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Frequently Asked Questions

This handout is for information only and does not serve as official CB policy. This page was last updated in June 2010.

  1. Why do I need to apply to the College of Business (CB) when CWU has accepted me?
  2. What is a hold?
  3. What is 'pre-major' status?
  4. How do I become a CB 'pre-major'?
  5. What are the requirements for admission into a College of Business degree program?
  6. Which pre-admission courses do I need to take in sequential order?
  7. During which quarters are pre-admission courses offered?
  8. When should I start taking pre-admission courses?
  9. Do I have to take all of the pre-admission courses before I can take core courses?
  10. Safari won't let me register for Pre-Calculus (MATH 153) or Finite Math (MATH 130). What should I do?
  11. What if I tested into a high level math and only have two of the three substantial math courses needed for admission into a business major?
  12. When do I apply to a major?
  13. What is the communication requirement?
  14. How long will it take to hear back regarding my acceptance into the major?
  15. Who is my advisor?
  16. What is my major? Is it my specialization?
  17. What are the differences between specialization options?
  18. Once admitted to the CB, how do I know in which order to take the courses?
  19. Why are pre-requisites so rigorously enforced?
  20. What is enrollment management?
  21. MGT 489--Strategic Management
  22. What are class limits?
  23. What about absences?
  24. What if I want to complain or make suggestions?
  25. What if I stop out/drop out?

 

1. Why do I need to apply to the College of Business (CB) when CWU has accepted me?

It actually is two different admission processes. A student cannot apply to the CB until they have been accepted to CWU. The decision to admit to the CB is based on performance in a very specific set of courses.

2. What is a Hold?

While attending CWU students will encounter various types of holds which prevent registration into classes. There are 4 primary holds every student receives relating to mandatory advising. These holds include:

  • 75 Credit Basic Skills Hold. If a student has not successfully completed the CWU Basic Skills Requirement to include ENG101/102, Math, Reasoning, and Technology, they will receive a mandatory advising hold. For these types of holds it is best to contact or visit the Academic Advising Center located in Hertz 107 on the Ellensburg campus. Students attending a CWU-center should not receive this type of hold unless transcripts have not been processed or received.
  • 75 Credit – Meet with a Department. Students with sophomore standing need to identify a degree program of primary interest. This hold requires students to meet with the appropriate CWU Department to discuss their program further. In the College of Business, it is important to attend an Advising or Orientation session. Students can register for one of these sessions from the College of Business home page.
  • 100 Credit - Declare Your Major Hold. Because CWU offers so many different degree programs, it is impossible to know which program a student wishes to pursue. Students must apply or declare their major with the department or program of interest. In the College of Business, the Application for Major serves a dual role to declare and apply to your desired degree program.
  • 115 Credit - See Your Faculty Advisor Hold. By the time students reach 115 credits, they should be formally admitted into their desired major and would be assigned a faculty advisor in their program. The College of Business expects future business leaders to read and understand all course and graduation requirements in their program as outlined in the undergraduate catalog. The type of advising students should seek with faculty is more “mentor” type advising asking questions like: Should I include a minor with my major? When are required classes offered? Which elective courses will best fit my interest? What are the career or job opportunities for my degree? Should I include an internship with my program? etc.

3. What is 'pre-major' status?

'Pre-major' status in the university's computer system means that you have expressed an interest in a major, although you have not completed all requirements necessary to be accepted into the major. Declaring as a pre-major prevents registration holds assigned by the Office of Enrollment Management once you have reached 100 credits. It does not mean you have been formally admitted into your business degree program. It also enables the CB to better track your progress towards the major and to provide adequate class space for pre-admission courses.

4. How do I become a CB 'pre-major'?

The College of Business will accept your Application for Major at a mandatory new student orientation once you reach 75 credits and are near completion of your pre-admission courses. For those students currently working to complete pre-admission courses the CB Advising Center will give you a pre-major status and monitor your academic progress quarterly. Once the center is able to verify successful completion of all pre-admission courses, your pre-admission GPA will be calculated and your Application for Major will be sent to the Associate Dean for final approval. If approved, a formal letter of admission will be sent to you from the Office of the Dean.

5. What are the requirements for admission into a College of Business degree program?

Before you decide on your business degree program, you should carefully read and review the admission requirements as outlined in the current CWU undergraduate/graduate catalog. You can view the Catalog on-line at: http://catalog.acalog.cwu.edu. Summaries of Major Course Requirements for each of the three majors in the CB (Accounting, Business Administration and Economics). The requirements are also available in the College of Business Advising Center (Shaw-Smyser 129).

It is important to understand prerequisites for access into your required classes. The College of Business will strictly enforce these prerequisites and you will not be allowed to take a class if you do not have the required prerequisite.

6. Which pre-admission courses do I need to take in sequential order?

  • ACCT 251 (Accounting I) before ACCT 252 (Accounting II)
  • ECON 201 (Principles of Microeconomics) before ECON 202 (Principles of Macroeconomics)
  • MATH 130 (Finite Math) before BUS 221 (Intro to Business Statistics)

7. During which quarters are pre-admission courses offered?

All pre-admission courses are typically offered in multiple sections during fall, winter and spring quarters. Summer offerings are limited, but usually one section of each course is offered.

8. When should I start taking pre-admission courses? Should I wait until all of my General Education requirements are completed?

Students seeking a degree in Accounting must have all General Education courses completed or a Direct Transfer Associates degree completed to be accepted into the Accounting Major. Ideally, by the end of your sophomore year, you should have all General Education complete and most or all of the CB pre-admission course requirements. Another important factor to consider is that there are several courses within the General Ed. requirements that also fulfill CB major requirements. Two examples are MATH 153 (Precalculus) and ECON 201 (Principles of Microeconomics).

9. Do I have to take all of the pre-admission courses before I can take core courses?

The Admission to Major policy as outlined in the current undergraduate catalog clearly states: “Students must apply and be accepted into the major prior to beginning 300- or 400-level business coursework.” For this reason, it is extremely important to develop a tentative quarterly plan.

10. Safari won't let me register for Pre-Calculus (MATH 153) or Finite Math (MATH 130). What should I do?

The Math Department controls registration for these math courses. For Pre-Calculus, you may need to take the Math Placement Test (MPT) and score at a certain level in order to enroll in the course or meet the prerequisites. For Finite Math (MATH 130), you must either score high enough on the Computer Placement Test (CPT) or have high enough scores on your ACT or SAT in order to enroll in the course. Call the Math Department at (509) 963-2103 or visit http://www.cwu.edu/learning-commons/university-math-center to discuss testing dates, cost and registration requirements.http://www.cwu.edu/learning-commons/university-math-center

12. When do I apply to a major?

We will accept your Application to Major once you reach 75 credits and have begun your pre-admission courses. Applications are accepted during group advising sessions scheduled during the CWU Advising Week every term. To register for a session, visit the following CB web site: http://www.cwu.edu/business/orientation-sessions. You will only be accepted into the major after all pre-admission course and grade requirements are verified.

13. What is the communication requirement?

The communication requirement is designed to give CB majors additional experience in business communications and report writing. You may take one of the three approved courses to complete your communication requirement at any time, however, all three courses are 300-level and should be taken after completion of sophomore status. Students selecting COM 345 must call the Communication Dept. at (509) 963-1066 for a permission number prior to registration.

14. How long will it take to hear back regarding my acceptance into the major?

Processing time for a major application is approximately one week. You will be notified of your status by letter.

15. Who is my advisor?

Students with pre-major status can receive advising assistance on a walk-in basis at the CB Advising Center located in Shaw Smyser, Room 128 at the main campus or sign up to attend a group advising session scheduled during CWU Advising Week scheduled every term and during early registration periods. You are not assigned a CB faculty advisor until you can be formally admitted into your program. If you have questions regarding General Education requirements or wish to explore another degree program while at Central, you can visit Academic Advising Services in Room 107 Hertz Hall.

16. What is my major? Is it my specialization?

The CB currently offers three Bachelor of Science degree programs: B.S. in Accounting; B.S. in Business Administration; and B.S. in Economics. Within the Business Administration and Economics majors, there are specialization choices, however, your major is Business Administration or Economics.

17. What are the differences between specialization options?

The CWU Undergraduate Catalog offers a great deal of information on each specialization and also provides course descriptions for all courses offered. Your faculty advisor may also assist you with questions about specialization options and career opportunities.

18. Once admitted to the CB, how do I know in which order to take the courses?

Course sequences will vary depending on which major you are pursuing; Accounting, Business Administration, or Economics. This is why it is very important to prepare a two-year plan. Your advisor will help you. Prerequisites for every course are listed in the catalog. Be aware that MGT 489, Strategic Management, the capstone course for both the Accounting and Business Administration degree, requires the longest list of prerequisites which are FIN 370 (Introductory Financial Management), MGT 382 (Principles of Management), MKT 362 (Fundamentals of Marketing), SCM 310 (Supply Chain Management [formerly OSC 323-Operations Management]), and Information Systems (MIS 386 for business administration students or ACCT 455 for accounting students). Business curriculum experts made this determination. Since MGT 489 rests on all these courses, prerequisite overrides will not be allowed for MGT 489. Therefore, it is important to get these prerequisite courses done as early as possible since the competition for these courses, taken by the overwhelming majority of the students in the school, is intense. Also those students trying to finish up these classes toward the end of their academic career may run into conflicts with other major/specialization requirements. Thus, it is advisable to take the 300-level courses in the junior year and the 400-level courses in the senior year.

19. Why are prerequisites so rigorously enforced?

Students often view prerequisites as obstacles. Rather, it is important to view them as building blocks. The CB faculty have deliberately designed the curriculum to include as few prerequisites to courses as possible while still ensuring maximum learning capability. Having done so however, what few prerequisites listed are zealously enforced because it is crucial in creating the maximum potential for success for the student as well as creating a maximally successful learning environment for all the students in the class. Prerequisite overrides are rarely given (and never given for MGT 489), and they require a review of the student including the CAPS report, assessment of the situation, etc. Prerequisite overrides are given only for those students who have shown themselves capable of doing the work and not for instance for a self-imposed deadline for graduation. Graduation occurs when the curriculum is completed as directed.

20. What is enrollment management?

Occasionally, you will hear the term enrollment management. Enrollment management is the attempt to control the flow of students into courses based on priority. For instance, with MGT 489, the capstone course, in times when student demand outstrips the supply of available faculty, seniors who have FORMALLY applied for graduation (typically done 1-2 quarters before the anticipated graduation date) will be given first priority to enroll in the courses. For those courses that also service other colleges within the university, in those times when demand outstrips the supply, College of Business students are given priority over non-College of Business students to enroll.

21. MGT 489--Strategic Management

  • Be aware that MGT 489, Strategic Management, the capstone course for both the Accounting and Business Administration degree, requires the longest list of prerequisites which are FIN 370 (Introductory Financial Management), MGT 382 (Principles of Management), MKT 362 (Fundamentals of Marketing), SCM 310 (Supply Chain Management [formerly OSC 323-Operations Management]), and Information Systems (MIS 386 for business administration students or ACCT 455 for accounting students). Business curriculum experts made this determination. Since MGT 489 rests on all these courses, prerequisite overrides will not be allowed for MGT 489. Therefore, it is important to get these prerequisite courses done as early as possible since the competition for these courses, taken by the overwhelming majority of the students in the school, is intense. Also those students trying to finish up these classes toward the end of their academic career may run into conflicts with other major/specialization requirements. Thus, it is advisable to take the 300-level courses in the junior year and the 400-level courses in the senior year.
  • In times when student demand outstrips the supply of available faculty, seniors who have FORMALLY applied for graduation (typically done 1-2 quarters before the anticipated graduation date) will be given first priority to enroll in the courses. After the graduating senior demand has been met, if seats are available, students who have the prerequisites will be allowed to register.

22. What are class limits?

Students often look into a classroom, realize there are seats, and wonder why they cannot be added to the course. CWU and the CB pride themselves on small classes; unfortunately this pride may disadvantage students from time to time…you love the small classes until you can't get into one because it's small. Class limits are not set by physical space limitations (although as a general rule, smaller classes go into smaller rooms and larger classes go into larger classrooms). Class limits are set by the preferred pedagogy of the instructor, faculty, college, and university. In general, the more advanced the class, the smaller the class. This is because of the typically greater number of assignments and the more exacting nature of material requiring greater faculty oversight.

23. What about absences?

Just like in the workforce, being absent or tardy is a very serious problem that is not taken lightly. Though certainly faculty will frequently work with a student in extreme circumstances, they are under no obligation to do so. Regular class attendance is shown to be highly correlated with academic success. Further be aware that instructors have the right to drop a student for non-attendance after the first three class meetings or the equivalent of three class meetings (EX: 3-50 minute classes or 150 minutes). A student telling a faculty member that she or he will miss classes is certainly a courtesy that should be extended, but this common courtesy does not imply that there may not be consequences to the behavior. In other words, just because a student TOLD a faculty member she or he would be missing the first three classes (and perhaps even gave an excellent excuse) does not obligate the faculty member to keep the student in class.

24. What if I want to complain or make suggestions?

The College of Business encourages students to seek assistance and make their needs, wants, suggestions and criticisms known. It is our intention to assist students and to honor reasonable requests to the best of our resource capability. Some of the college's biggest changes have occurred because of student insight. However, remember when you were admitted to the program, you de facto agreed to abide by the rules of the program as contained in the catalog as have we. As a professional, you will be expected to abide by rules even if you personally disagree with those rules. Experts in the area made those rules. Also, as a business professional, you need to act in a collegial way, which means following the chain of command. If you have a problem, you should address it to the faculty member involved, then your advisor, the department chair and finally the Dean's Office in that order. Sending emails to or making calls to individuals who do not have decision-making authority in the matter means you are wasting their time with an issue that they cannot address. It is not a strategy that works well in the business world or in academia. For students wanting to grieve a grade, the specific term is called an “Academic Appeal” and the list of steps to go through is in the current catalog's appendix section.

25. What if I stop out/drop out?

Per the Leave of Absence policy at CWU and as stated in the catalog, “students who do not enroll for consecutive academic quarters (exclusive of summer) must reapply for admission.” This not only includes readmission to CWU but also to the College of Business. Be aware that standards of admission change and students must meet the current standard as well as the requirements of the degree under the catalog to which they are readmitted. Students who meet certain criteria however are eligible for a Leave of Absence which essentially “stops the clock” and keeps them to the admission standards and the catalog under which they were originally admitted. See the current catalog under the term Leave of Absence for the process and the conditions necessitated to be granted a Leave of Absence.