The Wade College Library, located conveniently on campus, provides an attractive atmosphere for study, research, recreational reading, and listening and viewing educational materials.
The Wade College app enables students and employees quick access to the resources, tools, news, and information to stay connected and informed. The app offers the convenience of all technological software used by the college housed in one convenient portal. Available in IOS and Android app stores, the free app is easily downloaded and does not require a user name or password to use. The Wade College app by SchoolInfoApp features:
- Important college news and announcements
- Access to email, online classes, grade books, student information system, career services, library services, event calendar, academic calendar, directory of contacts, payment portal, and an anonymous tip line
- Student IDs, which are issued digitally to students through the app, complete with a scannable barcode
- College forms, which are completed digitally and submitted to appropriate administrators through the FORMS feature on the app
The Wade College app is available on the IOS App Store or on Google Play.
The Academic Advising Program is designed to help enhance students' experiences at Wade College by providing academic support throughout the program. Academic Advisors are available to provide resources, key information, and guidance to assist in degree completion. The Office of the Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs provides Academic Advisors. Students may meet with Academic Advisors to discuss scheduling, curriculum, grades, college policies, and other college-related issues.
College Preparation Courses
To assess student needs in the areas of mathematics and written communication skills, all students are required to take placement exams via the College Board's ACCUPLACER exams; such exams will assess the skills and abilities of students to determine whether they should be placed in either or both of the college preparation courses offered at Wade College. Upon acceptance and enrollment, but prior to registering for classes, all students will sit for the two placement exams-administered on campus and overseen by college administration. The student will be required to schedule an appointment for testing with the Office of Admissions upon enrollment.
All students who score below a predetermined benchmark score on the College Board's ACCUPLACER placement exams will be placed in DMAT 0075 Fundamentals of Mathematics and/or DCOM 0095 Fundamentals of Composition, as appropriate. College preparation courses in mathematics and English composition will serve as co-requisites for the college-level courses: MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I and ENGL 1301 Composition I courses, respectively; consequently, successful completion of mandated preparation courses is required for those students whose placement scores determine need.
Supplemental Instruction Laboratories
The supplemental instruction program at Wade College provides students regularly scheduled laboratory instruction linked to all of the institution's mathematics and English composition courses-including both the college preparation and the college-level courses-to supplement the information and skills taught in those courses.
The laboratory instruction are led by subject-matter specialists (Wade College professors). As opposed to the lecture format that is used to present course concepts in the college preparation courses and college-level courses, the mathematics and writing laboratories will emphasize one-on-one student assistance in the respective areas with the professor acting as a facilitator, providing assistance when necessary. Students will be able to work individually through course concepts provided by assignments, workbooks, or course-specific computer software.
All necessary course materials, which may include, but not limited to, textbooks, e-books, course-specific software, consumable classroom supplies, and printing costs necessary to meet minimum course requirements, which include portfolio production, are included at no additional cost to the student. Tuition rates do not include: the costs of the application and graduation fees; costs for fees required for participating in optional extracurricular activities, such as student organizations and activities; or costs for laptops, desktops, sewing machines, drafting tables, furniture and fixtures, and other long-lived tangible assets.
A student who withdraws or is administratively withdrawn from Wade College within certain time periods of a trimester may be eligible to receive a refund for a portion of the institutional charges that were paid to Wade College for the trimester. However, if the student received federal student financial aid (federal grants or loans), all or a portion of the refund will be returned to the federal student financial aid programs as follows:
- Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
- Federal Subsidized Direct Loan
- Federal Direct PLUS Loan
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Other Title IV Aid
- Other Aid and/or Scholarships
The college reserves the right to apply any student payment, or any refund due to a student, to any student financial account that is in arrears.
Wade College Refund Policy
In the event of enrollment cancellation, withdrawal by the student, or termination by the college, the following policies apply:
- If a student decides not to enroll for his or her matriculation trimester, all monies paid (less registration fee) will be refunded when requested in writing by the student.
- Prepaid tuition and fees (less application fee) for any period beyond the student's current trimester will be refunded in full.
- In the event of withdrawal by the student or termination by the college during any trimester of study, the application fee and graduation fee are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
- A student who officially withdraws from the college during the first four weeks of the trimester is eligible for a refund of tuition according to the following schedule:
|Prior to the first day of classes
|First week of classes
|Second week of classes
|Third week of classes
|Fourth week of classes
|After the fourth week of classes
Federal "Return Of Title IV Aid" Policy
This policy applies to students who withdraw (officially, unofficially, or fail to return from a Leave of Absence) or are dismissed from enrollment at Wade College. It is separate and distinct from the Wade College Refund Policy contained in this catalog. The calculated amount of the "Return of Title IV Funds" that is required for students affected by this policy is determined according to the following definitions and procedures, as prescribed by regulation:
Though the student's Title IV aid may be posted to his or her account at the start of each period, the student earns the funds as he or she completes the period. If the student withdraws during his or her payment period (the college can define the payment period for the student), the amount of Title IV aid that the student has earned up to that point is determined by a specific formula. If the student received (or the college or the student's parent received on the student's behalf) less assistance than the amount that he or she earned, the student may be able to receive those additional funds. If the student received more assistance than he or she earned, the excess funds must be returned by the college and/or the student.
Wade College has 45 days from the date the institution determines that the student withdrew to return all unearned funds for which it is responsible.
The Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) regulation does not dictate the institutional refund policy. The calculation of Title IV funds earned by the student has no relationship to the student's incurred institutional charges.
A college is required to determine the earned and unearned Title IV aid a student has earned as of the date the student ceased attendance based on the amount of time the student spent in attendance.
Withdrawal before 60%
The amount of assistance that the student has earned is determined on a pro rata basis. Wade College must perform an R2T4 within 30 days from the date the institution determines that the student withdrew to determine the amount of earned aid up through the 60% point in each payment period. The institution will use the Department of Education's prorated schedule to determine the amount of R2T4 funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. After the 60% point in the payment period, a student has earned 100% of the Title IV funds he or she was scheduled to receive during the period. The institution must still perform a R2T4 to determine the amount of aid that the student has earned.
Withdrawal after 60%
For a student who withdraws after the 60% point-in-time, there are no unearned funds. However, Wade College must still determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.
Example of Calculation:
Determine the percentage of Title IV aid earned by the student by taking the calendar days completed in the payment period, divided by the total calendar days in the payment period (excluding breaks of five days or more AND days the student was on an approved LOA).
18 (completed days)/118 (total days) = 15.3% (% of completed calendar days)
Determine the amount of Title IV aid earned by the student by multiplying the percentage of Title IV aid earned times the total of the Title IV aid disbursed plus the Title IV aid that could have been disbursed for the payment period.
15.3 % X $2,805.00 = $429.17 (amount of aid earned by student)
- If this amount is greater than the total Title IV aid disbursed for the payment period, a post-withdrawal disbursement will be calculated; if the amount is less than the amount of Title IV aid disbursed, the difference will be returned to the Department of Education.
Withdrawals - Official vs. Unofficial
A student who withdraws is one who either officially goes through a withdrawal from Wade College, unofficially withdraws (is administratively withdrawn), is suspended, or officially withdraws and submits it in writing to the Office of the President.
A student's withdrawal date is determined by using one of the following:
- the date the student began the institution's official withdrawal process or officially notified the institution of intent to withdraw; or
- the midpoint of the period for a student who leaves without notifying the institution; or
- the student's last date of attendance at a documented academic-related activity.
A student may rescind his or her official notification to withdraw by filing a written statement with the Office of the President that he or she is continuing to participate in academically-related activities and intends to complete the term (payment period) for which payment of Title IV funds were or would be received. The rescission of withdrawal is negated if the student subsequently ceases to attend prior to the end of the payment period. The withdrawal date then is the student's original date of withdrawal unless there is acceptable documentation showing a later date of attendance at an academically-related activity and the college chooses to use such date.
Failure to Return from an Official Leave of Absence (LOA)
If a student does not return on his or her scheduled date from a documented Leave of Absence, Wade College will withdraw the student within ten days after they were scheduled to return. Their withdrawal date will be the day the Leave of Absence began.
Earned Title IV Aid
Title IV Aid is earned in a prorated manner on a per diem basis (calendar days) up to the 60% point in the trimester. Title IV Aid is viewed as 100% earned after that point in time. A copy of the worksheet used for this calculation can be requested from the Financial Services Department.
In accordance with federal regulations, when Title IV financial aid is involved, the calculated amount of the R2T4 Funds is allocated in the following order:
- Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
- Federal Subsidized Direct Loan
- Federal Direct PLUS Loan
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Other Title IV Aid
- Other Aid and/or Scholarships
Wade College's responsibilities in regard to the return of Title IV funds follow:
- providing students with the information given in this policy;
- identifying students who are affected by this policy and completing the Return of Title IV Funds calculation for those students; and
- returning any Title IV funds that are due the Title IV programs.
The student's responsibilities in regard to the return of Title IV funds include:
- returning to the Title IV programs any funds that were disbursed to the student and which the student was determined to be ineligible for via the Return of Title IV Funds calculation;
- notifying of a withdrawal via written form;
- notifying of an intent to rescind a withdrawal notice via written form; and
- notifying the Office of the President of a notification of withdrawal or rescission of intent to withdraw.
If you would like examples of the worksheets for this Return of Title IV Funds policy, contact the Financial Services Department at (214) 637-3530.
If the student does not receive all of the funds that he or she has earned, the student may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement. Wade College has 30 days from the date the institution determines that the student withdrew to notify the student (or the student's parent for a parent PLUS Loan) of his or her eligibility for a post-withdrawal disbursement of a Title IV aid.
The college must advise the student or parent that he or she has 14 calendar days from the date the college sent the notification to accept a post-withdrawal disbursement. If a response is not received from the student or parent within the permitted time frame or the student (or the student's parent for a parent PLUS Loan) declines the funds, the college will return any earned funds that the college is holding to the Title IV programs within 45 days from the date the institution determines that the student withdrew.
If the post-withdrawal disbursement includes Title IV grant funds, the college has up to 45 days from the date the institution determines that the student withdrew to make the post-withdrawal disbursement directly to the student or up to 180 days from the date the institution determines that the student withdrew to credit the post-withdrawal disbursement to the student's account for outstanding charges.
If the post-withdrawal disbursement includes Title IV loan funds, the college must get the student's permission before it can disburse the funds. The student may choose to decline some or all of the loan funds so that he or she does not incur additional debt. The college may automatically use all or a portion of the student's post-withdrawal disbursement (including loan funds, if he or she accepts them, for tuition and fees). For all other institutional charges, the institution needs the student's permission to use the post-withdrawal disbursement. If student does not give his or her permission, he or she will be offered the funds. However, it may be in student's best interest to allow the college to keep the funds to reduce his or her debt at the college. The college has up to 180 days from the date the institution determines that the student withdrew to make the post-withdrawal disbursement.
There are some Title IV funds that the student was scheduled to receive that may not be disbursed to him or her once he or she withdraws because of other eligibility requirements.
If the student receives (or the college or the student's parent receives on the student's behalf) excess Title IV program funds that must be returned, the college must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of:
- the student's institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of the student's funds, or
- the entire amount of excess funds.
The college must return this amount even if it didn't keep this amount of the student's Title IV program funds.
If the institution is not required to return all of the excess funds, the student must return the remaining amount. Any loan funds that the student must return, the student (or the student's parent for a parent PLUS Loan) repay in accordance with the terms of the promissory note. That is, the student makes scheduled payments to the holder of the loan over a period of time.
Any amount of unearned grant funds that the student must return is called an overpayment. Wade College has 30 days from the date the institution determines that the student withdrew to notify the student of a grant overpayment. The college is required to notify the student if he or she owes a repayment via written notice. The maximum amount of a grant overpayment that the student must repay is half of the grant funds he or she received or was scheduled to receive. The student does not have to repay a grant overpayment if the original amount of the overpayment is $50 or less. The student must make arrangements with the college or the Department of Education to return the unearned grant funds.
The requirements for Title IV program funds when the student withdraws are separate from the Wade College Refund Policy. Therefore, the student may still owe funds to the college to cover unpaid institutional charges. Wade College may also charge the student for any Title IV program funds that the college was required to return. If the student does not already know what the Wade College Refund Policy is, the student should ask the Director of Financial Services for a copy.
Wade College can also provide the student with the requirements and procedures for officially withdrawing from college.
If the student has questions about his or her Title IV program funds, the student can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FEDAID (1-800-433-3243). TTY users may call 1-800-730-8913. Information is also available on Federal Student Financial Aid on the Web at https://studentaid.gov/.
This policy is subject to change at any time, and without prior notice.
In any trimester, the last official day to make schedule changes, including adding or dropping a class, is the date specified on the Academic Calendar (see "Academic Calendar"). Schedule changes must be completed by 5 p.m. on the deadline dates specified in the "Academic Calendar".
Students who wish to add or drop a course after registration, but prior to the add/drop period deadline, must complete an official Add/Drop Form in the Office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. There is no fee or grade associated with this procedure if done during the add/drop period. No course(s) may be added after the deadline date specified in the "Academic Calendar".
Courses that are dropped after the add/drop period, but prior to the end of the tenth (10th) week of the trimester, will result in a grade of W. Courses dropped after the tenth (10th) week will result in the grade of WF.
While every effort is made by the Office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs to assist a student in planning his or her schedule, it is the student's responsibility to know course sequence, course requirements, and prerequisites as listed in the Wade College Catalog.
A student who is enrolled in a college preparation course may not drop such course without approval from the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.
International students and students receiving financial aid or veteran's assistance should notify the Financial Services Department before dropping any class to learn how it will affect current or future financial aid eligibility.
During the add/drop period, students may drop a course they have attended without being charged for the course, provided withdrawing from that course does not constitute withdrawing from the college in which case the withdrawal policy will apply; however, students will be assessed the institutional costs for any textbooks (electronic or print) and supplies that the student received for the dropped course(s).
A tuition adjustment results when a student officially changes enrollment status (full-time to part-time, part-time to full-time, or part-time to less than part-time) during the add/drop period. Adjustments will not be made for students dropping individual courses after the add/drop period.
Leave of Absence
If a student needs to interrupt his or her studies due to unforeseen personal circumstances, the student may apply for a leave of absence through the Office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. A leave of absence must be approved by the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, who will determine if there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return to school. The request must be in writing, must give the date the leave is to begin and the date the student is expected to return, and must not be taken while the student is registered for classes. The approved leave of absence form must be signed by the student and the approving school officials. Grounds for an approved leave of absence include:
- Death of an immediate family member
- Student illness requiring hospitalization (including mental health issues)
- Illness of an immediate family member where the student is a primary caretaker
- Illness of an immediate family member where the family member is the primary financial support
- Abusive relationships
- Divorce proceedings
- Previously undocumented disability
- Work-related transfer during the trimester
- Change in work schedule during the trimester
- Natural disaster
- Family emergency
- Financial hardship such as foreclosure, eviction, or loss of job
- Loss of transportation where there are no alternative means of transportation
- Documentation from a professional counselor or physician
If approved, the leave of absence is not considered a withdrawal unless the student does not return from the leave. The student will retain in-school status during the leave. A leave of absence cannot exceed 180 days in any 12-month period. The 12-month period begins on the first day of the student's first leave of absence. A series of non-consecutive days may be approved as one leave. No additional institutional charges are generated during the leave. When a student returns from a leave of absence, he or she will continue the academic program from where he or she left.
Students receiving financial aid should consult the Financial Services Department before deciding to request a leave of absence to learn if, or how, it will affect current or future financial aid eligibility. Any student receiving veteran's educational benefits will be reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The student may be re-certified for educational benefits upon return from the Leave of Absence.
Withdrawal from College
Any student who desires to officially withdraw from the college must report to the Office of the President and submit an official notification. Following an exit interview with the President, the student will be issued a withdrawal form in order to provide written notice of intent to withdraw. The Office of the President will process the withdrawal paperwork and follow the appropriate regulations for terminating the student's federal financial aid, if any. Within 45 days of the date that official notification was provided, the student will be mailed a statement of account.
A former Wade College student who did not attend Wade College the previous trimester and who was not on an official leave of absence must apply for re-admission through the Office of Admissions and, if applicable, the Financial Services Department. The former student must be in good standing with the college and must present justification for re-admission. Students who interrupt their education will be subject to any changes in fees, curricula, and graduation requirements that took effect during their absence.
Accessing Your 1098-T Instructions
Access My 1098-T provides the ability for a student to review specific demographic and financial information provided by the school. This secure, login-based portion of the web site requires the user to provide a student ID and last four digits of their SSN. Unauthorized persons will not have access to student information. Only those students attending a TSC1098-T Web Services participating school will have information available on the web site.
- Go to www.tsc1098t.com
- Enter the Site ID: 11435
- User Name: Student ID (You can find this on your ID badge or in Campus Café)
- Password: Last 4 digits of your SSN
If you have previously logged in then your password is what you changed it to and not the last 4 of your SSN. There is a forgot password option available on the login screen.
For security reasons, you will be prompted to change your password. Enter your current password (last four digits of your SSN) and then enter a new password. Students who do not have an SSN or did not provide one to the school must enter 0000 for the temporary password. After clicking Log in, an automated email will be sent to your email address on file and allow you to reset your password. The new password must be at least 8 characters and contain at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, one numeric character and one special character. This password will be your password going forward so please make note of it.
Once you have entered your new password, you will be presented with the online consent form. If you agree, click on "Consent." If you consent, you will NOT be mailed a 1098-T and must return to the site after January 24, 2023 to view/print a copy of your 2021 Form 1098-T. Your consent will apply to 2023 and subsequent years.
All accepted students new to Wade College are required to attend the new student orientation session(s) prior to starting class. These sessions are conducted each trimester and are offered as a means of assisting new students in the transition into Wade College. New students receive individual attention and assistance. New student orientation may include campus life sessions and introductions to student services, activities, faculty, and administration, as well as information on academic advising, registration, and completion of the tuition and fee payment process.
Wade College offers a number of beneficial and stimulating activities aimed at increasing student involvement in the college, enhancing individual development, promoting desirable social interactions, providing recreational activities, and preparing skills for professional development.
Wade College Student Association
The Wade College Student Association (WCSA) is a professional student organization which helps to broaden students' interest and knowledge of the world of merchandising, design, and technology. WCSA provides an in-depth view of exciting professional opportunities in the merchandising, design, and technology fields. Membership is open to all students interested in fashion design and product development, interior design, and marketing and management. Each trimester, officers are elected to organize and guide the activities of the group. WCSA takes learning beyond the classroom through organized activities, such as field trips, guest speakers, special events, career-building workshops, and community service efforts. In addition, members are eligible to apply for market job opportunities, internships, and attend the annual Fashion Group International Scholarship Competition. Any student wishing to join must take an active role in the group's activities, abide by the set guidelines and procedures of the group, and be in good academic and financial standing with the college.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that students enrolled in an associate or baccalaureate degree program are invited to join.
Dallas Society of Visual Communications
The DSVC has grown to become one of the largest independent graphic design clubs of its kind. Along the way it has continually sought to elevate the standards of the visual communications industry and promote the value that creative professionals add to commerce and the community at-large. Wade College students participate in monthly guest lectures and other events and design competitions throughout the year.
International Interior Design Association
The IIDA strives to create a niche for the most talented and visionary interior design professionals, to elevate the profession to the level it warrants. Students participate in national conference and award show ceremonies.
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA/Dallas) raises funds for organizations that aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing preventative education programs, treatment and direct care services for people living with/impacted by HIV/AIS. DIFFA/Dallas hosts multiple events throughout the season including Burgers & Burgundy, DIFFA/Dallas Wreath Collection and House of DIFFA. Wade College students serve as front of house and back of house support for all DIFFA events.
Attitudes and Attire
Wade College students have been volunteering for Attitudes and Attire for over ten years. The Dallas-based non-profit agency promotes personal growth for women seeking self-sufficiency. Clients of the agency are typically single moms who have experienced financial difficulty, abuse, addiction, and/or generational poverty. Attitudes and Attire offers tools and programs to help their clients build self esteem, promote ethics, and assist them in re-entering the workforce. Wade College students offer much needed support to the organization through volunteering. Volunteer opportunities range from sorting donated items, assisting clients with styling advice, visual merchandising for the Attitudes and Attire boutique, and assisting with various events such as the annual Kim Dawson Attitude Award Fashion Show and Luncheon. For more information on volunteer opportunities contact the Merchandising and Design Student Association.
Dwell with Dignity
Students also have the opportunity to volunteer with Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. They provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry. Dwell with Dignity's mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time.
Wade College Professional Portfolio Critique
Practicing presentation and interview skills is an important component of a student's success in preparation for professional experiences in his or her chosen industry. The Professional Portfolio Critique (PPC), held at the close of each trimester, is an exciting time during which selected candidates for graduation can present and display the skills they have developed at Wade College during their course of studies. The PPC consists of each student presenting his or her portfolio to a professional industry panel, who will then offer valuable verbal and written feedback. The panel evaluates each student's portfolio and presentation based on overall organization, knowledge of the concentration, communication skills and professionalism, enthusiasm and energy, readiness for a professional interview, and greatest strengths and weaknesses.
Professional Associations and Organizations
Student involvement in professional associations and organizations can be a valuable source of professional development opportunities such as up-to-date industry standards, conferences, leadership experience, scholarships, information on internships or job opportunities, and networking with professionals within the field. Below are industry associations and organizations with local chapters.
- AIGA- American Institute of Graphic Arts
- AMA - American Marketing Association
- ASID - American Society of Interior Designers
- DSVC - The Dallas Society of Visual Communications
- FGI - The Fashion Group International, Inc.
- IDS - Interior Design Society
- IIDA - International Interior Design Association
- NEWH - The Hospitality Industry Network
Fashion Group International Scholarship Competition
Every April, Wade College students participate in the country's largest career event of its kind. Nearly 1,200 students and faculty attend annually. The program provides career opportunities and insights; hands-on access to companies offering internships and entry-level jobs; interaction with industry leaders, mentors and role models; and most importantly, merchandising and design competitions with cash awards and scholarships. Wade College students participate in presentations by keynote speakers and other seminars and networking opportunities.
International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Competition
Each year, interior design students from around the world submit design projects solving residential and commercial problems by submitting a digital presentation board and floor plans. The winning design projects will be selected by a jury of design professionals. Submissions are judged on excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, and function as well as the suitability of the design solution to the project challenge and the successful integration of the elements of design.
Dallas Society of Visual Communications Show
The Dallas show is the leading juried competition and awards show for professionals in the southwest, seeking to recognize and honor the region's top creative work in advertising, design, interactive, illustration, and photography. Students submit work to the he emerging creative category is open to all creatives, regardless of age or previous professional experience, who are in the first 5 years of their creative career.
There are various course-related activities that take place outside the classroom and the college. Some of these activities displace regularly scheduled classes, and some are voluntary extracurricular activities. Students are required to provide their own transportation to field trip locations. Students who provide car pool assistance to fellow students should be certain they have adequate insurance coverage. All students who participate in a field trip are required to complete a release form to assure their understanding of the conditions established for such a trip.
Wade Holiday Bazaar
To help get ready for the holiday season, the Wade College Student Association hosts the Wade College Holiday Bazaar. Students sell homemade foods, crafts, and artwork to Wade College shoppers.
Wade College offers individual wellness coaching to assist students through potential roadblocks to success. In addition, useful resources are shared weekly to support each student’s goals academically and holistically.
Wade College is aware of and deeply concerned with the unique challenges that a student with a disability faces. The college is committed to reducing and/or eliminating the barriers that these students encounter. The Office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs coordinates the physical and academic support services for any student who has special needs because of a temporary or permanent disability. The Office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs works closely with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Texas Commission for the Blind, related federal agencies, and other organizations that provide service and aid to the disabled in order to provide the fullest range of services possible.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibit discrimination in the recruitment, admission, and treatment of students. Students with qualified and documented disabilities may request reasonable accommodations which will enable them to participate in and benefit from educational programs and activities. Students requesting a reasonable accommodation must provide documentation of the disability (as appropriate), complete an application for support services, and must schedule and participate in an interview in order to review the request for accommodation, determine appropriate services and/or reasonable accommodations, and plan an educational program.
Successful accommodation often requires advance planning. Students are encouraged to make early contact with the Office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs in order to identify needs and to ensure that services will be available in an effective and timely manner.
Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Wade College welcomes well-trained service animals and emotional support animals on campus. Students should contact the Office of the Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs to ensure that the college is aware of their requested accommodation and to provide any applicable documentation.
The Wade College campus is fully accessible to the handicapped. Ramps, elevators, and specially-furnished restrooms are available throughout the facility. Wade College is in compliance with all local and federal laws regarding provision for disabilities.
The U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes accreditation by SACS Commission on Colleges ("SACSCOC") in establishing the eligibility of its accredited institutions to participate in programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, and other federal programs. Federal statutes include mandates that the SACSCOC review an institution in accordance with criteria outlined in the federal regulations developed by the U.S. Department of Education. As part of the review process, institutions are required to document compliance with those criteria responding to federal mandates and the SACSCOC is obligated to consider such compliance when the institution is reviewed for initial membership or continued accreditation. One such criteria states, "The institution identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution's mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success."
Wade College uses Persistence and Retention Rates, Qualifying Professional Portfolio Critique, Graduation Rate, and Graduate Employment Statistics to evaluate student achievement. Tracking and assessment of each of these measures of student success aligns with the institution's mission to help students to "provide its diverse student population with the skills and knowledge to be a productive part of American society" and to "develop the competencies necessary for immediate employment and career advancement in their chosen fields." Continuous evaluation of these methods allows the college to ensure that administrators, faculty, student services, academic affairs, and career services are effectively supporting this mission.
Persistence and Retention Rates
Wade College believes that among the most important measures of institutional effectiveness and student satisfaction is our persistence and retention rate. The institution is committed to providing a dynamic and challenging educational program complete with support services and career opportunities available to all of its students. The institution has established, as a goal, a 85% persistence and retention rate for each trimester of instruction.
For the 2021-2022 academic year (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022), actual persistence and retention rates were as follows: 83% for the fall 2021 trimester; 81% for the spring 2022 trimester; and 84% for the summer 2022 trimester. Such data reflects the retention rates for all matriculating students regardless if they are either first-time, full-time undergraduate students or not; additionally, the institution tracks the data by trimester, not by a yearly cohort.
Qualifying Professional Portfolio Critique Scores
Wade College believes that practicing presentation and interview skills is an important component of a student's success in preparation for professional experiences in his or her chosen industry. The Professional Portfolio Critiques (PPC) consists of each student presenting his or her portfolio to a professional industry panel, who evaluate each student's portfolio and presentation based on overall organization, craftsmanship, creativity, industry-standard software skills, knowledge of their degree program, reasoning, communication skills, professional readiness, and greatest strengths and weaknesses. To be eligible to present at the PPC, students must make a qualifying score of 80% or higher during the Pre-PPC faculty and administration review of their portfolios. The institution has established that, as a goal, 50% of graduating associate-level students and 70% of graduating baccalaureate-level students will meet the qualifying score of 80% or higher and advance to the PPC.
For the 2021-2022 academic year (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022), actual percentages of associate-level graduates who met the qualifying criteria to be considered for PPC advancement were as follows: 83% for the September 2021 graduates; 100% for the January 2022 graduates; and 57% for the May 2022 graduates.
For the 2021-2022 academic year (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022), actual percentages of baccalaureate-level graduates who met the qualifying criteria to be considered for PPC advancement were as follows: 86% for the September 2021 graduates; 75% for the January 2022 graduates; and 100% for the May 2022 graduates.
Wade College believes that a strong graduation rate is an excellent indicator of overall institutional effectiveness. The institution holds itself accountable for providing the resources and support services for students to be able to successfully complete the program. The institution has established, as goals, a 55%, 85%, and 75% graduation rate for each incoming class, at the associate, post-associate baccalaureate, and direct-entry baccalaureate degree levels, respectively.
These graduation rates reflect that of all matriculating students regardless of if they are either first-time, full-time undergraduate students or not; additionally, the institution tracks the data by trimester cohort, not by a yearly cohort. The graduation rates of each graduating class for the 2018-2019 academic year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019) reflect those students who have completed their degree program within 150 percent of normal time for completion.
Actual percentages of associate-level graduates who graduated within 150 percent of normal time for completion were as follows: 30% for the October 2018 cohort; 27% for the February 2019 cohort; and 39% for the June 2019 cohort. Actual percentages of post-associate baccalaureate-level graduates who graduated within 150 percent of normal time for completion were as follows: 71% for the October 2018 cohort; NA% for the February 2019 cohort; and 100% for the June 2019 cohort. Actual percentages of direct-entry baccalaureate-level graduates who graduated within 150 percent of normal time for completion were as follows: 75% for the October 2018 cohort; NA% for the February 2019 cohort; and 50% for the June 2019 cohort.
Under the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act institutions of higher education are required to disclose information to prospective and current students about institutional graduation rates. Graduation rates are the Student Right to Know [SRK] rates and are defined as the total number of individuals from a given cohort of first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates who complete a degree within 150 percent of normal time for completion of their degree/certificate, divided by the entire cohort of first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates minus any allowable exclusion.
The Wade College graduation rate for the 2016 cohort year of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates who completed their baccalaureate degree program within 12 trimesters of study was 67 percent. The average graduation rate of the four years covering 2013-2016 is 49 percent.
Program Integrity Rates
Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires institutions to publish the on-time completion rates of all students who start a program in order to demonstrate the portion of students who complete the program taking no longer than its published length. For the academic year beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022, the on-time completion rates follow:
|On-Time Completion Rates
Prior to July 1, 2022, the published length for completion of the associate degree programs was four consecutive trimesters of study. The published length for completion of the baccalaureate degree programs was eight consecutive trimesters of study. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester.
As of July 1, 2022, the published length for completion of the associate degree programs is five consecutive trimesters of study. The published length for completion of the baccalaureate degree programs is ten consecutive trimesters of study. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester.
Wade College offers three degree track programs: (1) associate degrees; (2) post-associate baccalaureate degrees; and (3) direct-entry baccalaureate degrees. The direct-entry baccalaureate programs began in the fall 2016 trimester.
Through the integration of diverse disciplines in art, design, business, computer-aided design, technology, and the liberal arts, the associate and baccalaureate degree programs in fashion design and product development, interior design, information technology, and marketing and management reach beyond specialized professional skills to a broader spectrum of knowledge. The curriculum promotes a well-rounded perspective of the world in general and the fields of business, design, and technology in particular; additionally, coursework in the areas of fashion design, product development, interior design, marketing, management, or visual communication helps students develop the broad professional skills required to advance in the business, design, and technology industries.
The mission of the Office of Career Services is to support and empower students and alumni on their career paths by teaching lifelong employability and career management skills, and providing resources, guidance, and learning opportunities to help them successfully gain employment and manage their careers. Career Services offers students and alumni one-on-one career advising, resources for employability development, access to a dynamic online job board Wade Career Connection, on-campus workshops and recruiting events, opportunities to connect with industry professionals and prospective employers, and other resources and services for the purposes of:
- Helping students and alumni navigate the career search process for gainful employment;
- Promoting understanding about the necessary competencies and skills required to qualify for immediate employment and career advancement; and
- Encouraging students and alumni to be engaged in continual self-improvement and professional development to maintain long-standing careers in the business, design, and technology fields.
The Office of Career Services collects data on graduates to identify graduate outcomes through survey information collection at the time of a student's graduation, periodic follow-ups via email or telephone, graduate visitations, and telephone calls and emails to the college. These statistics provide a long-term measure of institutional effectiveness. Feedback from graduate outcomes is used as institutional research on the adequacy of curriculum competencies, learning outcomes, and program reviews. The institution has established, as a goal, a 90% rate of graduate employment or continued education within one year of graduation.
The career outcomes rate is 91.2% for both associate and baccalaureate degree graduates of the 2021-2022 academic year who were either employed or continued their education. Among the overall graduates who were employed, 88.5% were in a job related to their field. The knowledge rate is 100%. Among the associate degree graduates of the 2021-2022 academic year, 100% were either employed or continued their education. Of those associate degree graduates who were employed, 85.7% were in a job related to their field. Among the baccalaureate degree graduates of the 2021-2022 academic year, 80.0% were either employed or continued their education. Of those baccalaureate degree graduates who were employed, 91.7% were in a job related to their field.
The success of a college can easily be measured by the success of its alumni. Wade College's employers include AndraGroup, Arc-Com, Bella Vista, Bioworld Merchandising, Birchbox, Dal-Tile, Designkor, Rag & Bone, On Set Management, HG & Co Home Improvement, Birchbox, Nordstrom, Psycho Bunny, and many more.
For more information on career outcomes:
GRADUATE OUTCOMES METHODOLOGY
The U.S. Department of Education requires Wade College to report the retention rates of its degree-seeking, first-time, full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the institution at any time between August 1 and October 31 of each calendar year. Of the baccalaureate-level students who entered the college in fall 2019, 100% were still enrolled in fall 2020.
Cohort default rates help to measure the percentage of students within a specific cohort who enter into repayment on federal student loans within a specific timeframe. The U.S. Department of Education releases official data once per academic year, with the new rates scheduled to be released in September of this year. Please contact the Office of the Director of Financial Services with questions regarding these rates.
For more information regarding the U. S. Department of Education official cohort default rates for schools, please visit its webpage (fsapartners.ed.gov/knowledge-center/topics/default-management). Wade College's OPE-ID number is 010130.
Health, Safety & Security
TITLE IX | SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT
Wade College is committed to maintaining and safe and accepting atmosphere welcoming to anyone who will strive to achieve his or her personal best. Wade College possesses and values diversity among the individuals who make up its community. This is one of Wade College's greatest strengths. Every member of the Wade College community enjoys certain rights. At the same time, individuals who work, study, live, and teach within this community are expected to refrain from behavior that threatens the freedom, safety, and respect deserved by every community member.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (hereinafter, "Title IX"), and its implementing regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal Financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment that is prohibited by Title IX. Title IX protects students from sexual harassment in a school's education program and activities; this includes all academic, educational, extracurricular, and other programs of the school, whether they take place at a school's facilities or any other location where students are engaging in academic pursuits.
If a school knows or reasonably should know about harassment that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires that the school take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Title IX states that schools have the obligation to respond to sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual discrimination. Educational programs and literature promoting the prevention and awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses are provided to all Wade College students and employees via campus training through Get Inclusive at https://www.getinclusive.com/.
This Title IX Sexual Harassment policy is based on definitions set forth in regulations published by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 effective August 14, 2020. By providing more specific definitions of sexual harassment than previous regulations, this policy limits the scope of Title IX Sexual Harassment to which the institution is required to respond. In order to address incidents of sexual misconduct that do not fall within the definition of Title IX Sexual Harassment, the college has two policies that address sexual misconduct: (1) the Title IX Policy Handbook and (2) the Wade College Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policies and Procedures Handbook. These interconnected policies should be read together.
The college will respond to reports or formal complaints of conduct prohibited under this policy with measures designed to stop the prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remediate any adverse effects of such conduct on campus or in college-related programs or activities. The College will not deprive an individual of rights guaranteed under federal and state law (or federal and state anti-discrimination provisions; or federal and state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex) when responding to any claim of Title IX Sexual Harassment.
REPORTING AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
Any member of the Wade College community can report issues of sexual harassment, violence, or other misconduct directly to the college's Title IX Coordinator or another responsible administrator or faculty member with the assurance of support, guidance, and respect, and without fear of retaliation. Information regarding key members of the Title IX Team follows.
Students can also report incidents via the sexual misconduct report form on the Wade College website (https://www.wadecollege.edu/forms/sexual_misconduct_report).
TITLE IX AND OFFICIALS WITH AUTHORITY
Wade College has appointed a Title IX Coordinator to coordinate and assist with the college's efforts to coordinate the institution's compliance with Title IX and conduct policies related to sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator is Tara Valure, the Director of Academic and Student Affairs.
The Title IX Coordinator will be informed of all reports or formal complaints of violations of this policy, and will oversee response to ensure compliance with Title IX and the 2013 Amendments to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Coordinator's responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Communicating with all members of the college community regarding Title IX and VAWA, and providing information about how individuals may access their rights;
- Reviewing applicable college policies to ensure institutional compliance with Title IX and VAWA;
- Monitoring the college's administration of its own applicable policies, including this policy and the Sexual Misconduct Policy and all related record keeping, timeframes, and other procedural requirements;
- Conducting training regarding Title IX, VAWA, and prohibited conduct defined in this policy and related policies; and
- Responding to any report or formal complaint regarding conduct that violates this policy. For any report of which the College has actual knowledge (and any formal complaint), the Title IX Coordinator shall oversee and implement the explanation and provision of any supportive measures. For any formal complaint, the College Title IX Coordinator oversees the investigation and resolution of such alleged misconduct, directs the provision of any additional supportive measures, and monitors the administration of any related appeal.
The college may substitute a trained designee to carry out certain responsibilities in compliance with Title IX regulations.
The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is as follows:
Director of Academic and Student Affairs
1950 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207
The Title IX Liaisons/Investigators' contact information is as follows:
Vice President of Compliance and Finance
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
(214) 637-3530 Ext. 3
The Title IX Decision Makers' contact information is as follows:
Rouse Frets White Goss
Gentile Rhodes, P.C.
1100 Walnut Street, Suite 2900
Kanas City, Missouri 64106
Certain campus professionals are designated Confidential Resources. Information shared with Confidential Resources (including information about whether an individual has received services) will be disclosed to the Wade College Title IX Coordinator or any other individual only with the individual's express written permission, unless there is an imminent threat of serious harm to the individual or to others, or a legal obligation to reveal such information (e.g., if there is suspected abuse or neglect of a minor). This allows individuals to explore their options in a non-pressured environment while they make informed decisions. An individual who is not prepared to make a report or formal complaint, or who may be unsure how to label what happened, but still seeks information and support, is strongly encouraged to contact a Confidential Resource.
The Wade College Confidential Resources' contact information is as follows:
Director of Academic and Student Affairs
Associate Director of Academic and Student Affairs
Senate Bill 212 (SB 212) was signed into state law during the 2019 Texas legislative session and is in full effect as of January 1, 2020. The law addresses reporting requirements for incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. Under SB 212, employees who have been designated by the university as confidential or private employees are only required to report the type of incident. Students can talk to confidential employees about a Title IX related matter with assurance that confidential employees may not reveal the student's identity or other identifying information unless there is imminent threat of serious harm to the individual or others.
Wade College provides the contact information of the Title IX Coordinator and other members of the Title IX team through policy manuals and institution-wide virtual training to students, faculty, staff, applicants for admission, and applicants for employment.
TITLE IX TRAINING AND OUTREACH
Wade College promotes student health and safety for all students. The Office of the Title IX Coordinator coordinates a college-wide mandatory training for all students, staff, and faculty to focus on education, and prevention efforts for the Wade College community. The online course for students, Voices for Change, from Get Inclusive develops a shared language around terms related to domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and consent; familiarizes students with the college's policies and procedures; highlights the warning signs of such behavior; and empowers students to advocate for themselves and others. Faculty and Staff training familiarizes all college employees with the Clery Act, Title IX, and the responsibilities of appropriately identifying and reporting instances of sexual and gender-based harassment.
Training includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Title IX Compliance and Sexual Harassment/Violence Prevention Training for Faculty, Staff, and Administration via (https://app.getinclusive.com/register_course?code=MERIDIANS-BF-171).
- Voices for Change Training for students from Get Inclusive (https://app.getinclusive.com/register_course?code=WADE_VFC_COMP18).
- Title IX & VAWA Annual Training from DL Training Solutions via DeLuca Law LLC (http://www.delucalawllc.com/training.html).
- Title IX Training Series from Thompson Coburn LLP (https://www.thompsoncoburn.com/title-ix-training-series-materials).
Wade College takes the health and safety of its college community very seriously. Information about the college's security and safety policies and procedures, crime statistics and reporting, and emergency response procedures can be found in the Wade College Annual Security Report and Safety Plan, which includes the Wade College Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policies and Procedures.
Vaccination policies for all enrolled students can be found in the Texas Meningitis Vaccination Law Information notice.
Incidents of sexual misconduct can be submitted via the Sexual Misconduct Report form.
While efforts are made to create a safe environment that is conducive to academic success, safety is primarily the responsibility of each individual. Each student is encouraged to take appropriate safety precautions to protect his/her belongings and person.
Wade College provides emergency notifications for members of the campus community. To receive notifications, each student will be instructed to download the Wade College app during orientation. Students also are required to use this app to fill out registration forms and other important documents. There is no charge for this service. Failure to download the Wade College app constitutes the student's implied acceptance to opt out of the notification system.
The Wade College Alcohol and Drug Use/Abuse Policy can be found in the Annual Security Report and Safety Plan and reads as follows:
Alcohol and Drug Use/Abuse Policy
Federal, state, and local laws prohibit the use, possession, and distribution of illegal drugs. Public Law 101-226, Drug-Free Schools and Communications Act Amendment, requires institutions of higher education to distribute information about and to enforce policies concerning illicit drugs and illegal consumption of alcohol. These policies apply to actions on college property and participation in any college-sponsored activity. In keeping with the college mission and the requirements of state and federal laws, Wade College maintains the following policies regarding alcohol and drug use/abuse:
- Wade College does not accept or condone the use of illicit drugs in any form on college grounds or during college-sponsored events.
- Employees caught using illegal narcotics or under the influence of alcohol during working hours will be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, termination of employment.
- Students who come to class under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, or are caught in possession of illegal drugs on college grounds, on college transportation, or during college-sponsored events will be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, expulsion from the college. In the case of an expulsion, reinstatement of such an offender will occur only after the student has successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program.
- Individuals who are dismissed on the above grounds will be referred to criminal authorities for prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct listed above.
- Students who are convicted of violating federal, state, or local laws pertaining to illicit drugs and illegal alcohol use will be ineligible for federal financial aid.
- In the state of Texas, anyone under 21 years of age may not legally drink or purchase alcohol. Students under age 21 cannot possess or consume alcohol on college grounds or at any college event.
- Wade College does not allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed by students in the vicinity of the college grounds.
- The college administration maintains the right to deny any college organization the privilege to serve alcoholic beverages at any event if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the college and students involved.