Who should take classes?
- Open to Everyone
- Current and Future university students
- Professionals looking for a career boost
- Educators planning for that important step-up
- Lifelong learners seeking a challenge and enrichment
What are the benefits?
- Flexible format alleviates schedule problems for students
- Wherever/whenever study option eases hardship of job
and family obligations
- Credits apply to a WWU degree and transfer to
most colleges and universities
What is the cost?
Term-based and Contract Study Courses
Tuition $250 per credit Fall 2012 through Spring 2014
Summer Quarter Term-based and contract study courses are run through Summer Session
$131 per credit Fall 2013 through Summer 2014
$25 nonrefundable fee each quarter
What are the deadlines for registration?
- Term-based online course deadlines match WWU’s quarterly start/end dates. Register by the 5th day of the quarter.
- Students may register at anytime for Self-paced Independent Learning and contract study courses.
Do I need access to the internet to take an Independent Learning class?
Yes, course syllabi and materials are posted online in Canvas for both Term-based and Self-paced courses.
Can I earn a college degree using only Independent Learning credits?
No, but Independent Learning courses may be used in addition to coursework on campus toward a degree.
Are Independent Learning courses easier than on-campus lecture classes?
While attendance at a lecture is not required, the substitute for lecture time is often additional reading, research or in an online course, electronic discussion.
Can WWU students take all their classes through Independent Learning?
Independent Learning courses are a supplement to, not a substitute for, on-campus classes. Once admitted to WWU, students are required to take classes through the Bellingham campus or their off-campus site fall, winter and spring quarters in order to maintain their status as a WWU student. It is permissable to combine on-campus offerings with courses selected from Independent Learning.
Can students complete Independent Learning courses as fast as possible?
Term-based Online courses follow the schedule of the academic quarter and are completed at the pace designated by the instructor.
Self-paced Independent Learning courses are self-paced within the following guidelines - minimum time allowed is 7 weeks, with the exception of classes with lessons under 6, and the maximum time is 6 months.
Can I transfer the credits?
The acceptance of transfer credits is always at the discretion of the receiving institution. Before enrolling, check with the school to which you wish to transfer credits.
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