93% of employers agree that a college candidate needs a "demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems."
Preparing to move from student to professional can be daunting, but Western Michigan University has you covered. As a WMU student, you will complete 12 courses from WMU Essential Studies, a program that helps you develop the general education and intellectual skills employers seek most in graduates—demonstrated complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence, judgment and decision making.
And, since WMU Essential Studies is all about your choices, the sequence of courses you select will help you succeed in your chosen major, minor, graduate degree and future career.
Fall 2021 Sessions: Navigating WES
Presented by the WES Advisory Committee and WMU University College
Want to learn more about WES?
In these sessions, WMU Essential Studies staff and representatives from the WES Executive Advisory Committee will answer instructors’ questions about the student learning objectives, rubrics, end of semester assessment, submitting a course to be a part of WES, and address any other concerns instructors may have.
Schedule: WES Basics
|Tuesday, September 14||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, September 28||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, October 12||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, October 26||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, November 9||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, November 23||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, December 7||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
Do you know how to use WES within the Elearning platform effectively?
In this session, instructors will learn about the assessment pieces of WES within Elearning. WES staff and Elearning experts will be available to answer questions. Instructors will also have the opportunity to review their courses in the Elearning platform.
Schedule: WES Elearning
|Tuesday, September 21||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, October 5||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, October 19||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, November 2||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, November 16||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
|Tuesday, November 30||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||Join on Webex|
Combined Sessions: WES Basics/Elearning
In the combined sessions, instructors can learn and ask questions about the basics of WES, as well as using WES within the Elearning Platform.
Writing • Oral and Digital Communication • Quantitative Literacy • Inquiry and Engagement
Discovery and Exploration
Personal Wellness • World Languages and Culture • Science and Technology • Scientific Literacy with Lab • Artistic Theory and Practice • Societies and Cultures
Local and National Perspectives • Global Perspectives