Campus Connection: June 06, 2008 • Vol. 23 , No. 15

BOT to Review New Degree Programs, Student Health Insurance Fees

The Western Illinois University Board of Trustees will consider two new undergraduate degree programs and an increase in student health insurance fees at the June 6 meeting at the WIU-Quad Cities campus in Moline.

The WIU Board will begin at 8 a.m. with a scheduled executive session in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings Act. The open meeting will resume at approximately 9 a.m., following the executive session.

A Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Basic (BSN) will be presented to Western’s Board for consideration.

The proposed 133 semester-hour engineering degree will be delivered at the WIU-Macomb and WIU-Quad Cities campuses and will provide an integrated course of study. The program will be a plus-two degree completion program (junior and senior years) articulated with the pre-engineering transfer programs at the WIU-Macomb campus and community colleges in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. Western’s Quad Cities-based engineering program will be linked to QC businesses through required internship, cooperative education experiences and capstone projects.
The proposed 125-semester-hour BSN degree is designed for individuals who wish to become registered nurses and obtain a bachelor’s degree. Western’s BSN program will allow students to begin their education at WIU as a freshman in the pre-BSN major, complete two years of general education and nursing support courses, and apply for admission into the nursing major. In 2007, the BOT and the Illinois Board of Higher Education granted approval to Western to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-BSN completion degree program to allow associate degree and diploma nurses to develop skills for a higher level of nursing practice.

In addition, the Board will consider increasing the student health insurance rate by six percent, which is $16.69 (from $278.16 to $294.85 per half year and $589.70 per full year), effective Aug. 1. In addition, the deductible will be increased by $50, from $150 to $200.

According to Mary Margaret Harris, director of Western’s Beu Health Center, the increase is necessary to keep pace with national healthcare costs, which increased 6.9 percent in 2007, and to allow the University to establish and fund a student health insurance reserve.

Western’s Board will also:

The Board will also receive updates of the University’s Fiscal Year 2009 appropriated operating and capital budget and academic program changes.