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WIU Signs Honors Agreement with Highland Community College

April 15, 2014

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MOLINE/FREEPORT, IL – Western Illinois University and Highland Community College (HCC) have signed an articulation agreement to formalize an understanding of cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement assists HCC honors students in their admission and transfer to the Centennial Honors College at WIU.

According to the agreement, all honors coursework at HCC will transfer hour-for-hour toward the lower division honors requirements in the Centennial Honors College at WIU. Ten hours of transferred honors coursework from HCC are sufficient to complete the course requirements to graduate as a lower division honors Scholar at WIU. To graduate as a lower division honors scholar at WIU, a student must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher at WIU upon graduation.

An HCC Honors Program student who has not graduated from the HCC Honors Program may also transfer to WIU as a member of the Centennial Honors College, if he or she meets the admission requirements of the Honors College.

"We are excited about this new agreement, as it is yet another illustration of the good work the College does to improve the transfer experience of our students as they move on to four-year institutions. I'd like to thank our current Interim Honors Program Director Jim Phillips for his efforts to make this agreement a reality," said Highland's Vice President of Academic Affairs Tim Hood.

"It is exciting to sign this new agreement with Highland Community College," noted Joe Rives, WIU vice president for Quad Cities, planning. "The agreement supports the continuation of educational opportunities for students, who have expressed their academic excellence at Highland, at Western Illinois University. We know that this is the first of many agreements between our great institutions and to the benefit of the students that we serve," he added.

"The academic bridges constructed by the insightful leaders of the WIU-QC and Highland campuses today will have lasting, positive impact for transfer students. Talented and highly motivated students will be able to take full advantage of enriched curricula and educational opportunities at the Quad Cities campus," said Rick Hardy, director of the Centennial Honors College at WIU.

For more information about the Centennial Honors College or the recent agreement with HCC, contact Hardy at (309) 298-2228 or via email at

For more information about WIU-Quad Cities, visit

For more information about this agreement and the HCC Honors Program at Highland Community College, contact Jim Phillips at (815) 599-3469 or via email at

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