Center for Excellence in Teaching and Engagement

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The mission of ENGAGE is to inspire and equip faculty to practice purposeful and innovative teaching to create transformational learning experiences that transcend the boundaries of the classroom.


Our purpose is to foster and enhance faculty and student engagement that encourages and enables meaningful student learning in and out of the class. ENGAGE accomplishes this by providing faculty training and resources highlighting evidence based best practices for promoting student learning that is active, student-centered, and reflective of broader community needs. We support faculty’s reflective efforts to showcase and advance their own teaching. In doing so, ENGAGE strives to create an educational experience in which all faculty and students thrive. ENGAGE inspires and equips faculty to practice purposeful and innovative teaching to create transformational learning experiences that transcend the boundaries of the classroom.


  • Create and provide access to resources on innovative and evidence-based instruction
  • Facilitate excellence in teaching and student engagement through workshops, collaborative programming, individual consultations, and fellowship opportunities
  • Develop academic advising programming that encourages student success
  • Encourage reflective practices to improve and showcase teaching
  • Foster inclusive learning environments in which all students engage in meaningful learning
  • Reward and recognize teaching that supports the University’s mission
  • Advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and engagement

Academic Advising Support

OASIS Services Provided

  • Peer Tutors (free)
  • Individual help
  • Quiet study area
  • Time management schedule
  • Studying Skills & Resources
  • Testing Taking skills
  • Computers

  • Writing Supports
  • Enrichment books
  • Assistance with accommodations
  • Learning style assessment
  • Materials to improve reading
  • English Language Learning Skills

Success Center Support Team

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Associate Dean of Student Success Initiatives
Chadwick Library; Upper Level, Room 307

Desmond Armstrong

Student Success Coach
Chadwick Library; Upper Level

Marlenne Arreola

Student Success Coach
Chadwick Library; Upper Level, Room 307

Dong Han

Director of Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
Chadwick Library; Upper Level, Room 305

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Student Success Coach
Chadwick Library; Upper Level, Room 308

Sheila Payne

Director of Accessibility
Chadwick Library; Upper Level, Room 306

Jared Samms

Student Success Coach
Chadwick Library; Upper Level, Room 306

David Wendt

Director of the Writing Center
Chadwick Library; Upper Level, Room 308

Business Office

Business Office page

Billing information, including holds

Kristie Wohlleber

Manager of Accounts Payable
P.E.O. Building; Upper Level

kelsie young

Manager of Student Accounts
P.E.O. Building; Main Level

Financial Aid

Financial page

Financial aid, including credit hour contingencies

Jason Sloan

Director of Financial Aid
P.E.O. Building; Main Level

Registrar Services Provided

  • Degree audits
  • Transfer guides
  • Add, drop, and withdraw paperwork
  • Graduation

  • Substitution Forms
  • Change of Major Forms
  • Catalog and advisor manual changes
  • Transcripts

Registrar Team

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Associate Registrar
P.E.O. Building; Main Level, Room 208

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P.E.O. Building; Main Level, Room 208

Diane Schnicker

Assistant to the Registrar
P.E.O. Building; Main Level, Room 208

Student Development Office: 319-385-6256

Career Development and Internships:

Services Provided

  • Assess career interests
  • Explore occupations
  • Finding jobs
  • Create and review resumes and cover letters
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Applying to Graduate School

  • Information about graduate school admittance tests
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Professional Clothing
  • One-on-One supports
  • Facilitate Internship

Student Development Team

Eric Booth

Vice President for Student Development
John Wesley Holland Student Union

Traci Bender

Assistant to the Dean of Students
John Wesley Holland Student Union

Haleigh Cowan

Director of Student Engagement
John Wesley Holland Student Union

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Area Coordinator
S-T Hall

Counseling Services

For more information, please visit the Counseling Services

See Mental Health Resource Guide-Henry County, Iowa for additional supports

Lauren Bigger

Assistant Director of Wellness and Campus Counselor
John Wesley Holland Student Union
Phone: 319-385-6483
Avail: Mon–Fri, 8am – 5pm

Physical well-being

Additional Information:

Temperatures, check your vitals and recommend next steps for treatment

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Campus Nurse
Howe Student Activity Center; Beck Room

Professional Development (PD) Series Videos

Resources for Faculty

Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Financial Aid Support for Academic Advisors: Resource Guide

Students must annually file a FAFSA in order to receive federal financial aid as well as need-based aid from the Iowa Wesleyan University. Fall and spring advising meetings are a great time to remind students that they need to file their FAFSA for the upcoming academic year.

Necessary Information:

  • Students will file their FAFSA’s online at
  • Students may also download the myStudentAid app for their Apple or Android phone.
  • Students will need to enter the IW code of 001871 to have their information sent to IW.
  • Students will need their FSA ID and password to sign into their FAFSA account.

Important Dates:

  • October 1: FAFSA becomes available for the next academic year.
  • (Iowa Students Only) July 1: Deadline to file and be considered for the Iowa Tuition

Items to Have On Hand When Completing the FAFSA:

  • The student’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This was created when they first filed the It can be recovered at if they do not remember it.
  • Student social security number
  • Student driver’s license number
  • Tax records from the year two years prior to the filing year (2019 records for 2021-22 academic year).
  • Institutional code: 001871.

All information taken from

Steps for Advisors:

  • Ask the student if they have filed their FAFSA for the next academic year.
  • Give the student the necessary resources (see above) to complete this process.
  • Remind the student that both they and their parents/guardians need to input information and electronically sign the form

Pertinent Contacts:

Financial Aid Office
[email protected]


LaShawnda Roberts – ext 6289
Works with students last names A-L


Jason Sloan – ext 6234
Works with students last names M-Z

Repeated Courses:

  • Financial aid will not cover a course that is repeated if the student previously passed that course.
  • Financial aid will cover a repeated course that was previously failed. If the student fails the class a second time, financial aid will not cover a third attempt at the class.
  • If a student is repeating a previously passed course (earning a D- or above) or is making a third attempt at a class he or she failed twice, the student must be enrolled in at least 12 other non-repeating credits to receive full financial aid consideration.

Credit Load and Financial Aid

  • Institutional and federal financial aid cover between 12 and 18 credits per semester.
  • If a student chooses to enroll in more than 18 credits in a semester, he or she is obligated to pay per credit for those additional hours.
  • If a student drops below 12 credits, he or she is no longer eligible for institutional financial aid. In addition, his or her federal and state financial aid (Pell grant, work study, loans, Iowa tuition grant, etc.) will be prorated according to state and federal standards.

Summer Courses:

  • Institutional financial aid does not cover summer courses.
  • The summer rate per credit is a reduced rate. Students should be encouraged to take advantage of this rate to catch up with or get ahead on credits.
  • Selected federal financial aid may be applied to summer courses. Students should consult with financial aid prior to summer course registration to determine financial aid

Residential vs. Commuter Status

  • When a student changes his or her campus residential status, financial aid is impacted.
  • Students should consult with financial aid prior to changing residential status to determine impacts on financial aid.

Federal Work Study

  • A student who qualifies for federal work study will need to apply for and meet the obligations of an on-campus work study job in order to earn those funds.
  • Students may research available work study positions at the student employment link on the Human Resources page of the IW website:
  • If a student does not use or earn their work study dollars, their award may be lowered or eliminated for the following year.
  • Students who do not meet Standard Academic Progress criteria are no longer eligible for work study.
  • Work study eligibility will be placed on students’ Financial Aid award, but students must work to receive pay and can use work study funds to pay down their balance.
  • Federal work study is NOT automatically put towards a students’ balance.

Financial Aid Verifications

In the FAFSA process, certain students can be flagged for verification. This means that additional information is needed prior to processing their financial aid.

Advisors are not necessarily alerted to a student’s need to complete a verification. However, if a student asks about this, it is important to encourage them to get this done as soon as possible.

Steps for Advisors:

  • Reassure the student that this is NOT an accusation of wrong-doing or an equivalent to an audit. This is often the issue that prevents a student from handling this situation.
  • Have the student check for information to help resolve this issue. This was likely communicated to the student in at least one of two forms:
    • Remind the student to check their email for a communication from the financial aid
    • Remind the student to check with their parents/guardians as information may have been sent to the student’s home address
  • Send the student to the Financial Aid Office in the Chapel so they may make the necessary arrangements to rectify the issue

Relevant Information:

  • A financial aid verification IS:
    • A process mandated by the federal government in which students are randomly selected
    • Typical at all institutions of higher education across the country
  • A financial aid verification IS NOT:
    • An audit like an IRS audit
    • An accusation of wrong-doing on the part of the student or his or her parents.
  • Verifications are a very normal part of the financial aid process. If you have a student ask you about having to complete a verification for financial aid, please ask them to do so as soon as possible. It is NOT as difficult or scary as they perceive it to be.
  • Take care of this ASAP – this allows Financial Aid time to process all parts and complete award changes for the student.

Important Contacts:

Business Office Holds

Advisors may receive a list of students who are on a business office or financial hold. They may also receive an email from the Business Office with the student’s name and an indication that the student has a business office hold. A business hold means that the student cannot register until they have cleared up a financial situation with the Business Office and/or Financial Aid Office. The students have already been contacted by either the Business Office, Financial Aid Office, or both with the information they are needing.

Steps for Advisors:

  • Contact the student to discuss the process for having the hold removed (see the follow).
  • Have the student check for information to help resolve this issue. This was likely communicated to the student in at least one of three forms:
    • The student may check their portal to pull up the IW billing statement.
    • Ask the student to check their email for a communication from the business
    • Ask the student to check with their parents as a letter may have been sent to the student’s home address
  • Send the student to the business office in the Chapel so they may make the necessary
  • Refer the student to the financial aid office for assistance with loans or other financial aid needs.
  • Develop a draft schedule for the student so they may register when their hold is lifted.
    • Emphasize that these classes may be gone if they don’t handle the hold as quickly as possible.
  • As a reminder, this information is protected by FERPA. Therefore, we cannot discuss specifics with parents unless we have a release from the student.

Important Contacts:

 Business OfficeKristi Wohlleberext. 6207[email protected]
 Financial Aid OfficeKristyn Delzelext. 6242[email protected]

Iowa Wesleyan Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Federal law requires institutions of higher education to monitor the academic progress of students who receive federal assistance. To remain eligible for all types of financial aid, students must comply with Iowa Wesleyan University SAP standards, which are evaluated at the end of each semester.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements

To maintain financial aid eligibility, students must meet or exceed the minimum SAP requirements:

Qualitative Measure (Grade Point Average)

Undergraduate Students

  • Freshman – 1.75 GPA (1 to 23 completed credits)
  • Sophomore – 1.90 GPA (24 to 55 completed credits)
  • Junior and Senior – 2.0 GPA (56+ completed credits)

Graduate Students

  • 5 GPA (1-6 completed credits)
  • 0 GPA (7+ completed credits)

Note: Remedial and Prerequisite Courses count towards the Qualitative Incomplete Grades, Withdrawals, Non-Attendance, Preparatory Courses, and Prerequisites do not count.

Quantitative Measure: Pace of Progression (Credit Hours)

  1. Quantitative Measure = Successfully Completed Credits / Attempted Credits
  2. Students must successfully complete at least 66.7% of all cumulative attempted
  3. For example: Students who attempt 100 credits must successfully complete 67 credits
  4. Note: Repeated Courses, Withdrawals, Incompletes, Remedial, Preparatory Courses, and Prerequisites count towards the Quantitative Measure. Correspondence and Audited Courses do not count.
  5. Transfer credits are counted in the calculation, but not in the cumulative GPA.

Maximum Time Frame Measurement (Total Allowable Credits)

  1. Students must complete their degree requirements within 150 percent of the published length of their program. For example, a program requiring 120 credits to graduate is limited to 180 credits of financial aid eligibility.
  2. Students who have exceeded the maximum timeframe or who cannot finish the program within this period are considered ineligible for financial aid.
  3. The following courses count towards the SAP Maximum Time Frame: Assigned Grades of A through F, Withdrawals, Incompletes, Repeats, Remedial, Preparatory Courses, and Prerequisites.

Failure to Meet SAP Requirements

Financial Aid Warning

  1. An undergraduate or graduate student who does not meet SAP requirements will be placed on Financial Aid Warning which allows the student to receive financial aid for one additional semester. The student will be evaluated for SAP again at the end of the warning period.

Financial Aid Suspension

  1. The Financial Aid Office will notify students of their suspension and provide more information about the Appeal Process and Terms of
  2. The Financial Aid Office will attempt to notify any student currently receiving financial aid who is placed on Financial Aid Suspension. However, failure to receive such notification does not relieve the student of the requirement to read, understand, and follow the SAP requirements for financial aid recipients.

Financial Aid Probation

  1. An undergraduate or graduate student who has successfully appealed a Financial Aid Suspension will be placed on Probation for one semester. If the student meets the SAP standards at the end of the Probation semester, the student’s SAP status will reset back to passing SAP. If they do not meet the SAP standards at the end of their Probation, the student will be placed back into Financial Aid Suspension.