Many of our WCU faculty have welcome UP participants in their classes and indicate WCU students benefit from having participants included in their classes. The UP Program works hard to support and collaborate with the WCU faculty. This support may include, but is not limited to, modifying assignments, giving advice/support with the learning styles of participants, and help in monitoring progress to make course content meaningful for everyone.
Answers to Faculty Questions
Academics & UP Participants
All UP participants audit classes based on their future employment and independent living goals. When auditing, participation is encouraged, as tuition and fees are paid in full by UP participants. UP participants are encouraged to participate with their peers to the greatest extent possible and complete most course assessments. WCU undergraduate students also serve as class supports until classmates initiate natural support to the UP participants.
At the end of the course, UP participants receive an "AU" as a grade for the course if audit forms are signed at the beginning of the semester and turned into the Office of the Registrar. With audits, WCU faculty members are not required to enter grades at the end of the semester but are welcome to provide UP participants with ongoing feedback.
UP Faculty Liaison
We also have a faculty liaison/outreach coordinator, Seb Prohn, specializing in UDL principles and academic access for individuals with disabilities, who is available to support your teaching and provide additional resources.
At the end of the semester the UP faculty liaison will send an evaluation form via internet survey to gain feedback on participant classroom performance. Instructor feedback is formative and helps participants set new academic goals. Instructor evaluations are also used to assess academic progress for the UP Certificate of Accomplishment awarded at the end of the program.