October 23, 2020

Fall midterm grade reporting

Midterm grades were reported in 46.4% of all fall 2020 gradable sections. The College of Arts and Sciences reported grades in 61% of its sections. Great job, CAS! Here is a breakdown of the grade reporting:

Arts and Sciences: 637 of 1,051 sections (61%)
Aviation: 38 of 118 sections (32%)
Education and Human Development: 140 of 365 sections (38%)
Engineering and Applied Sciences: 90 of 274 sections (33%)
Fine Arts: 166 of 450 sections (37%)
Haworth College of Business: 132 of 318 sections (42%)
Health and Human Services: 128 of 345 sections (37%)
Other: 49 of 55 sections (89%)
Total: 1,380 of 2,976 sections (46%)

Last day for students to withdraw is Nov. 2

GoWMU will be available for students to withdraw from fall classes until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. Students with a registration hold who are unable to use GoWMU may request a withdrawal in person through the Registrar's Office until 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 or by emailing registrar-info@wmich.edu. The Registrar's Office sent a reminder to all registered students via email last week.

Spring registration begins Nov. 4

Spring course offerings are now available and can be accessed via GoWMU or the WMU Course Offerings page. 

See the registration schedule
Updated Bronco Express hours

Walk-in hours for Bronco Express are now Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Reporting a student academic concern

We have seen a 21% increase in the number of student academic concerns reported compared to fall 2019. As a reminder, an academic concern should be submitted if:

  • A student is not performing well academically.
  • A student has excessive absences.
  • A student is missing multiple assignments.
  • A student has never attended class.

To report an academic concern, log in to GoWMU, expand All Links, expand Faculty Menu, click the Report an Academic Concern link and follow the prompts.

Spring course material submissions

If you are teaching a course next spring and you have not submitted your course materials, please do so as soon as possible. Materials can be submitted through the Discover submission program or via email to Mark Kuepfer. If you are using the same materials from previous semesters, simply share that information with Mark. According to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, WMU is required to publish textbook information with our course offerings.

Precollege Programming fall initiatives 

UBVB prepares for the SAT

The Upward Bound Van Buren Program (UBVB) will conduct virtual workshops throughout November to prepare program participants for the SAT, one of two standardized college admissions tests in the United States. Program participants will also virtually visit several college campuses with UBVB staff. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. UBVB serves high school students in Hartford, Lawrence, Covert and Bangor who come from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. 

Tutoring and childcare apps for parents/guardians

The Office of Precollege Programming recognizes the need for quality tutors and childcare providers during this difficult time. If you are in need of a tutor or babysitter, one of the best ways to connect with qualified individuals is through an app. Apps can connect you to a number of childcare providers and tutors, including WMU students. Additionally, most apps run background checks and include extensive safety policies/procedures. Please contact Precollege Programming with questions at (269) 387-2773.

Academic catalogs updated to better accommodate mobile devices

Earlier this week, the Registrar's Office updated the academic catalogs to a responsive gateway for mobile devices. This change is the first step in our plan to redesign the catalogs. More information regarding the redesign will be shared in the coming months.

WMU will waive application fee for most domestic students throughout October

In recognition of Michigan College Month, an initiative coordinated by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), we will be waiving our $40 application fee for domestic first-year and transfer applicants through Nov. 3. The intent is to encourage students to apply to college and help attain Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's goal for Sixty by 30 (60% post-secondary degree or certificate attainment by 2030). It’s also viewed as a way to promote college access across all socioeconomic populations. Students may apply through Common App or the WMU application in the Gold Gateway. 

Did you know? A fun fact from the Registrar...

There are more than 5,000 sections for spring 2021 on the WMU Course Offerings page. Of the sections, 49% are in-person, 10% are hybrid and 41% are online.