University Planning

FY11 Performance Dashboard - December 16, 2010
Educational Demand and Quality Details


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Western Illinois University has enrollment goals of 12,500 students in Macomb and 3,000 students in the Quad Cities.

Macomb Campus Performance

In Macomb, enrollment was down 0.4%. However, enrollment is expected to increase in the years ahead. The campus attracted 122 more new freshmen and transfers than fall 2009, and net decreases in overall enrollment (2010 vs. 2009) are due to large graduating classes the past two years. Demand for the Macomb campus increased in fall 2010. Applications, acceptances, and enrollments of new freshmen and transfers all up from fall 2009, and the University continues to work with an enrollment consultant.

Macomb Campus Fall Enrollment Fall2006-Fall2010

Macomb Campus Freshmen Interest and Enrollment

Macomb Campus Freshman Show Rate


Macomb One-Year Change in Freshmen Interest and Enrollment

  2009 2010 Difference %Change
Applied 8,331 8,398 67 0.8%
Accepted 5,301 5,423 122 2.3%
Acceptance Rate 63.6% 64.6% -- 1.0%
Enrolled 1,641 1,761 120 7.3%
Show Rate (Enrolled/Accepted) 31.0% 32.5% -- 1.5%


Macomb Campus Transfer Interest and Enrollment

Macomb Campus Transfer Show Rate


Macomb One-Year Change in Transfer Interest and Enrollment

  2009 2010 Difference %Change
Applied 2,391 2,421 30 1.3%
Accepted 1,732 1,768 36 2.1%
Enrolled 1,139 1,141 2 0.2%
Show Rate (Enrolled/Accepted) 65.8% 64.5% -- (1.3%)



Quad Cities Campus Performance

On the Quad Cities campus, total enrollment was down 3.4% (52 students). The main decrease was due to an 80-student decrease in graduate student enrollment, which was partially offset by increases in undergraduate student enrollment. The Quad Cities campus will be working with the enrollment consultant on general graduate student recruitment strategies. Admissions decisions are made at the academic level.

Quad Cities enrollment is expected to increase. First, the total enrollment decline is, in part, due to enrollment reporting procedures. Federal guidelines allow students to be counted at only one institution (Macomb or Quad Cities) until there are separate financial aid offices for both campuses. Majority of hours taken on a campus determines Western student location. Beginning fall 2011, Quad Cities students taking online classes will be coded as Quad Cities off-campus students. In the past, all online students had been counted as Macomb off-campus.

Second, the Quad Cities campus continues to partner with Academic Affairs to ensure that all programs and supporting classes are available to Quad Cities students locally or through distance education. In fall 2010, 57 Quad Cities students had the majority of hours in Macomb to complete degree requirements. However, the percent of fully completable degrees on the Quad Cities campus in a two-year rotation has increased from 48% of all programs for students starting in fall the 2005-2007 cohort to 71% for students in the 2008-2010 cohort. Degrees completable on a part-time basis is 86%.

Third, the Quad Cities campus continues to strengthen partnerships with community colleges. Fall 2011 will see expansion to the Linkages program that allows students to take classes at the community college and Western at the same time, there will be joint recruitment and advisement between institutions, and the campus will implement articulation agreements for students in applied programs into Western’s Bachelor of General Studies program.

Quad Cities Campus Fall Enrollment Fall2006-Fall2010

Quad Cities Campus Transfer Interest and Enrollment

Quad Cities Campus Transfer Show Rate


Quad Cities One-Year Change in Transfer Interest and Enrollment

  2009 2010 Difference %Change
Applied 358 370 12 3.4%
Accepted 303 312 9 3.0%
Enrolled 205 203 (2) (1.0%)
Show Rate (Enrolled/Accepted) 67.7% 65.1% -- (2.6%)



Benchmark Comparisons

The Enrollment, Retention and Graduation Rate Information Report presented at today’s Western Illinois University Board of Trustees meeting discusses additional strategies used by both campuses to increase total student enrollment. Benchmarking and adapting best practices at peer institutions should help to increase the University’s show-rate (ratio of accepted to enrolled).


New Freshmen and New Transfer Show Rates - Fall 2009

  WIU Low Average High
Illinois Public University Subset        
New Freshman Show Rate 32.5% 32.5% 35.9% 39.5%
New Transfer Show Rate 65.8% 55.1% 62.6% 70.0%
All Illinois Public Universities        
New Freshman Show Rate 32.5% 32.5% 36.2% 39.5%
New Transfer Show Rate 65.8% 55.1% 63.2% 75.1%


New Freshman Show Rate
Macomb Benchmarks

Northern Iowa 55.4%
Sam Houston State 51.7%
Wisconsin-Whitewater 48.1%
Western Kentucky 44.8%
Missouri State 43.7%
North Carolina-Wilmington 38.5%
Western Washington 38.4%
Montclair State 35.9%
Eastern Illinois 34.6%
Western Illinois 34.1%
Appalachian State 33.9%
SIU-Edwardsville 31.8%
College of Charleston 31.1%
James Madison 30.9%
California State-Chico 24.4%
Central Washington NA

New Transfer Show Rate
Macomb Benchmarks

Wisconsin-Whitewater 79.2%
Central Washington 73.2%
Missouri State 73.0%
Northern Iowa 72.3%
Sam Houston State 72.0%
Eastern Illinois 70.0%
Appalachian State 69.9%
Western Illinois 67.6%
North Carolina-Wilmington 65.3%
Western Washington 64.1%
Montclair State 59.3%
James Madison 57.3%
Western Kentucky 47.9%
California State-Chico 46.7%
College of Charleston 43.5%
SIU-Edwardsville NA

New Transfer Show Rate
Quad Cities Benchmarks

Pennsylvania State-Harrisburg 66.6%
Illinois-Springfield 65.8%
Western Illinois-Quad Cities 65.2%
Augustana 63.9%
University of Baltimore 63.3%
Governors State 61.2%
Saint Ambrose 51.8%



Both Western campuses continue to diversify. The Macomb campus experienced increases in minority student and Pell grant recipient enrollment as a percent of total enrollment. The Quad Cities campus experienced increases in minority student enrollment and international student enrollment as a percent of total student enrollment.


Macomb Minority, International, and Pell Grant Enrollment Percent

Quad Cities Minority, International, and Pell Grant Enrollment Percent


As enrollment continues to diversify, students continue to have increased opportunity to interact with other students from different cultures and backgrounds, which promotes Western’s core value of personal growth. U.S. News & World Report’s Diversity Index reports the probability two students from different ethnic backgrounds will interact on a daily basis. Western is at the average for the subset of Illinois public universities, but is below the average of Illinois public universities. There are high minority populations at universities in urban areas (e.g., Chicago State University, Governors State University).


U.S. News & World Report's Diversity Index - Fall 2009

  WIU Low Average High
Illinois Public University Subset 0.28 0.24 0.29 0.35
All Illinois Public Universities 0.28 0.24 0.41 0.66



Macomb Benchmarks

Montclair State 0.54
Sam Houston State 0.49
California State-Chico 0.38
Central Washington 0.36
Western Washington 0.35
Western Illinois 0.28
Eastern Illinois 0.28
Western Kentucky 0.25
James Madison 0.22
North Carolina-Wilmington 0.20
College of Charleston 0.19
Wisconsin-Whitewater 0.19
Missouri State 0.17
Appalachian State 0.13
Northern Iowa 0.12

Quad Cities Benchmarks

Governors State 0.59
Illinois-Springfield 0.35
Western Illinois-Quad Cities 0.25
Augustana 0.15
Saint Ambrose 0.15
Houston-Clear Lake NA
Pennsylvania State-Harrisburg NA
Texas A&M-International NA
University of Baltimore NA



The average ACT score and ACT interquartile range (middle half of the ACT distribution) of new freshmen enrolled at the University decreased. However, the percent of freshmen from the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class increased to the highest point (25%) in six years.


ACT and High School Rank of WIU New Fall Freshmen

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Average ACT Score 21.2 21.2 21.2 21.3 21.0
ACT Interquartile Range 18-23 19-24 19-23 19-23 18-23
Freshmen from top 25% of HS Class 20% 22% 20% 22% 25%


When comparing entering student characteristics across colleges and universities, it is important to carefully consider institution mission and traditions. The University’s commitment to special admission skews entering student comparisons. Western has annually admitted between 230 and 347 new freshmen who, as part of the core value of educational opportunity, do not meet all of published admissions requirements, but who demonstrate the willingness to work toward shared educational objectives. These students have been successful at the University. The most recent six-year graduation rate comparisons (fall 2004 cohort) show that specially admitted students graduate at rates comparable to regularly admitted students, 54.2% compared to 58.8%,respectively.


ACT and High School Rank - Fall 2009

  WIU Low Average High
Illinois Public Universities Subset        
Average ACT Score
21.3 21.3 22.4 24.0
ACT Interquartile Range 19-23 19-23 20-25 22-26
From Top 25% of High School Class
22% 22% 29% 44%
All Illinois Public Universities        
Average ACT Score 21.3 18.5 22.6 28.5
ACT Interquartile Range 19-23 16-21 20-25 26-31
From Top 25% of High School Class 22% 22% 43% 83%


Average ACT Score
Macomb Benchmarks

James Madison 24.0
Missouri State 24.0
Western Washington 24.0
Appalachian State 23.5
College of Charleston 23.5
North Carolina-Wilmington 23.5
Northern Iowa 23.5
SIU-Edwardsville 22.5
Montclair State 22.0
Wisconsin-Whitewater 22.0
California State-Chico 21.5
Eastern Illinois 21.5
Western Illinois 21.3
Sam Houston State 21.0
Western Kentucky 21.0
Central Washington 20.5

ACT Interquartile Range
Macomb Benchmarks

College of Charleston 24-29
Appalachian State 23-28
James Madison 22-28
Missouri State 21-27
Western Washington 21-27
North Carolina-Wilmington 21-26
Northern Iowa 21-26
SIU-Edwardsville 20-25
Wisconsin-Whitewater 20-24
California State-Chico 19-24
Sam Houston State 19-24
Eastern Illinois 19-24
Montclair State 19-24
Western Illinois 19-23
Western Kentucky 18-24
Central Washington 18-24

From Top 25% of HS Class
Macomb Benchmarks

California State-Chico 76%
James Madison 73%
College of Charleston 62%
North Carolina-Wilmington 62%
Western Washington 61%
Appalachian State 58%
Missouri State 49%
Northern Iowa 49%
Sam Houston State 44%
Western Kentucky 40%
Montclair State 33%
Wisconsin-Whitewater 31%
Central Washington 23%
Western Illinois 22%
Eastern Illinois 22%


Western Illinois University students are served by a high-achieving, diverse faculty and staff. Higher Values in Higher Education identifies faculty and staff salaries that meet and exceed the mean of peer institutions as the highest institutional priority. The University experienced increases in salaries as a percent of peer group averages for all ranks of faculty. Average professor salaries now exceed peer group averages and average associate professor salaries are less than one percent from meeting this benchmark.


Faculty Salaries Compared to Peer Institutions