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March 24, 2014

Advanced registration for Summer/Fall 2014 begins April 1st! For details regarding registration dates and special instructions for clinical courses please see your listserv email with dates of March 14, 2014 and March 20, 2014. If you do not have an UP-TO-DATE Tentative Class Schedule on file please meet with your faculty advisor.


January 10, 2014

Welcome new and returning CNED students! As we begin the Spring 2014 term please keep in mind the following important dates:

     01/20              WIU is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
     02/12              WIU is closed in observance of Lincoln's Birthday
     03/10              Applications for Spring Graduation are due to the School of Graduate Studies -
                           (we recommend that you submit yours by the end of February)    
     03/10-03/15     Spring Break!    
     05/05-05/10     Finals Week    
     05/11              QC Commencement!

Please also keep a close eye on your WIU e-mail account for an opportunity to provide valuable input into how CNED courses are offered in the not too distant future!

As always, keep in touch with your faculty advisor, make sure that you are following your tentative course schedule, and let us know how we can be of further assistance to you in your academic pursuits!


December 23, 2013

The Department of Counselor Education wishes you Happy Holidays! We hope you have a wonderful winter recess. The New Year promises to bring some exciting changes to the Department!


December 3, 2013

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is scheduled for Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 9:00 am. All CN 597 Internship students are required to take this administration of the CPCE. Students must submit a $50.00 cashier's check or money order (no personal checks) made payable to CCE on the day of the exam. You will receive a notification of room assignment as the date approaches. Please make sure to check your WIU e-mail account frequently for important updates! Effective January 1, 2014, NBCC increased the cost of the CPCE to $50.00.


November 20, 2013

The following changes to the CNED degree program have been officially approved:

1. CN 515 Research and Program Evaluation (3) will be offered beginning Fall 2014. We are awaiting final approval to add this course as part of the required core curriculum; consistent with CACREP Standards. Once approved, CNED student may take CN 515 in place of EIS 500 Methods of Research. Please meet with your advisor if you need to update your tentative course schedule/degree plan to reflect this change, or to submit a petition. EFFECTIVE 01.28.2014, CN 515 WILL NOT BE OFFERED.

2. CN 655 Comprehensive Exit Examination (0) will be offered beginning Spring 2015. We are awaiting final approval to add this course as part of the required core curriculum; consistent with CNED current best practices and CACREP Standards for student learning outcomes. Students who were admitted for the 2011-2012 academic year or later are required to take and pass the Comprehensive Exit Exam. It is a co-requisite for CN 597 Internship. Please meet with your advisor if you need to update your tentative course schedule/degree plan to reflect this change, or to submit a petition.


 October 31, 2013

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you about the passing of Dr. Ed Hamann, CNED Professor Emeritus. Dr. Hamann was on the faculty at WIU for over 20 years and also worked as a marriage and family counselor in private practice. Those who had the privilege of knowing him were touched by his gentle nature and compassion. The counseling profession has lost one of the great ones...he will be missed.


Dr. Ed Hamann


October 25, 2013

Welcome new CNED students! It was a pleasure to have you at the CNED New Student Orientation last night. I hope you had any questions you may have had answered. Please remember that you will not be able to apply for financial aid until all your paperwork is processed. This may take up to the end of this month. You will receive a letter from the School of Graduate Studies once all paperwork is complete. Don't forget to contact your faculty advisor, Dr. Tiffany Stoner-Harris, so you may develop your Tentative Course Schedule prior to registration. And, please begin using your WIU email account!





November 29, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the PACERS Program has received additional support from AT&T to continue their intensive mentoring and academic program. PACERS is a joint effort between Dr. Holly Nikels and her team from the Department of Counselor Education at Western Illinois University, the Rock Island School District, and community mentors. The goal of PACERS is help reduce the achievement gap by helping students find personal, social, and academic success throughout their entire High School career. We are very grateful to AT&T for their ongoing support of the PACERS Program.

AT&T Supports PACERS 11.29.2012



PACERS Program

Thanks to AT&T, Rock Island High School PACERS (Positive Achievement and Creativity Equals Righteous Success)- an intensive mentoring, academic, and volunteer-based program developed through school and community efforts and Western Illinois University- will benefit from a nearly $375,000 infusion to help at-risk ninth-grade students in the Rock Island School District. PACERS will receive the funds as part of a $48 million competitive grant process through AT&T's signature initiative Aspire, which addresses high school success and workforce readiness.

Dr. Holly Nikels authored the grant and is the coordinator for the program. PACERS was started to help at-risk freshman at Rock Island High School and has operated for four years through the volunteer efforts of a small group of individuals from the Rock Island community, RIHS, and WIU. "I am proud to say that every one of those students who started with PACERS can be accounted for today as having completed their high school education in some way. Some graduated from RIHS or other schools, some went on to Job Corps, and some obtained their GED certificates; they all succeeded."

The funding allows for the purchase of school supplies for each student, the addition of ten paid mentors to work with twenty students weekly at the high school, transportation to and from monthly community service projects, school/work site visits, and leadership training opportunities. It will also pay for two WIU graduate assistants, who are school counselors in training, and will work at RIHS for the next four years. Congratulations Dr. Nikels and Rock Island High School!

PACERS A T & T Grant

For more information - check out the PACERS website!



Change of Address

If you have a change of address, phone number (work, cell, home), or name, remember to let our office know! Please call the Department at 309-762-1876 or by email at It is important that we have correct contact information! Thank you! You must also inform the University of these changes.

CNED Listserv

This is the main means of communication of important information and updates that directly affect the CNED student. Messages are sent daily which can impact your progress in the Department. 
NOTE: This is a moderated listserv (for current students only) and all communications are approved prior to being published.

ECOM / WIU E-mail Account

This is the email account that ends in All WIU students have an ECOM e-mail available to them – but it must be activated by the student. Please follow the instructions on the GUAVA website to activate your account (Email Options - Guava Activation).

Your WIU e-mail account is the only way Western Illinois University and the Department of Counselor Education will contact you when communicating by e-mail. No personal e-mail accounts will be recognized. Thank you!