September 24, 2018

Summer II grading

Grading for the Summer II session has closed. Students who were not issued a grade by the instructor have been given an incomplete. Instructors can remove the "I" grade using the link on the Faculty menu in GoWMU.

New student withdrawal notification process

A new notification process has been implemented this semester to notify the instructor and advisor of record within 24-hours of a student withdrawing.

Receiving timely notification of student withdrawals will help instructors keep class lists accurate and up-to-date. It will also enable them to reach out to students who may have panicked after receiving a poor grade and withdrawn prematurely.  

Notifying advisors will make it easier for them to reach out to the student to discuss their academic progress and factors that may have led to their decision to withdraw.  
 
Any student wishing to re-add a withdrawn course can so by submitting a Permission to Late Add form to the Registrar’s Office. The course will be reinstated to the student’s schedule without them incurring a late fee. 

Security re-authorization

The semi-annual security re-authorization process is scheduled to begin on October 1 and run through October 13 for employees. Supervisors will have through October 18 to approve or deny employee authorization requests. 

Security re-authorization allows us to audit access to critical computer systems used at WMU and to ensure that users are familiar and up-to-date with the latest policies. 

Users and their supervisor will receive an email notification that re-authorization has begun. The email will include instructions on how to complete the electronic re-authorization process. 

Questions about the re-authorization process should be directed to the Registrar's Office at (269) 387-4300 or email registrar-info@wmich.edu.  

Jim Bronson

Jim has been with the Registrar’s Office since 2016 as the Systems Manager. He is responsible for creating reports in Cognos and security processing for the student information system (Banner). He is also the lone PC support person for the Registrar's Office. 

Jim has two degrees from Western. He earned a BBA in computer information systems in 2011 and an MBA with a focus in management in 2015.

Jim is from Otsego, graduating from Otsego High School in 1998. His family owned the Upper Crust restaurant where he learned to cook. He brought those skills to Waldo’s Campus Tavern where he served as a cook and bartender when he attended Western as a student. He has also worked in construction and operations management.

When he is not renovating his house, he enjoys snowboarding and mountain biking. He lives with his dog Lincoln, who is a very energetic English Lab. 

UPCOMING DATES

  • September 24—Last day to receive a 50% refund for a complete withdrawal
  • October 1—Spring 2019 opens for registration
  • October 15—Midterm grades are due
  • October 17-19—Fall recess - University is open during normal business hours
  • October 22—Last day to receive a 25% refund for a complete withdrawal
  • October 29—Last day to withdraw from classes
  • November 21—Thanksgiving break begins at noon 
  • December 10-13—Final examinations
  • December 15—Semester ends; Commencement
  • December 18—Final grades are due by noon