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Admissions

Statement of Non-Discrimination and Affirmation of Diversity

Western Institute for Social Research admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability in the admissions or in the administration of its educational policies, scholarships and loan programs and all other school administered programs. In addition, WISR seeks actively to build a multiracial, multicultural learning and teaching community, in which the central values are built on the worth and distinctiveness of each person’s background, going beyond our differences to celebrate qualities and needs that we all share as humans. WISR actively encourages interested members of ethnic and racial minority groups, women, and other underserved persons to discover whether its programs and methods fit their special, personal and community interests and goals.

Admission

Entering BS students must demonstrate the maturity and ability to pursue undergraduate studies.  At this time, students may receive  a maximum of 105 of the required 120 semester units while enrolled at WISR.  Students are able to pursue coursework in other institutions, concurrently. At least 15 semester units must be completed in other institutions and/or by passing CLEP exams, including 15 semester units of general education coursework–at least 6 semester units in each of the following: natural sciences and humanities/arts, and 3 semester units in quantitative reasoning or math. When students are pursuing coursework elsewhere, concurrently while enrolled at WISR, WISR faculty will provide instruction to these students that may also support and assist them in their studies at those institutions.

For admission to a Master of Science program, a Bachelor’s degree is required, and for admission to study for the Ed.D., each student must have a Master’s degree.*

*Academic credit earned from unaccredited institutions, including California licensed institutions, and foreign institutions, will be evaluated on a case by case basis, to determine if the quality of student work is comparable to that of students in many accredited institutions. Specifically, the student may submit evidence of the quality of their previous academic study (e.g., copies of papers or recommendations from academicians who hold accredited doctoral degrees, or evidence of the consistency and quality of the work done by students from the particular unaccredited institution).  Such applicants may also submit professional or scholarly papers or projects that they have produced–which suggest that their previous study was at the level expected of accredited programs. The Chief Academic Officer (currently, WISR’s President) will evaluate this evidence, in consultation with a subcommittee of WISR’s faculty, or in some cases, by consulting with an admissions officer or knowledgeable academic official at an accredited institution of higher learning. For the Bachelor’s degree, WISR’s natural science and humanities breadth requirements may be met by previous academic work at other institutions when the student has had at least eight (8) semester units in either one or both of these areas of study. WISR will also consider for credit course challenge examination results from such nationally recognized standardized tests as the CLEP tests. A maximum of 90 semester units may be transferred.

All admissions to study at WISR are made on the basis of intensive conversations with applicants about their goals, interests, and backgrounds, and applicants are told about the kinds of learning and action that are involved in studying with us. Initial discussions may be informal. WISR is interested in working with students who find a common bond with the Institute’s stated philosophy and goals. WISR also seeks students who want a flexible program, tailored to their individual needs, but who also want discipline and rigor in their studies. These and other issues are discussed frankly and openly with each serious applicant, and students’ intelligent self-selection to study at WISR is very deliberately emphasized. Many tentatively interested inquirers are discouraged from formally applying if their specific interests, personal maturity, or resources of time and money do not promise success in study here.

In particular, each applicant must discuss her or his background and objectives with a core faculty member, usually WISR’s President. Interested persons are routinely encouraged to visit WISR seminars and to talk with other faculty, students, and Board members of WISR, to gain several perspectives on study at WISR and a sense of the learning community that they may be joining. In practice, an informed self-selection process typically takes place, so long as the student possesses the required previous academic work, completes the needed application paperwork, has access to and ability to use the internet and email, and has no language barriers. 

Limitations on Enrollment of Out of State Students

Since the State of California is the only state in the US that has not signed the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements ( go to http://nc-sara.org/ for more details), WISR cannot offer its distance learning programs to students living in most other states of the US.  There are a few states whose residents may enroll at WISR, since WISR does not have a physical presence in those states and does not advertise in those states. Because of our small size, it is not economically feasible for WISR to seek the necessary state authorization from each state in which a prospective student resides. Those from other states who are interested in enrolling at WISR should contact us to find out if their state is one of the states for which WISR would be allowed to provide distance education to students. Those from other states who wish to do studies at WISR on site, in the Bay Area, rather than from a distance, are welcome to explore this option as well. WISR is able to entertain inquiries from prospective students living in other countries, since this interstate reciprocity agreement does not apply to students from other countries. 

Before Enrolling, Students Read and Sign the Following:

Disclosures and Requirements for WISR Students—regarding Online and Distance Learning . . . (November, 2018)

  1. A WISR faculty member will confer with each enrolling student to discuss the first steps and activities in their learning at WISR, whether the student is living at a distance from WISR, or not, within 7 days of the student’s date of enrollment. WISR uses a combination of online learning—through a Learning Management System (Google Education Suite)—and real time interaction between students and faculty, and among students. The real time interaction may be on site at WISR, by phone or by internet. All WISR seminars are offered by video/audio conference (accessed by either phone or internet), and most are simultaneously on site. At the moment, we use Zoom’s conference services. In addition, most seminars are recorded and available later, online, through WISR’s Google Education Suite.
  2. When first enrolling students, must verify their identity by showing an official ID with a photo (e.g., passport or driver’s license) and having a WISR official check their identity either in person or by video conference.
  3. WISR protects students’ privacy and students will be updated annually on WISR’s policies. WISR complies with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) regulations, and we are currently in the initial stages of taking steps toward complying with the more stringent requirements of European Union’s GDPR laws (General Data Protection Regulation).
  4. For students learning at a distance and those residing locally, instruction centers on real time interaction between students and faculty—either face to face or by phone conference (the latter is used with local students from time to time as well as with students studying at a distance). Instruction is aided by the use of online courses through Google Education Suite, as well as sometimes of communications, drafts of papers, and comments on drafts between students and faculty. All WISR students are required to obtain a wisr.edu email address, and they will be shown how to have those emails forwarded to the current, primary email address. Exceptions may sometimes be made for students only taking one course or several courses, rather than an entire degree program.
  5. Students are responsible to back up drafts of their papers, and especially of theses and dissertations—through the Google Drive available with their wisr.edu email address. No student wants to write several pages of work, much less dozens or hundreds of pages, and lose their writing if their computer crashes. It does happen!
  6. Students are required to respond to two to four annual surveys from WISR—this is important part of WISR’s ongoing commitment to improving our curriculum and instruction and to

sustaining WISR as a quality and valuable institution of higher learning. Usually, there will be at least two surveys during the summer—one to evaluate WISR faculty and their teaching performance, and another to evaluate WISR’s contributions to each student’s learning and to elicit suggestions for improvement. Sometimes, there will be one or two other surveys each year—for example, as part of WISR’s Strategic Planning Process. Students may count the time spent responding to surveys as part of their required hours of collaboration for WISR courses.

  1. As stated in WISR’s enrollment agreement, a Full Refund may be obtained by withdrawing within 7 days of the beginning of an enrollment agreement, or at the student’s first meeting with a WISR faculty person to plan and begin their studies for their educational program, whichever is later. Since all students meet with a faculty member within 7 days, they will still have the 7-day period in which to cancel and receive a full refund.
  2. Faculty feed-back to students learning at a distance and submitting drafts for comment follows principles of diligent reading of student drafts and papers and responding thoughtfully in a timely fashion. Faculty make every effort to give students rapid feedback on drafts of papers and theses. Typically, faculty give students feedback on papers and other drafts that are 20 pages or less, within 7 to 10 days. Faculty may need as much as three to four weeks to read and give feedback on longer papers, and especially on drafts of theses and dissertations. Faculty are available to set up hour-long conferences with students, either face-to-face, or by phone once every week or two, as needed by students. Generally, it is best to set up appointments a week in advance, so students can coordinate their own schedules of availability with the openings in the faculty member’s schedule.
  3. All WISR students are expected to have a high degree of self-motivation and capability for self-directed learning and are expected to contact faculty for support and assistance, whenever they feel they need it.
  4. Students have access to the online database paid or by WISR, by going to https://www.lirn.net/databases and entering the password given to them. By the terms of our agreement with LIRN students cannot share this information with anyone outside of WISR.

In addition, by signing this document, the student agrees to respect all copyright laws, which includes, but is not limited to the following considerations:

  • None of the content shared in WISR’s online courses may not be shared with anyone other than students and faculty at WISR, unless it is explicitly stated that it can be shared under open access, Creative Commons licensing.
  • When using resources from LIRN, from ScribD, online data bases accessed through professional association memberships or library card/memberships, students may not copy and share any of those materials, unless explicitly stated as open access under Creative Commons licensing.
  • When writing papers, or making posts on the online forum, students are to cite and reference their sources. For assistance in using the proper format, consult Easy Bib (easybib.com)
  • Students having any questions about copyright issues and the sharing of articles and/or videos, should contact WISR’s librarian (roberson@wisr.edu), WISR’s CEO (john.bilorusky@wisr.edu) , or another faculty member for guidance.
  1. WISR students are expected to collaborate with other students at WISR, and these expectations and requirements are outlined in each course.
  2. In order to participate in seminars and real-time conversations with WISR faculty, all WISR students must have access to reliable and well-functioning internet service. Having a web cam is very valuable, as is a head set with a microphone. Sometimes students are able to converse by phone, but internet is essential for online courses, and best for most seminars.
  3. Students should expect to spend about $50 to $100 on books (or e-books) for each course. In addition, all students are required to

1) purchase and maintain a monthly membership in ScribD (access to many required readings—books and articles, for $9/month.  www.scribd.com),

2) purchase a membership in a major professional association such as the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (www.camft.org), American Educational Research Association, or American Sociological Association. (These fees are typically less than $150/year.) Depending on the student’s interests, faculty may approve a membership in another association, instead.  All MFTs students must obtain a membership in CAMFT, because, among other things, this provides access to psychology journals through the EBSCO library online data base.

3) if a California resident, the student must obtain a free library card (but requires a visit on site) to either the San Francisco or Los Angeles Public Library.  This card entitled the holder to access to important added online library data bases (off site, need not be at the library), as well as, to thousands of films and videos available through Kanopy (www.kanopy.com), and some of these films are required viewing for many WISR courses. WISR will provide other access to limited number of Kanopy films, but at least to those that are required, to students who are not California residents, if the student is not able to obtain access through another library.

Regarding Student Records

WISR keeps all those student records on file, as required by the State of California, and this means that transcripts are permanently kept of student credit earned, and that all other records are kept for five years. State of California visiting teams are permitted to access these files to review WISR’s educational programs.

Students are permitted to review the contents of their own files–

  • their admissions (application) file,
  • their financial file (including for example, enrollment agreements),
  • their transcript file (previous transcripts and WISR transcripts once produced), and
  • their academic file (that is, their learning portfolio and their working portfolio, including the papers they have written, the course syllabi they have submitted, faculty evaluations of their projects/courses, and rough drafts and other supporting documents and media pertaining to their academic work and studies at WISR).

WISR student academic work is considered to be a contribution to public inquiry, and therefore available to others, with the following qualifications:

WISR students are permitted to view the papers, syllabi, trancripts and multimedia academic products submitted by other WISR students, unless a student has requested that all or a particular portion of their learning portfolio be restricted from the view of others. In any case, student learning portfolios are always available for review by WISR faculty and Board members, and by outside evaluation/visiting teams. These privileged groups are not allowed to divulge any restricted contents to others. However, all student annotated bibliographies are to be made available to WISR students and the larger public on WISR’s website and/or by hard copy. Other student learning products (papers, theses, multimedia products, and end of program evaluations, but not transcripts) may be published on WISR’s website, unless a student has requested that all or a particular portion of these other learning products not be published on WISR’s website. In any case, such publication of unrestricted content in no way limits the student’s intellectual property rights to the work they have produced.

WISR will answer inquiries about a student’s degrees attained and coursework completed, only if the student has authorized WISR to do so. WISR will not answer such inquiries for those students who owe WISR money (except for those students who are repaying deferred tuition and who are up to date in making those payments). WISR will make transcripts available to students who are behind in tuition payments on a pro rata basis, as per State of California regulation. This means, for example, that if a student is late in paying WISR for one-third of his/her tuition, then WISR will release a transcript for only the two-thirds of the study covered by the tuition that has thus far been paid on time, as per the student’s enrollment agreement with WISR. The fee for each official transcript is $25. See Transcript Services for more details.

By signing this, the student states that she or he understands that WISR provides no English language services for those for whom English is their second language, and by signing this, the student affirms that “I am stating that I am fluent in reading, speaking and writing in the English language.”

By signing this, the student attests that he or she has read the WISR catalog and/or the information on the website.

I have read, the above, and understand the above stated terms, conditions and expectations of students for learning at WISR.

 

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Student’s Signature                                                                           Date

 

Received by WISR Official__________________________________________

Calendar and Enrollment

WISR’s fiscal year begins on July 1. Programs continue year-round, although seminar activity is usually less in the summer. Students may apply, be admitted, and begin study in any month of the year, and may complete their programs in any month.

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State Regulations Requiring WISR and All Approved Schools to Obtain Accreditation by July 2020

§71775.5. Pre-enrollment Disclosure; Notice to Prospective Degree Program

Students; Institutions with Existing Approvals to Operate.
(a), An approved unaccredited institution enrolling a student in a degree program shall, prior to execution of an enrollment agreement, provide the student with the following notice, which shall be in at least 12-point type in the same font as the enrollment agreement:
Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following requirements:
• Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
• Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.
If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, the following will happen:
• The institution must stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
• Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.
An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.
Institutional Representative Initials: __________ Student Initials: __________13
Date: ___________ Date: ___________”
(b) The student and an institutional representative shall initial and date the notice prior to executing an enrollment agreement. An initialed copy of the notice shall be given to the student and the original shall be retained in the enrolled student’s records.
(c) The notice shall also be posted immediately adjacent to wherever an institution’s degree granting programs are described and shall include, at a minimum, the following locations:
(1) The institution’s catalog.
(2) The institution’s website.
(3) The institution’s degree program brochures.
(d) This section shall remain in effect until July 1, 2021, and as of that date is repealed.
NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 94803, 94877, 94885 and 94885.1, Education Code. Reference:
Sections 94885, 94885.1, 94897, 94900, 94900.5, 94909, 94927.5 and 94932 Education Code.

What does this mean for WISR and for WISR students?

Prior to this new law and regulation, WISR had already decided to pursue national accreditation (see below)

With all accreditation efforts, there can never be a guarantee that an institution will be successful.  The information here is to provide updates on the concerted efforts and steps that we at WISR are taking to achieve national accreditation by 2020, and hopefully a bit before then. For legal and ethical reasons, we cannot promise that we will obtain accreditation, but we will be transparent in disclosing our progress—to the State of California as required by law, and to students, prospective students and interested members of the general public, as well, because such disclosures to the State must be made public.

WISR Board, faculty, alumni and students are strongly committed to obtaining accreditation, and will keep students, prospective students and the State informed of our progress (see update below). If WISR does not obtain accreditation by July 2020, WISR will apply for a two-year extension from the State (as allowed for be an amendment to the original law), and if for any reason, WISR fails to get accreditation on a timetable acceptable to the State (July 2020 or later if there is an extension), WISR faculty will do a teach out with all WISR students, and those students will be able to receive an academic degree that is fully approved by the State of California.

. Update on WISR’s steps in our progress toward National Accreditation, as of November 2018:

Prior to the creation of this new State regulation, WISR’s Board decided in early 2014 that WISR should pursue national accreditation from a national accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which is recognized by the US Department of Education and by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In June 2014, WISR was visited by the senior staff person of that agency, who is in charge of their accreditation process, and following that visit, the accreditation representative shared observations and suggestions with Dr. John Bilorusky, WISR President.  Following this conversation, WISR faculty and Board made a decision that WISR should pursue further the next steps involved in seeking accreditation from that agency.  In October 2014, Dr. John Bilorusky, attended the initial, and required, accreditation workshop for CEOs of institutions seeking accreditation from that agency.

Since July 2014, WISR’s Board, faculty, students and alumni have been taking a number of steps as part of the accreditation process . . .

  • In Spring 2016, ACICS formally invited WISR to submit formal application for accreditation. WISR did this by submitting our initial application fee to ACICS, the required information and paperwork about our institutional enrollment and status, and recent audit of our financials by a CPA.
  • In Spring 2016, we began the data gathering and self-study required by ACICS, including work on the Campus Accountability Report (CAR) and the Campus Effectiveness Plan (CEP).

Based on this self-study and the ongoing dialogue among faculty, Board, students and alumni, we have identified: 1) areas of strength at WISR that must be sustained; 2) areas of needed improvement; 3) a high level of satisfaction by students and alumni, as well as by coworkers and employers of students and alumni—in terms of WISR’s contributions to student learning. Further, we have developed a plan and a timetable for making concerted and continued progress in working on the areas of needed improvement, including budgetary projections that will support the accomplishment of these improvements, and that will sustain WISR as a vital, high quality institution of higher learning for many, many years into the future.

  • However, in early 2017, we learned that we cannot count on ACICS retaining the US Department of Education recognition that they lost in late 2016, and in any case, ACICS has decided to no longer consider for accreditation those institutions offering a doctoral degree. As a result, we decided to pursue accreditation with a different, and highly legitimate agency. We will report on that progress in due time, and in compliance with that agency’s policy on what can be stated about such progress, in what terms and when. As noted above, with all accreditation efforts, there can never be a guarantee that an institution will be successful.
  • As of November 2018, we plan to submit our self-study to this nationally recognized accreditation agency by March 2019, and will move forward with this agency based on the feedback and instructions that they give us.
  • We reiterate that for legal and ethical reasons, we cannot promise that we will obtain accreditation, but we will be transparent in disclosing our progress—to the State of California as required by law, and to students, prospective students and interested members of the general public, as well, because such disclosures to the State must be made public.
  • As part of our ongoing efforts to develop WISR toward accreditation over the past four years, we have taken, and will continue to take the following steps (among others as needed):
    • An annual CPA audit of our finances
    • A fund-raising campaign to seek donations to help with the considerable expenses associated with accreditation—with about $90,000 having been raised in the past three years.
    • Conducting annual surveys of students, faculty, Board and alumni—to identify WISR’s strengths and areas of needed improvements, and to gather data on the evidence of student learning outcomes.
    • The development of a Strategic Plan (soon to be completed)
    • Monthly meetings of Faculty, (administrative) Executive Committee, and Curriculum Committee—to aid the development of an institutional self-study, and to make needed improvements that build on WISR’s 43-year history and experience in providing quality, learner-centered education for professional and community leadership.
    • Frequent Board meetings, and meetings of Board subcommittees that also involve faculty and students.
    • Use of the WISR annual conference and the semi-annual All School Gatherings and other special meetings at WISR to plan the next steps toward a sustainable and productive future for WISR.
    • Continuing work with faculty and staff to support their professional development.
    • Development of WISR’s onsite library, with the help of a part-time professional librarian, including the cataloging of the library (in progress), as well as extending student access to online resources, through a combination of purchases of access by WISR, and identification of low-cost and free learning resources for students.
    • Refining WISR’s curriculum and putting WISR courses online in a Learning Management System using Google Education Suite (in progress, to be completed March 2019).
    • All WISR seminars are now available on site and by video/audio conference, using Zoom, and most seminars are recording for later viewing by students.
    • Addition of several new core faculty members.
    • Recruiting and involving an academic advisory committee—academicians, professionals and community leaders who can give us feedback and advice as we continue our concerted efforts to develop and improve WISR further.

What does this mean for WISR and for WISR students?

      Prior to this new law and regulation, WISR had already decided to pursue national accreditation (see below)

With all accreditation efforts, there can never be a guarantee that an institution will be successful.  The information here is to provide updates on the concerted efforts and steps that we at WISR are taking to achieve national accreditation by 2020, and hopefully a bit before then. For legal and ethical reasons we cannot promise that we will obtain accreditation, but we will be transparent in disclosing our progress—to the State of California as required by law, and to students, prospective students and interested members of the general public, as well, because such disclosures to the State must be made public.

 WISR Board, faculty, alumni and students are strongly committed to obtaining accreditation, and will keep students, prospective students and the State informed of our progress (see update below). If WISR does not obtain accreditation by July 2020, WISR faculty will do a teach out with all WISR students, and those students will be able to receive an academic degree that is fully approved by the State of California.  

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Transfer of Academic Credit to WISR Received from Other Institutions

Subject to the specific qualifications and limitations listed below, students may transfer credit to WISR from regionally accredited institutions and from California State licensed MFT programs approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners. If the student has received credit from an institution that has neither of these statuses, then WISR faculty will evaluate the student’s work and/or other evidence regarding the quality of the student’s work at the previous institution to determine if it is comparable in quality to the work typically done in California Approved and regionally accredited institutions.* [Note under current California law, “Approved” means, “approval to operate” which means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3,  Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8)

No more than 90 semester units may be transferred from other institutions toward WISR’s 124 semester units required for the BS. No more than 6 semester units of graduate study may be transferred toward WISR’s 36 semester units required for WISR MS in Education and Community Leadership degree. For WISR’s MFT program, students who have completed academic work which clearly meets State guidelines and WISR’s descriptions of the core courses required for WISR’s MFT MS in Psychology option may then receive up to 12 semester units of transfer credit (applies only to MFT students enrolling after August 1, 2012). No more than 15 units of doctoral level credit may be transferred toward Doctoral studies at WISR.

Undergraduate: All undergraduate units earned by a student from any regionally accredited or California State-approved college or university are routinely accepted for credit by WISR. Undergraduate units from foreign institutions or from unaccredited institutions and those not approved by the State of California are accepted by WISR if they can be translated into U.S. equivalents or in quality of work expected of students at WISR.* Nationally recognized standardized tests such as the CLEP tests WISR will also be considered for credit.

Graduate: For WISR’s MFT program, students who have completed academic work which clearly meets State guidelines and WISR’s descriptions of the core courses required for WISR’s MFT MS in Psychology option may then receive up to 12 semester units of transfer credit. Courses transferred for students entering the MFT program are evaluated by WISR’s President, sometimes in consultation with licensed MFT’s on WISR’s faculty, to make certain that the course titles/descriptions closely parallel State guidelines, as well as WISR’s descriptions for core MFT courses.

In other graduate programs at WISR, each student’s prior graduate study is taken into careful account, in planning out her or his program of study, in order to build on the student’s strengths and avoid duplication of efforts. Some graduate course work is accepted for transfer in such cases. At the request of the prospective student, the President, often in consultation with a subcommittee of WISR’s faculty, evaluates the student request for transfer of credit. Credit is accepted for transfer only if it is determined, after examining the student’s transcript(s) and/or samples of the student’s academic work, that the work to be accepted for transfer credit is comparable in substance and quality to work expected at WISR. For (non-MFT) MS students a maximum of six semester units is transferable, and at the doctoral level, a maximum of 15 semester units is transferable.

*Academic credit earned from unaccredited institutions, including California licensed institutions, and foreign institutions, will be evaluated on a case by case basis, to determine if the quality of student work is comparable to that of students in many accredited institutions. Specifically, the student may submit evidence of the quality of their previous academic study (e.g., copies of papers or recommendations from academicians who hold accredited doctoral degrees, or evidence of the consistency and quality of the work done by students from the particular unaccredited institution).  Such applicants may also submit professional or scholarly papers or projects that they have produced–which suggest that their previous study was at the level expected of accredited programs. The Chief Academic Officer (currently, WISR’s President) will evaluate this evidence, in consultation with a subcommittee of WISR’s faculty, or in some cases, by consulting with an admissions officer or knowledgeable academic official at an accredited institution of higher learning. For the Bachelor’s degree, WISR’s natural science and humanities breadth requirements may be met by previous academic work at other institutions when the student has had at least eight (8) semester units in either one or both of these areas of study. WISR will also consider for credit course challenge examination results from such nationally recognized standardized tests as the CLEP tests. A maximum of 90 semester units may be transferred.

Foreign Students

Foreign Students—No ESL Instruction, no I-20 status, but assistance in obtaining permission to visit:
WISR does admit students from other countries. However, WISR does not provide English as a Second Language, or English as a Foreign Language, instruction. All instruction is conducted in English. Some students who are not native English speakers, but who are fluent in English, have enrolled and successfully completed programs at WISR. Students who do not have a previous college degree from an institution in which English was the primary language of instruction must take and pass a TOEFL exam. WISR’s admissions process helps faculty and all prospective students to assess their skills, learning needs and interests, and aids WISR faculty and the prospective student in determining whether or not WISR can meet his or her educational needs. Enrollment at WISR does not provide foreign students with I-20 status (i.e., WISR students do not qualify for foreign student visas.). However, WISR has and will vouch for a student’s enrollment status and verify that WISR encourages all students studying from a distance to visit WISR for a few days every year or so. By so vouching and verifying, WISR is usually able to assist foreign students in obtaining permission to visit the United States for a brief period, for this purpose.

For More on Admissions

Each prospective student should read and explore our website carefully, and in particular, should read the following sections as first steps in learning about how to enroll at WISR:

And, of course, each student should carefully read the extensive details in the various subsections under “Academics.”

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