Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies works with various units on campus to enhance the undergraduate educational experience and provide educational opportunities and support for undergraduate scholarship both inside and outside the classroom. Offices supported by Undergraduate Studies variously work at the transition from the high school to college experience, provide a broad based general education program extending throughout a student's time at UNCW, provide targeted support for applied learning opportunities and enhancement of the undergraduate experience, and promote best teaching practices.

Undergraduate Studies News

"Smaller Steps, Bigger Rewards" Writing Intensive Workshop on Monday, October 23rd

Dr. Wendy Sharer, Professor of English at ECU and Director of their Quality Enhancement Plan, "Write Where You Belong", will be coming to UNCW on Monday October 23 from 10:30 am - noon in McNeill Hall 1051 to deliver a workshop entitled "Smaller Steps, Bigger Rewards: Scaffolding Assignments and Enhancing Feedback in Writing Intensive Courses". She will share some strategies for scaffolding assignments in different disciplines and discuss how integrating more opportunities for students to assess their own writing over the course of the term can both save faculty time and be more useful for students in the long run. Attendees will be able to think about how to integrate those self-assessment opportunities for students into their own courses. 

Congratulations to Lea Bullard, new Coordinator of General Education Assessment

Undergraduate Studies is happy to announce that Lea has accepted a new position collaborating with the University Studies Director and the University Studies Advisory Committee in keeping UNCW’s assessment of University Studies robust and effective.

Lea is a homegrown Seahawk, born in Wilmington and receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree from UNCW. Lea returned to UNCW in September 2010 as a research assistant for General Education Assessment. Prior to that, she was a research assistant at the University of Michigan where she earned a master’s degree in Educational Assessment and Measurement. She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education as both an educator and researcher.

Lea Bullard

"I’m passionate about student learning and I look forward to supporting UNCW’s commitment to the journey of learning, inquiry, and discovery for our students. As a critical piece to supporting the learning experience, assessment of our general education program helps guide curriculum and ensures that our learning outcomes remain focused on the needs of our students and society. I am excited to continue that work and to continue to grow with UNCW.”


Publishing in Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal Prepares Students for the Future

Several UNCW students will be featured in the upcoming volume of Explorations, the journal of undergraduate research and creative activities for the state of North Carolina. Kate Bruce, director of the Honors College, serves as the editor-in-chief for Explorations and has emphasized the importance of being published as a young scholar and the impact it can have for students' future research careers. UNCW Authors include: Walter Kearnan, Sydney Bohn, Evan Hill, Derek Detweiler, Samantha Farquhar, Brian Gottwalt, and Christine Zuelsdorf. 

Read the full article here: Publishing in Explorations

Undergraduate Studies earns GA Grant to Improve Student Degree Completion

UNCW has received $33,000 to increase efforts to identify and prevent "stop-outs," students who fail to register for classes after attending for several semesters. The proposal, funded by University of North Carolina General Administration, will be used to develop support programs for students who have attempted at least 60 college credits and who are at risk of stopping out.

Read the full article here: Funding Will Help UNCW Prevent "Stop Outs"

Units supported by the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

University Studies: University Studies, UNCW's general education program, provides the basis for a liberal education that is extended throughout a student's career to provide the varied skills necessary to succeed.

General Education Assessment: UNCW helps assure that students are meeting the goals of the general education program through an assessment process that uses course-embedded assignments across the curriculum as well as standardized instruments.

ETEAL (experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning): ETEAL is UNCW's quality enhancement plan dedicated to improving applied learning experiences.

Honors Scholars College and CSURF: The Honors College oversees a rigorous academic program that provides opportunities for undergraduates to engage in creative scholarly activity. CSURF, the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, supports undergraduate scholarly activity for all UNCW undergraduates through travel grants, workshops, and logistics.

University College (UC): The University College serves all first-year students, including specialized support for distinct populations: early college, first-generation, pre-professional, first year spring admits (FYSA), select military and transfer students, and students in transition. UC coordinates the First Year Seminar (UNI 101), Learning Communities, and Pre-Professional curriculum, programs and services for all undergraduates. 

Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS): SASS provides a range of support and assistance to UNCW's student-athletes, including scheduling help, academic assistance, study and life skills development, and tutoring services and coordination. 

The Applied Learning Gallery: Created in partnership between Undergraduate Studies (ETEAL, Honors, CSURF, OIP, and CTE), Randall Library, and the Career Center, the purpose of this gallery is to highlight exemplary applied learning projects and students engaged in high-impact applied experiences.

Undergraduate Catalogue: The Undergraduate Catalogue is a resource for information on UNCW policies and regulations, degree programs and course offerings, admissions and financial aid details, as well as a guide to campus and student support services. The official university calendar is also included in the catalogue, along with a listing of administrative officers and the academic credentials of UNCW faculty.

A major emphasis of the Office of Undergraduate Studies is to support applied learning in its various forms. Application of principles in a practical setting either within the classroom or outside the classroom is an essential part of the educational experience of undergraduates at UNCW.