Wayland Baptist University – Fairbanks Campus
Exit Seminar: Grad 4101
Summer Term 2012
I. GENERAL INFORMATION:
Instructor: Beth Durbin
Contact Information: Phone: work – 377-4398; Home – 490-6023
Hours Available: By appointment
Class Location: Ft. Wainwright, Bldg. 1031, Rm. 8
Class Dates/Time: Day: Tuesday, May 29 & June 12; 6pm-10pm
NOTE: ALL Non-resident (Distance) students not living in the Fairbanks Campus area Must
Take GRAD 4101 on-line through Virtual Campus.
II. WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT: Wayland Baptist University exists
to educate students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment for
professional success, lifelong learning, and service to God and humankind.
III. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This 15-clock hour seminar is required of all students seeking a
BSOE degree from one of the University’s external campuses. This course must be
completed during the final semester prior to graduating and includes all post-testing required
for the degree. Students completing the course will receive one semester hour of credit. This
course may satisfy the requirement for GRAD 0001, Senior Seminar.
IV. PREQUISITE: The final semester senior enrolling in the Grad 4101 course must have
completed 90% of their BSOE degree program including,
ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302; RLGN 1301 and RLGN 1302, and
Completion of 80% in the declared major section (10 of 12 courses)
If a student has not reached this status, then entry into GRAD 4101 is only by consent of the
Campus Executive Director/Dean, Dr. Nancy Wagner.
A. Course text: None
B.Supplemental text: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA),
VI. NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS: ALL Non-resident (Distance) students not living in the
Fairbanks Campus area Must Take GRAD 4101 on-line through Virtual Campus.
VII. GRADING WEIGHTS:
A. Portfolio project -------------------------------------------------------------------- 40%
B. Interview (paper to be sent to instructor via BlackBoard)--------------- 30%
C. Testing (completion of exams, not exam scores) ------------------------- 30%
VIII. COURSE OUTCOME OBJECTIVES:
Each student enrolled in the Exit Seminar will complete post-testing during the term enrolled. All
post-testing results are used for institutional research. The scores generated from these post-
tests are used to analyze general trends in external campus students. Therefore, no grades are
issued on post-tests. The following post-tests are administered during the Exit Seminar:
1. ETS/MAPP Exam – Due: June 30, 2012: This is a nationally standardized examination that
covers basic academic areas such as science, math, social science, history, etc. This test is
taken on-line. Instructions are attached in Appendix 2.
2. Major/Field Exam - Due: June 30, 2012: These exams cover basic competencies for each
major. The Business (including Health Care Admin and Management majors), and
Occupational Education/Applied Science, major/field exams will be taken via BlackBoard.
B. GRADUATING STUDENT SURVEY - Due: June 30, 2012
All seniors enrolled in the Exit Seminar [GRAD 4101] course must complete the
“Graduating Student Survey.” This survey is available on-line at:
http://www.wbu.edu/faculty_and_staff/surveys/gradsurvey.htm (between ‘faculty’ and the
word ‘and’, and between the word’ and’ and the word ‘staff’ are underline marks ( _).
Once the survey is completed a ‘CONFIRMATION’ sheet appears. Print this page from the
web-site, print your name and sign your name, on the CONFIRMATION sheet, and turn the
sheet in as a part of your portfolio. This is a MANDATORY requirement for all Exit
Seminar Seniors. You do NOT turn this in apart from your Portfolio, but whether you
completed this on time can be tracked.
C. INTERVIEW ASSIGNMENTS - Due: July 24, 2012
1. Write a 4-5 page paper relating the process and content of an interview you the
student conduct with a person who hires employees for an organization. This paper
should be submitted to the instructor through the blackboard Digital Drop Box in
2. Post a 1 page summary of the most important information you, the student, gained
from this interview on the class Discussion Board in BlackBoard.
3. Read at least (3) interview summaries posted by other students to see 1) what they
found important, and 2) if their findings were similar to your own.
D. GRADUATION PORTFOLIO - Due: July 31, 2012
The student will demonstrate personal, professional, and socio-religious development while
completing their baccalaureate degree program. To achieve this overarching objective the
student will successfully develop a Graduate Portfolio which will include the following elements:
1. Cover sheet with an Author’s Statement of Authenticity
2. A table of contents page (if warranted by use of tabs, appendix, etc)
3. Portfolio Purpose Statement
4. Notification of Use of Grad 4101 Final Project
5. Graduating Student Survey; Signed Confirmation Slip(see item VII)
6. Personal Vision and Mission Statement
Professional Vision and Mission Statement
7. Reflective Paper (8-10 pages) an eight to ten page paper, in APA 5th edition format,
reflecting on the academic development YOU experienced at Wayland Baptist University.
This paper should deal with the following topics:
a. Introduction giving a student’s background and academic history
b. Analysis of two to three academic areas where personal growth occurred as a
result of course work completed at this campus.
c. Analysis of two to three academic areas where professional growth occurred as a
result of course work completed at this campus.
d. Analysis of two to three academic areas where socio-religious growth occurred as
a result of course work completed at this campus.
e. Analysis of two to three areas that were perceived as weaknesses within this
campus’ administrative and/or academic programs. Make recommended
suggestions to potentially resolve each weakness identified.
f. Analysis of two to three areas that are perceived as strengths within this campus’
administrative and/or academic programs.
8. (1) page, bulleted, loose leaf summary of strengthens / weaknesses – INCLUE this in
the Portfolio, but DO NOT physically attach (staple, clip, glue or tape it) to the pages of
IX. GRADING: The Instructor will assess each student’s Academic Portfolios on a CREDIT (CR) or
NO CREDIT (NCR) grade method. A student who achieves a score of 70% or greater will be
issued a grade of CREDIT (CR). A grade of less than 70% will be issued a grade of NO CREDIT
(NCR). FAILURE TO TURN IN AN ASSIGNMENT ON TIME WILL RESULT IN A 10% LOSS
OF GRADE FOR EACH DAY THE ASSIGNMENT IS LATE. Any student who receives a NCR
grade must re-register for the next GRAD 4101 course. A grade of “I” or INCOMPLETE will NOT
be given to any student whose course work has not been turned in by the end of the semester.
That student will simply have to reapply and pay for the course again. Failure to complete this
course may result in a delay of a student’s graduation.
X. CLASS ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION:
External Campus Attendance Policy: Students enrolled at one of the University's external
campus should make every effort to attend all class meetings. All absences must be explained
to the instructor, who will decide whether the omitted work may be made-up. When a student
reaches a number of absences considered by the instructor to be excessive, the instructor will
so advise the student, and file an Unsatisfactory Progress report with the Fairbanks Campus
WBU Catalog: Any student who misses twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the
regularly scheduled class meetings will receive a grade of “F” (or NCR for the Grad 4101
course) for the course (WBU Catalog, 2010-2011, page 88).***** Therefore, no absences
are possible in the GRAD 4101 Exit Seminar due to (1) absence being greater than
XI. COURSE SCHEDULE
Testing Due: Other Assignments Due:
May 22, None
1. Conduct a Degree Plan Audit Review for each student
2. Review course syllabus and graduation requirements
Exam Taken on-line in BlackBoard
(a) Interview Assignment – posted in BB/Safe
None (b) 1 page Summary- posted in BB/Discussion Board
2012 (c) Read (3) other summaries and comment in
None Portfolio must be completed and turned in for grading.
XII. SPECIAL NOTES:
a. Notice to Students Experiencing Disabilities: It is the University’s policy that no otherwise
qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be
subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in this University. If a student
has an impairment that requires additional accommodations by the instructor and/or the
University, please inform the instructor at the beginning of the first class session.
b. Academic Honesty: “University students are expected to conduct themselves according to the
highest standards of academic honesty. Academic misconduct for which a student is subject to
penalty includes all forms of cheating, such as illicit possession of examinations or examination
materials, forgery, or plagiarism. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work of another as one’s
own work. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with penalties associated with plagiarism
stated in the catalog.” (WBU Catalog, 2010-2011, page 88). The penalty for cheating in any form
in this class will result in a maximum penalty of failure of the course. If cheating is a repeat
offense, more severe penalties apply.
Appendix 1: Graduation Requirements
Graduation Ceremonies: The Fairbanks Campus conducts two graduation ceremonies per
year: One ceremony occurs in the month of October, and the second ceremony occurs in the
month of April/May. A combined base joint military graduation is often held in the Spring,
usually in the month of May. This graduation usually occurs after our Wayland graduation and is
optional for our students. You may choose to have this later graduation serve as your official
graduation and receive your diploma at that time.
Application for Graduation Deadline Dates: A completed Application for Graduation form
must be received at the Fairbanks WBU office no later than 13 weeks prior to the scheduled
graduation date. The matrix below indicates the application deadlines.
Posting Date: The matrix presented below indicates what term all academic requirements must
be completed to qualify for the indicated graduation:
Fall Posting Date
November 2, 2012
August 24, 2012
be in Plainview,
Texas by this date)
Graduation Date October 18, 2012
Summer Posting Date – August 4,
Graduation Application Deadline June 1, 2012
Graduation Date October 18, 2012
Transfer Credit (credit other than WBU courses): All transfer credits from other colleges or
universities, or CLEP and DANTES score reports that apply towards an AAS or BSOE degree
plan must be received by a Fairbanks WBU office no later than the posting dates given
Financial Obligations: In order to receive a diploma all financial obligations must be paid in full.
Student account inquiries will be made to your Academic advisor or Mrs. Gayle Ernst at the
Eielson AFB office. For student accounts that are not paid-in-full, the diploma and WBU
transcript are held at External Programs. Once the account is cleared the diploma / transcript
are released for issue.
WBU Criteria for Graduating with “Honors”: A graduating student must meet the three
criteria listed below to qualify for Honors:
a. (60) semester hours or more of graded course credits that apply towards a bachelor
level degree and are applied to your transcript;
b. An accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher for ALL graded course work,
both from transferred and WBU graded courses accepted onto the WBU transcript;
c. ... and a WBU grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher for all Wayland course work.
NOTE: Those students who achieve honors status will be notified prior to the ceremony and
acknowledged during the issuing of diplomas. In addition, they will be issued an Honors Cord
and Honors Certificate. NOTE: Students with a final GPA of 3.99 to 4.0 graduate ‘With
Students with 60+ WBU hours may qualify for ‘Latin Honors’ (cum laude, magna cum
laude, or summa cum laude).
Graduation Regalia: The graduation cap and gown is part of the cost covered by the
graduation application fee. Graduation regalia normally arrive 6-8 weeks prior to graduation.
Students will be contacted by your Academic Advisor when regalia are available for pick-up
from your WBU office.
Graduation Invitations / Announcements: Students may purchase graduation
announcements. You, the student, will be provided with a Graduation Invitation order form
and information pertaining to the manner / time in which orders need to be placed. This order
is to be turned into a WBU office for processing, and the invitations will normally arrive 6-8
weeks prior to graduation. Students will be contacted by their Academic Advisor when the
invitations are available for pick-up from the WBU office.
Class Rings: Rings are ordered from either Jostens or Herff-Jones. Also, Jostens has a web
site at http://www.jostens.com/ and Herff-Jones has a Website at http://www.herff-
jones.com/college/class_ring_frameset.html. There are at least (5) different styles of
rings for men and (6) different styles of rings for women. Rings range in price from
approximately $350 to $1,000.
The Fairbanks Campus staff do their very best to supply information to seniors concerning
graduation requirements and ceremony activities. As a candidate for graduation you can also
help us. Ensure that the address and telephone numbers we have are current. Also, ensure
you follow-up on any transfer credit requests that are being sent to the Fairbanks offices.
Finally, when in doubt call your Academic Advisor or Dr. Nancy Wagner, Executive
Director/Dean of the Fairbanks Campus
Appendix 2: ETS Exam Proficiency Profile
NOTE: The Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) has been renamed to the
ETS Proficiency Profile. This is a recent change, and as a result there is some wording that
refers to the test as the MAPP. Please follow the instructions below to complete the abbreviated
multiple-choice and essay tests.
What is the ETS Proficiency Profile?
The Proficiency Profile test is an assessment tool used to measure college-level reading,
mathematics, writing, and critical thinking in the context of the humanities, social sciences, and
Why we use the ETS Proficiency Profile?
The Proficiency Profile test is designed to assess general education outcomes, so universities
may improve the quality of instruction and learning. It focuses on the academic skills developed
through general education courses rather than on the knowledge acquired about the subjects
taught in these courses. This exam is published by ETS (Educational Testing Service) and is
taken by students at many universities across the nation.
How is the test structured?
The Abbreviated test consists of 36 questions administered in a single 40-minute testing session.
This multiple choice test is administered in a secure browser in which students cannot perform
other functions. All key board functions that are not essential to the completion of the test are
disabled, and any attempt to access these functions will result in the student being automatically
ejected from the testing session. You will also be required to complete an essay which is scored
on a six-point scale. The essay is administered in a 30-minute testing session, but is preceded
by a tutorial that can take up to 15 minutes.
All graduating students are required to complete two tests; the
abbreviated multiple choice test and an essay.
What is the Student’s Responsibility?
Students are expected to give a good faith effort in taking this assessment so that it will
accurately reflect their academic skills. The Proficiency Profile is scored based on the number of
questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing, so students should try to answer
every question, yet they should try to do their best. The test scores will not affect eligibility for
graduation; however, completion of this test is a graduation requirement.
What do I need to bring to the ETS Proficiency Profile test?
Please bring a #2 pencil with a good eraser. You may use a four-function, scientific or non-
graphing calculator; however, math questions can be answered without a calculator. Scratch
paper will provided by your test proctor.
How do students get their scores?
Score reports are available as soon as the test is completed.
Who do I contact if I still have questions about the ETS Proficiency Profile test?
Please contact the test administrator from your campus if you have questions about the test.
What if I am having trouble logging into the test?
Technical support is available Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm EST by sending an e-
mail to MAPPSupport@testsys.com or at 1-800-514-8491. If you call during those times you
should choose option 3 in the phone menu. After those times, you should choose the option for
Emergency Support to get the After Hours Support Group. That should be option 4 in the phone
menu. After that you will probably have to confirm this by pressing #. You can reach us by calling
1-800-514-8490. The student should typically receive a response within an hour during the
above hours. Please report any technological problems to your instructor via email immediately.
System Requirements are shown below. The student should click on the Center Check link on
the Log In screen to verify that their PC meets the system requirements.
Computer Hardware/Software Requirements
In order to access the ETS Proficiency Profile student interface, your computer must meet the
Operating System Windows 98, XP, NT and 2000
Internet Browser Internet Explorer 5.5 or greater
Internet Connection High Speed
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768
Accessing the Testing Site
Step 1: http://proficiencyprofile.ets.org to access the Login Screen. Before launching the browser
please close all applications.
Step 2: Download the MAPP Browser - click run twice
Step 3: Enter session number provided by the test proctor and click Submit. Remember to
include the dash (“-“). A second log in screen will display.
Fairbanks: 2011-2012 DL Abbreviated Form Session Number: 36615-9380569
Fairbanks: 2011-2012 DL Essay Session Number: 36616-9380570
Step 4: Enter email address and click on the radio button next to “No, I have not logged in
before” and then click submit
Step 5: Complete the student information page. You must have your student ID or social security
number in order to take this assessment. As part of the student information page, you will be
asked to create a password to access the test. You can use any combination of letters and
numbers in your password.
**Please indicate which campus you are attending and what degree you are seeking. This
information is vital for reporting purposes. These are the last two questions on the
student information page**
Step 6: The Welcome screen will display. This screen will display the title of the test that the
student will be taking, along with the Start Online link. To start, click this link.
Step 7: General direction and information screens will then display. These screens provide the
student with information about the test and what to do if they experience a problem. Read all
instructions then click on the Next button in the lower right-hand corner, the Tutorial screen will
display. The tutorial allows students to become familiar with the test-taking interface. The tutorial
has a time limit of 15 minutes and is not scored.
Step 8: Once the student exits the sample test, the test will start. We strongly recommend that
students complete the sample test in order to make them comfortable with the online testing
Step 9: Repeat step 4-8 to complete the Essay test.
Please note: The Exit button will end the test and score it. Do not use this button until you are
ready to end and score the test.