Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Services

Academic Advising

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. Students are assigned academic advisors based on the selected major, how many credits they are bringing to the University, or their admission program. Once a student is admitted, information about the advisor can be found on the online student record system (STARS).

Center for Global Studies
Horrabin Hall 6; (309) 298-1920

The Center for Global Studies (wiu.edu/global) manages the marketing of WIU abroad. Primarily focused on the recruitment of international students, Global Studies engages partner institutions, agencies, faculty, and individual students worldwide to begin the familiarization process with WIU.

In addition, the Center for Global Studies (CGS) offers a wide variety of programs including conferences, workshops, short-term international programs, sponsored credit, and residential programs coordinated through the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach. Staff development programs are offered independently, as well as in cooperation with University departments.

CGS collaborates with the Graduate School in processing international admissions as well as enabling the process for visas and resolving immigration problems. CGS also provides a comprehensive orientation program 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. Western’s 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. Global Studies engages with a variety of educational programs in more than 60 countries worldwide. Students may participate in Study Abroad throughout the year.

Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS)
Sherman Hall 110; (309) 298-3101

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) 298-3101 or CAGAS@wiu.edu. Students filing such appeals may send them to CAGAS, Sherman Hall 110, or to the email address indicated above.

First Year Advising Center
Memorial Hall Lower Level; (309) 298-1846 or -1871

The First Year Advising Center specializes in helping all new freshmen who have fewer than 24 hours earned, including students in our University Advising Program (undecided), Reach Program, and high school students who are taking dual credit courses. Incoming freshmen with 24 or more credits earned and students pursuing an online degree program will be advised by a major area advisor.

Through multiple meetings, your FY advisor will help you choose appropriate courses for your first two semesters, assist in your transition to campus life, and make referrals to resources and services available at WIU. Your FY advisor can also provide assistance if you decide to change your major.

Graduate Studies
Sherman Hall 116; (309) 298-1806

The School of Graduate Studies (wiu.edu/grad) is the coordinating agency for the University’s graduate programs and international admissions. The Graduate School processes graduate student admissions, writes graduate assistantship contracts, verifies degree completion, and provides immigration services to all graduate and international 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.

Registrar
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
(309) 298-2705

University Libraries is comprised of the main Leslie F. Malpass Library, the Music Library, the Curriculum Library, and the WIU-Quad Cities Library in Moline. Together the libraries house an extensive collection; deliver online access to thousands of journals, documents, and e-books; offer research assistance both in person and virtually; and provide library instruction. All branches offer group study spaces, wireless access, computers, and printers. WIU Libraries is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, giving our users easy access to the collections of 88 other libraries throughout the state. In addition, WIU Libraries participates in the federal and Illinois depository programs and is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Archives & Special Collections is the official repository for university records and scholarship, and collects materials that document the cultural, economic, and natural heritage of west-central Illinois. For more information, please visit wiu.edu/libraries.

University Technology
Stipes Hall 126; (309) 298-TECH

University Technology (uTech) supports computer resources used by students and faculty for research and instruction. Computers are available for use in most instructional and residential buildings on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Wireless access is available in all academic buildings and in residence halls.

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 computer labs in each hall complex. Two labs are available 24 hours a day, while late-night access is available for off-campus students in the University Union and Malpass Library. Internet access is available in all residence hall rooms, including graduate and family housing.

Each student is provided a WIU email account, space to create a personal home page, and file storage. Google Apps for Education and Office 365 accounts are free to all students. Discounted software is also available for purchase. Details regarding discounted and free software available to students can be found on the WIU website. WIU Mobile is a free mobile app available for download on Apple and Android devices. The app offers the ability to view important campus resources such as a campus map, dining menus, campus directory, news, Western Online, computer lab hours, and current events from the convenience of a mobile device.

The uTech Support Center provides walk-in support for student, faculty, and staff technology needs. Walk-in technical support is available in Stipes Hall 126 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday. For technical assistance, please contact the uTech Support Center at (309) 298-TECH [(309) 298-8324] or support@wiu.edu.

Western Illinois University—Quad Cities
3300 River Drive, Moline, IL; (309) 762-9481

Located in a community with a population over 380,000, 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.

Writing Center
Malpass Library, Third Floor (Macomb); Quad Cities Complex, Room 2219 (QC); (309) 298-2815

The University Writing Center (UWC), including the QC-based U.S. Bank Writing Center, provides a wide range of writing services to students, faculty, and staff. The UWC 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 or to self-schedule an appointment, please visit us at wiu.edu/uwc.