2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog
At Western Illinois University, academic advising is an intentional, educational partnership between advisors and students. Grounded in teaching and learning, and approached from a developmental perspective, this multidimensional process considers and respects students’ diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities, while facilitating the identification and achievement of educational, career, and life goals. Every student is assigned an academic advisor based on the student’s major or admission program. Once a student is admitted, information about the advisor can be found on the online student record system.
Advising and Academic Services Center
Memorial Hall Lower Level; (309) 298-1846 or -1871
The University Advising and Academic Services Center (UAASC) is responsible for the academic advisement of University Advising students (students who have not yet selected a major), freshmen admitted through the Academic Services Program, students in the Transitional Advising Program (students who have changed their major), and area high school students taking college classes while still in high school. Members of the UAASC staff work with all incoming freshmen and transfer students during the Spring and Summer pre-registration programs. During the school year, the UAASC helps students resolve academic problems, aids in the choice of majors and careers, and provides information about classes, programs, tutoring resources, and University procedures and requirements.
Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS)
Sherman Hall 110; (309) 298-1208
This Faculty Senate council (CAGAS) may be contacted through the Office of the Registrar in Sherman Hall. Undergraduate students seeking information concerning academic appeals (e.g., late withdrawals, course substitutions, and waivers of University requirements) may contact CAGAS at (309) 298-1208 or CAGAS@wiu.edu. Students filing such appeals may send them to CAGAS, Sherman Hall 110.
Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach
Horrabin Hall 6; (309) 298-1864
The School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach (wiu.edu/outreach) includes the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program, the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program, non-credit programs, distance learning, and international studies.
The School provides educational and public service opportunities through a variety of delivery technologies. Courses are offered in more than two dozen disciplines each term. Extension coursework is delivered on-site or through distance learning technology to Chicago, Cook/DuPage/Kane/Lake Counties, and Springfield. WIU provides online courses which allow individuals to study wherever they may be located.
The School administers the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program and Interdisciplinary Studies degree program. The Bachelor of Arts in General Studies is a fully online, innovative approach to undergraduate education designed for students who are place-bound by work and/or family responsibilities. The School also coordinates the National Fire Academy higher education curriculum program that provides opportunities for fire service personnel to earn credits leading to a bachelor’s degree and certification through the National Fire Academy. An undergraduate certificate is available in Fire Administration and Management or Fire Prevention Technology.
The Interdisciplinary Studies degree program offers a creative alternative for students interested in emerging fields, such as youth development, renewable energy and biofuels technology, renewable energy and wind technology, and renewable energy policy, planning, and management, and more generally for students whose academic needs and interests do not conform to the traditional academic major. The Interdisciplinary Studies degree program is individually designed and is tailored to the personal academic and professional objective of each student.
A wide variety of academic programs in the form of conferences, workshops, short courses, sponsored credit, and residential programs are coordinated through Non-Credit Programs. The Distance Learning office provides testing services as needed to students in the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program and for online courses that require proctored exams. Distance Learning also provides coordination and scheduling of all online course offerings, assists in the development of new online courses, and provides guidelines and general oversight to ensure academic quality of distance learning courses.
Another component of the School is the Center for International Studies. This office is involved in coordination with government agencies for visas, residence permits, and immigration problems; provides a week-long orientation for new international students; coordinates special programs such as International Neighbors and Conversation Partners; University representation for international and intercultural matters; and publicity related to all University international activities. The Western English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute provides an intensive program in academic English for international students who are preparing to enter an American college or university. The Office of Study Abroad sponsors a variety of educational programs in more than 60 countries worldwide. Students may participate in Study Abroad during Spring and Winter breaks, Summer, or a full semester or academic year.
Sherman Hall 116; (309) 298-1806
The School of Graduate Studies (wiu.edu/grad) is the coordinating agency for the University’s graduate programs. The Graduate School processes graduate student admissions, writes graduate assistantship contracts, verifies degree completion, and provides numerous services to all graduate students at the University. The School of Graduate Studies is responsible for implementing the policies, procedures, and academic standards established by the Graduate Council, a representative body elected by members of the graduate faculty.
Sherman Hall 110; (309) 298-1891
The Office of the Registrar (wiu.edu/registrar) determines the residency status of students, administers the registration of students, verifies degree completion, maintains student academic records, and reviews applications for undergraduate readmission. The office is also responsible for certifying NCAA academic eligibility, issuing official transcripts and verifications, printing diplomas, publishing class schedules, coordinating Commencement, issuing grade reports, processing student requests to change a major, minor, or address, and administering academic room scheduling. The Office of the Registrar also facilitates the GradTrac program.
University Libraries is an integral part of life and learning at Western Illinois University. University Libraries houses an extensive collection and offers online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications. University Libraries provides research assistance; instruction in library use; group study space; and student access to computers, printers, wireless Internet, digital commons, and photocopiers. University Libraries participates in several consortiums and can borrow materials through the interlibrary loan process in a fairly timely manner.
The Leslie F. Malpass Library in Macomb is the main branch and provides an inviting environment for research and study. The library houses the University Archives and Special Collections, Government, Legal, Spatial and Data Services, and Reference Units. The Macomb campus also has three specialized branch libraries for music, curriculum, and physical sciences.
The WIU—Quad Cities Library in Moline is a microcosm of University Libraries and offers a collection specifically tailored to Quad Cities students. It provides access to the same materials as the Macomb libraries.
For more information, please visit wiu.edu/libraries or telephone (309) 298-2411 for hours or (309) 298-2700 for the Reference and Information Desk for research assistance.
Stipes Hall 126; (309) 298-1177
University Technology (uTech) administers computer resources used by students and faculty for research and instruction. Computers connected to the campus network are available in most instructional and residential buildings on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Wireless access is available in all academic buildings and in public areas of residence halls. Some residence halls have full wireless coverage.
Major computer labs are staffed by trained student personnel and are available for student use in Stipes, Horrabin, Memorial, and Morgan Halls and at Western Illinois University— Quad Cities. Residence hall students in Macomb may use student-staffed labs in each hall complex, including two 24-hour labs, while late-night access is available for off-campus students in the Lincoln—Washington—Grote Hall complex. Internet access is available in all residence hall rooms, including graduate and family housing.
Each student is provided a WIU e-mail account, space to create a personal home page, network attached data storage, and access to mainframe services. The uTech Support Center in Stipes Hall 126 provides computing documentation, one-on-one assistance, general information, optical scanning of answer sheets for test scoring and questionnaire analysis, and solves problems with student accounts.
Personal computer and software products are discounted and available for students, faculty, and staff for demo and purchase through the uTech Computer Store located in the University Union Concourse. The uTech Computer Store can be contacted at (309) 298-1127. For technical assistance, please contact the uTech Support Center at (309) 298-2704 or SupportCenter@wiu.edu, or visit Western’s Knowledgebase at wiu.edu/kb.
Western Illinois University—Quad Cities
3300 River Drive, Moline, IL; (309) 762-9481
Located in a community with a population over 350,000, WIU—Quad Cities is the public University in the Quad Cities area. WIU—Quad Cities is a metropolitan, commuter campus that offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs. WIU—Quad Cities welcomes freshmen, transfers, and graduate students who seek an engaging university experience in and out of the classroom, with opportunities for experiential and service learning, networking, and internships that prepare students for a career and life after WIU.
Simpkins Hall 341; (309) 298-2815
The University Writing Center (and its satellite center at WIU—Quad Cities) provides a wide range of writing services to students, faculty, and staff. The Writing Center is staffed by highly qualified undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty who can assist with writing from any discipline, at any academic level, and at any point in the writing process. For more information on locations and hours, please visit us at wiu.edu/uwc.