University Overview


2018-2019 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2018 through 31 May 2019

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This page was modified on 09 October 2018.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.

Webster University is a private, non-profit, multicampus, international institution offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. The University's headquarters is located in Webster Groves, a major suburban center of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Webster students enjoy the advantages traditionally associated with a small undergraduate college, as well as alternative options normally provided only by larger institutions.

In addition to the programs offered at the Webster Groves campus, the University provides undergraduate study opportunities at the following St. Louis locations:

  • The historic Arcade Building in downtown St. Louis.
  • In St. Louis County at Westport.
  • The Winghaven Complex in St. Charles County.

Webster University also offers undergraduate education at the following extended-campus locations in the United States: Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles and Irvine, California; and Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, South Carolina.

Students may also study at Webster’s international campuses in Accra, Ghana; Athens, Greece; Geneva, Switzerland; Leiden, The Netherlands; Vienna, Austria; Bangkok, Thailand; or Hua Hin/Cha-am, Thailand.


Mission and Values

Mission

Webster University, a worldwide institution, ensures high quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

Vision

Our vision is to be a premier U.S.-based international university setting a distinct standard for global education.

Core Values

Students

By sustaining a personalized approach to a global, student-centered education through small classes, close relationships with faculty and staff, and attention to student life.

Learning

By developing educational programs that join theory and practice, provide an international perspective, encourage creativity and scholarship, and foster a lifelong desire to learn and actively serve communities and the world.

Diversity and Inclusion

By creating an environment accessible to individuals of diverse cultures, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds and instilling in students a respect for diversity and an understanding of their own and others’ values.

Global Citizenship

By educating a diverse population locally, nationally, and internationally, acting responsibly toward the environment to foster a sustainable future, and strengthening the communities we serve.


Statement of Ethics

Webster University strives to be a center of academic excellence. The University makes every effort to ensure the following:

  • The opportunity for students to learn and inquire freely.
  • The protection of intellectual freedom and the rights of professors to teach.
  • The advancement of knowledge through scholarly pursuits and relevant dialogue.

The University community is by nature pluralistic and diverse. Those who elect to participate in the Webster University community--students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and directors--accept the responsibility of sharing in the effort to achieve the University’s mission as an institution of higher learning. Each member is expected to respect the objectives of the University and the views of its members.

Participants in this shared enterprise strive to be governed by what ought to be rather than by what is. To accomplish its goals, members of the University community aspire to a higher standard than mere compliance with formalized University requirements and local, state, and federal laws.

Webster University endeavors to fulfill the following expectations:

  • Preserve academic honor and integrity by repudiating all forms of academic and intellectual dishonesty.
  • Treat others with respect and dignity.
  • Respect the rights and property of others.
  • Act with concern for the safety and well-being of its associates.

Inquiry, discourse, and dissent, within the framework of an ordered academic environment, are seminal elements of a university community and of a free democratic society. Members of the Webster University community recognize this and are consequently supportive of democratic and lawful procedure and dedicated to rational approaches to solving problems. This assumes openness to change as well as commitment to historical values.


Accreditation

Webster University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, hlcommission.org • 800.621.7440.

The accreditation, which was awarded in 1925, includes undergraduate and graduate levels at all locations where the University offers programs.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education serves as a clearinghouse for postsecondary student complaints. The MDHE complaint policy contains information about the complaint process and includes instructions for how to file a formal complaint. The policy provides that a student who wishes to file a complaint with the department must first exhaust all formal and informal avenues provided by the institution to resolve disputes.


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Webster University takes seriously the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that will affect our students and employees who are EU residents and/or citizens. Please be aware that all personal data you provide is subject to our privacy policy which can be found at www.webster.edu/gdpr.


State Licensures

California

Webster University is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, with campuses at Irvine and Los Angeles Air Force Base. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. All programs offered at these campuses are instructed in English.

"Notice of Student Rights" in California—You have the right to cancel your agreement for a program of instruction, without any penalty or obligations, through attendance at the first class session or the seventh calendar day after enrollment, whichever is later, as described in the Notice of Cancellation form that will be given to you. After the end of the cancelation period, you also have the right to receive a pro rata refund if you have completed 60 percent or less of the scheduled days in the current program period in your program through the last day of attendance. Read the Notice of Cancellation form for any explanation of your cancellation rights and responsibilities. If you have lost your Notice of Cancellation form, ask the school for a sample copy. After the end of the cancellation period, you also have the right to stop school at any time, and you have the right to receive a refund for the part of the course not taken. Your refund rights are described in the contract. If you have lost your contract, ask the school for a description of the refund policy. If the school closes before you graduate, you may be entitled to a refund.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, by telephone at 888-370-7589 or by fax at 916-263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling 888-370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet Web site www.bppe.ca.gov. While students are encouraged to use Webster University internal complaint processes first for grievances, it is not required and students may contact the Bureau at any time. 

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition. 

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment if you are not a California resident or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that document the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, 916-431-6959 or 888-370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF. 

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of non-collection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or taxpayer identification number.

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION

The transferability of credits you earn at Webster University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree you earn in the BA in management is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some of all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Webster University to determine if your credits or degree will transfer. 

For more information on the transferability of credits into Webster University, please refer to the Transfer Credit policies, found within the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Kansas

The campus at Kansas City, MO is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1368
Telephone: 785-430-4240

It is the mutual goal of the Kansas Board of Regents and the certified institutions to provide quality educational training and programs. When problems arise, students should make every attempt to find a fair and reasonable solution by taking the steps outlined in the complaint processhttp://www.kansasregents.org/academic_affairs/private_out_of_state/complaint_process

Missouri

Campuses at Webster Groves, Gateway (Downtown St. Louis), Westport, WingHaven, and Kansas City are authorized by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

South Carolina

Campuses at Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville are licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

SC Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone: 803-737-2260

Licensure is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. If students at the Charleston, Columbia, or Greenville campuses have complaints about a classroom situation, they should first attempt to resolve the situation with the instructor. If resolution cannot be made with the instructor, or if the complaint is about a general school policy over which the instructor has no jurisdiction, then they may contact the school director for mediation. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the school level through its complaint procedure, students may file a complaint with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The complaint form is available here.


Specialized Accreditations

  • Business and Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Music programs and degrees are fully accredited and approved by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • Nursing programs and degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    404-975-5000
    www.acenursing.org
  • Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Webster University is registered for state teachers' certificates by the Department of Education of the State of Missouri.
  • Webster University is registered as an Approved Continuing Education Partner (ACEP) with the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC).
  • Only the St. Louis Campus' legal studies BA, MA and Paralegal Certificates are approved by the American Bar Association.

International Accreditations and Recognitions

  • China: The Webster University MBA program, offered in partnership with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), is officially approved by and recognized by the Ministry of Education in China.
  • Ghana: Webster University Ghana is full accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Ghana.
  • Greece: Webster University, through its Athens Campus, Webster Athens, has been accredited/licensed by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of the Hellenic Republic to operate in Hellas [Greece] under permit 127051/K1/01.08.2016 [Government Gazette 2585/B/22.08.2016].
  • Thailand: Webster University in Thailand is accredited as a private university by the Thailand Ministry of Education under Thai law.
  • Austria: Webster University in Vienna is accredited by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research as a private university under Austrian law.
  • The Netherlands: Selected Webster University programs in the Netherlands are accredited by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Agency (NVAO). Webster is an approved institute of higher education under Dutch law.

Memberships

Webster University holds membership in the following organizations or associations:

  • American Association for Paralegal Education
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • American Council on Education
  • ASIS International
  • Association of American College and University Programs in Switzerland
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Association of Theatre in Higher Education
  • College Art Consortium
  • College Board
  • College Consortium for International Studies
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Council on International Educational Exchange
  • Educational Theatre Association
  • Higher Education Council of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri
  • Institute of International Education
  • International Council of Fine Arts Deans
  • Missouri Music Educators Association
  • National Education Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Webster University has a signed Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Partnership Education Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), showing the commitment and value that Webster University places on the school's relationship with the military and providing military members with high quality educational services. Webster University recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences.

Graduates of Webster University are eligible for membership in the American Association of University Women and the American College of Hospital Administrators.

The University also holds appropriate licensure, accreditations, or approvals within the recognized state approval agencies for all locations where Webster University offers programs.

This page was modified on 09 October 2018.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.