2018-2019 University Catalog 
    Aug 18, 2022  
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Support Services

Academic Advising

Academic Advising at Baldwin Wallace University is a developmental process of faculty members working with students to strategize, develop, and implement a plan related to students’ educational, career and personal goals. Through this interactive relationship, students learn how to utilize resources and tools to make effective, self-directed decisions. While this process is a collaborative effort, the ultimate responsibility for making decisions rests with the individual student.

Academic Advising is available to all students who are admitted to Baldwin Wallace University. Advising for full-time undergraduate day students is provided by faculty and Learning Center specialists and coordinated by the Office of Academic Advising. Students who have declared a major will be advised by faculty in that department or school. Students whose majors are undecided are advised by a faculty member in a department of interest, a faculty member who works with undecided students or by the Office of Academic Advising.

Students should come to the Office of Academic Advising, located in Bonds 102, to add or change their major(s) or minor(s), change their advisors, or receive additional help utilizing their academic program evaluations.

For more information, visit http://www.bw.edu/academics/student-success/advising/, call 440-826-2188, or e-mail at advising@bw.edu

Career Services

The Office of Career Services at Baldwin Wallace (BW) University is a comprehensive department that integrates one-on-one career advising, workshops and programs, and web based technologies to educate BW students about the skills necessary to independently manage their careers upon graduation and throughout their lives. Career Services’ goal is to encourage, support and advance career and professional development for students in order to facilitate the transition from University to career. We do this by:

  • Offering students resources and assessment tools for self-discovery, choosing a major, and career exploration;
  • Teaching students resume and cover letter writing, professional networking and job search techniques;
  • Presenting students opportunities to connect with alumni for mentoring, job-shadowing, career advice, networking and informational interviews; and
  • Connecting students to recruiters through events such as the Graduate School Fair, Career and Internship Expo, the Northeast Ohio Teacher Education Day job fair, Employer Meet & Greets, the BW Career Network by Handshake, and through our On Campus Recruiting Program.

For more information about Career Services, visit http://www.bw.edu/academics/careers/.

Graduate Study

The University encourages students to continue their formal education in graduate programs. Specific advice and information concerning graduate work may be obtained from the faculty members in the student’s major department. The Office of Career Services offers graduate school workshops each semester and extensive resources on graduate programs and admission tests. The University also maintains a library of information in Ritter Library relating to graduate and professional programs, graduate fellowships and graduate scholarships.

Baldwin Wallace offers five graduate degrees, Master of Business Administration (http://www.bw.edu/graduate/business/mba/), Master of Arts in Education (http://www.bw.edu/graduate/education/index), Master of Medical Science (http://www.bw.edu/graduate/physician-assistant/), Master of Science (http://www.bw.edu/graduate/speech-language-pathology/index), and Master of Public Health (http://www.bw.edu/academics/master-public-health/).

Information Technology

The Department of Information Technology maintains a reliable, secure network and communication infrastructure, while supporting applications, training, and services for the students, faculty, and staff. http://www.bw.edu/about/offices/information-technology/

Ritter Library

Ritter Library, located on BW’s North Campus, provides extensive informational resources for student and faculty use. Over 1,000,000 eBooks, 100,000 print volumes, 44,000 online journal subscriptions and access to more than 250 databases make Ritter Library an important resource for student and faculty research. Ritter Library’s website: http://libguides.bw.edu/library provides on-and-off campus access to all its resources. Through Ritter Library’s membership in OhioLINK,  BW students and faculty can easily borrow materials from most academic libraries in Ohio, plus several major public library systems.

Ritter Library’s professional reference staff provides direct assistance to library users at the Reference Desk on the main floor of the library, and also by phone, email, texting, chat, and Twitter (see Getting Help on the library website). Reference librarians also provide library instruction to BW courses, teach information literacy instruction classes, develop subject guides and online tutorials, and are available for one-on-one assistance. The librarians serve as liaisons with academic departments, in order to build the collections and promote usage.

Scanners, printers (b/w and color), and photocopy machines are available. A computer lab with 23 workstations and 25 additional computer workstations are available throughout the building. Ritter has wireless internet access, study rooms, and student collaborative worktables. Study rooms can be reserved from the library homepage.

The Learning Center

Welcome to The Learning Center, the place where students come to achieve academic excellence.  Students visit The Learning Center when they want to improve their academic performance, learn new study strategies, develop time and task management skills or provide support to peers as tutors and SI leaders.  Located on the top floor of Ritter Library, we provide an array of free academic support programs and services: Academic Coaching, Online Resources, Success Seminars, Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring (drop-in, individual and Smarthinking). 

Our programs are designed so that students can participate in these academic support services in several different ways: one-on-one, online or in a group setting.  On our BW SMART tab in Blackboard, students can schedule individual appointments, access Smarthinking Online Tutoring, view schedules (Drop-In Tutoring and the Success Seminars) and find a host of resources.  Follow us on Twitter for program updates, study tips, the best apps for college success, contests and prizes.  We look forward to working with all of our BW undergraduates this year!

Location: Ritter Library, 2nd Floor

Email: lrncntr@bw.edu    Web: http://www.bw.edu/LearningCenter/


Disability Services for Students

Disability Services for Students (DSS) strives to create usable, equitable, inclusive learning environments for qualified students with disabilities by ensuring equal access to all University programs, services, and activities.  DSS is committed to working with students, faculty, and staff in the development and implementation of appropriate accommodations while maintaining the academic standards and course integrity of Baldwin Wallace University. Our vision is to enhance services for students with disabilities through information dissemination, awareness training and professional development of faculty and staff while providing academic adjustments and promoting self-determination and independence. 

Disability Services for Students:

  • Provides accommodations to students with documented disabilities
  • Serves as a liaison between registered students, their instructors and the campus community (dining, residence life, etc.).
  • Provides classroom accommodations such as sign language interpreters, testing accommodations, adjustable height tables/desks, etc.
  • Supplies assistive technology such as digital texts, alternative texts, Echo Smart Pens, dragon dictation.
  • Imparts advice and mentoring to registered students during their matriculation at BW.
  • Provides priority registration, reduced course load, and course substitutions, where applicable.
  • Proctors exams for faculty of registered students in a room with video surveillance.  
  • Provides housing accommodations such as modified equipment, lowered closet rods, wheelchair accessible rooms and single rooms.
  • Provides an alternative testing environment that includes a reduced distraction environment, earplugs, headphones, extended time, etc. 
  • Hosts webinars and events to keep the campus community up-to-date on best practices for disability services. 

Location: Ritter Library, 2nd Floor

Email: disability@bw.edu  Web: http://www.bw.edu/DisabilityServices