General Information (2004-2005)
Western Illinois University will provide the premier undergraduate education among all public universities in Illinois supported by excellence in graduate programs. To achieve this outcome the University has established the following goals for its graduate extension of this mission.
It is the primary goal of the School of Graduate Studies to facilitate, encourage, support, and coordinate excellence in graduate education at Western Illinois University. To achieve this goal, the Graduate Council and the graduate office in concert with the provost, deans, department chairs, department graduate committee chairs, and graduate faculty will oversee issues relating to policies, procedures, and academic standards in graduate education.
Western Illinois University complies fully with applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. The University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity institution and affirms its commitment to non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, or status as a disabled veteran in employment, programs, and services. Western Illinois University's commitment to nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action embraces the entire University community including faculty, staff, and students. The University also has policies on sexual harassment and racial and ethnic harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Affirmative Action/ADA Compliance, Sherman Hall 202, 309/298-1977.
Graduate degree programs are administered by academic departments in four colleges. College deans report to the provost and academic vice president, who has responsibility for all academic programs and personnel at the University. The administration of graduate education is centered in the Office of the Provost under the leadership of the associate provost and academic vice president. In addition to the provost, three other vice presidents administer the areas of student services, administrative services, and advancement and public services. The president is responsible to Western Illinois University's Board of Trustees for the operation and general welfare of the University.
The School of Graduate Studies is the coordinating agency for the University's graduate programs. It maintains records related to admission, graduate assistantships, and completion of degree requirements and works closely with members of the graduate faculty, academic departments, and college deans. The School of Graduate Studies is administered by the associate provost and director of graduate studies who reports to the provost and academic vice president. The School of Graduate Studies has responsibility for implementing the policies, procedures, and academic standards established by the Graduate Council, a representative body elected by full members of the graduate faculty. Any deviation from graduate academic regulations must be approved by the Graduate Council. The council may determine, at any time, a student's eligibility to continue graduate studies at Western Illinois University.
Western Illinois University, in full compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, shall make educational records available to students upon request. Likewise, in accordance with the law, individually identifiable educational records will not be released to other than authorized individuals without written consent of the student. Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
Western Illinois University considers the following items to be directory information, and, as such, may release them to any or all inquirers in such forms as news releases, directories, or computer address lists: the student’s name; school and home address; telephone number; major field of study; dates of attendance; full- or part-time status; degrees and awards received; honors received (including dean’s list); most recent previous educational agency or institution attended; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; and, for members of athletic teams, weight and height.
Students who do not wish this information to be released may prevent such release by sending a written request to the Office of the Registrar, Sherman Hall 110.
Information complying with the Federal Student Right To Know legislation, including the Campus Safety and Security Act (Clery Law), is available in the Office of Public Safety, the Student Assistance Center, University Housing and Dining Services, the Office of the Vice President for Administrative Services, and the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. The information contains campus crime statistics and graduation rates at Western Illinois University. The report can also be found at www.wiu.edu/clery.
Western Illinois University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The University's teacher certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The master of accountancy and master of business administration degrees are accredited by the AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Music programs and communication sciences and disorders programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, respectively. Counselor education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Graduate Schools.
Students who have complaints concerning the oral English proficiency of faculty providing classroom instruction should contact the department chair or the immediate supervisor of the appropriate faculty member. The complaint should be as specific as possible and should include a written summary.
All complaints shall be investigated by the department chair including, but not limited to, classroom visitation. If the department chair finds the faculty member's oral English proficiency is satisfactory, he/she will notify the student.
Students may appeal the department chair's satisfactory evaluation of oral English proficiency to the appropriate dean who shall investigate the complaint. If the dean finds the faculty member's oral English proficiency is satisfactory, the dean will so notify the student. In the event of such a finding, the decision of the dean shall be final.
If the department chair or dean finds the faculty member's oral English proficiency is unsatisfactory, a recommendation shall be submitted to the academic vice president for consideration. The academic vice president will notify the student and the faculty member of his/her decision.
At all levels of this procedure, the student's identity will remain confidential.
Western Illinois University offers graduate work in 35 graduate degree programs and 15 post-baccalaureate certificates for approximately 2,442 graduate students. The University serves students from Illinois as well as 33 other states and 44 nations.
Fifty-two buildings are situated on more than 1,000 acres in Macomb. In addition, the University operates the Alice L. Kibbe Life Sciences Station on the Mississippi River, the Frank J. Horn Field Campus, and the University Farm, which provide nearby facilities for students enrolled in agriculture; biology; and recreation, park and tourism administration courses. Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Campus in Moline provides baccalaureate degree, graduate degree and post-baccalaureate certificate programs in various disciplines.
The University is located in Macomb, the McDonough County seat, 40 miles east of the Mississippi River. The city has a population of approximately 19,000. Two U.S. highways, 136 and 67, intersect at Macomb and provide direct access to Interstates 74, 80, and 55. Rail passenger service is available from Quincy and Chicago to Macomb.
Graduate and Family Apartment Housing: There are several one and two-bedroom apartments on campus for students with children, spouses or domestic partners, and graduate students. The university offers both furnished and unfurnished apartments on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that applications for on-campus apartments be made at least one full year in advance due to the long waiting list. All apartments have a stove, refrigerator, basic cable television outlet, and air conditioning. Furnished apartments are provided with living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture. All utilities and local telephone calls are included in the rental payment. Laundry facilities are also available in the apartment complexes.
Further information and an application for graduate and family apartment housing may be obtained from the Office of Graduate and Family Housing in the Office of University Housing and Dining Services in Seal Hall, telephone 309/298-3331.
Residence Halls: Competitively priced living accommodations that provide an atmosphere conducive for graduate studies are available on campus. New for the WIU campus is a suite-style residence hall with private bathrooms. Located on the southeast part of campus, the new residence hall offers single and double rooms for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. .Higgins Hall is located on the northwest corner of campus. It is an air-conditioned, co-ed living environment providing double rooms and a limited number of single rooms. Tanner Hall, located on the northeast corner of campus and Lincoln/Washington halls, located on the southeast corner, offer unique living arrangements for returning, transfer, and graduate students. All accommodations are single rooms with all the amenities of residence hall facilities, plus extra closet space, an end table, easy chair, and carpeting. Corbin Hall provides suite-style living arrangements for two, three, or four occupants and is located on the southwest corner of campus. Each floor has two lounges, two bathrooms, and laundry facilities. Olson Hall houses returning, transfer, and graduate students in single accommodations. Also, Olson Hall offers a special environment for international students, as well as for English-speaking individuals who wish to have an international roommate. Olson Hall is within easy walking distance of most campus buildings and offers continuous housing for students who choose to stay on campus during break periods.
All rooms are furnished with air-conditioning, beds, dressers, study desks, chairs, closets, Internet access, and private line telephones. Laundry facilities, television lounges, vending areas, computer labs, and limited cooking facilities are available in each hall.
Residents of University housing sign a contract for a full academic year and pay room and board by the semester.
Students enrolling for the first time will receive a housing application/contract form upon acceptance to the University. Students should apply for housing as early as possible, since hall and room assignments are made based on the date of the student’s room application.
Off-Campus Housing: Listings of off-campus facilities are available in the Student Tenant Union Office located in the University Union.
The University's system of libraries contains more than one million catalogued volumes; 3,200 current periodicals; over 15,000 online full-text periodicals and 24 foreign and domestic newspapers; and computer access to resources worldwide. The Leslie F. Malpass Library has six floors providing space for one million volumes of library materials and seating for more than 2,000 readers. The main library features an 85-foot atrium and 38 two-story alcoves for natural lighting, displays, and thousands of plants. Illinet Online, a computerized catalog and circulation system, provides immediate access to collections of Western Illinois University and 56 other academic libraries throughout the state.
In 1964 the library became a depository for United States government publications and now has a major collection of both U.S. and Illinois state documents. The University Archives maintains official records from towns and county seats of the surrounding 16-county area of the military tract. Special Collections houses other unique collections such as the Western Illinois Regional Studies collections; the papers of Congressman Tom Railsback and other noted individuals, both scholars and celebrities; and the collections of the Center for Icarian Studies.
Reference librarians assist students with research assignments. Interlibrary loans, which are available through a statewide delivery system, may be requested at the interlibrary loan desk. Librarians also search bibliographic databases online, orient students on library use, and provide instruction on the use of the literature in various disciplines.
Copy machines and microform copying services are available throughout the library.
The library system encompasses a main library and four branch libraries. The Physical Sciences Library, the Music Library, and the Curriculum Library are integral parts of the University's system that provide full service to all students, faculty, and staff on the campus. The branch library located at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus in Moline, Illinois provides valuable services to students and faculty members in the Quad Cities.
Current library hours may be obtained by calling 309/298-2411. Answers to other inquiries may be obtained by calling 309/298-2705.
The Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station is a biological reserve of over 1,600 acres of islands, bluffs, and upland areas in the Mississippi River Valley near Warsaw, IL. Its aquatic habitats, forests, and prairies serve as an outdoor classroom for field studies and are used in environmental research. The Cedar Glen Eagle Roost, which is part of the field station, is considered one of the Midwest’s most outstanding natural areas and is nationally known as a major winter roosting area for bald eagles. The field station maintains research sites and equipment for sampling on the Mississippi River.
Students interested in freshwater and marine organisms also are able to enroll in WIU courses and conduct research at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. These facilities and programs are available through the Department of Biological Sciences.
The Frank J. Horn Field Campus has 92 acres of forests and prairies that are used in environmental education and research. This reserve is south of Macomb and managed by the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration.
The University Greenhouse and W. M. Walter Natural Area were developed and are maintained by the Department of Biological Sciences. The greenhouse has rooms designed for growing aquatic, xeric, and tropical plants. Space is also available for propagation and research. The W. M. Walter Natural Area has a pond, wetland, prairie, and forest that are used in teaching classes. These facilities are adjacent to Waggoner Hall.
The Department of Biological Sciences herbaria (MWI, WARK) contain collections of over 39,000 vascular plants, non-vascular plants, algae, and fungi. The animal collections include both invertebrate and vertebrate animal specimens. The plant, fungal, and animal collections serve as depositories of distribution records and for research on the biodiversity of western Illinois. They are available for student and faculty research projects.
Facilities for cell and molecular research are also available in the Department of Biological Sciences. Equipment available includes a scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, ultracentrifuges, high-performance liquid chromatograph, PCR machines, microbiological equipment, and other supporting equipment used in student and faculty research.
The Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for University students and area residents. The clinic has a Computerized Speech Laboratory (CSL), Laryngograph, and other instruments used in the assessment and treatment of vocal disorders and other speech disorders. In addition, the audiology clinic has instrumentation for real-ear measurement, video otoscopy, Auditory Brainstem Response, otacoustic emissions, and ENG system. All of these instruments are used for advanced clinical training and can be used for research purposes as well.
The Department of Engineering Technology laboratories include facilities for computer aided design/manufacturing, robotics, metrology, material testing, programmable logic controlling, auto-ID, and CNC machining. The University is a member of the Central Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center. This membership provides opportunities for applied research, professional work projects, and graduate internships with its industrial partners.
The Department of Physical Education has a modern complex of three electronic classrooms; wireless network; pedagogy laboratory; biomechanics laboratory with Peak 5 2-D analysis system; perceptual and motor behavior laboratory with the bio-pac system; computer laboratory that features the A.D.A.M. software; and a human performance laboratory that includes a biodex machine, environmental chamber, Bod Pod, and other exercise cardiovascular equipment.
A psychological clinic and a psychoeducational clinic provide psychological services to students and area residents and their families at no charge. These services include psychotherapy, family therapy, psychological testing, consultations, and referrals.
The Department of Geography has facilities for research in cartography, geographical information systems, remote sensing, climatology, meteorology and micrometeorology, and earth materials analysis, as well as a fully equipped color radar weather station.
The Communication Program, a joint program between the speech communication and broadcasting divisions in the Department of Communication, provides broadcast-quality radio and television studios and editing facilities for students interested in learning and developing broadcasting skills. Specialized equipment includes digital on-line editing, nonlinear digital audio and video editing, digital ENG equipment, digital audio production equipment with advanced multitrack recording, and computer generated video graphics with 3-D animation capabilities. Students produce and air local news, weather, and sports programs via cable television. The remote truck contains a five-camera digital setup. Broadcast facilities are connected by microwave to the CBS and NBC affiliates in Quincy, Illinois.
The Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT) is located in the College of Education and Human Services. The center supports a wide range of activities and services on the WIU campus, including maintaining and operating the satellite uplink and instructional broadcast studios and facilities in Memorial Hall. This all-digital facility is the point of broadcast delivery for the Satellite Education Network and STAR-Net, which delivers instructional programming in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education. The center delivers over 1,400 hours of live instruction via satellite each year, making WIU a national leader in distance education. In addition, the center supports and operates the University’s compressed digital video conferencing network in conjunction with many of the electronic classrooms across campus. The electronic classrooms, coupled with state-of-the-art interactive digital video technology, are among the most advanced in the country.
CAIT is also involved in multimedia production and training within the educational field. At present, the center maintains over 50 web sites including the Illinois Attorney General’s. The center is also responsible, in partnership with the WIU School of Extended Studies, for the development of web-based courses. CAIT has produced over 26 CD-ROM titles and a variety of software applications. Current projects include reading applications and “smart” web technologies. CAIT provides training for both WIU faculty and students in the use and integration of the latest information technologies, and its training outreach program works with K-12 school districts across Illinois.
The College of Education and Human Services maintains 24 electronic classrooms in Horrabin, Currens, Knoblauch, and Brophy Halls, permitting students and instructors to access the latest instructional technologies (e.g., computers, CD-ROMS, DVDs, videotapes, the Internet/World Wide Web, and distance learning). These classrooms are used by instructors and students to explore and model the use of high-tech teaching tools. The College of Education and Human Services also maintains the GTE Electronic Classroom and the GTE Teleconferencing Center. Both facilities are among the most advanced facilities of their kind. The GTE Electronic Classroom seats 88 students and incorporates touch screen technology, projection television, audience response, and distance education capability with both digital satellite uplinking and compressed two-way video. The GTE Teleconferencing Center is an advanced administrative conferencing facility that also has satellite and compressed video conferencing capabilities in addition to advanced computer conferencing capability. The facility has flexible seating in an executive atmosphere. International teleconferences are common in this facility with recent conferences involving France, England, Mexico, and Canada.
The University Union is more than a building; it is an organization and a program that serves the University community—students, faculty, administration, alumni, and guests.
Union facilities include guest rooms; a table service dining facility; catering services; a convenience store; and food court containing Burger King, Sub Connection, Sbarro’s, and Starbucks. The Union also contains offices for student organizations, student assistance, student activities, legal and judicial services; conference and events scheduling, and transit service; art galleries; a ballroom; conference and meeting rooms; service center; box office; automatic teller machines; copy center; computer stations; a bookstore with a wide selection of educational and recreational supplies; lounges; bowling lanes; billiards room; and a theatre.
Programs open to all University students are arranged, sponsored, and advised by the Office of Student Activities and University Union staff. The University Union serves as the campus community center for all members of the University community.
Through its various organizations, committees, and staff, the Union provides a cultural, social, and recreational program that makes leisure time activity a cooperative factor with education. Its goal is the development of people as well as intellects.
Western Illinois University is one of 12 colleges and universities in Illinois and Iowa that are members of the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center, a voluntary academic consortium. The member institutions offer graduate courses in the Quad Cities.
Western Illinois University is one of 11 colleges and universities in Illinois and Iowa that are members of the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center, a voluntary academic consortium. The member institutions offer graduate courses in the Quad Cities.
Western Illinois University students become members of the Alumni Association the day they graduate! As non-dues paying members, they are entitled to the following benefits and services provided by the Alumni Association: free quarterly issues of the alumni newsletter – Western News; networking opportunities with other alumni at over 50 events hosted by the Alumni Association around the world each year; alumni student loan consolidation program; use of Western’s Leslie F. Malpass Library; the WIU affinity credit card; short-term, comprehensive, and long-term medical plan opportunities; Alumni Travel Abroad program; alumni class ring and diploma frame programs; and access to the all-new online directory exclusively for WIU alumni!
The Alumni Association continues with pride the lifelong relationship with graduates of the University and plays a crucial role in continuing the partnership between WIU and its 93,000 alumni.
For information about those services, please visit their website at www.wiu.edu/alumni or contact the Alumni Association at 309/298-1914.
Western Illinois University provides opportunities for over 500 student-athletes in a 20-sport National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I program. Both the men (Fighting Leathernecks) and women (Westerwinds) compete in the Mid-Continent Conference in all sports except football. Football competes in the Gateway Football Conference at the NCAA Division I-AA level. Western Illinois is a charter member of the Mid-Con and the Gateway Football Conferences.
WIU sponsors the following intercollegiate athletic competition: For men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field; for women: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics offers graduate assistantships in coaching, promotions and marketing, athletic training, and sports information. Possibilities exist to assist in the administrative areas of finance and compliance.
Campus Recreation provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to pursue a healthy lifestyle and explore recreational interests through a variety of programs, facilities, and services. The Intramural Sports Program offers students over 60 events yearly ranging from leagues, to tournaments, to one-day events in men’s, women’s, and co-recreational divisions at competitive, intermediate, and recreational levels of play. Seventeen sports clubs also provide opportunities for regional and national competition just below the intercollegiate level. The Student Recreation Center features four multipurpose gym courts, a group fitness studio, an elevated running track, a weight room, a cardio theatre, five raquetball courts, and an Aquatics Center that are FREE to WIU fee paying students. Group fitness and water aerobic classes are offered weekly. Informational programs and personal trainers are available to help students learn how to use the fitness equipment properly. Campus Recreation also supports the 18-hole Harry Mussatto Golf Course. Information about these and many more programs, facilities and services can be found by visiting www.campusrec.wiu.edu.
WIU Harry Mussatto Golf Course (1215 Tower Road, Macomb, IL; 309/298-3676)
The Harry Mussatto Golf Course is a scenic and challenging 18-hole championship venue featuring beautiful vistas, spectacular elevation changes, four sets of tees, undulating greens, and bentgrass tees and greens. In addition, the course provides a driving range, putting green, golf instruction, a nine-hole pitch and putt course, and a pro shop that carries a full line of quality golf equipment, logo apparel, and accessories. More information about the course and the daily fee rates can be found on the comprehensive and picturesque website at www.golf.wiu.edu.
The Career Services Office offers centralized services to all publics of the University. A new and exciting, interactive computerized registration system and online employer search capability are among the features of the system. Students and alumni of the University who choose to register from the convenience of their homes or offices, may do so utilizing the Internet access capabilities to the Career Services Office. This new service places the resume and credentials of the registrant online and provides prospective employers with access to the student/alumni academic and workplace accomplishments.
Additionally, the Career Services Office provides assistance in career development, occupational planning, and future placement possibilities appropriate to the individual’s needs. The office’s resource library has computerized job searching resources available for the user. Hard copy resources include: directories, newspaper publications, career planning books, business and government guides, and other professional publications.
Special informational workshops and seminars provide professional employment preparation and self-marketing skills. The Career Services Office personnel teach the University 390 course, “Pre- Employment Preparation.” The class is an excellent opportunity to learn job search skills, resume preparation, and on-the-job survival techniques and skills. Computerized Internet registration in establishing placement credential files enhances the utilization of the office services by students and employers alike. Annual job fairs on the campus are sponsored by the Career Services Office each year. The fairs provide the students and alumni the opportunity to meet employers and participate in onsite interviews.
Candidates for all degrees are encouraged to register with the Career Services Office throughout their college years. Credential files must be established before students interview on campus for jobs and prior to the Career Services Office releasing student/graduate information to prospective employers.
A complete listing of all services is available at www.careers.wiu.edu.
The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides free personal, academic, and career counseling services to all WIU undergraduate and graduate students. Individual, couples, and group counseling is available, and all counseling sessions are confidential. The UCC provides complete vocational, psychological, and learning problems assessment. Throughout the academic year, the UCC offers the WIU community a wide array of educational life-enhancement programs with topics on study skills, time management, sexual assault prevention, alcohol/substance abuse, career information, interpersonal communications, self-esteem, etc.
A Career, Self-help, and Resource Center is available, equipped with computers, books, videotapes, and audiotapes, and many other materials. The center aids in the exploration of academic majors and career opportunities, study skill techniques, and personal concerns, i.e., assertiveness, speech/math/test anxiety, sexual orientation, depression, adult children of dysfunctional families, and many others.
The University Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The counselors hold master’s or doctoral degrees and are certified or licensed in the areas of counseling, psychology, or social work. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday. For more information, call 309/298-2453 or visit www.ucc.wiu.edu.
Outstanding concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, films, and dance attractions by nationally known performers are presented on campus by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the University Union Board. These varied programs serve both educational and entertainment purposes. All students are admitted free or at a reasonable charge to scheduled programs upon presentation of their student identification cards. Students also may participate in musical, dramatic, and debate productions for stage, radio, and closed-circuit television by joining one of several University groups. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina Cultural Centers offer programs and activities focusing on the African-American and Hispanic cultures. Opportunities to view local, national, and international art exhibits are available to students at the University Art Gallery and the University Union. Exhibits are changed monthly, and admission to the galleries is free.
Disability Support Services (DSS), located in Memorial Hall 200, 309/298-2512
The Office of International Education administers and coordinates activities and programs designed to encourage international and cross-cultural understanding and prepare graduates to effectively live and work in an interdependent, global community. Major services of the office include admission and academic advisement of English as a second language (ESL), undergraduate, and graduate international students; immigration advisement for international students and faculty; personal counseling for international students; comprehensive orientation for new international students; special activity programming; and ongoing support for specific needs of international students.
The University participates in formal exchange programs for faculty and students with distinguished colleges and universities overseas. An ongoing program of intensive courses in English as a second language is offered by Western's English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute for non-native speakers of English.
The Office of International Education sponsors the Conversation Partners Program for international students and American partners; the International Neighbors Program in which American families offer friendship and hospitality to international students; the International Friendship Club for American and international students, which sponsors the annual International Bazaar; and the Women for International Friendship Club, which provides English classes and activities for wives of international students.
Western’s 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. WESL Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). The WESL curriculum is designed and taught by a professional faculty to prepare students academically, socially, and culturally for success as university students.
The English as a Second Language Program is offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. It consists of three levels of instruction: Foundations, Intermediate, and University Preparation. Upon arrival, students take the WESL English Proficiency Placement Test and are thereby placed in the appropriate level. Students who place at the highest level and who meet WIU admission requirements may be admitted to the Dual level, in which they are enrolled part-time at the WESL Institute and part-time at the University (this program is not available in the summer).
Full-time students attend classes four to five hours a day, five days a week. The curriculum integrates academic content with skill-building in English, combining textbook lessons and teacher-written materials. WESL has a multimedia computer lab and a wide range of interactive software. Students study at each level for a semester. The WESL program consists of two 16-week semesters and an eight-week summer session which follow the WIU academic calendar.
Students at the WESL Institute have access to all University events and facilities. Services of the Office of International Education are available to WESL students, including personal counseling and assistance with immigration matters.
New students who have not submitted an official TOEFL score of 213 (550 paper score) or higher prior to arrival will be tested to determine their levels of proficiency. To qualify for University admission as a full-time student, a student may either complete the WESL program, or achieve a 213 (550 paper score) on the TOEFL, or pass the WESL Placement Test.
Beu Health Center, located on campus, provides medical services (consultation and treatment) for students and their dependents, children age two to eighteen.
The health center has its own pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray facility. There is a minimal user fee for x-ray procedures, prescription products, lab testing, and office visits.
Chronic, long-term and pre-existing conditions are not in the scope of the health center and, except for acute exacerbations, are the responsibility of the student and his or her personal physician.
Students taking on-campus classes pay a health center fee based on the number of registered hours. Spouses and children of students may also use the health center and can cover costs by paying with cash or credit card.
The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center and the Casa Latina Cultural Center provide special facilities and programs to serve the unique needs of students of color. Programming efforts include recruiting activities, academic support activities, cultural and fine arts events, social and recreational activities, speakers, financial assistance counseling, job placement opportunities, and fundraising events for minority student groups. Several performing groups in the areas of dance, theatre, and music are sponsored by the centers. The centers are committed to helping the campus community develop a multicultural and multiracial society that promotes equal opportunity not based on race, creed, sex, economic status, or position in life.
The Office of Parking Services provides services to the community related to vehicle usage and control on campus. The office issues parking permits; regulates parking lot use; enforces parking rules and regulations; plans, maintains, and paves parking lots; controls the placement and maintenance of traffic signs; and provides emergency motorist assistance including battery assists, unlocking cars, emergency gasoline refuelings, and inflating tires. All vehicles using campus facilities must have either a permanent or temporary parking permit displayed on the vehicle during specified times except when the vehicle is parked at a parking meter. The office is located in Mowbray Hall, 309/298-1921, and may be called after normal business hours at 309/298-1949.
The Office of Public Safety is a multifaceted organization providing police, safety, and parking services to the community. These services include criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, medical transport and care, fire and crime prevention, safety programs, escort services, key control, motorist assistance, and other miscellaneous activities related to the safety and well-being of University faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round. All police officers are fully commissioned law enforcement officers in the State of Illinois and have full jurisdiction at the University and in the surrounding county. The office provides student emergency medical services to the community with qualified emergency medical technicians on staff. The office also provides safety escorts for the community from dusk to dawn, year round from one campus location to another. The office is located in Mowbray Hall, 309/298-1949, emergency 911.
Students may register for classes from most computer labs on campus using the Student/Alumni Records System (STARS). For students unable to register on campus, registration is available by telephone through Tele-STARS at 309/298-5000 and through the web at www.wiu.edu/stars. Detailed registration instructions are included in the on-campus and extension class schedule booklets available each semester. For more information, contact the Registration Center, Memorial Hall 15B, 309/298-2437 or www.wiu.edu/registrar.
University Computer Support Services (UCSS) administers computing resources used by students and faculty for research and instruction. Microcomputers in most instructional, administrative, and residential buildings on the Macomb campus are connected to a campus network (LAN) in order to access hosts, software resources, laser printing, and the Internet.
Major computing labs for students, staffed by trained student personnel, are located in Horrabin, Stipes, and Morgan Halls with unstaffed computing resource centers (CRCs) located in other classroom buildings. Residence hall students may use student-staffed labs in each hall complex, including two 24-hour labs, while students who live off campus have late night access available in the Lincoln-Washington complex. Western Illinois University Regional Center (Quad Cities) also houses a full-service lab. Internet access is available in all residence halls, including graduate and family housing, while 56K modem access is available to off-campus users.
Each registered student is entitled to an e-mail account, space to create a personal home page on the World Wide Web, and access to the Internet via the campus network (LAN). Students also have access to some UNIX-based systems and IBM mainframe services. With these systems students can use e-mail, the World Wide Web, and other tools to communicate electronically over the Internet world-wide networks. They can also use many programming languages, the CICS programming environment, and several statistics and symbolic math applications.
All UCSS labs and resource centers house networked IBM/PC-compatible and Macintosh computers with Zip drives, CD ROMS and laser printers. Some labs also contain SUN workstations and scanners. Students have access to a variety of discipline-specific microcomputer software in versions for Macintosh and Windows. These include popular programming languages, word processors, spreadsheets, databases, graphic applications, desktop publishing programs, and statistical packages.
UCSS staff members have offices in Stipes Hall 126 and Morgan Hall 107. The UCSS Information Center provides software documentation and educational price information for buying computer systems and software, performs optical scanning of answer sheets for test scoring and questionnaire analysis, and handles problems with student computing accounts. For more information, contact University Computer Support Services at 309/298-1177 or the UCSS Help Desk at 309/298-2704, email UCSS@wiu.edu, or visit the UCSS website at www.wiu.edu/UCSS.
The Western Illinois University Foundation is a not-for-profit organization through which WIU alumni and friends can channel gifts to the University. The Foundation's resources are directed into student scholarships, faculty development, research, instructional equipment, and special projects not funded by state appropriations or student fees.
The WIU Foundation and Development Office coordinates a number of giving programs that encourage regular yearly contributions from alumni and friends. Contacts are made personally, through mail solicitations, and an annual phonathon. Specially tailored funding proposals are presented to specific corporations, private foundations, and individuals. The WIU Foundation accepts many different types of gifts—gifts in the form of cash or pledges that can be paid over a period of time, gifts of stock, real estate, instructional and research equipment, and various forms of planned gifts including gift annuities and life income trusts.
For information about making a contribution, establishing a scholarship,
bequests, or other forms of planned giving, contact the WIU Foundation
and Development Office, Sherman Hall 303, 1 University Circle, Macomb,
IL 61455-1390, 309/298-1861, fax 309/298-1761, e-mail