2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
  
    Dec 05, 2019  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog

The Wescoe School of Continuing Education



For over 150 years, Muhlenberg College has been educating students in the liberal arts tradition. Seeing a need for evening study in our community, the College began offering adult education courses in 1910. Over a century later, the tradition of quality continues.

The mission of Muhlenberg College Wescoe School of Continuing Education is to provide lifelong learners the opportunity to continue and enhance their education and to do so in ways that recognize their experience, maturity, motivation, life circumstances, and capacity for independent scholarship.

Through positive, inclusive, and innovative approaches to learning, the mission of the Wescoe School is to transform people’s lives, build community and enhance society.

Lifelong learners are very different from traditional-age full-time students.  Recognizing this, we offer innovative programs of study with distinct and specialized opportunities.  Wescoe students can complete a degree by enrolling in classes at night, during the day (on a limited basis), and on weekends.

Wescoe students can complete their degrees by taking courses in a number of flexible formats, including 15-week courses, 8-week Saturday courses, 5-week accelerated modules, and online and blended courses.

2019-2020 Tuition Rates

$1,725 per evening or Saturday course.  Audit rate is $837.50
$3,805 per daytime course.  Audit rate is $1,902.50
$25 technology fee per course (up to $100 per semester)
$1,825 per module for Accelerated Degree Programs (includes books & technology fee)
$1,825 per course for Certificate in Data Analytics (includes books & technology fee)
$750 per course for non-credit Certificate in Project Management (includes books & technology fee)

Wescoe students may elect to pay the yearly Activity Fee of $285 for access to the Life Sports Center.

Veteran Education

Director of Veterans Affairs: Joseph Kornfeind, M.S.

The Wescoe School is proud to support military personnel and veterans seeking to continue their education.  Our advisors can help veterans explore majors, understand their benefits, register for classes each semester, and provide ongoing assistance from orientation to graduation. 

Honorably discharged veterans who served on Active Duty may be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for educational and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Members of the military who are currently serving may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program. 

Spouses and children of a service member who is serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the pay grades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2 may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Defense for education, training, and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career.  Additionally, spouses and children may be eligible for the transfer of the service member’s Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

Yellow Ribbon Program

‌Under the Yellow Ribbon program tuition and fees are fully covered for veterans with 100% eligibility under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

Muhlenberg College has partnered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs in offering this scholarship which covers the difference between the cost of tuition and the reimbursed amount provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, thereby covering 100% of the tuition for eligible veterans.

**The Yellow Ribbon scholarship increases the amount of tuition benefit available, please be aware however, that it does not extend the amount of time available beyond the 36 month period allocated by the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

A’s for Vets

The Wescoe School is a founding member of the A’s (Academics) for Vets organization. The group’s mission is to bring together an assembly of higher education learning institutions in the Greater Lehigh Valley and collaborate to train, educate, and support discharged military veterans and their qualifying dependents to be successful in achieving their professional and personal educational goals. The vision is that through these efforts all veterans attending these schools will gain meaningful employment and/or achieve their academic goals, preferably in the Greater Lehigh Valley area.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Accelerated Programs

The Wescoe School offers an accelerated degree completion program in the following majors:   Business Administration ; Business Administration with concentration areas in Healthcare Management , Human Resources Leadership , and Supply Chain Management  ; and Information Systems Management .  Students learn collaboratively in a feedback-intensive program that prepares them for leadership in their chosen field and graduate level academic study.  The curriculum is designed for immediate application to the workplace and develops communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

Students in these programs complete 16 modules of study in a team-based experiential learning environment.  They attend one four-hour class each week and meet outside of class for a weekly three- to four-hour session during which they work together on team projects and presentations.  The program concludes with a culminating capstone project.  This project is completed in cooperation with a local not-for- or for-profit organization whereby the students act as a consulting group to the organization.  The students then present their findings to a panel of their instructors.

Liberal Arts Programs

Adult students have the option to enroll in traditional 15-week program and 8-week weekend sessions.  The weekend sessions are available only to Wescoe students and incorporate pedagogical practices appropriate to this population.  While most classes feature in-classroom instruction, a limited number of courses are now offered in online and blended learning formats.

Day students may register in courses offered through the Wescoe School’s 15-week session during the add/drop period, on a space-available basis, with permission from the appropriate department chair.  No more than one such course may be registered in any one semester, and registration is possible only after consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

Wescoe students may also earn the associate of arts degree in selected majors or enroll in courses for their own enrichment.  Additionally, the Wescoe School oversees a highly regarded Teacher Certification Program and on-site workplace learning opportunities. Go to www.muhlenberg.edu/wescoe for more information.

Certificates

The Wescoe School offers major certificates in every major offered by the College.  Students pursue certificates to prepare for future graduate study or to upgrade or learn new skills.

In addition to major certificates, Wescoe students can complete a six-course certificate in Data Analytics  in one year. The blended learning format of this certificate allow students to complete two courses per semester by attending class just one night per week, with the remainder of instruction provided online.  Students entering the Data Analytics program should be a current college senior or have already earned a bachelor’s degree; successful completion (with a final grade of C or better) of a basic statistics course within the last five (5) years is also required.

Wescoe students can also opt to complete a non-credit certificate in Project Management . Courses for this program are four weeks long and can be completed in any order; however, if the student’s knowledge of Project Management is limited, we strongly suggest starting with Project Management Theory and Practice.

Summer Study

Muhlenberg College offers a variety of day, evening, and online courses during a series of summer sessions.  These courses, typically offered in an accelerated format, incorporate pedagogy appropriate for full-time undergraduate students.  All course units and grades earned through summer study at Muhlenberg are attributed to the total program of the student and influence the cumulative grade point average and academic standing of the student accordingly.  Summer study materials are available through the Wescoe School in early March.

Programs

Wescoe Accelerated Degree Completion Program

Wescoe Certificate

Courses

Wescoe Accelerated

Data Analytics

Project Management