STATEMENT OF MISSION FOR THE SCHOOL OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION
The School of Community Education is a principal expression of Wittenberg's commitment to the lifelong values of a liberal arts education. The School of Community Education exists to extend the resources of the institution to non-traditional students in such constituencies as the local community, alumni, the church, and corporate or public service organizations. Its efforts utilize the expertise of the University's faculty and other qualified professionals in continuing education activities that are consistent with the University's mission.
The extension of University resources through the School of Community Education serves the fundamental purposes of the institution in three principal ways.
- For students, it contributes to "developing the whole person" by means appropriate to the various stages and circumstances of life which traditional efforts cannot serve effectively.
- It provides for the University an enhancement of the commitment to seek excellence in liberal arts education and thus contributes to the full expression of Wittenberg's overall mission in contemporary society.
- To the extent that University resources permit, this extension provides Wittenberg with significant opportunities to fulfill its obligation of contributing to the vitality of the Springfield/Clark County community whose welfare it shares.
CRITERIA FOR THE ADULT/NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT CLASSIFICATION
In order to serve most effectively the needs of mature adults in its credited program of study, the University has devised the classification Adult/non-traditional student, informally known as SCE student. Administration of the enrollment of students in this classification rests within the School of Community Education in conjunction with such offices as Admission, the Registrar and academic departments. Adult/non-traditional students may enroll in Evening or Weekend courses and programs of study directly administered by SCE or in the Day courses and programs of study within Wittenberg College or in a combination of both.
The following guidelines govern the Adult/non-traditional classification:
- 23 years of age or older
- enrolling for no more than 17 credits per semester or 33 for the regular academic year (Summer Session excluded)
- not having enrolled as a full-time/traditional student within the last two years
Most students enrolled part time in Evening and Weekend courses are included within the classification, regardless of age. Cases requiring interpretation, e.g., the student under 23 years of age who is a full-time employee or a parent or both, are decided by the Dean of SCE, if necessary in consultation with the Provost's Office.
A general exception is made for traditional students who have completed all degree requirements and wish to add teacher licensure or such other component as a minor or second major to their credentials. These are immediately reclassified as non-traditional students for any remaining credits required for licensure or other component sought.
Policies governing SCE students recognize their almost exclusive interest in academic activities and their limited interest in or need for most co-curricular activities and services. Accordingly, e.g., SCE students may not participate in varsity athletics or hold membership in Greek social organizations, or utilize campus services such as the Health and Counseling Center which are supported by the general fees paid by traditional students. SCE students have not resided in University residence halls; conversely, SCE students may participate in those activities associated with the University's academic program.