Career Development


WISR alumni may request an official diploma, suitable for framing and public display, done in fine calligraphy for a $50 fee. The student submits to WISR the exact wording and spelling of their name as it is to appear on the diploma. 

The diploma shows the degree earned, and the date it was awarded, and it is signed by Chair of WISR’s Board, and by WISR’s Chief Academic Officer.

Student Records

Student Records

WISR keeps all those student records on file, as required by the State of California, and this means that transcripts are permanently kept of student credit earned, and that all other records are kept for five years. State of California visiting teams are permitted to access these files to review WISR’s educational programs.

Students are permitted to review the contents of their own files–

  • their admissions (application) file,
  • their financial file (including for example, enrollment agreements),
  • their transcript file (previous transcripts and WISR transcripts once produced), and
  • their academic file (that is, their learning portfolio and their working portfolio, including the papers they have written, the course syllabi they have submitted, faculty evaluations of their projects/courses, and rough drafts and other supporting documents and media pertaining to their academic work and studies at WISR).

WISR students are encouraged, but not required, to consider their academic work as a contribution to public inquiry. 

However, student work is not available to the public without the student’s permission:

Neither other WISR students, alumni, nor the general public are permitted to view any portion of a student’s (or alum’s) learning portfolio, without the student’s permission.  This includes the papers, syllabi, transcripts and multimedia academic products submitted as part of their academic work at WISR.  Faculty, Board, and Advisory Committee members are permitted to view student work as are visiting teams sent to WISR by State or accreditation agencies.  Nevertheless, students are strongly encouraged to make as much of their work available to others, as they feel comfortable in doing–this includes in their portfolio, on WISR’s website, and/or larger publication. WISR faculty actively assist students in disseminating and publishing their work.

WISR will answer inquiries about a student’s degrees attained and coursework completed, only if the student has authorized WISR to do so. WISR will not answer such inquiries for those students who owe WISR money (except for those students who are repaying deferred tuition, as a result of long since discontinued partial, deferred tuition program, and who are up to date in making those payments). See Transcript Services, below, for more details.


Former WISR students may request official transcripts by sending $25 for each transcript requested, and by indicating the person/organization (and their address) to whom the transcript should be sent. Such requests must be made in writing and sent with a $25 check made out to WISR. Once we receive the request, the official transcript(s) is (are) produced, and then typically mailed within several days, and in any case, within a week.

Students have responsibility for helping to write their narrative transcript, in collaboration with, and with guidance from, WISR’s President and their core faculty advisor.  Each student’s transcript includes the names and descriptions of the courses for which they have received credit, as well as brief,

additional descriptions of the specific projects and specializations they pursued during their coursework and theses.  In writing these descriptions, students and faculty work together to achieve clarity and accuracy.

In addition, since 1975, WISR has held and distributed transcripts for approximately 90% of the students who graduated from University Without Walls-Berkeley, prior to its dissolution in 1975. As a service to UWW-Berkeley students, WISR provides these transcripts for a $25/transcript fee (as with our own students). Unfortunately, there are a small number of UWW-Berkeley students for whom we were never given transcripts. UWW-Berkeley students may inquire as to whether or not we have their transcript on file, before submitting the $25 fee.


Anyone wanting to speak with someone at WISR regarding diplomas, student records or transcripts is encouraged to call us at (510) 655-2830 (vm) or e-mail at 

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