General Information (2005-2006)
In an emerging global community, universities must educate students so that they uphold standards of civility and civic responsibility and continue learning after graduation. Western Illinois University will prepare its students and graduates to contribute to the global community as it grows and changes. This preparation will be rooted in the values that our university embraces: academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility.
Founded in 1899, Western Illinois University was established to address a serious educational problem, poorly prepared teachers in the state's grammar schools, especially the several thousand country schools. The faculty and students of Western Illinois State Normal School were eager to meet this need, and the institution soon became known for its well-rounded, deeply committed graduates. As the years passed, Western's mission continually broadened to include academic majors that prepared high school teachers, the state's earliest and most successful extension program, a multi-faceted graduate school, a liberal arts program, and, eventually, distinguished colleges devoted to arts and sciences, business and technology, education and human services, and fine arts and communication. During that time, the institution earned a reputation for expanding public access to affordable, high quality degree programs and fostering student involvement in university activities. Western is now a leading comprehensive university, with a non-residential campus in the Quad Cities as well as the traditional residential one in Macomb. The University, with an outstanding, diverse faculty and staff, offers programs of study for more than 13,000 students, not only from Illinois, but from across the nation and around the world. Despite more than a century of growth and development, the University maintains a strong sense of community and has retained its deeply rooted commitments to holistic education, academic quality, public service, and progressive social change.
Western Illinois University will be the leading comprehensive university in the United States.
Western Illinois University Mission Statement
Western Illinois University, a community of individuals dedicated to learning, will have a profound and positive impact on our changing world through the unique interaction of instruction, research, and public service as we educate and prepare a diverse student population to thrive in and contribute to our global society.
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 is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is 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) and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. WIU degree programs in athletic training; business; chemistry; communication sciences and disorders; counseling; dietetics; music; recreation, park and tourism administration; and social work are accredited by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, American Chemical Society, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, American Dietetic Association, National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, National Recreation and Park Association/American Alliance for Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation, and Council on Social Work Education.
Western Illinois University complies fully with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. The University is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status.
Further, the University is committed to a comprehensive Affirmative Action program that ensures access and equity in educational programs, activities, and employment.
The Office of Affirmative Action/ADA Compliance is responsible for administering and monitoring Western Illinois University’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policies and procedures. Inquiries about or complaints alleging violation of the policies should be directed to Cathy O’Neill Couza, Director of Affirmative Action, 203 Sherman Hall, 309/298-1977. The director also serves as the coordinator for Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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 Student Services, and the Office of the Vice President for Administrative Services. The information contains campus crime statistics and graduation rates at Western Illinois University and is on the University web site at www.wiu.edu/clery.
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.
Graduate programming and coursework is offered through academic departments in four colleges as indicated below:
Western Illinois University was established April 24, 1899, and began operation September 23, 1902. The University offers 54 undergraduate degree programs and 34 graduate degree programs for more than 13,500 students. Western Illinois University offers graduate work in 9 post-baccalaureate certificates. The University serves 2,250 graduate students from Illinois as well as 37 other states and 46 nations.
Fifty-three 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 20,000. 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.
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; more than 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. 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 as well as an extensive legal collection. 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. Librarians also orient students on library use and provide instruction on how to search bibliographic and full-text online databases. Interlibrary loans are available through a statewide delivery system.
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 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 more than 1,600 acres of islands, bluffs, and upland areas in the Mississippi River Valley near Warsaw, Illinois. 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 more than 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 Kinesiology has a modern complex of three electronic classrooms; wireless network; pedagogy laboratory with wireless microphones for audio and video recordings and B.E.S.T. software and Palm Pilots for hand-held assessments; biomechanics laboratory with Peak Motus 8.2 two dimensional video analysis system, AMTI force platform, and 8-channel Myo Pac Junior EMG; perceptual and motor behavior laboratory with a bio-pac system that records ECG, EMG, and EEG; a computer laboratory that features the A.D.A.M. software; and a human performance laboratory that includes a Biodex isokinetic measurement system, environmental chamber, Bod Pod, and metabolic and 12-lead ECG systems.
The Department of Psychology houses a psychological clinic and a psychoeducational clinic to provide psychological services to students and area residents. These services include psychotherapy, family therapy, psychological testing, consultations, and referrals. Many of our faculty members have laboratories that contain equipment to investigate topics from eyewitness memory to neuroscience.
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 an on campus Center located in Horrabin Hall. CAIT is a nationally recognized leader in distance learning using Internet technologies. The Center staff develop innovative online instruction and training solutions with WIU faculty and also serve clients outside of the University. External clients include the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Century Network, Illinois Community College Board, Department of Children and Family Services, Attorney General’s office and McDonald’s Corporation.
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, CDs, DVDs, SMART Board technologies, videotapes, the Internet 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 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 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 Instructional Development Services Center (IDS) is the primary technology support and training center for students and faculty in the College of Education and Human Services. The IDS Center consists of the Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Lab, the Office of Teacher Education Partnerships, and STAR-Online. The IMM lab has been designed for work with one-on-one and small group instruction for both support and course activities. This lab has the advanced software and peripherals necessary to develop multimedia projects, scan documents for use as digital artifacts, and convert analog video to digital media. The Teacher Education Technology Center works closely with the IDS Center and has software and peripherals similar to those in the IMM lab. This facility works specifically with teacher education students and is intended for large group instruction, teacher education technology assessment activities and support for electronic portfolios for the teacher education program.
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 services; conference and event 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 offers several degree graduate programs at the WIU-QC campus in Moline, Illinois, which is approximately 70 miles north of the residential campus in Macomb. Graduate degrees are offered in the following disciplines at WIU-QC:
Graduate Degree Programs
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs
All Western Illinois University students automatically 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 more than 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, diploma frame and Illinois license plate programs; and access to the 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 95,000 alumni.
Western Illinois University provides opportunities for more than 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 more than 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. Twenty 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 or stop by the Student Recreation Center to pick up a semester program guide.
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. Green fees for students are $10 for 18 holes. 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. Career Services Office personnel teach the University 390 course, A 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, couple, 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 and equipped with computers, books, videotapes, 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 Seal Hall 117, 309/298-2512 (voice); 309/298-1856 (TT), in accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, provides reasonable accommodations to ensure programs and activities are accessible for WIU students with disabilities (orthopedic, visual, hearing, learning, chronic health, psychological). Students desiring accommodations in the area of auxiliary aids in the classroom or for University-sponsored activities and events should contact DSS well in advance of intended enrollment. Western Illinois University publications will be available in alternative format upon request.
Go West Transit provides students with safe, convenient transportation from their nearby residences to campus and with service to local merchants. Carrying more than 1 million riders per year, Go West provides students with a reliable, low-cost public transportation system. For more information, please contact 309/298-3353 or visit online at: http://gowest.wiu.edu/.
The Center for International Studies 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; study abroad programs; personal counseling for international students; comprehensive orientation for new international students; recruitment; education programs; special activity programming; and ongoing support for the 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 Center for International Studies 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 activities for wives of international students.
Beu Health Center, located on campus, provides medical services (consultation and treatment) for students, their spouses and children age two to eighteen. The health center has its own pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray facility. There is a 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. For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office, Sherman Hall 110, 309/298-1891 or www.wiu.edu/registrar.
Student Judicial Programs promotes responsible individual and group behavior on the WIU campus. This office informs students and organizations of their rights and responsibilities through publication of the Code of Student Conduct. Student Judicial Programs staff coordinate the disciplinary review process in response to allegations of misconduct and offer mediation services to students in conflict. For more information, contact 309/298-2436.
A licensed practicing attorney represents students charged with traffic and misdemeanor offenses in McDonough County Court. In addition, the attorney provides legal advice and counseling for a variety of issues, including landlord/tenant conflicts, consumer problems, small claims court, and rental lease questions. No fees are charged for these services. For more information, contact 309/298-1003.
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. WIU-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, laser printers, and scanners. Storage options include USB jump/thumb/Flash drives, DVD/CDRW, floppy, zip and server. 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 computing documentation, disk recovery, one-on-one assistance, general information, optical scanning of answer sheets for test scoring and questionnaire analysis, and handles problems with student accounts. Educational price information for buying computer systems and software is available at the UCSS Apple/PC Store. For more information, contact University Computer Support Services at 309/298-1177 or the UCSS Help Desk at 309/298-2704, e-mail 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 WIUFoundation@wiu.edu, or visit our website at www.wiu.edu/foundation.
Western's English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute is part of the Center for International Studies and 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 five hours a day, four 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 Center for International Studies 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.
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 Western’s Department of English and Journalism. Tutorial services are available for drafting correspondence, essay writing, research writing, grammar, and punctuation. For more information, contact 309/298-2815 or visit 341 Simpkins Hall.