2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog

Our Vision

Western Illinois University will be the leader in educational quality, opportunity, and affordability among its peers.

Our Mission

By enacting our values and supporting the synergy between instruction, research, creativity and service, Western Illinois University prepares a socially responsible, diverse student, faculty and staff population to lead in the global society.

Our Values

  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: 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. With personal growth comes an environment and interpersonal dynamics that celebrate diversity, support internationalization of the curriculum, and encourage plurality of thought and perspective. 

Social Responsibility: Western Illinois University is committed to equity, social justice, and diversity and will maintain the highest standards of integrity in our work with others. We will serve as a resource for and stimulus to economic, educational, cultural, environmental, and community development in our region and well beyond it.