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Contact Information:

To receive more information, to meet with an Economics faculty member, or to participate in the Economics Day conference, please contact the Director of the Center for Economic Education:

Thomas R. Sadler, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Director, Center for Economic Education
Department of Economics and Decision Sciences
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: 309.298.1734




(309) 298-1153

Mock Presidential Debate 2012

A mock presidential debate, co-sponsored by the Department of Economics and Decision Sciences and the Presidents Institute, was held Oct. 9 at Western Illinois University. Associate Economics Professors Bill Polley and Tom Sadler debated as Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, respectively. View this video and more on the Western Illinois University YouTube channel. Jon Day from Political Science Department moderated the debate and Jessica Harriger from Economics and Decision Sciences Department was the organizer of this event. This debate presented an opportunity for students to become more informed about important political issues and learn a little economics at the same time.

Western Commitment Scholarship:
Rewarding Academic Achievement


The Western Commitment Scholarship is a new program intended to reward students with excellent academic ability who demonstrate achievement in high school by offering 4-year scholarships towards the cost of attendance at Western Illinois University. New freshmen who submit all application materials for admission by May 15 are automatically considered for Western Commitment Scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required to be considered for a Western Commitment Scholarship. Awards are based on student's high school GPA and ACT/SAT score. High school GPA will be based on weighted or unweighted GPA, which ever is higher, and converted to a 4.0 scale. The ACT score considered is the highest composite score submitted to WIU. Students can enter as new freshmen in any semester but the Western Commitment Scholarship may only be used for Fall and Spring semesters. The scholarship will be distributed half in the fall semester and half in the spring semester. Western Commitment Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at WIU by maintaining eligibility requirements. Students may move up in scholarship levels if they improve their ACT/SAT scores prior to the start of the academic year.