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Western Illinois University
Educational Opportunity Details
Updated July 2012

Macomb Campus Freshmen Retention

Macomb Campus Six-Year Graduation Rate

For the Macomb campus, six-year graduation rates were reported as the national reporting standard (i.e., 150% of the normal time-to-degree) for institutions that admit new freshmen.


Quad Cities Four-Year Graduation Rates

For the Quad Cities campus, four-year graduation are reported. Since the Quad Cities admits undergraduates as juniors, four years is the 150% measure of the normal time-to-degree.



First-Year Retention Rate for 2010 Cohort and Graduation Rate for 2005 Cohort

  WIU Low Average High
Illinois Public University Subset        
First-Year Retention 71.4% 64.0% 71.9% 79.0%
Six-Year Graduation Rate 53.4% 23.0% 50.2% 62.0%
All Illinois Public Universities        
First-Year Retention 71.4% 64.0% 75.9% 85.1%
Six-Year Graduation Rate 53.4% 23.0% 55.9% 82.5%

 The Illinois Public University Subset includes Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, University of Illinois-Springfield, and Western Illinois University.

The 12 public Illinois Universities are Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville and Carbondale), the University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana/Champaign), and Western Illinois University.

First-Year Freshmen
Retention Rate
2010 Cohort

James Madison 91.0%
Appalachian State 87.0%
Western Washington 85.0%
North Carolina-Wilmington 85.6%
Northern Iowa 82.5%
Montclair State 81.2%
College of Charleston 82.2%
California State-Chico 87.0%
Eastern Illinois 79.0%
Central Washington 77.6%
Wisconsin-Whitewater 78.0%
Missouri State 75.0%
Western Illinois 71.2%
Western Kentucky 73.2%
SIU-Edwardsville 71.9%
Sam Houston State 72.2%

Graduation Rate
Macomb Benchmarks
2005 Cohort

James Madison 82.0%
Western Washington 69.0%
North Carolina-Wilmington 67.0%
Northern Iowa 67.0%
Appalachian State 60.9%
College of Charleston 66.1%
Montclair State 61.9%
Eastern Illinois 58.0%
Western Illinois 53.4%
Central Washington 55.9%
Wisconsin-Whitewater 55.7%
Missouri State NA
California State-Chico 61.0%
Western Kentucky 49.7%
Sam Houston State 46.0%
SIU-Edwardsville 44.3%

Graduation Rate
Quad Cities Benchmarks
2007 Cohort

Augustana 78.0%
Pennsylvania State-Harrisburg NA
Western Illinois-Quad Cities 68.4%
Saint Ambrose 53.0%
Illinois-Springfield 60.9%
Texas A&M-International 41.5%
Governors State NA




National Survey of Student Engagment Freshmen Benchmark Comparison


Western compares its performance to the mean of all other regional comprehensive universities participating in the survey.

The National Survey of Student Engagement measures student performance on:

  • Academic challenge or the degree to which students perceive the importance of academic effort and setting high performance standards.
  • Academic and collaborative learning or measures of how intensely students were involved in their educational process and whether they applied what they have learned to different settings.
  • Student-faculty interactions or the degree to which students interacted with faculty inside and outside the classroom.
  • Opportunities for enriching educational experiences or the degree to which students engaged in curricular and co-curricular activities beyond classroom instruction. It also measures the extent to which students report exposure to different ideals and cultures other than their own.
  • Supportive environment or a measure of diversity, engagement, and inclusiveness.

Values at or above 100% in the table below (the University's goal) show that reported student satisfaction is higher at Western than peer institutions.

Western has moved to a multiyear administration given the stability of responses over time.

National Survey of Student Engagment Seniors Benchmark Comparison



Number of Course Sections, Percent of Classes Less Than 30,
and Student-Faculty Ratios

Fiscal Years 2007 to 2011

  2008 2009 2010 2011

Macomb Campus

Number of Sections 5,134 5,143 4,982 4,967
Percent of Classes Less Than 30 78.1% 80.9% 81.6% 80.2%
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 16:1 16:1 16:1 16:1

Quad Cities Campus

Number of Sections 534 603 627 432
Percent of Classes Less Than 30 93.1% 94.4% 95.2% 97.7%
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 12:1 12:1 12:1 12:1


Student-to-Faculty Ratios 

Fiscal Year 2010

  WIU Low Average High
Illinois Public University Subset 16:1 13:1 16:1 17:1
All Illinois Public Universities 16:1 13:1 16:1 17:1


Macomb Benchmarks

Fiscal Year 2010

Western Illinois 16:1
Eastern Illinois 16:1
James Madison 16:1
College of Charleston 16:1
North Carolina-Wilmington 16:1
Northern Iowa 16:1
SIU-Edwardsville 17:1
Montclair State 17:1
Appalachian State 17:1
Western Kentucky 19:1
Western Washington 21:1
Sam Houston State 19:1
Missouri State 21:1
Central Washington 21:1
Wisconsin-Whitewater 22:1
California State-Chico 23:1

Quad Cities Benchmarks

Fiscal Year 2010

Western Illinois-Quad Cities 11:1
Saint Ambrose 11:1
Augustana 11:1
Houston-Clear Lake NA
Illinois-Springfield 13:1
Pennsylvania State-Harrisburg NA
Texas A&M-Texarkana NA
Texas A&M-International 20:1
University of Baltimore NA
Governors State 13:1



Percent of Alumni Donations

Fall 2010

  WIU Low Average High
Illinois Public Universities Subset 13% 1% 7% 13%
All Illinois Public Universities 13% 1% 7% 13%


Benchmark of Alumni Donations

Fall 2010

Augustana 31%
Western Kentucky 14%
Western Illinois 13%
Wisconsin-Whitewater 13%
Northern Iowa 12%
Texas A&M-International 11%
Appalachian State 10%
St. Ambrose 10%
College of Charleston 10%
Missouri State 9%
North Carolina-Wilmington NA
Eastern Illinois 8%
Illinois-Springfield 8%
James Madison 9%
Sam Houston State 8%
Western Washington 7%
Montclair State 6%
Central Washington 5%
California State-Chico 5%
SIU-Edwardsville 5%