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Dual Enrollment Handbook

Use this handbook to help guide your success in the WMU Collegiate Pathways Dual Enrollment program.

Handbook Contents

Student Success Coaches and Services

What is a Student Success Coach?

Your WMU Student Success Coach has one job – to ensure you are a successful dual enrolled student. They will check in with you periodically to see how you are doing, answer your college questions and connect you to University services. Your Student Success Coach is a good resource throughout your time with WMU.

Disability Services: Can I get assistance from the university?

The Center for Disability Services offers a range of services for students who have visual, hearing, or other learning challenges.

Students with IEP and 504 Plans: What if I have an Individualized Educational Plan or 504 Plan at my high school?

In college, you have to ask and give permission for support services. Self-advocate for your specific needs by telling your counselor and Student Success Coach. Your high school and University staff will work with you to set up accommodations.

 

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FERPA Information

What is FERPA and how does it affect me?

When you attend college, your privacy and education rights transfer from your parents to you, the student, in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. These FERPA rights protect the education records of students who are currently enrolled, regardless of age. WMU will not release any record from which you could be identified.

Under FERPA, items designated as directory information may be released without your written consent. This includes your name, address, telephone number, WMU email address, and enrollment status.

If you do not want directory information released, you must file a signed confidentiality form with the registrar's office.

Non-directory information can be released only if you grant permission. This includes billing information, your grades, and GPA, or any other information that is not deemed as directory.

To grant permission to a parent/guardian to access your non-directory information, follow the instructions found here.

Other helpful links:

Safety

What if I feel unsafe in my WMU course?

If you feel you are being mistreated or are in jeopardy of mistreatment, immediately call 911. In a non-emergency situation, you may also inform any staff member. We want this to be a safe environment for you; always contact a staff member of the college if you feel threatened in any way.

WMU takes student safety very seriously. There are people and systems in place to listen to you and find solutions. Use the following resource links to access University safety resources:

GoWMU and Bronco NetIDs

Your welcome email will include an informational document with your acceptance letter. The document will provide your unique Western Identification Number (WIN), your WMU email address, and Bronco NetID. In order to access your email and GoWMU, follow the directions to set your account password. If you need help doing this, the Help Hub can help you set or reset your password.

 

GoWMU Account:

What is GoWMU?

Your GoWMU account gives you access to University student services. You should set up your account within a few days of admission to the university. Accessing GoWMU provides you with your email account, online courses, grades, university libraries and class schedule. You will also use it to pay any outstanding bills, get tech help, and much more. If you need help with your GoWMU portal, contact the Help Desk at (269) 387-4357.

WMU Bronco Card

The Bronco Card is your photo identification card for Western Michigan University. It is your access card for the university libraries and the computer centers around campus, as well as security access for some buildings on campus. The Bronco Card also enables you to ride Metro Bus Service on any route around the Kalamazoo area for free.

Your first Bronco Card is free. Replacing your Bronco Card incurs a $30 fee. Directions to have a Bronco Card created can be found here.

 

Parking

A permit to park is required between 2 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Accessibility, 30-minute spaces, 15 minute spaces, designated reserved spaces, tow zone and "not parked in a marked space" infractions are enforced 24 hours a day. If your classes are virtual or outside of this time range, you do not need a parking permit.

Parking permits may be obtained for a special rate of $80 per semester. Students should stop into the parking services office (2507 W Michigan Ave) or call (269) 387-4609. Advise the staff that you are a dual-enrolled student. The information needed for a virtual permit is the license plate number with state and vehicle make, model, and color. Permits must be paid for at the time of purchase by cash, check (if in person), or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover, in person and over the phone). All open or unpaid WMU tickets must be paid before a permit may be obtained or purchased. Online service for dual enrolled students is not available.

All motor vehicles, including motorcycles and mopeds, parked on Western Michigan University property must be registered with the Parking Services office and shall properly display a WMU parking sticker or parking permit.

Dual enrolled students may not park at meters; most of the meters are for the exclusive use of visitors.  The permit may be used by the dual enrolled student only. Violations or misuse of the dual enrolled parking permit may result in fines, loss of parking privileges, and/or impounding the vehicle.

Please contact the Parking Services Office at (269) 387-4609 with any questions or concerns.

 

WMU Services

As a WMU student, you have access to the following services:

  • Bronco Transit (on campus bus transportation)
  • Computer labs on all campuses
  • Discounts at many businesses in the Kalamazoo area
  • Discounts for shows at Miller Auditorium
  • Elearning
  • Free admission to athletic events
  • WMU Libraries, both on campus and online

 

Online Learning: How do I access my online course?

You can access your online content by logging into GoWMU and clicking on the Elearning icon, or go directly to the Elearning website.

On your Elearning home page, you can access links to order textbooks, check out books from the library, get tech help, and other how-to information. Your instructor will also post course content in Elearning.

 

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Tuition and Fees

Will there be any cost to the student for tuition?

Students who dual enroll either attend classes on main campus, regional campuses, fully online, or at your school. Depending on the particular arrangement with your school, you may be paying full tuition, partial tuition, or no out of pocket cost at all. Check with your dual enrollment coordinator and Student Success Coach to find out how it works at your school.

 

Books and Course Fees

Check with your school’s dual enrollment coordinator or Student Success Coach to see if your school pays for textbooks and course fees. Occasionally, students may be responsible for part or all of these costs.

There are many ways that books can be purchased or rented for class:

  • ORDER or RENT textbooks online via the WMU Bookstore. You will need your schedule in hand to order. Then you can choose to “pick-up,” “ship,” or “download” your books. There are shipping and handling fees associated with this service.
  • SHOP at the WMU Bookstore in the Bernhard Center.
  • ORDER your books from an online source.

If you have questions, feel free to call the WMU Bookstore at (269) 387-3930 or email them at wmich@bkstr.com.

 

Tax Form 1098-T

Why did my family receive a Federal Form 1098-T in the mail?

The Federal tax Form 1098-T is sent to WMU students electronically or by mail by late January each year. For more information, go to WMU Bronco Express or to IRS Publication 970 for more about education deductions. Your tax software or preparer will advise you on how to input your tax information. You can also call Bronco Express at (269) 387-6000 to access your Form 1098-T.

 

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Academic Standing and Advising

As a dual enrolled student, you will receive the same treatment as any undergraduate student at Western Michigan University. You must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in all dual enrolled courses. If your overall GPA drops below a 2.0, the University will warn you that you are on academic probation via email and you will have one semester to show improvement. Failure to improve academic standing will result in automatic academic dismissal from the University.

In addition to the University requirements, Collegiate Pathways requires you to demonstrate academic success by maintaining a 3.0 GPA. If it drops below a 3.0, your Student Success Coach and Collegiate Pathways administrators will work with you to create a plan for improvement.

 

Advanced Placement Exams

If you are taking any Advanced Placement exams that might count as prerequisites for WMU courses, please have your exam scores sent to WMU. The code for Western Michigan University is 1902. If a course has a prerequisite and you believe that your AP exam score meets the requirement to give you credit for that course, then email Kimmy Beuchler (include your WIN, the course you are interested in, and a copy of your AP score report).

 

Continuing Dual Enrolled Students 

Students in good academic standing do not need to reapply each semester. You are required to submit a new third party billing authorization form to your designated school official when you register for courses each semester. 

 

Advising Help

Dual enrolled students have full access to all WMU advising services. For academic questions, including choosing courses that fit your goals, we have a dedicated team to help guide you in your academic needs and interests. Please contact Kimmy Beuchler to be connected with an WMU advisor.

Dropping or Withdrawing from a Course: Is this the right choice for me?

If you find a course is too difficult or you face other challenges and need to stop out of a course, then you can choose to drop or withdraw. Ask your Student Success Coach for help with these processes, as each may have their own set of consequences. 

 

Student Academic Code and Conduct:

Are there behavior and learning expectations at the University?

Yes, you have specific rights and must follow the Student Code of Conduct.

Use Email for All Correspondence

In order to maintain the integrity of the advising process, all advising by email needs to be done from the student’s WMU email address. This ensures that we are discussing the student with the student themselves and not a parent or someone else in the family. 

To request a specific class or advice about taking a class, email the appropriate advising director from your WMU email address. Always include your WIN (Western Identification Number) and the course registration number (CRN) in your email. If you use a personal email account, you will be asked to email the advisor from your WMU account. If you are having difficulty logging into the WMU email system, contact the Help Desk at (269) 387-HELP.

Professional Behavior

The WMU Student Code "requires a student to become aware of, and abide by behavior standards of the University." You have freedom of expression and are expected to honor diversity and practice civility.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Plagiarism and cheating are academic violations. You should never use others’ work and present it as your own. If you are caught cheating or using others’ work without attribution, you may be removed from the University. The General University Policies section in the Undergraduate Catalog has a complete set of student rights and responsibilities.

 

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Snow Days and Closures

How will I know if my classes are cancelled?

Check the WMU website for closure announcements.

WMU will also send out email, phone, and text notifications as well as inform the local media.

If your local school is closed and your class is held at your school, then your class is cancelled. If your class is held on a WMU campus, your class will still be held if WMU has not closed. If you are still unsure, email your instructor.

 

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Dual Enrollment FAQ

  • How do I register for dual enrollment classes?
    • If the class has no prerequisites and there is space available, log into your GoWMU portal, then register through the Add/Drop Classes link under Registration. http://gowmu.wmich.edu 
    • If the course has prerequisites or is an honors class, then you must email Kimmy Beuchler from your WMU account to be added to the class. In the email, you will need to include your WIN, the course name, the 5 digit Course Registration Number, and the way in which you meet any prerequisites. 
    • If the course is full, you can email the above information to Mrs. Beuchler and they can determine if you can be added to the full course.

    You can register for fall classes at the end of March and for spring classes at the end of November. Course schedules are available in February and October. Check out the Registrar's Office for exact dates and calendars.

  • Which WMU courses do you recommend?

    Determining which courses you should dual enroll in is dependent on many factors. Some key points to consider:

    • Are you looking to transfer these credits to another college or university, or simply looking to take something that interests you?
    • Do you need a certain course to graduate high school?
      • Have you fulfilled your school's requirements for your core classes?
        • English, math, science, social studies
      • Have you fulfilled your school's requirements for foreign language and fine arts?
    • What is your schedule for online courses like?
      • Do you have afternoons or mornings available?
      • Do you participate in extracurricular activities?
      • Will you have transportation if needed?

    Once you have answers to these questions, you will have narrowed down your options for dual enrollment. Your Student Success Coach can work with you to select classes that fit within your constraints. You may also contact Collegiate Pathways staff with scheduling assistance.

  • How should I arrange my high school schedule?

    Schools typically reserve an hour of the day in a student's schedule designated for dual enrollment. Your counselor or principal will have more information about your high school schedule options.

  • Will I receive high school credit, college credit, or both?

    You can choose to receive high school credit, college credit, or both. Typically, students choose to receive both high school and college credit for the class. You will automatically receive WMU credit for the class, but will have to check with any other colleges or universities about their specific transfer credit policy. WMU cannot guarantee all credits will transfer to another institution.

  • How will I receive my grades?

    Your high school will receive your WMU grades by mail at the end of each WMU term. The fall term ends just before winter break and the spring term typically ends at the end of April. Grades should arrive at your school within one week of grades being due at WMU.

  • What is a Third Party Agreement?

    You must complete a Third Party Agreement form each semester you take classes at WMU as a dual enrolled student. This form will list the courses you will be taking and how much the school will pay toward the courses. It requires the signature of a parent or guardian.

    You should keep a copy of the Third Party Agreement indicating the amount of tuition help you will receive from the school. Send or fax the original copy to WMU Accounts Receivable.

     

  • What type of commitment should I expect to have to my dual enrolled classes?

    Starting college early while you are still in high school is not an easy decision for most students. You are smart enough to do the college work, but you should also understand the following:

    • You are earning college credit by participating in this program.
    • As a college student, you will be earning college and high school credit simultaneously.
    • Since you will earn college grades, you will be creating your college transcript.
    • If you fail a course, you not only lose the money the district spent to send you to a college class, but that failing grade also goes on your college transcript. It follows you no matter what college or university you attend.
    • Characteristics of a successful college student:
      • Attend every class
      • Stay organized
      • Manage study time well
      • Know how to read textbooks effectively
      • Utilize smart study skills
      • Understand how to study for and take a test
      • Advocate for yourself when you need help