Many WCU faculty have welcomed UP students in their classes and report academic inclusion benefits college students with and without disabilities. The UP Program works hard to collaborate with WCU faculty to increase their comfort teaching students with a range of cognitive strengths. Faculty support includes, but is not limited to, modifying assignments, explaining pedagogical strategies for different learning styles, and providing student support.
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Academics & UP students
All UP students 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 aides until classmates initiate natural support to the UP students.
At the end of the course, UP students 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 students with ongoing feedback.
UP Faculty Liaison
We also have a faculty liaison/outreach coordinator, Seb Prohn, specializing in academic access for individuals with disabilities, who is available to provide faculty support.
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.