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									Part-time Faculty Handbook                                                                   1


Thank you for accepting a part-time teaching assignment at Wright College. We value your presence
at Wright as part of our instructional team and we hope that your stay with us is a rewarding
professional experience. This handbook contains much of the information you will need during the
coming academic year. Additional sources are the college catalogue, the website, the student
handbook, and the schedule of classes. Should you have additional questions, please do not hesitate
to contact your department chairperson or the office of the Executive Dean of Instruction.
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Wilbur Wright College is one of the seven separately accredited City Colleges of Chicago. The City
Colleges are under the control of the Board of Trustees of Community College District 508 and are
administered through a district office headed by the system's chancellor.

For nearly fifty years, Wright College was located on North Austin Avenue. During that time
Wright’s mission changed from that of a junior college to that of a comprehensive community
college, and its control shifted from the Chicago Board of Education to the Board of Trustees. In
summer of 1993, Wright's long-time dream of a state-of-the-art facility was realized as a new five-
building complex opened on North Narragansett Avenue as Wright College-North. The Austin
campus became an adult and continuing education center known as Wright College-South. During
the summer of 2001 Wright College closed the South campus and brought most of its programs to
Wright North. An additional site, focused on vocational training, opened in early 1995 in the
Humboldt Park area. Wright College, along with the other public community colleges in Illinois, is
part of a statewide system coordinated by the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois
Board of Higher Education.

Wright offers a wide range of programs, including transfer, career, adult and community service,
G.E.D., Literacy, English as a Second Language, and general education. The integrity and value of
each of these programs is essential to the mission of Wright College. As a teacher, your role is
paramount. The preparation, interest, and enthusiasm which you bring to your work, both inside and
outside of class, underscores the excellent reputation of the College.


Wilbur Wright College is a learning-centered, multi-campus institution of higher education offering
students of diverse backgrounds, talents, and abilities a quality education leading to baccalaureate
transfer, career advancement, and/or personal development. Wright College has committed itself to a
customer service philosophy that makes quality service to our students and community the highest
priority for all staff in the College.


Wright College is organized in a traditional department structure, with each department headed by a
chairperson. The department chairperson reports to the Executive Dean of Instruction who, in turn, is
supervised by the Vice President, and both of these administrators report to the College President.
The college administration is committed to participatory governance. Most initiatives at the College
are the result of the collaborative effort of both faculty and administration.

The person you, as an adjunct faculty member, will have the most frequent contact with is your
department chairperson. Department chairs interview, hire, and evaluate part-time faculty. They are
also responsible for providing on-going support to adjunct faculty, keeping you informed of
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curriculum changes, college initiatives, and policy changes.
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When you are first hired at Wright College you are required to complete various personnel forms.
Please contact Sandy England in the Vice President’s office for a personnel packet. NOTE: these
forms MUST be completed or you won’t get paid.

Returning adjunct faculty must complete a new Employment Contract and renew or update other
materials as needed.


Please refer to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the CCC Contingent Labor Organizing
Committee, IEA-NEA and the Board of Trustees, District 508 for pay scale information. You may
obtain a copy of the contract on the CCC website. Your union representative is Jerianne Garber,
Communications Media Department.


You will be assigned a mailbox in the Main Office, Room A101. Please check this mailbox every
day that you are on campus. This mailbox is the College's primary method for communicating with
all faculty. If space is available, you will also have a mailbox in your department office. This
mailbox is used for department matters and student communications, though the Main Office box
may also be used for those purposes.

The department chairperson will assign office space. Offices are generally shared with one or more
other part-time faculty members, and every effort is made to avoid scheduling conflicts so that only
one person occupies the office at a time. If you wish to use the office at a time other than your
assigned office hours, check with the department secretary to ensure there's no schedule conflict
with others who might be using the office.

Keys for offices, department commons areas, and desks will be authorized and requested by the
department chairperson or coordinator. No keys should be duplicated outside of the building.
Classrooms are generally opened for scheduled classes by security, so no special keys are needed;
the only exceptions are laboratories, and special arrangements are made in departments for lab
access. Office and department keys must be returned to the department secretary at the end of the


•   You are required to be present at all academic obligations, which include classes, scheduled
    student conferences, and advisory hours.
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•   In accordance with ICCB and Board Rules, you are required to provide the following
    information to your students in writing during the first week of class:

        a course outline for the semester,
        specific information regarding how students will be evaluated in your courses, and
        a list of required books, reading, supplies, and/or materials.

•   You must schedule one conference/advisory hour per week for each course taught. These hours
    must be scheduled at a time convenient to the students enrolled in your course(s), must be
    posted, and must be announced in class(es).

•   You must issue a midterm grade to each student enrolled in your classes.

•   You must complete the required college forms by the date that they are due and submit them to
    the appropriate offices. The forms include the previously mentioned personnel forms AND all
    class lists and grade and attendance forms.

•   You may be asked to help students with academic advising for pre-registration, including
    completion of a registration program card.

If you have any questions about Wright College programs, the procedures for academic advising or
what to do with the attendance rosters and grade forms, PLEASE do not hesitate to ask the
department chairperson, any full-time faculty member, or the Executive Dean of Instruction’s

A note on course outlines and course syllabi: Each course has an official syllabus filed with the
Executive Dean of Instruction each fall semester. All faculty teaching the course sign the appropriate
signature sheet for the syllabus. Faculty members who wish to submit individual course outlines,
methods of evaluating students, types of instruction, and/or textbooks, must attach statements to the
signature sheet. Academic freedom permits teachers to determine the best methods, materials, and
organization to meet the course objectives, but faculty are required to distribute these materials to all
students at the beginning of each semester.
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Each semester, your students will evaluate the instruction received in the course. The evaluation
instrument was developed by the Academic Affairs Committee, approved by the Wright College
Faculty Council, and adopted in the Board-Union Agreement. This short-answer form provides
feedback to teachers on their classroom performance as viewed by their students. The evaluation
procedures are included with the forms and guarantee student anonymity as well as the integrity of
the process. After review by the Executive Dean of Instruction and the department chairpersons,
these forms will be returned to you after the conclusion of the semester.

If you are new to Wright College, the department chairperson, or the adjunct coordinator will visit
your classes at least by the mid-point of the term for the first two consecutive semesters after initial
employment. The department chair will give you a written copy of his or her classroom observations
and will discuss these with you.


Initial Class Lists

You will receive two copies of the Semester Class Lists before your first class meets. These class
lists include the names of all students who completed registration through the regular open
registration period. Please follow the instructions printed on the cover memo that accompanies these

•   All students who have not attended at least one of the first two class sessions are to be red-lined
    (unless they have indicated to you that they would be absent during the first class sessions). One
    copy of each class list is to be returned to Room A-129 (the Records Office) on the date and time
    indicated on Dean Romell Murden’s memo. If the Records Office is closed, return the list to
    May Ogawa’s mailbox in the Main Office.
•   Students whose names have been “red-lined” will be dropped from all future class lists. Please
    do not obscure the student’s social security number when red-lining.
•   Students whose names do not appear on your class lists but who are attending your class MUST
    present their computer receipts showing their official registration in your class before they are
    admitted to class.
•   Students not officially registered for a class must not be permitted to continue attending the

When classroom attendance has stabilized and late registration is over, the official CCC Attendance
Roster will be forwarded to you. Accurate attendance records will be kept on these rosters
throughout the whole semester in accordance with City College policy. P represents present and A
represents absent.
Attendance Roster and Revised (Day 10) Class Lists
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The Official CCC Attendance Roster and Revised Class List for each semester should include all
students who have completed their registration as well as all class revisions (Drops and Adds)
through the late registration and revision period. Again, please follow the instructions printed on the
cover memo accompanying these lists.

The white (carbon) copy is to be returned to the Records Office (A-129) or to May Ogawa’s Main
Office mailbox by the date indicated on the cover memo.

The green attendance roster is for keeping an accurate attendance record and shall be maintained
throughout the complete semester. P represents present and A represents absent.

On the white copy: Line out in red the names of all students who have not attended at least one of
the first two class sessions unless:

       1.      They are presently attending classes, or
       2.      They have since officially withdrawn.

If a student is attending class and his name does not appear on the class list, add the student's name
and social security number to the bottom of the list provided he or she has shown proof of
registration. (Computer-printed bill with schedule of classes.)

Students not officially registered for a class must not be permitted to continue attending

Please remind students that changes in name, address, or social security number must be made
officially by reporting the change to the Records Office, A-129.

Should you believe there is justifiable cause for reinstating a student whom you have previously
red-lined, send the student to Room A-129 or Room A-128 for appropriate reinstatement forms and
processing immediately. Be sure to check the student’s receipt to ascertain his/her reinstatement in
your class.

A final grade cannot and will not be awarded to a student who has not been officially reinstated.
Simply sitting in a class is not considered an official form of reinstatement.

Midterm Grade and Attendance Reports and Class Lists

A photocopy of your attendance roster (the green sheet) is to be attached to the midterm class list
and turned in to your department chairperson on the date indicated on the cover memo. NOTE: In
making the photocopy, please reduce the original so that all information is clearly visible.
(Hint: Reduce image to 94% and set copier to darkest setting.)

•   Record grades on the midterm class lists and on your attendance roster; date and sign lists before
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    submitting them to chairpersons or section heads.

•   Remember: Students must be given a midterm grade. These grades will be entered into the

•   Clearly mark all attendance rosters with P (Present) and A (Absent) to indicate student
    attendance. No other designations are acceptable. Include a copy of your attendance sheets with
    the class list.

The chairperson will review the midterm class lists and attendance rosters to verify compliance of
faculty members with the previously stated directives and submit them to the appropriate office.

The midterm class list is a corrected copy for each class from the Master File through the midterm
date. Students who have officially withdrawn through the proper procedures will have an imprinted
WTH grade shown as well as the date of withdrawal.

Please do the following before submitting your midterm class lists and attached copies of the
attendance rosters to your department chairperson:

•   Verify your printed name in the upper right-hand corner of the mid-term class list.

•   Compare the midterm class list with your attendance roster for complete agreement.

•   Do not add any names to your class list. Students whose names do not appear on the class list
    must report to May Ogawa in the Records Office, Room A-129.

•   Please be sure to include the student's midterm grade in the proper location on the midterm class
    list. The following grades may be used: A, B, C, D, F, and ADW. ADW should be given to
    students whose names appear on the midterm class list but are not actively pursuing completion
    of the course at midterm. Do Not Use Grades S, U, X, V, R, or Aud.


General Instructions

•   Please examine your class lists immediately and notify May Ogawa in the Records Office, Room
    A-129, of any discrepancies.

•   Please turn in your grades as soon as possible. All grades are due not later than 12:00 noon on
    the date indicated each semester.

•   Use dark blue ink to print the grade on the class lists.
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•   If you must correct a grade on a class list, cross out the printed grade, insert the correction, and
    write your initials and the date beside the correction.

•   Signatures must be handwritten on the class lists. Complete class lists, sign and return lists to
    May Ogawa in the Records Office, Room A-129, or in her mailbox in the Main Office.

Class Lists (Permanent Grade Record Sheets)

•   Check to see that you have a grade for each student on the class list.

•   Do not add any names to the class list. If you have an omission, write the student's name, social
    security number, class, section and grade on a revision card with the reason for the omission and
    turn the card in to the Records Office, Room A129.

•   Do not delete or line out any name that appears on a class list. One of the allowable grades must
    be used in lieu of deleting a name.

•   When you give an I, indicate in ink on the back of the class list the student's tentative grade and
    what he/she must do to remove the I.

•   Do not leave the Records Office until a clerk has completed your check-out.

Attendance Rosters (Green Record Sheets)

•   Complete attendance roster for the entire semester. P represents present and A represents absent.

•   Midterm and final grades should be added at the appropriate times.
•   Attendance rosters are to be left with department secretaries at the end of each term.
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       Grade         Faculty Initiated Grading Policy

       A, B, C, D    Indicates satisfactory completion of course requirements.

       F             Failure to meet course academic requirements.

       I             Incomplete. The “I” grade is to be given sparingly. In general, it is to be
                     reserved for students who were unable to take the final examination.
                     Important deficiencies, which must be made up before a grade is awarded,
                     must be written on the reverse side of the final grade lists in ink. Include
                     tentative grade.

       ADW           Students who have been continuously absent beginning three weeks before
                     midterm must be awarded an ADW by the instructor unless the instructor has
                     documentation that the student is still actively pursuing the course. Proper
                     documentation may include completed papers, exams, quizzes, and projects.
                     Students attending class but not completing required work may be awarded
                     an ADW at your discretion.
                             However, students who have legitimate reasons for such absences
                     should meet with their instructor no later than two weeks after the midterm
                     date and demonstrate why the ADW should be removed. The instructor may
                     then recommend reinstatement and make assignments allowing the student to
                     complete the course. Copies documentating this must be given to the Records
                     Office and Financial Aid Office. If these procedures are not followed, the
                     ADW remains on the student's record. Students who have received an ADW
                     may not later elect to use the WTH.

       NSW           The names of those students who were red-lined for non-attendance at the
                     beginning of the term will not appear on the final class list unless they were
                     reported after the no-show date.

       NS1           This is the designation given to students who were red-lined after attending
                     only one class at the beginning of the term. Their names will not appear on
                     the final class list unless they were reported after the no-show date.

       WTH           The WTH designation and effective date is given only to those students who
                     have officially withdrawn. Faculty may not initiate a student withdrawal or
                     award a WTH as a final grade.

       Grades        Printed on final grade list. Do not change.
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       1.     Smoking is not permitted in Wright College buildings but is allowed in designated
              areas outside the buildings.

       2.     Language used in the classroom must be appropriate to the academic freedom of all
              present. Racist and sexist language is not permitted.

       3.     Board Rule 5-8.9 states that dishonesty or cheating in any form, whether in the
              classrooms, tests, examinations, or in submitting assignments that are not wholly the
              student's own, will be dealt with severely. Appropriate action will be taken against
              students who are found and verified to be cheating. The Board does not specify just
              what action is appropriate. Please seek advice from your department Chairperson if
              you suspect academic dishonesty.

       4.     Students are protected against improper disclosures of their opinions. Board Rule
              5-8.10 states that information about student views, beliefs, and associations and
              judgments of ability and character that faculty members, administrators, or staff
              acquire in the course of their work shall not be communicated to persons outside the
              college community without the student's permission.

       5.     Board Rule 5-10 on transactions with students states:

              •   No member of the faculty or staff shall accept any item of value from a student
                  enrolled in the faculty member's class for private instruction, counseling, or other
                  professional activity.

              •   No member of the faculty or staff shall solicit or accept gifts or contributions of
                  any kind from students of the college for any purpose except as permitted by the

              •   No member of the faculty or staff shall realize any profit or personal gain from
                  dealings with students of the college concerning the sale of equipment,
                  instruments, lecture notes, educational materials or books, except when officially
                  adopted for use by colleges or universities elsewhere in the state or nation.

       6.     Faculty members should not accept money directly from students under any
              circumstances. If you plan an event or an outing, or if equipment is needed that
              requires student expense, set up a specific account with the Business Services Office
              to handle the funds.
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Campus Emergencies: The College has an excellent, 24-hour-a-day security staff to assist in any
campus emergency. Security personnel may be reached by calling the Security Office, ext. 8123, or
the Front Security Desk, ext. 8970.

     In case of any classroom emergency, i.e. serious illness or injury or a student who becomes
     angry enough in class to pose a threat to you or to fellow students, notify College Security
     immediately. If you are near a campus telephone, dial extension 8970. If not, send a student
     to the information desk in Campus Center.

     Be sure to give the nature of the emergency and the location.

     Let Campus Security and the student who is ill or injured be the judge of whether or not an
     ambulance is needed.

    DO NOT call the ambulance yourself. Campus Security is the only agency authorized to
make emergency calls.

For all cases, give pertinent information to the representative of the President or security officer to
assist in the preparation of an accident report for the Board.


Food Service: Dining facilities are located on the first floor of the Science Building, and vending
machines are available in lounge areas in both the Arts and Science Buildings.

Transportation and Parking: Wright College is fully serviced by the CTA. Narragansett (#86
CTA) busses stop just west of the parking garage, and Montrose Avenue (#78 CTA) busses stop at
the Montrose - Narragansett intersection. Parking is provided in two lots, at the south end of the
campus and the west end of the campus, as well as the parking garage immediately west of the
campus building, all accessible from both Montrose and Narragansett Avenues.
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Student Resouces

              Student Academic Success Center, the “Gateway to the College”
                              Arts Building – Room A-120

All admissions related matters are handled in the Student Academic Success Center.

Academic Advising
Academic advising is an important area of support for students in all divisions of the College.
College advisors assist students in both educational and vocational areas.

New Student Advising and Orientation
The College recommends that first-time students attend an orientation session designed to
   • Assist new students in their transition to Wright College
   • Introduce students to opportunities and services
   • Provide students with individual academic and career advising

ESL and GED Transition Orientation Program
The ESL and GED orientation program is designed to successfully move these students to the
credit division.

International Student Advising
International students need to be on a F-1 visa. These students must create a file with the college
for immigration/SEVIS records. International students must have access to $16,000 per year,
attend full time, cannot work, and must have life insurance. They must meet regularly with a
DSO (Designated Immigration Officer) as the connecter to immigration. Once accepted, any
advisor can assist them.

Transfer Center
The goal of the Transfer Center is to assist students in establishing a solid plan of action for
transferring to the university setting. Key activities provided for successful transferring include
university and college fairs, campus tours, updated transfer guides, and coordination of visits to
colleges and universities. Additional resources include binders of information about
scholarships, internships and nontraditional programs for adult students, online access to
admission applications, and other transfer related literature.

Continuing Education Registration
Registration for Information Technology, Medical, Career Training, Family College and Adult
Leisure courses.
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ESL and GED Information
English as a Second Language and the General Education Development test information is
disseminated through the Student Academic Success Center.

Human Services Referrals
Students are guided and connected to counseling and supportive services in the community. If
you need to refer a student or you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Student
Academic Success Center, 773-481-8550 and ask to speak to a college advisor.

Career Workshops
The purpose of these workshops is to assist students in establishing a solid plan of action for
academic and career success through self-assessment and career planning. Students should
complete this workshop with a strong sense of who they are and what they want to accomplish in
their careers. Currently the center offers the “Self-Directed Search” and CHOICES.

Transferring to or from Wright College

Transfer Programs
Most Chicago area colleges and universities including Wright College participate in the Illinois
Articulation Agreement (IAI) to assure the smooth transfer from one institution participating in
the program to another. Each four-year college or university determines the number of hours of
credit it will allow students to transfer. Generally four-year institutions grant up to 60 credit
hours for work completed at community colleges.

A student who intends to transfer to a four-year college or university should select, as soon as
possible, the college to which he or she intends to transfer and then review that college’s
requirements in his or her major by consulting the college’s catalog or calling its admissions
office. Registration specialists and faculty advisors at Wright College are available to assist
students with questions about their majors.

Students who wish to transfer to other colleges or universities should make application at the
Records Office, Room A-129, for a transcript ten days before it is needed. Official transcripts
will be released to other accredited and approved institutions upon written request, except if a
student has financial obligations to the College.

Transfer Credit from Other Colleges
Students who transfer to Wright College from another college or university may be allowed
credit for comparable courses taken elsewhere with a grade of C or better. A maximum of 45
semester hours of transfer credit may be allowed toward graduation with an Associate Degree.

Illinois Articulation Initiative
Wright College is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) which is a
comprehensive statewide effort among more than 100 colleges and universities in Illinois to ease
the transfer of students. IAI became effective for students entering a participating college or
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university as first-time freshmen the summer of 1998.

Information about the IAI may be found at The website includes
information on requirements for general education and specific majors plus course descriptions,
a student planning worksheet, IAI-approved courses for participating institutions, transfer tips,

ITransfer Gen. Ed.
ITransfer Gen. Ed. is designed to allow students to begin their college careers at one Illinois
school and later transfer to another. Remind them to consult with their academic advisors early
and often in their academic careers!

These courses are the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (ITransfer Gen.
Ed.). The curriculum is divided into five fields or categories. Successful completion of these
core courses at any participating college or university in the state of Illinois will facilitate
transfer to any other participating associate or baccalaureate degree program. In order to
complete ITransfer Gen. Ed., students are required to take at least 12 to 13 courses (37 to 41
semester hours of General Education Core Curriculum requirements.

The ITransfer Gen. Ed. Quarter Credit Hours Conversion is also available.

The IAI General Education Core Curriculum follows:

Communications: 3 courses (9 semester credits)
Select a two-course sequence in writing (6 semester credits, C grade or better required), and
Select 1 course in oral communication (3 semester credits).

Mathematics: 1 or 2 courses (3 to 6 semester credits)

Physical and Life Sciences: 2 courses (7 to 8 semester credits)
Select 1 course from Physical Sciences.
Select 1 course from Life Sciences.
Select at least 1 laboratory course.
(Students with appropriate preparation may substitute an initial course designed for science
majors for a more general course).

Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 courses (9 semester credits)
Select 1 course from Humanities.
Select 1 course from Fine Arts and
Select 1 course from either Humanities or Fine Arts.
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Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses (9 semester credits)
Select 3 courses from at least 2 different disciplines (e.g., no more than 2 courses from

Illinois Baccalaureate Majors’ Recommendation
These Illinois Baccalaureate Majors’ Recommendations (ITransfer Majors) describe courses
typically taken by freshmen and sophomores for a specific major. These course
recommendations are meant for students who are undecided about a transfer school. If a student
already knows where he or she will transfer, he or she should see that school’s catalog and an
admissions counselor for specific advice. The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is continuing
to develop transfer course recommendations for baccalaureate majors. Information on more
majors will be added to the ITransfer website as it becomes available. Students should always
seek the advice of an academic advisor or admissions counselor when making transfer plans.

Special Needs Services

The Special Needs Office is located in Room L-135 of the Learning Resource Center, ext. 8016.
 In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990, Wright College provides reasonable accommodations and support
services to students with documented disabilities. This is based on diagnosed needs.
Some of the services offered are:
    • Note takers
    • Readers
    • Scribes
    • Test proctors
    • Extended time on tests
    • Sign language interpreters
    • Learning disability evaluations and tutoring
    • Books on tape
    • Tests in Braille
    • Campus orientation
    • Information resources
    • Referral to community agencies
A wide variety of adaptive equipment is also available:
    • Tape recorders
    • FM assistive hearing device
    • Braille writer and Braille printer
    • Braille ‘n Speak
    • ZoomText screen enlarger on all campus computers
    • Jaws screen reading software on all campus computers
    • Assortment of learning disabilities software
    • Scan and Read software
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Free tutoring services are provided by Academic Support Center.
Subjects vary depending on tutors’ availability and knowledge of subject matter.
Open to credit students, adult education and ESL students, the lab is located in L-127.

Courses for which tutoring is available

       Architecture 170, 171 (Tutoring in room A-205)
       Art (room A-220 – during lab time)
       Biology 114, 115, 121, 122, 226, 227, 233
       Business 111, 141, 181, 182, 203, 211, 269
       Chemistry 121, 201, 203, 205
       CIS 101, 103, 107, 120, 123, 135, 142, 235, 250 (CIS Dept. Open Lab)
       Economics 201, 202
       English 98, 100, 101, 102, 151 (also ESL)
       Environmental Technology (ET Lab – S-243)
       Geography 101
       History 111, 112, 142
       Humanities and Fine Arts 123, 202, 207, 208
       Literature 110, 113, 121, 126, 150, 211
       Math 111, 113, 118, 121, 122, 125, 135, 143, 207, 208
       Music (Music Dept. – E-204)
       Philosophy 105, 106, 107
       Physical Science 101, 111
       Physics 235, 236
       Pre-Credit Math and English
       Psychology 201, 207, 211, 213, 222, 223, 224
       Radiology (Rad Tech Dept. – L-280)
       Reading 99, 125
       Social Science 101
       Sociology 201
       Spanish 101, 102
       Speech 100, 101, 143
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Wright College’s Testing Center provides college-wide assessment to students entering the credit
division. The Student Services/Testing Center is located in the Learning Resource Center, Room L-

Student Services hours are posted each term.


Most full-time students and part-time students are required to take placement exams before
enrollment. Entering students who have completed English 101 with a C or better or college-level
math with a C or better may not have to take placement tests. The assessment program consists of
examinations in three specific areas:

       1.      The COMPASS test in reading measures reading comprehension and provides a
               scale score.

       2.      The English essay examination measures primarily the student's ability to generate
               correct English sentences in the writing of a personal narrative. Faculty members in
               the English Department read each essay and determine the placement level for each
               student in English Pre-Credit, 98, 100, 101 or, for students of English as a second
               language, Pre-Credit ESL, English 98ESL, or 100ESL.

       3.      The COMPASS test in mathematics is used to determine placement. Tests are
               analyzed to determine the proper mathematics level for the student (Mathematics
               111, 113, 118, 143, 141, or Pre-Credit).

               Advanced Placement Tests in College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I, II, and III
               are administered in the Mathematics Department (Room L-320) on an individual
               basis to students who qualify.

All of these examinations are compared and analyzed to provide an academic skills profile for each
incoming student. Program and course admission are determined by the complete profile. Prior to
registration, students’ placement scores are entered into the computer student educational test screen.
Students are then advised individually based on their testing profiles.

To verify identification, students must provide a photo ID when requesting a placement test in the
Student Services Office, Room L-131. Acceptable forms are a valid driver's license, a passport, or a
Wright College identification card.

The Student Services Office keeps records of each test taken. Individual files are established for
each student to prevent students from indiscriminately retaking exams. Students sign a record card
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making it clear that their scores will be disallowed if they provide false information.

Test scores will be valid for one year. If students have not taken a course within that date, the
students must retake the test.


Wright College students have access to an on-campus Job Placement Center (Room S-130). The
center offers free employment counseling and search services to both current and past students of
our college credit and non-credit programs. Employment opportunities, part-time and full-time, are
available on a temporary, seasonal only, and permanent basis. Job Bulletin Boards highlighting a
few of the available jobs and other placement information are located outside the Job Placement
Office in the hallway of the Science Building. Employment fairs and resume assistance are
additional features of the Job Placement Center services.

Students seeking employment assistance should call 481-8526 or visit the Job Placement Center (S-
130) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The hours of operation
may vary between semesters and the summer term periods. Please call the Center regarding details
about employment services.
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                                        FALL SEMESTER 2004

       August 2-13, 2004                   Between Semester Recess
       August 16                           Fall Semester Begins
       August 16 - 21                      Registration, Orientation & Professional Development
       August 23 – 28                      Registration
       August 30                           Classes begin
       August 30-September 4               Late Registration and Revision
       September 11                        Saturday Classes Begin
       September 6                         Labor Day (holiday)
       September 7                         Last Day for 80% Tuition Refund
       September 9                         STAT date
       October 27                          Midterm
       November 22                         Last day for Student-Initiated Withdrawal
       November 25-27                      Thanksgiving (holiday)
       December 18                         Fall Semester ends (Saturday)
       December 20-Jan. 7, 2005     Between Semester Recess

                                       SPRING SEMESTER 2005

       January 10                           Spring Semester begins
       January 10-15                        Registration, Orientation, and Professional Development
       January 17                           Dr. King's birthday (holiday)
       January 18                           Classes begin
       January 18-20                        Late Registration and Revision
       January 22                           Saturday Classes Begin
       January 24                           Last day for 80% Tuition Refund
       January 27                           STAT date
       February 11                          Lincoln's birthday (holiday)
       March 16                             Midterm
       March 21-26                          Spring Break
       April 18                             Last day for Student-Initiated Withdrawal
       May 14                               Spring Semester ends (Saturday)
       May 15-June 6                        Between Semesters Recess

                                         SUMMER TERM 2005

       June 6                               Summer Term Begins
       June 6-7                             Registration
       June 8                               Classes begin
       June 8-9                             Late Registration and Revision
       June 13                              Last day for 80% Tuition Refund
       July 4                               Independence Day (holiday)
       July 7                               Midterm
       July 20                              Last day for Student Initiated Withdrawal
       July 30                              Summer Semester ends (Saturday)

Sample Department Syllabus
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                                     WILBUR WRIGHT COLLEGE



CREDIT HOURS:                Three

CONTACT HOURS:               Three

COURSE LENGTH:               One Semester - 16 Weeks

PREREQUISITES:               Placement test or C or better in English 100 or English 100ESL and college-level
                             reading scores or consent of Department Chairperson. Students entering English
                             101 will be expected to write Standard Edited English.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:         Development of critical and analytical skills in the writing and reading of
                             expository prose. (IAI C1 900)

COURSE OBJECTIVES:       General:      From the instructor's use of a variety of instructional methods and
                                       materials, the student will learn the strategic steps and the rhetorical
                                       devices and modes used in collegiate writing.

                         Specific:     By the end of the semester, students will have demonstrated competence
                                       in the following skills:

                                 1.    The ability to generate a manageable topic and a clearly stated purpose
                                       addressed to a particular audience, using prewriting techniques.

                                 2.    The ability to formulate and write a thesis statement that effectively
                                       implies or states the essay's plan of development.

                                 3.    The ability to develop a thesis with concrete, relevant, and cohesive

                                 4.    The ability to use such basic organizational forms as narration,
                                       description, illustration, definition, process analysis, comparison/contrast,
                                       classification/division, cause and effect, analysis, and analogy.

                                 5.    The ability to employ good diction, an appropriate vocabulary, and a
                                       sensitivity to connotations of words.

                                 6.    The ability to write coherent sentences that are varied in structure and
                                       complexity and are correct in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

                                 7.    The ability to structure and connect paragraphs, using transitions and other
                                       devices that foster cohesiveness.

                                       In the course of acquiring these skills, students will complete writing
                                       assignments totaling 6,000 words. Students will be tested on these skills
                                       in a departmental final essay examination.

COURSE OUTLINE:              The course includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
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                               Diction                             Prewriting
                               Editing and Revising                Reflective/Exploratory Writing
                               Expository Writing                  Rhetorical Modes of Development
                               Organizational Patterns             Sentence Structure and Variety
                               Paragraphing                        Thesis Statements

                               The course may also include such topics as the following:

                               Composing with the Word Processor
                               Critical and Analytical Reading
                               Documentation/Integration Formats
                               The History of English
                               Library Skills
                               The Nature of Language
                               Vocabulary Development

STUDENT PERFORMANCE: The major portion of the final grade will be determined by writing performance.
                      The ability to read critically and analytically may determine a part of the final
                      grade. A grade of C or better is required to advance into English 102.

                               Course materials will be chosen by the instructor. Students are expected to produce
                               typewritten or computer word-processed final drafts of most take-home writing

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Sample Faculty Adaptation of a Syllabus

                                              English 101 Course Guide

Course: English 35-101, 3 credit hours                     Time and Place: MW 12:15-1:30, Wed., Sept.
                                                            7th through Wed., Dec. 23rd, Rm. A-301

Instructor: Name                                           Instructor's Office and Phone: L-324, 481-8020

Instructor's Office Hours: MW 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; TTh 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.; Fri by appt.

Course Text and Materials:   · The St. Martin's Guide to Writing, 4th Edition by Axelrod and Cooper
                             · Webster's New World Dictionary, 3rd College Edition
                             · two 8 1/2 by 11" spiral notebooks
                             · two cardboard folders with pockets

Course Description: The Wright College Catalog describes English 101 as the "development of critical and analytical
skills in writing and reading of expository prose." English 101 is the core writing course for students at Wright College.
It forms the first part of a two-course college writing sequence required for both graduation and transfer, and it must be
passed with a grade of C or better to advance to the research-paper focused second course, English 102. As indicated in
the Catalog, 101 emphasizes expository writing, the mode of discourse most often required of college students who are
called on to explain or demonstrate their understanding of concepts in their various subjects. Students will also learn
descriptive, narrative, and argumentative writing; and they will practice a variety of organizational patterns, including
definition, exemplification, comparison/contrast, analysis, cause/effect, problem/solution, and classification. Finally,
students will also develop their skills in critical reading, analysis, and critical thinking as these skills relate to the writing
of college-level prose.

         Students entering English 101, either by placement test or successful completion (C or better) of English 100,
are expected to possess sufficient grammatical knowledge to utilize grammatical concepts and vocabulary in analyzing
and revising examples of faculty prose. Some review of grammatical principles is done in the course on a "need to
know" basis. Students entering English 101 are expected to understand basic concepts of essay writing including
paragraph organization, thesis information, and idea development; however, most of these concepts are covered in greater
depth in the 101 course, along with more advanced concerns such as organizational strategies, academic style, and
audience awareness.

          My version of the Wright College English 101 course (a department syllabus is available if you want one) uses
a portfolio approach to essay writing. This basically means that students are judged on a certain number (at least 6) of
finished, "publication quality" essays that are placed in a final course writing portfolio (file or notebook) and presented to
me for review and grading on specified deadline dates. Each essay placed in the portfolio must meet certain
specifications (detailed in the handouts for each assignment) that indicate that the paper represents the student's grade in
English 101 (60%). The combination of these essays and the other activities in the course (quizzes -- 5%; in-class
writing -- 10%; journals -- 5%; exams 10%; and class participation -- 10%) will generate 100 possible points and the
student's final course grade is based on the number of those points earned by the end of the course. Students earning
between 89-100 points will receive an A; those receiving from 78 to 88 will earn a B; from 67 to 77 a C; from 55 to 66 a
D; and below 55 an F. Grades of Incomplete (I) will be awarded only in extraordinary circumstances and only after
arrangement with me. An accompanying handout will explain the specifics of the grading process and will present a
tentative calendar of course work for the 16 weeks of the term. Regular attendance is required for successful completion
of the work in the course; roll will be called each class, and students who come in late are responsible for informing me
at the end of class if they wish credit for partial attendance on that day.

         Students are expected to work responsibly and honorably on the assignments, quizzes, and exams given in the
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course. Anyone guilty of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will automatically fail the assignment or exam, and
a second instance will result in failure for the class and the possibility of further disciplinary action by the College. A
course handout on plagiarism will be distributed during the second week of the term.

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