WHA Information for High School Counselors

Wesleyan Honors Academy (WHA) is a dual-credit program for high school juniors and seniors and sophomores in select classes. Credits earned through this Nebraska Wesleyan University program transfer to most U.S. colleges and universities.

Nebraska Wesleyan University recommends that participating students have at least a B+ average in prerequisite high school courses. However, the university also recognizes high school counselors and teachers for their role in advising potential WHA students and assessing their likelihood for success.

Help students get started

Counselors play crucial roles in student success by helping them stay on top of important details. Here’s what you can do to help your WHA students stay on track.

Know WHA offerings at your school

Help students find course descriptions

Share important WHA deadline dates for 2022-23
June – August Faculty Workshops – All current and prospective WHA instructors are expected to attend.
August 1 ACE scholarship application open for fall semester and full-year courses. WHA registration opens the first week in August.
October 7 On-time registration deadline for all fall semester, full-year, and first block WHA courses. This is also the last day to DROP a fall, full-year, or first block course without a petition.
October 21 Late registration deadline for fall, full-year, and first block courses. Adds after this date are by petition only.
November 1 On-time registration deadline for fall courses starting in October.
November 15 ACE scholarship application open for spring semester courses.
November 15 Late registration deadline for fall courses starting in October. Adds for fall courses starting in October after this date are by petition only.
December 1 FINAL deadline to submit a late petition to drop/add/withdraw for fall semester courses that end in December.
December 15 ACE scholarship application deadline for fall semester and full-year courses.
January 12 at 5 p.m. Grades due from course instructors for courses that end in December.
January 13 First semester transcripts available for students to request (for accounts paid in full) if all instructors were able to submit grades on time.
February 10 On-time registration deadline for spring semester courses starting in January. This is also the last day to DROP a spring course without a petition.
February 24 Late registration deadline for spring courses starting in January. Adds after this date are by online petition only.
March 17 On-time registration deadline for spring courses starting in March.
March 31 Late registration deadline for spring courses starting in March. Adds for spring courses starting in March after this date are by petition only.
May 1 FINAL deadline to submit a petition to drop/add/withdraw for spring semester and full-year courses that end in May or June.
May 15 ACE scholarship application deadline for spring semester courses.
June 1 at 5:00 p.m. Grades due from course instructors for spring semester and full-year courses.
June 2 Transcripts for 2022-23 available for students to request (for accounts paid in full) if all instructors were able to submit grades on time.

Show students how to register

Connect them to tuition payment information

Help students apply for the ACE Scholarship for WHA courses

Students demonstrating financial need may apply for and receive an ACE (Accessing College Early) scholarship available through the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education. Contact your high school counselor to complete the scholarship application as soon as possible. ACE scholarships are on a first-come/first-serve basis, and the student must be enrolled in the college course to be considered. For the 2022-23 academic year, ACE will pay for up to six courses.

Once they’re registered, help them get on their feet as new college students.

Helping students activate or reset their NWU Office365 account

To activate a student's NWU Office365 account:

  1. Go to: https://outlook.com/nebrwesleyan.edu
  2. Use the pre-assigned email address and activation password which were sent to you by email.
  3. Enter your email address and click [Next]. Then enter your activation password, followed by a new password (make sure to follow the notes listed above) and confirmation of your new password. Then click [Sign in].
  4. Click the [Next] button when the "More information required" page appears.
  5. Complete the "Don’t Lose Access to your account page." Click the “Set it up now” text link for cell phone authentication (quickest option) to recover your account in the future.

    Enter appropriate information in the series of pages that follow until you receive the verification code on your phone and have entered it into the corresponding text field, then click the [verify] button.

After you have activated the NWU Office365 account, you will use the NWU website to log in. Click on "Inside NWU," then "Office365".

Please contact your WHA instructor or ahowell [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (Andrea Howell) if you have questions or problems accessing your account.

Forgot your password? Reset your password.

Dropping, adding, withdrawing from courses

Help students wrap up the semester

There are a few steps students should take after completing a WHA course.

IDEA course evaluation

At the end of each Honors Academy course, you will be asked to complete a class evaluation through an online system called IDEA. You must complete the Outcomes form prior to the end of the student collection period. Reports from your student responses are available two days after the end of the evaluation process by logging back into IDEA. 

Please contact your WHA instructor or ahowell [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (Andrea Howell) if you have questions or problems accessing your account.

Transcripts and transferring credits

Transcripts

An official transcript can be sent electronically to the intended institution or available as a hard copy. Please contact the Registrar's Office for further information.

Transfer credit

To NWU: The course will count in the same area as the on-campus equivalent and the grade will become part of the student’s GPA calculations.

To Other Colleges and Universities: If you elect to attend a college or university other than Nebraska Wesleyan, you will need to order your transcript online. As Nebraska's only NACEP-accredited dual credit program, the credits you earn will transfer to most U.S. colleges.

  • Most colleges and universities will accept transfer grades of “C” or better.
  • Honors Academy students have previously transferred credit to numerous colleges and universities throughout the country, including the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and its branch campuses.
  • Below are three sources you can utilize to help you decide how your courses may transfer:
  • Students should contact the registrar at the colleges or universities they are considering attending prior to enrolling in Honors Academy courses. An email with the course description sent to the registrar and/or the appropriate department chair will usually elicit a quick response.

Most schools that accept Wesleyan Honors Academy credit will do so in one or more of the following ways:

  • The hours will count towards the total hours required for graduation from that institution.
  • The course will replace a course required in the general education curriculum.
  • The course will replace a course required in a major or minor.
  • In most cases, the transferred NWU grade is not included in the GPA calculations at the accepting institution.

Know resources for teachers

Your school can give more students a head start on college credit when more teachers join as WHA faculty.

Site visits by departmental liaisons

The departmental liaisons will arrange a minimum of two site visits during the first year of the Wesleyan Honor Academy adjunct instructor appointment: once every two to three thereafter. The purpose of these site visits is to:

  • Become better acquainted.
  • Observe the adjunct instructor in the classroom.
  • Discuss course materials.
  • Communicate discipline-specific requirements and assessment expectations.
  • Assist with assessment implementation, as needed.
  • Make suggestions to ensure the adjunct instructor’s success in meeting departmental expectations.
Teacher application and requirements

Qualifications

To become an adjunct instructor in the Wesleyan Honors Academy program, high school teachers should:

  • Have a master’s degree in the subject area of the courses they propose to offer, or;
  • Have a master’s degree with a minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit in the relevant subject field.

Application process

The Wesleyan Honors Academy director will work with high school principals and/or central school district curriculum specialists to identify high school courses and teachers for participation in Wesleyan Honors Academy and invite them to apply. Teachers may also request information and an application directly from the Honors Academy director.

Both the teacher and the course must be approved by the Honors Academy. Following is a description of the application and approval process:

Step 1: Teacher application

  1. Submit the Teacher Application form (PDF) and supporting materials, including official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the Honors Academy director.
  2. The director will review the teacher application materials for minimal requirements and forward qualified applicants to the appropriate departmental liaison.
  3. Upon approval of the applicant by the appropriate department, the teacher will be asked to submit the Course Application form.

Step 2: Course application

  1. Submit the completed Course Application form (PDF), describe the course, including scope, organization, teaching style, expectations of students, and the textbook or reading requirements.
  2. Art instructors must send visuals of their and their students’ artwork.
  3. The high school principal or appropriate administrator must send a letter of support.
  4. After reviewing the course application materials, the Honors Academy director will forward them to the appropriate departmental liaison for review and final determination.
  5. The Honors Academy director will notify the teacher and the school administrator in writing whether the teacher is:
    • Approved
    • Provisionally approved (with provisions stated)
    • Not approved at this time (with reasons stated)

Probationary status for first year teachers

Approval to teach in the Wesleyan Honors Academy program is considered probationary for the first year that a teacher participates. After the first year, a teacher will automatically qualify to remain in the program under the following conditions:

  • The teacher has met, or is making significant progress toward meeting any specified provisions.
  • The Honors Academy director and the respective departmental coordinator approve continued participation.

Non-compliance

Honors Academy teachers are required to complete the necessary administrative and professional development aspects of the Honors Academy program. If a given instructor fails to do so, they will be considered non-compliant. Listed below are the potential areas in which a teacher may be considered non-compliant:

  1. The instructor fails to attend professional development workshops. Instructors are expected to attend all professional development workshops although rare absences are allowed for special circumstances. If an instructor can't, at times, attend the on-campus workshops, he or she may take part in other professional development activities. These must be reported back to the Honors Academy director.
  2. The instructor fails to provide a course of equivalent content and rigor as those sections offered on-campus and approved by the department.
  3. The instructor does not submit required information/artifacts to the director or department liaisons for assessment and/or syllabus alignment purposes. These requirements vary by department and all instructors are expected to be aware of their responsibilities in this area.
  4. The instructor does not follow-through on arrangements made for site visits from the department liaisons. Site visits should be scheduled when the instructor is actively teaching a course and should allow the liaison to see good interaction with students.
  5. The instructor does not clarify rosters and/or submit grades as required.

Non-compliance will be determined by the director of the Wesleyan Honors Academy with input from the department liaison usually through classroom visits or failure of the instructor to complete the submittal of materials or professional development activities.

If an instructor is found to be non-compliant, the following steps will be taken in order to help the instructor return to compliance:

  1. The director and department liaison will meet and discuss the approach needed for a given set of circumstances.
  2. The director will contact the instructor and meet with him or her to outline the changes that must occur in order for the instructor to return to compliance. The administration at the high school will be notified or the problem.
  3. The instructor will be given time to consider the outlined changes and whether or not he or she wishes to continue in the program.
  4. If the instructor wishes to continue in the Honors Academy program, he or she will be given one academic year to correct problems and will be visited in the classroom at least twice during that year by the liaison and at least once by the director to consider whether progress towards the stated changes is being met. The high school administration is kept appraised of the status of the instructor.
  5. Both the director and the liaison must agree that the instructor has regained compliance. If this occurs, the instructor returns to equal status as other compliant instructors.
  6. If the instructor remains non-compliant after one academic year, he or she is removed from the program and the high school administration notified that the instructor is no longer able to offer courses in the program.

The curriculum fund account will be closed to non-compliant instructors until he or she returns to compliant status.

High school teacher program benefits