Western Oregon University Assessment Based Learning Program FAQ

  • What are the forms of High School Based College Credit Partnerships in Oregon?

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    Dual Credit

    In Dual Credit courses, the high school teacher is qualified to act as a proxy faculty member for the college or university when teaching the course. These courses are sufficiently similar to enable the student to be described as “taking a course” from the postsecondary institution. Through ORS 340.310, HECC was charged with developing standards for dual credit​ and other high school based college credit partnership programs. 

    Sponsored Dual Credit

    In Sponsored Dual Credit courses, a high school teacher partners with a sponsoring faculty member at a college or university to offer the course. ​These courses are sufficiently similar to enable the student to be described as “taking a course” from the postsecondary institution. Through ORS 340.310, HECC was charged with developing standards for these sponsored dual credit programs.

    Assessment Based Learning Credit

    In Assessment Based Learning Credit, students do not enroll in a college course but are provided an opportunity to earn college credit by demonstrating they have achieved a course’s learning outcomes. Through ORS 340.310, HECC was charged with developing standards for these assessment based learning credit programs.

    Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs

    Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are offered by high schools across the state. Each year, colleges and universities in Oregon renew the Statewide AP and IB Course Credit Policy for these courses, and the HECC coordinates with Oregon campuses on making and publishing these updates.

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  • What type of credit does WOU offer?

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    WOU offers Assessment Based Learning Credits as we do not have set add/drop dates for the course.  To allow the “no risk” option for students we have developed a program that follows Sponsored Dual Credit standards with the exception of the registration and drop dates so that students have flexibility.  Students must still register and participate in the course at the high school to be eligible for credits in this program, which differs from the true definition of ABL so we may ensure a rigorous experience for each student.

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  • I keep getting an error message when I register at WOU.

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    The “Error 100” is a common error students see. This error occurs when a student closes out their window or browser when they are directed to the Western Oregon University registration page. The error will fix itself within a week of your initial registration date. After a week has passed, use this link https://www2.wou.edu/nora/willamette.promise.home  to complete your registration with WOU. You will be asked to provide your legal first and last name, SSID, date of birth, citizenship status, and SSN.

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  • When I register, my SSID said it is already in use.

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    If you have registered for Willamette Promise in the past, you are already in our system. Please contact us and we can verify if you are registered or not and update any information as need be.

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  • I forgot my username and password.

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    When students register for Willamette Promise, no user name or password is created.  Please email or call us at willamettepromise@wesd.org or 503.437.0239.

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  • How long does it take for my transcript request to be processed?

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    After requesting your transcript using this link https://www2.wou.edu/nora/willamette.transcript.home  Western Oregon University requires 3-4 weeks for your order to be processed. There is a “rush” transcript feature, however, that will require additional payment and is not free. This process can take longer too if a student has yet to complete their registration with WOU. If there are any complications or questions about the transcript process, students will need to contact Western Oregon University.

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  • Can I order an unofficial transcript?

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    No, however, we can provide you with information in regards to credits you earned and the grade. The transcript you order through Western Oregon University will always be an official transcript.

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  • How can I find out what credits I have earned so far?

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    You can find out one of two ways. You may contact your teacher and they can give you the information in regards to if you earned the credit for the class or not, or contact Willamette Promise and we can provide the same information to you.

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  • Can I see my transcript without ordering one?

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    No, in order to view your transcript, you must order one from Western Oregon University.

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  • Do I have to provide my SSN?

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    Providing your SSN is not required but highly encouraged. When it comes time to register for college, financial aid, and scholarships, this information will be required.

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  • I need to correct/update my information. How do I do this?

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    Please contact Willamette Promise and we are happy to update any information for you.

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  • Will I receive any type of confirmation?

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    When you complete your registration through ORSkills, you will receive a confirmation email with the email you used to register. When you complete your registration with WOU, a “Thank you for registering” window will appear confirming your registration. No email from WOU will be sent in regards to your registration.

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  • When and how do I pay my Willamette Promise fee?

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    Students will need to use this link https://www.wesd.org/Page/858  to complete their payment for Willamette Promise. Students can pay when they sign up for the program, or after they decide if they want to accept their grade or not. Payments are then recorded on their Willamette Promise account. Students are not required to make the payment if they are not accepting their grade. We require a one-time yearly fee of $30.00 for any number of classes taken in the school year.  If you are in need of a fee waiver, please fill one out and send it to willamettepromise@wesd.org.  You will find a copy of the waiver on the student webpage at www.wesd.org/wpstudents.

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  • If I opt out of accepting my grade, can I go back later and to accept my credit and pay the fee?

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    No. Students must accept or deny their grade when presented to.

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