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Provisional Admission to Studies as an Option for Some Students  

At WISR, we wish for students to proceed at a pace that makes sense in terms of their learning needs and purposes. Over the years, we have found that some students are interested in support for significant, personal learning goals—including help in writing a book or series of articles, creating a new program or non-profit, developing a workshop series, or support for other personal learning agendas, and that while they may wish to pursue an academic degree, this is not of prime importance, or at least they are not yet certain. Consequently, we advise students that there are maximum allowable amounts of time for students to complete our degree programs—6 years for a Bachelor’s degree for those with no previous academic credit and 3 years for those transferring with 80 semester units of credit; 4 years for the MS in Education and Community Leadership. And 6 years for both the MS in Psychology and the EdD. In some cases, when a student has a disability or some other special, extenuating circumstances, they may petition for more time to complete the degree.

We advise students who are not yet certain that they wish to be held to these timetables—which are designed to require the pace of consistent half-time study, or more, by each student—that they may consider enrolling for up to one year on a “provisional” basis.  Then, after pursuing two or three courses,  they may  be able to better decide whether or not to commit to continuing to study for the degree–to completion. Faculty discuss these options with prospective students to help determine which options would likely be in their best interests.

In some cases, the CEO and the Chief Academic Officer, sometimes in consultation with another faculty member, may decide that the student may only be admitted on a provisional basis. 

At WISR, we wish for students to proceed at a pace that makes sense in terms of their learning needs and purposes. Over the years, we have found that some students are interested in support for significant, personal learning goals—including help in writing a book or series of articles, creating a new program or non-profit, developing a workshop series, or support for other personal learning agendas, and that while they may wish to pursue an academic degree, they are not yet certain if they will have the energy, motivation and/or ability to complete an entire degree program at within the maximum allowable amounts of time for students to complete our degree programs—6 years for a Bachelor’s degree for those with no previous academic credit and 3 years for those transferring with 80 semester units of credit; 4 years for the MS in Education and Community Leadership. And 6 years for both the MS in Psychology and the EdD. In some cases, when a student has a disability or some other special, extenuating circumstances, they may petition for a little bit more time to complete the degree.

We advise students who are not yet certain if they want to be held to these timetables—which are designed to require the pace of consistent half-time study, or more, by each student—that we can only enroll them on a provisional status for a specified, agreed on, period of time, not to exceed one year.  Then, after that specified period of time enrolled on provisional status, the Faculty Executive Committee and the student’s major advisor will evaluate the quality of their academic work and their rate of progress, and if deemed satisfactory, the student will then be enrolled in a degree program. If not, the student’s enrollment will be terminated.  Based on the admissions interview and other information about the student, the CEO and Chief Academic Officer, sometimes in consultation with another faculty member, will decide which prospective students can only be admitted provisionally, and then discuss with those prospective students, the risks (loss of tuition and time if they fail to progress and perform adequately) and the advantages of this option (opportunity to see if they can manage the demands of being in a WISR degree program) to help each prospective student make a decision that is in their best interests.

Under our new policy about “provisional admissions” to study at WISR as an option for some students, a prospective student with health or energy limitations might be denied unconditional admission to a degree program, but they would have the opportunity through taking the relevant courses in their desired degree program on a “provisional student” basis, until such time that they might demonstrate the capability of completing the program within (or very close to) the maximum expected length of time for that program. In effect, the student is then given a “trial period” to learn some of the things they wish to learn, and still, to get credit toward a degree at a future date, if they end up demonstrating the motivation, energy and capacity to complete the entire degree program. Typically, a student will have up to a year to demonstrate this capability. They do not pay the $600 enrollment fee unless and until they are accepted as a degree student.

 

 

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