WGU employs a disaggregated faculty model across the university. That is, the aggregated roles and tasks traditionally performed by university professors, such as meeting with and advising students, course or curriculum design, learning resource selection, instruction, and assessment, are effectively disaggregated or "unbundled.” In concurrence with this disaggregated model, the jobs of individual WGU faculty members focus on single aspects of the academic experience of candidates. Within WGU, there are several essential faculty roles and associated tasks:
The primary faculty support for each student is a personally assigned student mentor. The role of the student mentor is to provide continuous academic support from the moment an individual becomes a student to the time he or she graduates. This involves regularly scheduled academic progress conversations, weekly or biweekly, and active involvement in other aspects of a student’s academic career. While not an expert in all subjects, the student mentor guides the student through the overall program and offers coaching and practical advice.
Course mentors are subject matter experts who support students as they engage in specific sections of the WGU curriculum. Their experience and training is specific to the courses they support. They are knowledgeable and can address issues that might arise related to a course, a learning resource, or an assessment.
Develop, manage, and provide ongoing evaluation of academic programs and curriculum.
Provide academic expertise and industry experience.
Subject matter experts who review student performance assessment responses in a fair and unbiased manner to determine if competency has been demonstrated. Evaluators possess relevant professional and academic credentials appropriate to the particular course such as masters or doctorate level education plus work experience and additional industry certifications. Evaluation faculty undergo extensive training and calibration to provide a valid and reliable assessment of competency and to provide helpful, personalized feedback to support students in developing and demonstrating their competency. Evaluators may refer students to course mentors and appropriate learning resources to assist with developing competency.
Clinical Supervisors & Host Teachers
Perform clinical observation and evaluation of candidates in Teachers College and Nursing programs.
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