Faculty & Advisor Resources

The following programs, tools and information can be used by faculty members and academic advisors to help keep students on track to graduation.

Programs & Tools

 

Starfish

Starfish is a software tool designed to enhance the way we work across campus to help students be successful by:

  • Facilitating communication and connection between instructors, students, advisors and support services
  • Providing a streamlined means for faculty to give feedback to students on course performance and/or attendance through progress surveys
  • Helping us understand who is at risk early in order to provide coordinated interventions
  • Keeping students informed of their own progress and achievements, and prompting them to action if needed

Bounce Back

The Bounce Back program helps students on academic warning, probation and suspension to raise their GPA and achieve good academic standing. Bounce Back provides struggling students with advising support, resource referrals, college success strategies and information about institutional policies. First-time participants complete a half-hour online workshop, then schedule a one-on-one appointment with their academic advisor. Return participants complete a follow-up advising appointment.

Bounce Back participants are students with majors in the following academic areas:

  • Associate of Arts/Science in General Studies
  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology
  • College of Science
  • College of Social & Behavioral Science

Program of Study Dashboard

This Argos dashboard provides an interactive interface to see all current programs of study. It can be used for program of study clean-up, department assessment and contacting students via email and letter.

This dashboard does not provide officially reported numbers. To obtain official major counts, please visit the IR site at www.weber.edu/IR/repspub.html. This dashboard and reports can be used by any faculty or staff that have access to the Student Campus Access folder. The data is drawn from the Data Warehouse and updated nightly. It is designed for use by college advisors, department chairs, deans and department secretaries.

Course Enrollment Dashboard

This online dashboard is a data-rich resource for academic departments wanting to know which courses fill most quickly, how many students are on wait lists, enrollment comparisons between semesters, trend data and more. The dashboard allows decision-makers to view course enrollment information from various perspectives, including university, college, department and individual courses. This dashboard is available to deans and department chairs and is accessed via the eWeber portal.

 

New Student Orientation

To ensure students start their educational journey at Weber State off on the right foot, New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

Offered both in person and online, orientation is where students receive the information they need to get off to a successful start. Topics include academic advisement and first-semester course scheduling, health and safety information, resources and engagement opportunities. We also hold breakout sessions specifically geared toward recent high school graduates, nontraditional students, early-college students and transfer students. 

In addition, a parent and family member track runs concurrently with the student orientation, where we provide family members with information and resources that will help them support their student. 

Course Materials

Faculty have the right to select course materials for the classes they teach.

Faculty also have an obligation to ensure that all required course materials are indispensable to the students successful class work. Therefore, the following are recommendations that attempt to strike the balance between academic rigor and affordability.

Recommendations

  1. The suggested length for textbook adoption is a minimum of two semesters—more if possible.
  2. If faculty agree to continue using textbooks for more than two semesters, WSU’s Wildcat Store can guarantee students a progressively discounted cost. For example, a new textbook selling for $100 that will be used for five semesters will be sold to students for $20 dollars.
    Two semesters = on avg 20% less from previous semester
    Three semesters = on avg 20% less from previous semester
    Four semesters = on avg 20% less from previous semester
    Five+ semesters = on avg 20% less from previous semester

    Notify the Wildcat Store about how long you'll use a textbook.
  3. To be compliant with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), faculty must submit course materials in a timely manner. Please notify the WSU Wildcat Store no later than these dates using the online order form at wildcatstores.com.
    Fall semester by April 1
    Spring semester by October 1
    Summer semester by March 1

    Faculty may not understand the increased costs of textbooks that are passed on to students when course materials are not selected and ordered according to the above dates. For example, fall semester textbooks that should have been submitted and ordered in April will see the following increases passed on to students:
    May = 10% cost increase by not ordering in April
    June = 10% cost increase by not ordering in May
    July = 10% cost increase by not ordering in June
    August = 20% to 40% cost increase by not ordering in July
  4. On average, selecting textbooks that can be rented reduces the cost to students by 30-40%. Selecting a textbook that is rentable AND agreeing to use that text book for more than two semesters reduces the cost to students even more. For example, a new textbook selling for $100 that is rentable, selected by the appropriate semester deadline, and used for four consecutive semesters will cost the student on average $25 to rent for the semester.

There are things that make a textbook more expensive. Sales reps from textbook publishers like to meet directly with faculty members explaining that if they purchase workbooks, loose leafs, or custom books that it will be cheaper for them as the publisher to produce and cheaper for the student. What sales reps don’t tell faculty is that the books cannot be sold back to the WSU Wildcat Store and they cannot be rented. The end result is that the materials must be purchase new by students each semester and costs the students more money.

The WSU Wildcat Store is committed to making as many textbooks rentable as possible. Textbooks that lend themselves to being rented are those that are hardback and those that do not get updated annually. Features that make textbooks or course materials unrentable include:

  • Workbooks (materials with tear out pages or consumable pages)
  • Loose leafs (non-bound materials where pages may be removed or a compilation of materials custom organized and printed)
  • Access codes (code required to access materials which is good only for that specific semester)

Questions

For questions on textbook, course packets, e-materials, etc., contact the WSU Bookstore.