How Does Dropping Courses Affect Me Financially?

Before the spring semester gets under way, take a second to understand Penn State’s policy on dropping courses, and how it can affect your tuition. If you drop a course after the semester begins you will be assessed a tuition fee.  If you replace it with another course during the drop/add period, you will not…

Finding a Proctor That’s Right for You

What is a proctor? A proctor is responsible for maintaining the academic integrity of the exam process for Penn State World Campus students. Penn State requires written proctor verification to ensure academic integrity and to maintain accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. If the proctor believes that academic integrity has been…

Do You Know Penn State’s Academic Integrity Policy?

Penn State World Campus is committed to maintaining a high level of academic integrity, which is defined as “the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner.” Matters are taken very seriously when academic integrity is questioned. You can avoid future problems by educating yourself on this policy. University policy states that creating…

How to Talk to Your Instructor

For some, communicating with professors can be intimidating, but communicating with them can be beneficial for you, your education, and your career. Taking a few tips into account can help you to talk with your professors in an effective manner which may better your skills as a communicator in the workforce as well. 1. Introduce…

Helpful Hints for Online Note Taking

Online note taking may seem difficult, but taking notes for online courses and residential instruction have many similarities. Here are some of the best techniques for effective note taking. Effective Methods Outlining: Organizing with textbook readings Cornell Method: Dividing the page into two sections for notes and key words Paragraph Form:  Summarizing in your own…

Understanding the Academic Integrity Policy and Process Will Help You

With finals right around the corner — as well as looming deadlines for major papers and projects — now is a good time to review Penn State’s policy on academic integrity. Penn State values academic integrity — scholarship free of fraud — and will take action against forms of academic dishonesty, which include: cheating plagiarism…

Wondering how to report your Act 48 credits?

If you are taking Penn State World Campus courses to fulfill ACT 48 credits to maintain your active Pennsylvania professional educator’s certificate, reporting your credits to the Pennsylvania Department of Education is easier than most students realize! Whether you are a current student or a former student, all you need to do is visit the…