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 prepares its students and graduates to contribute to the global community as it grows and changes. This preparation is 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 a traditional, residential campus in Macomb. The University, with an outstanding, diverse faculty and staff, offers programs of study to 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.
Academic Excellence: Central to our history
and tradition is the commitment to
teaching, to the individual learner, and to active involvement in the teaching-learning process. Western Illinois University’s highly qualified, diverse faculty promotes critical
thinking, engaged learning, research and creativity in a challenging, supportive learning community. We are committed to an academic environment that encourages
lifelong development as learners, scholars, teachers, and mentors.
Educational Opportunity: Western Illinois
University values educational opportunity
and welcomes those who show promise and a willingness to work toward achieving shared educational goals. We are committed to providing accessible, high quality
educational programs and financial support for our students.
Personal Growth: Because Western Illinois
University values the development of the
whole person, we are committed to providing opportunities for personal growth in an environment that supports the development of wellness, ethical decision making, and personal responsibility.
Social Responsibility: Western Illinois
University is committed to equity, social
justice, and diversity, and maintains the highest standards of integrity in our work with others. We serve as a resource for and stimulus to economic, educational, cultural, environmental, and community development in our region and well beyond it.
Western Illinois University will be the leading comprehensive university in the United States.
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.
Mission of the Graduate School
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; communication sciences and disorders; counseling; dietetics; music; recreation, park and tourism administration; and social work are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; 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 the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; 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 sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, 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 Equal Opportunity and
Access 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 Equal Opportunity and Access, 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 website 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:
College of Arts and Sciences
African American Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, English and Journalism, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Geography, Geology, History, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Women’s Studies
College of Business and Technology
Accountancy, Agriculture, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering Technology, Information Management and Decision Sciences, Management, and Marketing and Finance
College of Education and Human Services
Counselor Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality; Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies; Educational Leadership; Health Sciences; Instructional Design and Technology; Kinesiology; Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration; Special Education; and Sport Management
College of Fine Arts and Communication
Art, Broadcasting, Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Music, and Theatre and Dance
William L. Epperly, Chicago (Chair)
Steven L. Nelson, Moline (Vice Chair)
Robert J. Cook, Macomb (Secretary)
Carolyn J. Ehlert, Milan
Donald W. “Bill” Griffin, Macomb
J. Michael Houston, Springfield
Jessie L. Kallman, Moline (Student Member)
Provost and Academic Vice President: Dr. Jack Thomas
Dean of College of Arts and Sciences: Dr. Inessa Levi
Dean of College of Business and Technology: Dr. Thomas L. Erekson
Dean of College of Education and Human Services: Dr. Bonnie J. Smith-Skripps
Dean of College of Fine Arts and Communication: Dr. Paul K. Kreider
Dean of University Libraries: Dr. Phyllis C. Self
Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Barbara A. Baily
Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Dr. Jeanne Clerc
Vice President for Administrative Services: Ms. Jacqueline K. Thompson
Vice President for Advancement and Public Services: Dr. Daniel Hendricks
Vice President for Student Services: Dr. W. Garry Johnson
Thomas J. Cody, Ph.D., Professor, Educational and Interdisciplinary
William Cupples, Ed.D., Professor, Engineering Technology
Andrea Redcay Graves, D.M.A., Associate Professor, Music
egla Hassan, M.F.A., Professor, Theatre and Dance
Martin Maskarinec, Ph.D., Professor, Computer Science
Mark Mossman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English and Journalism
Katharine A. Pawelko, Ph.D., Professor, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
Michael A. Romano, Ph.D., Professor, Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University was established
April 24, 1899, and began operation
September 23, 1902. The University offers
59 undergraduate degree programs and 36
graduate degree programs to approximately
13,600 students. Western Illinois University offers graduate work in 14 postbaccalaureate certificates. The University serves 2,268 graduate students from Illinois as well as 36 other states and 50 nations.
Fifty-four 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, 309/298-3331 or www.student.services.wiu.edu.
Residence Halls: Competitively
accommodations that provide an
atmosphere conducive to graduate studies are available on campus. Caroline Grote Hall is a suite-style residence hall with private bathrooms which 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.
All rooms are furnished with airconditioning, beds, dressers, study desks, chairs, closets, Internet access, and privateline 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.
Western Illinois University Libraries is an
integral part of student and lifelong learning
experiences—where student-centered learning takes priority and communities of learners can be created.
Computing power and the Internet have transformed the way information is gathered, organized and distributed; and have dramatically changed WIU Libraries and library services. The libraries create a welcoming environment to support collaborative student learning and demonstrate the integration of print and internet resources. The libraries include several computer classrooms and are equipped with wireless network connections to the University’s high speed network.
Current library hours may be obtained by
calling 309/298-2411. Answers to other
inquiries may be obtained by calling 309/298-2705, or at www.wiu.edu/library.
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 adjacent to 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.
Horn Field Campus is a 92-acre outdoor,
educational and research facility located
south of Macomb and managed by the Department of Recreation, Park and
Tourism Administration. Within these 92 acres lies an 8-acre prairie restoration
project; woodlands; challenge course; climbing tower; and several historical
buildings, which include a lodge and cabins, that contribute to the educational
and research opportunities available to the University community.
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
The Department of Biological Sciences
herbaria (MWI, WARK) contain collections
of more than 42,000 vascular plants, nonvascular 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, a DNA sequencer, microbiological equipment, and other supporting equipment used in student and faculty research.
The Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic
provides diagnostic and therapy services for University students and area
clinic has a Computerized Speech
Laboratory (CSL), Laryngograph, and other
instruments used in the assessment and
treatment of vocal disorders and other speech disorders. The recent acquisition of
low technology and high technology for an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab serves those who cannot speak, helping them to communicate by using computerized technology. Deep Pharyngeal Nerve Stimulation and Vital Stim therapies are used with persons who have swallowing disorders. In addition, the Audiology Clinic has diagnostic testing equipment for the adult and pediatric population. Instrumentation for full audiological evaluations, middle ear testing, real-ear measurement, video otoscopy, Auditory Brainstem Response, Otoacoustic emissions, and a full range of hearing aid technology. The clinic offers advanced audiological clinic training and research options.
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; physical education teacher education laboratory with wireless microphones for audio and video recordings, 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, hydrostatic weighing tank, metabolic and 12-lead ECG systems, and Cholestech lipid and blood glucose analysis equipment.
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 and intellectual testing, consultations, and referrals. Many psychology faculty members have laboratories that contain equipment that enable them and their students to investigate topics from eyewitness memory to neuroscience.
The Department of Geography has facilities
for research in cartography; geographical
information systems (GIS); remote sensing; climatology, meteorology and micrometeorology; and earth materials analysis, as well as a fully equipped color
radar weather station.
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 CAIT staff develops innovative online instruction and training solutions with WIU faculty and also serve clients outside of the University such as 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 30 electronic classrooms in Brophy, Currens, Horrabin, Knoblauch, and Stipes 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 most recent electronic classroom is a 40 seat instructional lab that allows one-to-one computing with hardware capable of running the most current software programs.
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 Office for Partnerships, Professional
Development, and Technology is the
primary technology support and training
center for students and faculty in the
College of Education and Human Services.
This office consists of the Interactive
Multimedia (IMM) Lab, the Office of Teacher Education Partnerships, and STAROnline. 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 this office 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 featuring Burger King, Stacks, Sbarros, and Starbucks. The Union also contains offices for student organizations, student assistance, student activities and student legal services; conference and event scheduling; transit service; art galleries; a ballroom; conference and meeting rooms; student service center; box office; ATM machines; 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 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
Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
Educational Leadership (includes specialist and doctoral degrees)
Instructional Design and Technology
Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs
Health Services Administration
Instructional Design and Technology: Distance Learning
Instructional Design and Technology: Graphics Applications
Instructional Design and Technology: Multimedia
Instructional Design and Technology: Technology Integration in Education
Instructional Design and Technology: Training Development
Police Executive Administration
Zoo and Aquarium Studies
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: the new online social network exclusively for WIU alumni; 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 membership to the Student Recreation Center; alumni student loan consolidation program; use of Western’s Leslie F. Malpass Library; access to WIU’s Office of Career Services; the WIU affinity credit card; comprehensive shortand long-term medical plan, disability, dental, home, and auto insurance opportunities; Alumni Travel Abroad program; alumni class ring, diploma frame and WIU 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 100,000 alumni.
For information about these services, visit www.wiu.edu/alumni or feel free to contact
the Alumni Association at 309/298-1914 or
Western Illinois University provides
opportunities for more than 500 studentathletes
in a 20-sport National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I program. Both the men and women compete in the Mid-Continent Conference in all sports except football. Football competes in the Gateway Football Conference. 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 the opportunity to
pursue a healthy lifestyle and explore recreational interests through a variety of programs, facilities, and services. More than 50 intramural sport events are offered early with leagues, tournaments, and one-day events in men’s, women’s, and co-recreational divisions at competitive, intermediate, and fun levels of play. The sport clubs within Campus Recreation provide opportunities for regional and national competition just below the intercollegiate level. The Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center offers four multipurpose gym courts, a group fitness studio, an elevated running track, a weight room, a cardio theatre, five raquetball courts, and the Aquatics Center free to feepaying WIU students. Group fitness and water aerobic classes are offered throughout the week and informational programs and personal trainers are available to help students learn how to use the fitness equipment properly. SRC North is a weight room/cardio facility located in Wetzel Hall. Numerous outdoor facilities are located on campus for basketball, flag football, lacrosse, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and ultimate. The Sipolt Memorial Disc Golf Course, east of Lincoln/Washington Halls, is designed for the serious disc golfer who likes an ambitious game. The scenic and challenging 18-hole Harry Mussatto Golf Course is a hampionship facility located north of the Macomb campus and offers reduced rates to students. It features 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 golf course and daily fee rates can be found at www.golf.wiu.edu.
Information about these and many more
programs, facilities, and services can be
found by visiting www.campusrec.wiu.edu or by stopping at the Campus Recreation Office in the Spencer Student Recreation Center to pick up a program guide.
The Career Services Office offers centralized
services to all constituents of the University.
An interactive computerized registration
system and online employer search
capability are among the features of the office. 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 service places the credentials of the registrant online and provides prospective employers with access to the student/ alumni academic and workplace accomplishments.
The Career Services Office provides
assistance in career development and
occupational planning appropriate to the individual’s needs. The office’s resource
library offers computerized job searching resources, as well as directories, business and government guides, and other professional publications. Career Service professionals are readily available to work with individuals or groups in developing resume and vita construction, along with professional communications letters. On-site mock interviews are conducted by appointment in addition to seminars providing professional employment preparation and self-marketing skills.
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. Annual career/job fairs are sponsored at the Macomb campus each year by the Career Services Office, in addition to online virtual career fairs. The fairs provide students and alumni the opportunity to meet employers and participate in on-site interviews.
Candidates for all degrees are encouraged to register with the Career Services Office throughout their college years.
A complete listing of all services is available on their comprehensive website 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 lifeenhancement programs on topics such as study skills, sexual assault prevention, alcohol/substance abuse, career information, interpersonal communications, self-esteem, and other issues.
A Career, Self-help, and Resource Center is
available and equipped with computers,
books, videos, CDs, and many other materials. The center aids in the exploration of academic majors and career opportunities, study skill techniques, and personal concerns such as 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.–5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 309/298-2453 or visit www.ucc.wiu.edu.
Outstanding concerts, lectures, dramatic
presentations, films, and dance events by
nationally known performers are presented on campus by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the University Union Board. 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 closedcircuit television by joining one of several University groups. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina cultural centers offer programs and activities focusing on 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 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, call 309/298-3353 or visit www.gowest.wiu.edu/.
The Center for International Studies
administers and coordinates activities and
programs designed to encourage international and cross-cultural understanding; and to prepare graduates to effectively live and work in an interdependent, global community. The Center oversees admission and academic advisement of English as a Second
Language (ESL) students as well as 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; educational programs; special activity programming; and ongoing support for the specific needs of international students.
The University participates in formal
exchange programs—for both 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 many programs which promote cross-cultural understanding. Examples are Conversation Partners program for international students and American partners; International Neighbors program in which American families offer friendship and hospitality to international students; World Café Coffee Hours in which global issues are discussed in a social setting and Cultural Café where international students share cuisine and information of their home countries.
Beu Health Center, located on campus,
provides medical services (consultation and
treatment) for students and their spouses.
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.
Clinical services include diagnosis and treatment of acute illness/injury; diagnosis of chronic illness with appropriate referral; assistance in the management of chronic illness; immunizations; allergy injections; TB testing; diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and gynecological services.
Students taking on-campus classes pay a
health center fee based on the number of
registered hours. Spouses may also use the health center and can cover costs by paying
with cash or credit card. Public aid is also accepted.
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 wellbeing 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 using the
Student/Alumni Records System (STARS)
available 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 at Western Illinois University. 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, call 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, call 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, Grote Hall complex. Western Illinois University-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 provided an
e-mail account, space to create a personal
home page on the World Wide Web, 300MB of network attached data storage, 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 portable storage 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, multimedia, 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 file recovery, one-on-one assistance, general information, optical scanning of answer sheets for test scoring and questionnaire analysis, and handles problems with student accounts.
Discounts for students, faculty, and staff for
personal purchases of computers and
computer-related products are available through the UCSS online “PC and Apple Store” at www.wiu.edu/UCSS. Demonstration computers are available on campus in Morgan Hall, Room 107 or you may call 309/298-1127.
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, WIUFoundation@wiu.edu, or visit 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: Foundation, Intermediate, and University Preparation. Upon arrival, students take the WESL 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 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 skillbuilding 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 all of 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 assistance with immigration matters.
To qualify for admission as a full-time university student, an applicant must demonstrate English proficiency. Most students do so by submitting TOEFL scores. Minimal TOEFL scores accepted by the University are 550 (paper), 213 (computer), and 80 (iBT). Some departments require higher scores. Students may also demonstrate their English proficiency by enrolling in and completing Western’s English as a Senond Language program, WESL.
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 or www.wiu.edu/uwc.