Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Western’s Co-Curricular Record (WCCR)?

Western’s Co-Curricular Record is an official document from Western that chronicles your participation in activities outside of the classroom. The WCCR complements your academic transcript to tell the whole story of your experience at Western, while highlighting the personal and professional skills you have gained through these activities.

Is the WCCR mandatory?

No, the WCCR is not mandatory for any student; however, it is an extremely useful tool for students to identify activities of interest and support a more well-rounded university experience.

How is a co-curricular activity different from an extra-curricular activity?

Both co-curricular and extra-curricular activities happen outside of the classroom; however, co-curricular activities aid in personal and professional development and are pursued for more than social or recreational reasons. For example, an Executive Council or Club position would be considered a co-curricular activity, whereas playing basketball with your friends would be considered an extra-curricular activity.

Why should I consider using the WCCR if I can create my own record of co-curricular engagements?

There are two main reasons why WCCR can help you:

  1. WCCR was created with a learning and development framework that is recognized throughout Canada. This framework gives you core language to describe the skills you’ve gained through your participation in co-curricular activities.
  2. All activities found on the WCCR are validated by the university, offering confirmation of your participation.

What does it mean to have a validated activity?

Every activity on the WCCR has a validator associated with it. Western staff and/or faculty members act as validators, and will verify that a student was involved in that activity. This means that whenever a recruiter, non-profit organization or other association/organization receives a Co-Curricular Record from Western, they know that a staff/faculty member at Western has approved it.

How can I get a copy of my Co-Curricular Record?

WCCR is managed online through CareerCentral. This means you can get a copy of your Co-Curricular Record by logging into your CareerCentral account and selecting “Print My Record” at the top of the Co-Curricular Record section. For resources and guides relating to the WCCR, please visit the resources page.

What if I do not have a CareerCentral account?

A CareerCentral account is required in order to access the WCCR. To register, simply go to https://www.westerncareercentral.ca/home.htm, click on the “Students” menu and register for an account by entering your information. This will bring you to your CareerCentral dashboard and give you access to WCCR. For resources and guides relating to the WCCR, please visit the resources page.

Can I add activities I have done in previous years?

Unfortunately, WCCR does not allow for activities to be added retroactively from previous academic years. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure you keep your record updated, and are aware of year-end deadlines.

When I print my record, I see an Authenticity Code. What does that mean?

Every Co-Curricular Record is assigned a unique authenticity code. Any person with whom you share your record, can verify it’s authenticity by visiting www.westerncareercentral.ca/verify and inputting this code.

If I am a student at Huron, Brescia or King’s, can I use the WCCR?

Yes! WCCR is a collaboration with Western, Huron, Brescia and King’s to ensure activities at all campuses are represented, and all students have access to this tool.

Why does one club or activity count as co-curricular, but another activity does not?

It may be the case that the particular activity does not meet the required standards for inclusion in WCCR. Certain clubs, for example, may meet the requirements because they are more academic or professional in nature than others, which are more social or recreational.

Can I add an activity to the WCCR if I don’t see it there?

Yes, one of the key features of the WCCR is that it is built to evolve over time and include as many activities as possible. A request may be submitted on CareerCentral to have an activity added to the WCCR. This will help ensure that the WCCR is an up-to-date reflection of the different activities offered across the university and affiliated colleges.

Will I be notified if my request is denied?

You will always be notified if an activity request is denied.

If my validation has been declined, will the activity appear on my record?

No, a declined activity will not show up on your personal record. You may, however, resubmit an activity request if you believe it should have been validated.

Still have a question?

For all inquiries about the WCCR, please email wccr@uwo.ca.