Services for Students
DRAFT 2017-2018 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.
The Academic Advising Center coordinates the advising system throughout the Webster University network: graduate and undergraduate, on-ground and online, and faculty and staff. This office provides students, faculty, and staff with information and tools to understand academic programs and policies that help students fully realize their academic and professional goals. For undergraduate students, this is often where they have their first advising appointment to orient them to their major/program and to plan their first semester.
Academic Resource Center (ARC)
The Academic Resource Center provides academic resources, support, advocacy, and access through relationships that empower students across the worldwide Webster University community. The ARC helps students succeed at Webster in a number of ways, including the following:
Academic Counseling is available to all students, undergraduate and graduate, throughout Webster's global system and includes some specialty programs and consultations (i.e., work with students on Academic Probation, with low or failing grades, with Incompletes, etc.; work with transfer students and students with disability accommodations; and work with conditionally admitted students, including an extensive program for students meeting the criteria for inclusion in the Transitions program). Academic Counseling is one-on-one support that provides the assistance students need when they need it and can include information and conversations about note-taking, resources at Webster, stress relief and management, study skills, time management, and more.
Assistive Technology is available for students who need additional support. While many forms of assistive technology are available only to students with applicable disability accommodations, some technology and software is available to all students. Kurzweil 3000, a program that assists students with reading and writing, is an example of free software that is available to all students, undergraduate and graduate, throughout Webster's global system.
Disability Accommodations are available through the ARC, and Webster University considers admission, financial aid, program, and activity applications without regard to disability. The Academic Resource Center's Academic ADA Coordinator helps St. Louis and online students with documented physical, psychological, medical, and/or learning disabilities obtain the accommodations they need to have equal access to information and equal opportunity for program success. At extended sites and international campuses, the site director or a staff designee assists students with disability accommodations. Please see the section titled Services for Students with Disabilities for more information about disability accommodations.
The ARC's Testing Center proctors rescheduled tests with an instructor's approval, accommodated tests, MBA prerequisite waiver exams, language placement exams, and various other exams. Appointments should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the requested testing time.
The Tutoring program provides a pool of capable tutors who are available to work one-on-one or in small groups with students to help them achieve greater confidence, independence and success as learners. Individual peer tutoring is available by appointment for both short-term "catch-up" work and ongoing support. Online tutoring services in specific subjects are also available for extended campus and online students via WorldClassRoom. To access these services, log in to WorldClassRoom, and click on the Help icon. From there, choose Peer Tutoring Request Form and follow the instructions.
The Writing Center provides a friendly, welcoming place where writers receive one-on-one coaching in order to become independent writers and demystify the writing process. Trained coaches help students through the process of writing a paper. Information about how to schedule appointments as well as about online resources and helpful writing tips may be found on the ARC webpage (www.webster.edu/arc). The Online Writing Center draws on a group of writing experts to offer writing coaching to students unable to meet face-to-face. Papers may be submitted via the "Writing Assistance" link in a course's WorldClassRoom template or by following the instructions on the Online Writing Center's website accessible through www.webster.edu/arc.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Webster University considers admission, financial aid, program, and activity applications without regard to disability. The Academic Resource Center's Academic ADA Coordinator helps St. Louis and online students with documented physical, psychological, medical, and/or learning disabilities obtain the accommodations they need to have equal access to information and equal opportunity for program success. At extended sites and international campuses, the site director or a staff designee assists students with disability accommodations.
While Webster University does not provide diagnostic learning disability testing, faculty or staff members who suspect a student may have a learning disability should contact the Academic ADA Coordinator for consultation. Students who are concerned that they may have a learning disability may also make arrangements to discuss psychoeducational testing referrals. Students with short-term disabilities (e.g., a broken leg) may also arrange temporary accommodations by contacting the Academic ADA Coordinator.
Students with documented disabilities should contact the ARC to arrange for appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to Webster's programs and activities. Assistive technology consultation for Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, ZoomText, JAWS, Smartpen, Braille, alternative texts, alternative keyboards, reading software, and other hardware/software is available upon request. Alternatively formatted textbooks, within publisher permission and copyright parameters, may be ordered for students and faculty and staff members whose documented disabilities include this option as an accommodation.
Online Learning Center
The Online Learning Center supports all students enrolled in online classes at the undergraduate and graduate level who may be enrolled at any campus in the Webster network. All students are provided with an orientation to online learning prior to their first term, and then assigned an Online Success Coach who will help resolve any concerns students may have along the way. Learn more about online student support at www.webster.edu/olc/students/.
The Office of Admission coordinates the recruitment and processing of applications for undergraduate, graduate and international students.
Toll Free: 800-753-6765
Career Planning and Development Center
The Career Planning & Development Center (CPDC) provides comprehensive career development resources for students. The CPDC website and social media platforms continue to evolve. Through these resources, students can find information about career planning, the labor market, résumé best practices, interviewing skills and job search strategies. Through Gorlok Career Link, Webster University’s online career management system, students can manage their job or internship search process. Additionally, within Gorlok Career Link, students can access Going Global databases which house city and country guides. These guides provide job search resources specific to most major metropolitan cities in the United States and currently have guides for countries throughout the world.
Toll Free: 800-981-9805
The Financial Aid Office processes applications for all federal, state, and institutional student financial aid for all applicants throughout the Webster network.
IT Service Desk
The IT Service Desk is a centralized contact for all technology issues, including those pertaining to setting up a Webster email account and Student Services, as well as support with WorldClassRoom (Canvas) and network issues.
Preparing students to be global citizens and leaders is a core part of Webster University’s mission. With an acclaimed study abroad program, campuses on four continents, and students from nearly every country in the world, Webster provides students with ample opportunity for a truly international education. To learn how Webster can broaden horizons, explore the programs and offices below:
As a leader in study abroad education, Webster understands the varying regulations
governing travel and study within our network of international campuses. The friendly
staff members in International Recruitment and International Services (IRIS) assist Webster students from all over the world with these issues, providing help
with visas, work, health services, lodging and much more.
The Multicultural Center and the International Student Affairs (MCISA) office provides programs and services to students and faculty and staff members to help foster
a community environment that recognizes social differences, respects cultural uniqueness,
and facilitates cross-cultural interaction, learning and appreciation.
Walker Global Hybrid Courses are 3-credit-hour courses that consist of a blend of online and immersive travel
learning offered by the Walker School of Business & Technology. They are composed
of 8 weeks of online work with a 1-week travel component. These courses offer students
the opportunity to explore a global business, technology or management issue with
online coursework plus an in-country week of company visits, guest lectures and cultural
International Study Opportunities for Webster Students
The Office of Study Abroad in St. Louis is the place to start for U.S.-based students looking to study at any of Webster’s international campuses and beyond. The office prepares students for their travel and connects them with the campus directors and program coordinators who will help them succeed. A wealth of information and links to resources may be found on the Study Abroad website and within the Special Study Opportunities section of the catalog.
The Webster University Library offers the latest in collections, online resources and information technology. The Library houses a collection of more than 300,000 volumes of books, periodicals, scripts, music scores, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray, and other media. Library resources are not limited to materials found in the building. At http://library.webster.edu, students and faculty and staff members will discover a wealth of electronic resources including eBooks, articles, streaming video and music, online tutorials, research guides - all accessible 24/7 from campus, home, or office. The Library also provides services to obtain books and articles from other libraries for patrons' research needs.
Of course, the Library is more than just its physical and virtual presence - it is also a group of helpful, enthusiastic staff members. Professional librarians offer general reference assistance in person, over the phone, or via email and chat. Appointments may also be made for in-depth help (either in person or online) from a subject specialist.
Military Student Information
Webster University and the U.S. Department of Defense have worked together for more than 40 years to provide high-quality and cost-effective undergraduate and graduate programs at military installations across the nation.
Webster University's Office of Military Affairs (OMA) is committed to the continuing education needs of our military. The OMA’s mission is to provide Webster’s military students with access to the global Webster University network through a “single touch point.” The OMA can assist military students in multiple areas, including financial aid, academic advising, academic testing, transfer credit (including our 43 Cooperative Degree programs with DoD school houses, such as Army Captain’s Career Courses), grants and proposals, military alumni and military student life activities (tutoring, writing assistance, accommodation assistance). Webster University has a full-time Veterans Administration (VA) Success on Campus (VSOC) representative on the main campus who is fully equipped to offer Webster military veteran students the VA help they may need. Additionally, the main campus has a Veteran’s Center where veterans can go to relax, study or network.
Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar submits loan deferments to lenders; certifies degree audits; sends letters of good standing; does enrollment verifications, degree verifications and transfer credit evaluations; processes transcript requests; works with GoArmyEd; registers students; and processes adds, drops and withdrawals.
Student Affairs is responsible for all co-curricular programs including Career Planning and Development, Campus Ministry, Counseling, First Year Experience (FYE) and Undergraduate Persistence, Campus Dining Services, Housing and Residential Life, Student Health Services, Multicultural and International Student Affairs, WebsterLEADS, Office of Student Engagement, and the University Center. The Dean’s office responds to student concerns and problems; administers emergency student loan funds, the Money for Textbooks program (for St. Louis and online students only) and the undergraduate tuition adjustment process; makes referrals to appropriate resources; advises on all policies affecting students; and coordinates all student conduct proceedings, as well as Title IX investigations for student cases.