Academic Services

Academic Advising

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 Administration 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 ASC includes tutoring,  Accessibility Services, the Academic Achievement Program, and the Cavs CORE Learning Community. These services are located in Farrell Hall 209, which allows for one central place to find a variety of academic support.

Tutoring 

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 ASC. In addition to providing help in specific content areas, the tutors are available to assist 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 in the Center, as are numerous computers with network access.

Accessibility Services

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. 

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.

Cavs CORE Learning Community

The Cavs CORE Learning Community, formerly known as 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 are enrolled in this learning community based on their placement test results. Cavs CORE students have ongoing access to assigned tutors and a variety of experiential learning activities. Students in this learning community will take the following courses:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
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
 Hours9
Spring Semester
ENG 111-2 Explor of Self in Community 3
MATH 109-2 Algebra Found/Appli II 3
Other courses  
 Hours6
 Total Hours15

A Cavs CORE student's total load should not exceed 16 credit hours in both the fall and spring semesters of freshman year. Students may contact their professional advisors to request permission to waive this course-load cap.

This course layout enables all Cavs CORE 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.

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. 

Service Learning

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. 

2022 Blouin Cohort

Freshman Year - classes required to take as a cohort
HIST 101T1:DV:World Civil to 1500 (Fall 2018)3
GE 100First Year Institute (Fall 2018)1
PHIL 203T1:DV:Moral Philosophy (Spring 2019)3
GL 200Blouin Colloquium (Spring 2019)0
HIST - Africa Trip H2b (Spring 2019)
Sophomore Year - classes required to take as a cohort
NS 113Chemistry of Water3
GL 200Blouin Colloquium (Fall 2019)0
GFA 209T1:DV:World Regional Geography (Spring 2020)3
GL 200Blouin Colloquium (Spring 2020)0
Junior Year - classes required to take as a cohort
GL 200Blouin Colloquium (Spring 2020)0
GL 200Blouin Colloquium (Spring 2021)0
GL 350Rome Experience (Summer 2021)3-6
Senior Year - classes required to take as a cohort
GL 200Blouin Colloquium (Fall 2021)0
GL 200Blouin Colloquium (Spring 2022)0

The Blouin Global Scholars will have 6 cohort courses together that meet the requirements for the General Education curriculum (listed above).  Below is the list of recommended courses to complete the remainder of the requirements for the General Education curriculum.  Note: the courses below do not need to be taken as a cohort.

Tier One
Theology
T1:Script & the Catholic Trad
English Literature: Choose one
T1:DV:Cre Eq:Iss of Gen/Rac
T1:World Literature II
T1:DV:Literat & Gender Theory
Art or Music: Choose any
Science: Choose any
Social/Behavioral Science: Choose one
T1:DV:Human Sexuality
T1:Principles of Sociology
DV:T1:Social Problems
Heritage Series
H1: 21st Century Challenges: Choose one
H1:ST:21st Cent:Chal Conte Fi
H1:Urban Politics
H1:DV:World Politics
H1:DV:Public Policy
H1:American Foreign Policy
H1:InternPoliti Econ
H1:U.S. in the 20th Century
H1:Intro to Peace Studies
H1:Environmental Philosophy
DV:H1:Cross-Cultural Psych
H1:DV:Urban Sociology
H2a Religious Traditions - Choose one
THEO 203H2a:Christian Moral Life3
THEO 205H2a:DV:Church in the Mod Wrld3
THEO 271H2a:Cathol Belief in Practice3
THEO 309H2a:SL:Princ of Justice/Peace3
H2b: Liberal Arts
ENG - Africa Trip
H3: The Responses to the Challenges
Rome Experience

Note - Please contact Rachel Hosler for approval for a course that does not appear on the list above.

Leaders in Community Engagement

The Sister Rosemary Leaders in Community Engagement is a four-year program which fosters leaders who are active change-makers in their communities and leaders in service to others. It is a learning community of residential and commuter students who have a passion for making the world a better place for all by challenging social inequality and engaging meaningfully in the community.

Through academic coursework, social justice training, leadership development, community immersion, and regular service at nonprofits, the Rosemary Leaders are empowered to recognize injustice and equipped to have a meaningful impact locally.  Each Rosemary Leader has the opportunity to explore issues and address one about which they are most passionate, working alongside community mentors and in collaboration with nonprofit organizations.  In addition to the financial scholarship, the Rosemary Leaders have access to special lectures and priority registration and advising procedures.

Class of 2021

Freshman Year
GE 100First Year Institute (Fall )1
LSJ 200Leadership and Social Justice (Spring)3
Sophomore Year
HIST 290Special Topics (Fall)3
Dialogue Friday 1:50 or Thursday 8:00 (Fall)0
ENG 315DV:Special Topics in Litera (Spring)3
Dialogue Friday 1:50 or Thursday 8:00 (Spring)0
Junior Year
Dialogue Friday 1:50 or Thursday 8:00 (Fall)0
Dialogue Friday 1:50 or Thursday 8:00 (Spring)0

Class of 2022

Freshman Year
GE 100First Year Institute (Fall)1
Tier I Selection (students choose their own course. * indicates a preferred course) (Spring)
T1:DV:NativeAm/Af Am/Women Art
DV:Except&MultiCultGlobSoci
T1:DV:Literat & Gender Theory (*)
T1:DV:American Government (*)
T1:DV:African-American History
T1:DV:Moral Philosophy (*)
T1:Psychology of Violence
T1:DV:Human Sexuality
DV:T1:Social Problems (*)
T1:DV:Social/Cult Divers (*)
DV:T1:Cross-Cult Iss Gender
T1:Juvenile Crime/Justice
T1:Criminal Justice
Dialogue (Spring)0
Sophomore Year
ENG 200-2T1:DV:Cre Eq:Iss of Gen/Rac (Fall)3
Dialogue (Fall)0
H2b (SOC, HIST or GFA - TBA) (Spring)3
Dialogue (Spring)0
Junior Year
Dialogue (Fall)0
Dialogue (Spring)0

Career Center

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.

Global Learning

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.