OR meet U.S. Department of Education income guidelines.

The Kneedler Child Development Center provides affordable, accessible childcare for approximately 60 children of students, faculty, staff, and community members. The center operates four classrooms (ages 1-5) staffed by qualified teachers who are committed to early childhood education. Each classroom offers developmentally -appropriate activities designed to stimulate social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. The facility is located in the remodeled west wing area of the Cordelia Camp Building. If you would like further information, please visit (http://www.wcu.edu/engage/community-resources/kneedler-child-development-center/) or contact the center at (828) 293-1530.

 

 



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