Faculty/Staff Support Networks

We are most fortunate at WCU to have a wealth of resources at our disposal for faculty and staff.  Following are a few that will help you as you get started!

The WCU Quality Enhancement Plan

  • The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is the university initiative designed to enhance the educational experience of undergraduate students at WCU.
  • The theme, Synthesis: A Pathway to Intentional Learning, was designed to help students create connections between what they learn inside and outside of the classroom and to afford faculty, staff, and students more opportunities to collaborate.
  • For more information and to see examples of what your colleagues are doing, please visit:  http://qep.wcu.edu

The Office for Undergraduate Studies

A Pathway to Intentional Learning for Undergraduate Students at Western Carolina University

The Office for Undergraduate Studies, established in 2007, is committed to:

  • Fostering an integrated, seamless, and holistic undergraduate experience that promotes educational excellence distinguished by collaboration between faculty, students, and staff in academic and co-curricular initiatives;
  • Promoting civic responsibility, fostering social and personal development, and advancing intellectual curiosity; and
  • Facilitating the development of education/career objectives in students.
  • For more information, please visit here

The Center for Service Learning

  • The mission of the Center for Service Learning at Western Carolina University is to promote service learning as a special form of experiential education whereby students engage in organized activities designed to enhance their understanding of course content, meet community needs, develop career-related skills, and become responsible citizens.
  • The Center will organize and manage a comprehensive program in collaboration with faculty, administrators, staff, students, and community partners to encourage academic excellence, promote student and faculty engagement, and foster civic responsibility.
  • To learn more about integrating SL into your curriculum plans please visit http://servicelearning.wcu.edu

The Liberal Studies Program

  • The purpose of the WCU Liberal Studies Program is to prepare students to become contributing and informed citizens in a global community. The university's bachelor's degree programs include courses in Liberal Studies designed to help each student attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of an educated person, including the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, identify and solve problems reflectively, use information and technology responsibly, develop an appreciation for the creative and performing arts, and, form a basis for continued personal development and lifelong learning.
  • Additionally, some aspects of the program foster the development of citizenship characteristics such as behavior characterized by honesty, integrity, and responsibility; service to others; awareness of and sensitivity to the concerns of diverse people and cultures; and commitment to stewardship of the natural and cultural environment.

Liberal Studies Objectives (for the entire program)

  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information;
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and use numerical, written, oral and visual data;
  • Demonstrate the ability to read with comprehension, and to write and speak clearly, coherently, and effectively as well as to adapt modes of communication appropriate to an audience;
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze arguments; demonstrate the ability to recognize behaviors and define choices that affect lifelong well-being;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of:  - Past human experiences and ability to relate them to the present; - Different contemporary cultures and their interrelationships; - Issues involving social institutions, interpersonal and group dynamics, human development and behavior, and cultural diversity; scientific concepts and methods as well as contemporary issues in science and technology; - Cultural heritage through its expressions of wisdom, literature and art and their roles in the process of self and social understanding.

For more information, please visit http://liberalstudies.wcu.edu

The First Year Experience

  • The First Year Experience at WCU will help students connect the pieces as they transition into college life.  Our goal is to insure student success in a holistic manner, helping them to see how academics connect with co-curricular and engagement opportunities and with living in their new campus community. 
  • As you assist your students to navigate the wealth of resources WCU has to offer, please guide them to begin their explorations here:  http://fye.wcu.edu

The Coulter Faculty Commons

  • To visit the Coulter Faculty Commons and take advantage of resources: http://cfc.wcu.edu.
  • The Myron L. Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers services to faculty and graduate teaching assistants, both on campus and at a distance.

Services include:

  • Faculty research design and publication
  • Full support for teaching and learning
  • Teaching with technology: Visit Here Includes the following areas of specialty: - The Faculty Sandbox - Online Teaching and Learning - Digital Media - Web Design - Training and Workshops - IT Help Desk - Technology Catalog of Support - Class TIPS - ITS Home Page - My Cat - Best Practices for Social Media Usage in North Carolina (PDF)
  • Syllabus Resources Trying to write your syllabus? The tools below should help make this process easier. For further help with syllabi and/or course design, you are welcome to schedule a consultation with one of our instructional developers.

The Writing and Learning Commons

Transition to College Writing, by Keith Hjortshoj, has been used by many USI instructors and is an excellent resource for students.  However, not all transition courses use this text so that they may offer texts that cover the broader range of topics that comprise the Core Elements.  If you need a resource to which to direct students for assistance with writing, please introduce them to the Writing and Learning Commons!


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