Workshops can give department a boost
Now that the semester is half over, some faculty and staff may be tired and struggling to stay motivated. Cougar Leadership Programs can help with workshops tailored to department needs.
 
A team of trained facilitators can cover a wide range of topics, from leadership and teambuilding to group motivation and morale.
 
Workshop request forms can be found at www.campusinvolvement.wsu.edu/leadership/workshops.
 
Transcript ordering available online
As faculty members begin advising students for second semester, there are some new online resources of which they may want to be aware.
 
Students may order WSU transcripts and enrollment verifications at www.registrar.wsu.edu, thanks to work recently completed by the registrar’s office. Click on the links to ‘Transcript Request’ or ‘OfficialStatement Request.’
 
For official transcripts, students choose delivery type, pay with a credit or debit card and receive e-mail confirmation. Unofficial transcript ordering will be available soon.
 
Students can print enrollment verifications themselves for free for immediate use for insurance companies, scholarship services and the like. They also can check loan information when they use this free service.
 
Guide to releasing student info
 
New guidance about the circumstances under which information about troubled students can be disclosed was released recently by the U.S. Department of Education. It falls under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a federal law governing student records that is often criticized for being too complicated.
 
The series of pamphlets for parents and educators is meant to provide some “rules of the road” regarding the law in the wake of the shootings at Virginia Tech, said Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.
 
The guides say the law permits educators to share confidential information with law-enforcement officers, medical personnel and others without student consent when necessary to protect the health or safety of students or others. In addition, institutions can disclose education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter.
 
For a complete article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, visit  http://chronicle.com/daily/2007/10/550n.htm.