At Western Illinois University, academic advising is an intentional, educational partnership between advisers and students. Grounded in teaching and learning and approached from a developmental perspective, this multidimensional process considers and respects students' diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities, and facilitates the identification and achievement of educational, career, and life goals. Every student is assigned an academic adviser based on the student's major or admission program. Once a student is admitted, information about the adviser can be found on the online record system.
The University Advising and Academic Support Center (UAASC) is responsible for the academic advisement of General Orientation students (students who have not yet selected a major), freshmen admitted on warning through the Academic Services Program, students in the Transitional Advising Program (major changers), and area high school students taking college classes while still in high school. Members of the UAASC staff work with all incoming freshmen and transfer students during the spring and summer preregistration programs. During the school year, the UAASC helps students resolve academic problems, aids in the choice of majors and careers, and provides information about classes, programs, tutoring resources, and University procedures and requirements.
This Faculty Senate council (CAGAS) may be contacted through the Office of the Registrar in Sherman Hall. Undergraduate students seeking information concerning academic appeals, e.g., late withdrawals, course substitutions, and waivers of University requirements, may contact CAGAS at 298-1208. Students filing such appeals may send them to CAGAS, Sherman Hall 110.
The School of Extended Studies (www.wiu.edu/extendedstudies)) includes Non-Traditional Programs, Non-Credit Programs, and Distance Learning. The School provides educational and public service opportunities through a variety of delivery technologies. Courses are offered in more than two dozen disciplines each term. Extension coursework is delivered on-site or through distance learning technology to Chicago, Cook/DuPage/Kane/Lake Counties, and Springfield. WIU provides online courses and telecourses which allow individuals to study in their own homes. Nontraditional Programs administers the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts degree program which is fully online and a nontraditional approach to undergraduate education designed for adult students who are place bound by work and/or family responsibilities. Non-Traditional Programs also coordinates the Degrees at a Distance Program that provides opportunities for fire service personnel to earn credits leading to a bachelor's degree and certification through the National Fire Academy. An undergraduate certificate is available in Fire Administration and Management or Fire Prevention Technology. A wide variety of academic programs in the form of conferences, workshops, short courses, sponsored credit, and residential programs are coordinated through Non-Credit Programs. Distance Learning provides testing services as needed to students in the Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts degree program. Distance Learning also provides coordination and scheduling of all online course offerings, assists in the development of new online courses, and provides guidelines and general oversight to ensure academic quality of distance learning courses.
The School of Graduate Studies (www.wiu.edu/grad) is the coordinating agency for the University's graduate programs. The Graduate School processes graduate student admissions, writes graduate assistantship contracts, verifies degree completion, and provides numerous services to all graduate students at the University. The School of Graduate Studies is responsible for implementing the policies, procedures, and academic standards established by the Graduate Council, a representative body elected by members of the graduate faculty.
The Center for International Studies administers and coordinates several activities designed to encourage an appreciation and understanding of international cultures. This office is involved in coordination with government agencies for visas, residence permits, and immigration problems; special international programs such as the International Neighbors programs; University representation for international and intercultural matters; sponsorship of the International Friendship Club; and publicity related to all University international activities. Western English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute provides an intensive program in academic English for international students who are preparing to enter an American college or university. The Study Abroad Programs office sponsors a variety of full credit educational programs abroad in countries such as Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and a formal exchange program for faculty and students with distinguished colleges and universities overseas. In addition, the office offers several international study programs through affiliation agreements. Short-term programs of one to six week duration are taught by WIU faculty during spring break and summer at various international and domestic sites.
The Office of the Registrar (www.wiu.edu/registrar) determines the residency status of students, administers the registration of students, verifies degree completion, maintains student academic records, and reviews applications for undergraduate readmission. This office is also responsible for certifying NCAA academic eligibility, issuing official transcripts and verifications, printing diplomas, publishing class schedules, coordinating commencement, issuing grade reports, processing student requests to change a major, minor or address, and administering academic room scheduling. The Office of the Registrar also facilitates the GradTrac program.
The WIU University Libraries is an integral part of the life and learning of the University community. An ever-expanding collection of more than one million catalogued volumes, print and online access to thousands of periodicals, and professional expertise provide a foundation of resources for student and faculty research. All of the libraries provide public access to computers, printers, and copiers as well as study space for individuals and groups. Many library services, such as access to online databases, searchable catalogs, interlibrary loan, and research assistance are available through the University Libraries website (www.wiu.edu/library).
The Malpass Library is a major center of campus life and the largest library in the region. It is the main library for WIU, offering a full range of services and featuring ample study space in a pleasant atmosphere with generous natural lighting and almost 2,000 plants. The Malpass Library houses substantial collections of government documents and legal materials and also is the home of the University Archives and Special Collections, one of the region's major stores of historical materials. The Malpass Mocha Café is a popular meeting spot, serving coffee and light fair. Wireless Internet is available throughout the building. Research assistance may be obtained at the Reference Desk on the 2nd level, telephone (309) 298-2700 or www.wiu.edu/library/units/reference).
Additionally, there are subject specific libraries for curriculum (Horrabin Hall), music (Sallee Hall), and physical sciences (Currents Hall) on the Macomb campus. The WIU-QC Library, telephone (309) 762-1598, a microcosm of the libraries as a whole, provides full access to WIU's library services and collections and features the Leibovitz Holocaust Education Collection.
University Technology administers computer resources used by students and faculty for research and instruction. Computers connected to the campus network (LAN) and wireless network (WLAN) are available in most instructional, administrative, and residential buildings on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.
Major computer labs are staffed by trained student personnel and are available for student use in Stipes, Horrabin, and Morgan halls and at the Quad Cities 60th Street building. Residence hall students in Macomb may use student-staffed labs in each hall complex, including two 24-hour labs, while late-night access is available for off-campus students in the Lincoln-Washington-Grote Hall complex. Internet access is available in all residence hall rooms including graduate and family housing.
Each student is provided a WIU e-mail account, space to create a personal home page, network attached data storage, and access to mainframe services. The University Technology Information Center in Stipes Hall 126 provides computing documentation, disk file recovery, one-on-one assistance, general information, optical scanning of answer sheets for test scoring and questionnaire analysis, and problems with student accounts.
Personal computer and software products are discounted and available for students, faculty, and staff for demo and purchase through the uTech Computer Store located in the University Union Commons area, or call (309) 298-1127.
For more information contact University Technology at (309) 298-1177. For support issues, contact the HelpDesk at (309) 298-2704, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.wiu.edu/universitytech.
Located in Northwestern Illinois, with an urban population of over 350,000, WIU-Quad Cities is the only public university in the Quad Cities Area (Moline and Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa). WIU-Quad Cities is a commuter campus that serves juniors, seniors, and graduate students with upper division bachelor's degree programs, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's degree programs, and one specialist and one doctoral degree program - both in Educational Leadership. Through articulation agreements, WIU-Quad Cities welcomes associate's degree recipients, transfer students who earned junior class status, as well as graduate students.
The University Writing Center (and its satellite center at WIU-Quad Cities) provides a wide range of across-the-curriculum writing assistance services to students, faculty, and staff. The Writing Center is staffed by highly qualified graduate students and faculty from WIU's Department of English and Journalism. Tutorial services are available for drafting correspondence, essay writing, research writing, grammar, and punctuation.