The mission of academic advising and the advisors who administrate the advising process follows the general mission of the University and the founding Brothers of Christian Instruction. The advising process serves in multiple areas of students’ academic life by serving all students, especially the underserved. Advisors act as both repositories of university information and conduits for student success in classes taken and goals developed while at Walsh University and preparation for life beyond college.
The purpose of academic advising at Walsh University is threefold: to assist students in the development of their academic programs; to explain and develop the students’ rights and options in the advising process; and to point out to students their responsibilities as advisees.
Academic advisors are assigned at the start of the freshman year to all freshmen, to any student transferring into Walsh University, and to any student declaring a major or changing a major. The advisor is the guide through the Walsh experience. This association is one of the most important that students will have especially early in their academic careers and in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. The advisors will answer questions and present options to students that may impact their success as Walsh students. Advisors do not tell students what to do but rather assist them in making thoughtful, reasoned decisions, explaining the benefits and consequences of potential decisions or directions students wish to pursue. It is to students’ advantage to develop a good working relationship with their advisors as soon as possible. Most advisors have regular office hours posted on their office doors.
The Dean of Academic Services is responsible for overseeing academic advising.
The Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center (ASC) serves the student body, beginning with the students in transition to college from secondary school and proceeding all the way to graduation. The Center includes the Structured Education Program, the Academic Achievement Program, tutoring services and Accessibility Services, all of which are housed in Farrell Hall. This arrangement gives students one central place to find a variety of academic support services.
Structured Education Program (SEP)
The Structured Education Program is designed to offer incoming freshmen who test into Walsh’s beginning-level English and math courses additional structured assistance over their first years. Students who are enrolled in the program on the basis of their placement testing results will take the following courses:
|ENG 111-1||Explor of Self in Community||3|
|MATH 109-1||Algebra Found/Appl I||3|
|GE 110||Bldg Coll Literacy/Stud Skills||3|
|ENG 111-2||Explor of Self in Community||3|
|MATH 109-2||Algebra Found/Appli II||3|
An SEP student's total load should not exceed 16 credit hours in both the fall and spring semesters of his or her freshman year. Students may contact their professional advisors to request permission to waive this course-load cap.
This course of study, with its structured learning communities, enables all SEP students who successfully complete the program to be qualified to take proficiency-level courses in ENG 102 and MATH 104 by the end of their first year.
Academic Achievement Program
The Academic Achievement Program coordinates peer tutoring along with counseling and addresses time management and study skills for students on academic probation. The faculty work with freshmen and sophomores as one group, and juniors and seniors as a second group in addressing academic needs. Walsh University provides this program to assist students in achieving their academic goals while working toward graduation. The faculty and staff meet with each student to identify their needs in subject areas and skill training. They provide assistance, as needed,to help each student be successful.
The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free tutoring to Walsh students in selected subject areas such as math, chemistry, biology and foreign language, along with tutoring in writing for any subject area. Students may walk in or schedule appointments. Tutoring is usually on a one-to-one basis, arranged in half-hour or one-hour sessions, and tutoring hours are posted around campus each semester and are available in the Center. In addition to providing help in specific content areas, the ASC assists with any area of the writing process: brainstorming, developing ideas and organizing them, understanding research and documentation, and reviewing individual points of grammar. Reference works, such as dictionaries, thesauri, style manuals and manuals on writing for various fields, along with textbooks for selected subject areas, are available to those using the Center, as are numerous computers with network access.
Walsh University is committed to fostering an institutional climate in which qualified students with disabilities have full access to the academic environment. Housed in Farrell Hall, Accessibility Services verifies students’ disability status and determines eligibility for specific accommodations. Academic accommodations, such as tape recorders, electronic textbooks, and extended test time, are coordinated through this office, as are physical accommodations, including disability-appropriate housing and physical changes to classrooms or labs. Students must register with Accessibility Services in order to receive these services. Per federal law, Accessibility Services can provide these accommodations only to students with verified disabilities and not to the general student population.
Walsh University Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning supports students applying knowledge to real-world problems through guided experiences outside the classroom. The Office of Service Learning, the Career Center and the Office of Global Learning collaborate to offer numerous experiences for students to engage in authentic opportunities on campus and with the outside community. Students will engage in real world experiences that prepare them for a profession or career, strengthen their professional skill set and deepen their overall understanding of their discipline.
The Office of Service Learning's mission is to facilitate mutually beneficial service learning opportunities among Walsh and the local community. This is accomplished by supporting faculty as they develop and incorporate service learning into courses and by understanding community needs via established relationships with local organizations. Through Service Learning courses students will:
- Apply course content to the service experience in the community.
- Apply knowledge from the service experience to the course content.
- Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of issues and needs in the community based on the service experience.
To discover a service learning course that fits with your academic goals, visit the Service Learning webpage or contact the Office of Service Learning.
Br. Francis Blouin Global Scholars
The Blouin Scholars Program in Global Learning at Walsh University provides students with a unique opportunity to become part of a community of students and faculty dedicated to using scholarship and service to address major global issues. Blouin Global Scholars live and take classes with a cohort of students who are similarly dedicated to become leaders in service to the global community. All classes are built into the Walsh University core curriculum—students choose your own majors and minors—and center on a common global theme. Students are supported with opportunities such as global learning in Africa and Europe, special lectures and co-curricular activities, and priority registration and advising procedures.
Blouin Leaders in Social Justice
This two-year, service-based program fosters service leaders who are voices for the powerless in society. It is a community of residential and commuter freshmen and sophomores who have a passion for helping others and who care about the world around them.
- Take classes as a cohort to develop leadership skills
- Serve with other cohort members in the Stark County community focusing on education, healthcare, food sustainability and housing.
- Travel to enrich their knowledge about social advocacy and to engage in civic service (Possible sites include the Holocaust Museum, Native American Museum, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Heifer Ranch, Carter Center and other outreach sites)
- Think globally, act locally
The Career Center — located in the David Campus Center — empowers students and alumni to connect their academic preparation to employment or continued study beyond graduation. The staff of the Career Center use a systematic approach of self-assessment, experiential learning, and best-practice coaching to help students and alumni succeed in both identifying and reaching the next step in their professional journey, whether that step includes employment or graduate school.
The Career Center also works to cultivate relationships with local employers in order to connect student/alumni talent with internship and job opportunities in northeast Ohio and beyond. Through a series of on-campus and regional job fairs, students and alumni have opportunities to meet face-to-face with local professionals and graduate degree programs seeking new candidates.
Also, students and alumni have 24/7 access to Handshake -- the Career Center’s online career management platform. Handshake uses simple but powerful search tools and alerts to help you find the best fit from more than 500,000 jobs and internships posted by 120,000 companies, non-profits and government organizations. Show off your best self to employers by building out a rich profile that helps you stand out when employers search for students. Handshake also continually personalizes career recommendations based on your interests and connections, helping you discover exciting new opportunities.
Take the next step in your career journey by connecting with the Career Center at walsh.edu/career-center.
Through the Office of Global Learning, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of faculty-led courses in Europe, Uganda, Tanzania, Haiti, and beyond. Walsh’s Rome campus in Castel Gandolfo, Italy provides faculty-led courses in a number of disciplines throughout the academic year and into the summer academic sessions. Global Learning programs offer students unique academic experiences that broaden their intellectual awareness, cultural sensitivity, professional preparedness, and exposure to the world. This is why Walsh University students are encouraged to participate in at least one Global Learning experience before they graduate.
Students may also seek study abroad opportunities through a number of providers or our consortia partner, the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA). Walsh University also partners with CAPA –The Global Education Network to offer students a number of international internship opportunities in locations such as Buenos Aires, Dublin, London, Shanghai, and Sydney. Students interested in exploring such opportunities should contact the Office of Global Learning.
The Office of Global Learning offers students the opportunity to participate in the Br. Francis Blouin Global Scholars academic living-learning community. This living learning community brings together students from a variety of disciplines and requires students to take a critical look at major issues facing the world today. Students are admitted to the program through a competitive interview process as incoming freshmen and asked to commit to the program for their four-year undergraduate career. During this time, students will take cohort courses and a prescribed curriculum that supports a critical look at a major world problem. Past cohorts have studied food sustainability, global healthcare, justice and technology. Scholarships are awarded to freshmen or sophomore students after a competitive interview process. Students accepted to the program must commit to the program for the entirety of their undergraduate career and participate in the Global Learning programs supporting the community. Students are awarded two education abroad experiences with courses that relate to their topic of study, live in a common space for two years and receive recognition upon completion of the program.
Walsh University is also proud of its status as a Peace Corps Preparatory Institution. The Peace Corps Prep program will prepare students for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, students build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support.
Details for the application process for any of these programs can be found on the Global Learning webpage or by contacting the Office of Global Learning.
Assessment of Student Academic Achievement
Walsh University’s regional accrediting agency, The Higher Learning Commission, requires documentation of student academic achievement in general education studies (Walsh’s core curriculum) and in the major. Walsh University requires students to take various assessment tests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by the School Dean and division/department/program chairs. At present, critical thinking, placement, and proficiency testing are done as a matter of course.
Student Publications, Broadcasting And Video Production
The Spectator, the official student newspaper, reports current events on campus and voices the opinions and attitudes of the student body regarding various aspects of life at the University. The campus literary society publishes a magazine, Raison d’ Être, and conducts various events. WCAV, the University’s cable radio station, operates from a studio in the basement of the Betzler Science Center.