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Institutional Tests and Assessment Requirements

Kansas Wesleyan University maintains a comprehensive program of assessment of student academic achievement in order to obtain information for program evaluation and improvement and for effective student advising.

All students are expected to participate in the University assessment process, though graduation is not contingent on performance levels in assessment. Individual programs or departments may have requirements and performance levels for program entry or continuation. You should consult with your academic advisor and the appropriate department to obtain information about the departmental assessment program. Components of the University assessment program include baseline testing of entering students, mid-career testing of second semester sophomores, exit testing of graduating students, surveys of exiting students, and surveys of students at various times. Institutional assessment may be administered each semester on Institutional Testing Day.

The University assessment process for student academic achievement is summarized as follows:

Assessment Process

Prior to Entry

ACT Exam

Freshman Year

English Placement Exam may be required for some students

Associate Degree Graduating Students

Assessment Exit Survey

Senior Year

Senior Departmental Exam

Assessment Exit Survey


1st, 5th, 10th Year Surveys

English Proficiency Requirement

All students must pass the English Proficiency Requirement as a prerequisite to receiving any undergraduate degree at Kansas Wesleyan University.  English proficiency means the ability to write complete sentences that reflect standard usage and are free of gross errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics; the ability to organize ideas clearly and to present them in the coherent paragraphs of a complete, well-developed essay; and the ability to vary language to express thought and feeling and to address an audience effectively.  There are two parts to the English Proficiency requirement:

  1. WRITING PLACEMENT – All new students enrolling at Kansas Wesleyan University who have not successfully completed ENGL120 Introductory English Composition or its equivalent and who have an ACT English sub score of 19 or less (SAT Critical Reading score of 445 or less) will be required to take ENGL 090 before taking ENGL 120.  Credit earned in ENGL 090 will not count toward graduation credit hours.  A writing diagnostic placement examination may be taken and a passing score will allow enrollment in ENGL 120 without taking ENGL 090. 
  2. STANDARD FOR MEETING THE WRITING REQUIREMENT – All students must pass ENGL 120 Introductory English Composition and ENGL 121 Intermediate English Composition or their equivalents with a grade of “C” or better.  Credits earned and transferred as part of a completed associate degree program from a regionally accredited institution will be exempt from the “C” grade requirement.

Advising Requirements

New degree seeking students are assigned an academic advisor prior to the semester they plan to enter the University. Academic advisors are assigned through the Enrollment & Financial Services Office. Assignment is based on factors such as major, advisor load, faculty advisor specialty, provisional and international status. Academic advisors assist students in defining their goals while at KWU; provide information regarding course work, career fields, and graduate school; and discuss problems related to academic programs and subsequent employment following graduation. The advisor and rising junior or senior student will develop a graduation plan, registering for courses for all semesters until graduation. Students must select a major during or before their fourth semester of college enrollment.

Course registration and adding/dropping courses must always be done with the permission of the advisor. Students may, for legitimate reasons, change advisors. Applications for change and permission are granted through the Enrollment & Financial Services Office. Although Kansas Wesleyan University provides an extensive academic advising program, the responsibility for meeting graduation requirements lies with the student.

Class Attendance and Credit Hour Requirements

Class attendance is expected in all classes and students are expected to plan accordingly, giving classes priority. Professors will provide in each class the attendance standards necessary for passing the course. These will be distributed as part of the syllabus, which will also be on file in the Executive Vice President/Provost’s office. The policy recognizes the validity of University-approved activities, but does not excuse students from completing all work for the course. Requests for excused absences from classes shall be emailed to faculty by the Athletic Director or sponsor one week or as soon as possible before the events occur. The Executive Vice President /Provost shall monitor the requests and intervene as necessary. Students are expected to contact faculty members directly and in advance of absences. Faculty members will allow excused absences for all students involved in the referenced activities and events and accommodate the students by offering them opportunities, without penalty, to either make up the work or do work ahead of time to meet course requirements. All lecture classes will meet for 50 minutes per credit hour with an expectation that two hours of outside work will be completed per credit hour. Intensive courses, including APS and MBA programs, will have additional outside work to meet this standard, therefore a student should have 45 hours of direct teaching and/or outside work for each credit hour.


New students will receive enrollment information from the Admissions Office prior to the semester in which they plan to enroll.


Students are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled. They are to consult with their academic advisors prior to registration for classes. Students register on the designated days or at the start of fall and spring semesters, plus any late registration times designated by the academic calendar. Students are not permitted to attend class until they have registered in the course.

Students are not officially enrolled in classes until the payment of all fees and charges has been arranged with the University’s Business Office.

Adding/Dropping Courses

Students who wish to add or drop a course after the semester has commenced should contact the Enrollment & Financial Services Office for assistance. Students should consult the academic calendar provided within each semester’s class schedule for the official last dates to add or drop courses for each semester. Summer and eight-week sessions have a separate withdrawal schedule.  When a student drops a class which he or she attended at least once or drops a class after the last day to add for the semester, a grade of “W” will be posted to the student’s transcript.  Withdrawals are not permitted after the last day to withdraw as indicated on the academic calendar.

It is very important that students follow the advice provided by the Enrollment & Financial Services Office. Otherwise, it is possible not to receive proper credit for a course thought to have been added by the student, or to receive a failing grade for a course thought to have been dropped by the student.


Continuing students have the opportunity to pre-register for subsequent semesters during the semester in which they are currently enrolled. New students may pre-register after admission to KWU, and new full-time students may pre-register after payment of the $100 deposit. Students may pre-register for two entire academic years beginning with the first day of pre-registration as listed in the academic calendar.

Auditing Courses

Students, with permission of the instructor, may register to audit a course. In such circumstances, the student is expected to attend class and participate along with students taking the course for credit. An auditing student is not required to take examinations and will not receive a grade or academic credit. Applied Music and Computer Science courses are not available for audit. The fee for auditing a course will be billed separately from other enrolled courses. The last day to switch from credit to audit in a course is the same as the last day to add a course.