General Information (2001-2002)
Western Illinois University will provide the premier undergraduate education among all public universities in Illinois supported by excellence in graduate programs. To achieve this outcome the University has established the following goals for its graduate extension of this mission.
Mission of the Graduate School
It is the primary goal of the Graduate School to facilitate, encourage, support, and coordinate excellence in graduate education at Western Illinois University. To achieve this goal, the Graduate Council and the Graduate Office in concert with the Provost, Deans, Department Chairs, Department Graduate Committee Chairs, and Graduate Faculty will oversee issues relating to policies, procedures, and academic standards in graduate education.
Western Illinois University complies fully with applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. The University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity institution and affirms its commitment to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, or status as a disabled veteran in employment, programs, and services. Western Illinois University's commitment to nondiscrimination and affirmative action embraces the entire University community including faculty, staff, and students. The University also has policies on sexual harassment and racial and ethnic harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Affirmative Action/ADA Compliance Office, Sherman Hall 202, 309/298-1977.
Graduate degree programs are administered by academic departments in four colleges. College deans report to the Provost and Academic Vice President, who has responsibility for all academic programs and personnel at the University. The administration of graduate education is centered in the Office of the Provost under the leadership of the Associate Provost and Academic Vice President. In addition to the Provost, three other vice presidents administer the areas of student services, administrative services, and advancement and public services. The President is responsible to Western Illinois University's Board of Trustees for the operation and general welfare of the University.
The School of Graduate Studies is the coordinating agency for the University's graduate programs. It maintains records related to admission, graduate assistantships, and completion of degree requirements and works closely with members of the graduate faculty, academic departments, and college deans. The School of Graduate Studies is administered by the Director of Graduate Studies who reports to the Associate Provost and Academic Vice President. The School of Graduate Studies has responsibility for implementing the policies, procedures, and academic standards established by the Graduate Council, a representative body elected by full members of the Graduate Faculty. Any deviation from graduate academic regulations must be approved by the Graduate Council. The council may determine, at any time, a student's eligibility to continue graduate studies at Western Illinois University.
Carolyn J. Ehlert, Milan (Chair)
Donald S. Spencer, Ph.D., President of the University
Richard Anderson, Ph.D., Professor, Biology
Western Illinois University, in full compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, shall make educational records available to students upon request. Likewise, in accordance with the law, individually identifiable educational records will not be released to other than authorized individuals without written consent of the student. Students have the right to file complaints with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.
The Family Educational rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
Western Illinois University considers the following categories to be directory information, and, as such, may release it to any or all inquirers in such forms as news releases, directories or computer address lists: the student’s name; school, home, and e-mail address; telephone number; major field of study; dates of attendance; full- or part-time status; degrees and awards received; honors received (including Dean’s List); most recent previous educational agency or institution attended; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; and, for members of athletic teams, weight and height.
Students who do not wish this information to be released may prevent such release by sending a written request to the Registrar, Sherman Hall 110.
Western Illinois University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University's teacher certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Master of Accountancy and Master of Business Administration degrees are accredited by the AACSB–The International Association for Management Education. Music programs and Communication Sciences and Disorders programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, respectively. Counselor Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Graduate Schools.
Students who have complaints concerning the oral English proficiency of faculty providing classroom instruction should contact the department chair or the immediate supervisor of the appropriate faculty member. The complaint should be as specific as possible and should include a written summary.
All complaints shall be investigated by the department chair including, but not limited to, classroom visitation. If the department chair finds the faculty member's oral English proficiency is satisfactory, he/she will notify the student.
Students may appeal the department chair's satisfactory evaluation of oral English proficiency to the appropriate dean who shall investigate the complaint. If the dean finds the faculty member's oral English proficiency is satisfactory, the dean will so notify the student. In the event of such a finding, the decision of the dean shall be final.
If the department chair or dean finds the faculty member's oral English proficiency is unsatisfactory, a recommendation shall be submitted to the President (or designee) for consideration. The President or designee will notify the student and the faculty member of his/her decision.
At all levels of this procedure, the student's identity will remain confidential.
Western Illinois University offers graduate work in 35 graduate degree programs and eight post-baccalaureate certificates for approximately 2,437 graduate students. The University serves students from Illinois as well as 42 other states and 50 nations.
Fifty-two buildings are situated on more than 1,000 acres in Macomb. In addition, the University operates the Alice L. Kibbe Life Sciences Station on the Mississippi River, the Frank J. Horn Field Campus, and the University Farm, which provide nearby facilities for students enrolled in agriculture; biology; and recreation, park and tourism administration courses. The Western Illinois University Regional Center in Moline provides baccalaureate degree programs in accountancy, the Board of Trustees program; elementary education; information management; law enforcement and justice administration; management; manufacturing engineering technology; marketing; recreation, park and tourism administration; and special education.
The University is located in Macomb, the McDonough County seat, 40 miles
east of the Mississippi River. The city has a population of 20,000. Two
U.S. highways, 136 and 67, intersect at Macomb and provide direct access
to Interstates 74, 80, and 55. Rail passenger service is available from
Quincy and Chicago to Macomb.
Graduate and Family Apartment Housing: There are 336 apartments on campus for students with children, married students, single graduates and nontraditional single undergraduates. Of the 336 apartments, 13 are efficiency apartments, 262 are one-bedroom apartments, and 61 are two-bedroom apartments. Two bedroom apartments are reserved for students with at least one child and married students. Application for two-bedroom apartments should be on file at least one full year in advance due to the long waiting list. Each apartment has a stove, refrigerator, basic cable television outlet, and heating/air conditioning. There are 124 furnished apartments available on a first-come, first-served basis. Furnished apartments are provided with living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture. All utilities and local telephone calls are included in the rental payment. Laundry facilities are also available in the apartment complexes.
Further information and an Application for Graduate and Family Apartment Housing may be obtained from the Graduate and Family Housing Office in the University Housing and Dining Services Office in Seal Hall, telephone 309/298-3331.
Residence Halls: Competitively priced living accommodations that provide an atmosphere conducive for graduate studies are available on campus. Higgins Hall is located on the northwest corner of campus. It is an air-conditioned co-ed living environment providing double rooms and a limited number of single rooms. A special feature of Higgins Hall is its dining room, which is located on the 19th floor, providing a panoramic view of the entire campus and much of the Macomb community. Tanner Hall, located on the northeast corner of campus and Lincoln/Washington halls, located on the southeast corner, offer unique living arrangements for returning, transfer and graduate students. All accommodations are single rooms with all the amenities of residence hall facilities, plus extra closet space, an end table, easy chair, and carpeting. Tanner Hall is hard wired for computer access to the University’s local area network. Corbin Hall provides suite-style living arrangements for two, three, or four occupants and is located on the southwest corner of campus. Each floor has two lounges, two bathrooms, and laundry facilities. Olson Hall houses returning, transfer and graduate students in single accommodations. Also, Olson Hall offers a special environment for international students, as well as for English-speaking individuals who wish to have an international roommate. It is within easy walking distance of most campus buildings. Olson Hall also offers continuous housing for students who choose to stay on campus during break periods.
All rooms are furnished with air-conditioning, beds, dressers, study desks, chairs, closets, and private line telephones. Laundry facilities, television lounges, vending areas, computer labs and limited cooking facilities are available in each hall.
Residents of University housing sign a contract for a full academic year and pay room and board by semester.
Students enrolling for the first time will receive a Housing Application/Contract form upon acceptance to the University. Students should apply for housing as early as possible, since hall and room assignments are made based on the date of the student’s room application.
Off-Campus Housing: Listings of off-campus facilities for single students and married students are available in the Student Tenant Union Office located in the University Union.
The University's system of libraries contains more than one million catalogued volumes, 3,200 current periodicals, over 2,000 online full-text periodicals and 24 foreign and domestic newspapers, and computer access to resources worldwide. The main library features an eighty-five-foot atrium and thirty-eight two-story alcoves for natural lighting, displays, and thousands of plants. Illinet Online, a computerized catalog and circulation system, provides immediate access to collections of Western Illinois University and 44 other academic libraries throughout the state.
In 1964 the library became a depository for United States government publications and now has a major collection of both U.S. and Illinois state documents. The University Archives maintains official records from towns and county seats of the surrounding 16-county area of the military tract. Special Collections houses other unique collections, such as the Western Illinois Regional Studies collections, the papers of Congressman Tom Railsback and other noted individuals, both scholars and celebrities, and the collections of the Center for Icarian Studies.
Reference librarians assist students with research assignments. Interlibrary loans, which are available through a statewide delivery system, may be requested at the interlibrary loan desk. Librarians also search bibliographic databases online, orient students on library use, and provide instruction on the use of the literature in various disciplines.
Copy machines and microform copying services are available throughout the library.
The University Library has six floors providing space for one million volumes of library materials and seating for more than 2,000 readers.
The library system encompasses a main library and five branch libraries. The Physical Sciences Library, the Music Library, the Map Library, and the Curriculum Laboratory, are integral parts of the University's system that provide full service to all students, faculty, and staff on the campus. The branch library located at the WIU Regional Center in Moline, Illinois provides valuable services to students and faculty members in the Quad Cities.
Current library hours may be obtained by calling 309/298-2411. Answers to other inquiries may be obtained by calling 309/298-2705.
The Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station is a biological reserve of over 1600 acres of islands, bluffs and upland areas in the Mississippi River Valley near Warsaw, IL. Its aquatic habitats, forests, and prairies serve as an outdoor classroom for field studies and are used in environmental research. The Cedar Glen Eagle Roost which is part of the field station is considered one of the Midwest’s most outstanding natural areas and is nationally known as a major winter roosting area for bald eagles.
Students interested in freshwater and marine organisms also are able to enroll in WIU courses and conduct research at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. These facilities and programs are available through the Department of Biological Sciences.
The Frank J. Horn Field Campus has 92 acres of forests and prairies that are used in environmental education and research. This reserve is south of Macomb and managed by the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration.
The University Greenhouse and W. M. Walter Natural Area were developed and are maintained by the Department of Biological Sciences. The greenhouse has rooms designed for growing aquatic, xeric, and tropical plants. Space is also available for propagation and research. The W. M. Walter Natural Area has a pond, wetland, prairie, and forest that are used in teaching classes. These facilities are adjacent to Waggoner Hall.
The Department of Biological Sciences herbaria (MWI, WARK) contain collections of over 39,000 vascular plants, non-vascular plants, algae and fungi. The animal collections include both invertebrate and vertebrate animal specimens. The plant, fungal and animal collections serve as depositories of distribution records and for research on the biodiversity of western Illinois. They are available for both student and faculty research projects.
Facilities for cell and molecular research are also available in the Department of Biological Sciences. Equipment available includes a scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, ultracentrifuges, high-performance liquid chromatograph, PCR machine, microbiological equipment, and other supporting equipment used in student and faculty research.
The Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for University students and area residents. The clinic has a Computerized Speech Laboratory (CSL), Laryngograph, and other instruments which are used in the assessment and treatment of voice disorders and other speech disorders. In addition, the audiology clinic has instrumentation for real-ear measurement, video otoscopy, Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), otacoustic emissions (OAE) and ENG system. All of these instruments are used for advanced clinical training and can be used for research purposes as well.
The Department of Engineering Technology laboratories include facilities for computer aided design/manufacturing, robotics, metrology, material testing, programmable logic controlling, auto-ID and CNC machining. The University is a member of the Central Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center. This membership provides opportunities for applied research, professional work projects, and graduate internships with its industrial partners.
The Department of Physical Education has a modern complex of six rooms equipped for physiological, kinesiological, and motor pattern testing. Unique features include an environmental chamber, specially equipped rooms for testing without electrical interference, a BioDex machine, and a sound-insulated room for subject observation.
A psychological clinic and a psychoeducational clinic provide psychological services to students and area residents and their families at no charge. These services include psychotherapy, family therapy, psychological testing, consultations, and referrals.
The Department of Geography has facilities for research in cartography, geographical information systems, remote sensing, climatology, meteorology and micrometeorology, and earth materials analysis, as well as a fully equipped color radar weather station.
The Communication Program, a joint program between the Speech Communication and Broadcasting divisions in the Department of Communication, provides broadcast-quality radio and television studios and editing facilities for students interested in learning and developing broadcasting skills. Specialized equipment includes digital on-line editing, nonlinear digital audio and video editing, digital ENG equipment, digital audio production equipment with advanced multitrack recording, and computer generated video graphics with 3-D animation capabilities. Students produce and air local news, weather, and sports programs via cable television. The remote truck contains a 5-camera digital setup. Broadcast facilities are connected by microwave to the CBS and NBC affiliates in Quincy, Illinois.
The Center for the Application of Information Technologies, (CAIT) is located in the College of Education and Human Services. The Center supports a wide range of activities and services on the WIU campus, including maintaining and operating the satellite uplink and instructional broadcast studios and facilities in Memorial Hall. This all-digital facility is the point of broadcast delivery for the Satellite Education Network and STAR-Net, which delivers instructional programming in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education. The center delivers over 1,400 hours of live instruction via satellite each year, making WIU a national leader in distance education. In addition, the center supports and operates the University’s compressed digital video conferencing network in conjunction with many of the electronic classrooms across campus. The electronic classrooms, coupled with state-of-the-art interactive digital video technology, are funded in part by research grants from GTE and Ameritech, and are among the most advanced in the country.
CAIT is also actively involved in both multimedia production and training within the educational field. At present the center maintains over 50 web sites including the Illinois Attorney General’s. The center is also responsible, in partnership with the WIU School of Extended and Continuing Education, for the development of web-based courses. CAIT has produced over twenty-six CD-ROM titles and a variety of software applications. Current projects include reading applications and “smart” web technologies. CAIT provides training for both WIU faculty and students in the use and integration of the latest information technologies and its training outreach program works with K-12 school districts across Illinois.
The College of Education and Human Services maintains 24 electronic classrooms in Horrabin, Currens, Knoblauch and Brophy Halls, permitting students and instructors to access the latest instructional technologies (e.g., computers, CD-ROMS, DVDs, videotapes, the Internet/World Wide Web, and distance learning). These classrooms, funded in part by Ameritech, are used by both instructors and students to explore and model the use of high-tech teaching tools. The College of Education and Human Services also maintains the GTE Electronic Classroom and the GTE Teleconferencing Center. Both facilities are among the most advanced facilities of their kind. The GTE Electronic Classroom seats 88 students and incorporates touch screen technology, projection television, audience response, and distance education capability with both digital satellite uplinking and compressed two-way video. The GTE Teleconferencing Center is an advanced administrative conferencing facility that also has satellite and compressed video conferencing capabilities in addition to advanced computer conferencing capability. The facility has flexible seating in an executive atmosphere. International Teleconferences around the world are common in this facility with recent conferences to France, England, Mexico, and Canada.
The University Union is more than a building; it is an organization and a program which serves the University community-students, faculty, administration, alumni, and guests.
Union facilities include guest rooms; a table service dining facility; catering services; a convenience store, sweet shop; and food court, containing Burger King, Hot Dog Construction, Sub Connection, and Gourmet Bean Coffee Shop. The Union also contains student organizational, assistance, activities, legal, and judicial offices; art galleries; conference and meeting rooms; a bookstore with a wide selection of educational and recreational supplies; service center; box office; travel center; bowling lanes; billiards room; lounges; e-mail café, copy center; automatic teller machines; florist; theatre; and other recreational facilities.
Programs open to all University students are arranged, sponsored, and advised by the Office of Student Activities and University Union staff. The University Union serves as the campus community center for all members of the University community.
Through its various organizations, committees and staff, the Union provides a cultural, social, and recreational program aiming to make leisure time activity a cooperative factor with study in education. Its goal is the development of persons as well as intellects.
Western Illinois University is one of eleven colleges and universities of Illinois and Iowa which are members of the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center, a voluntary academic consortium. The member institutions offer graduate courses in the Quad Cities.
Western Illinois University - Quad Cities
Western Illinois University offers several degree graduate programs at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus in Moline, Illinois, which is approximately 70 miles north of the residential campus in Macomb. Graduate degrees are offered in the following disciplines at the WIU-QC:
Academic Computing administers computing resources used by students and faculty for research and instruction. Microcomputers in most instructional, administrative, and residential buildings on the Macomb campus are connected to a campus network (LAN) in order to access hosts, software resources, laser printing, and the internet.
Major computing labs for students, staffed by trained student personnel, are located in Horrabin, Stipes and Morgan Halls, with unstaffed computing resource centers (CRCs) located in other classroom buildings. Residence hall students may use student-staffed labs in each hall complex, including two 24 hour labs, while students who live off campus have late night access available in the Lincoln-Washington complex. The Western Illinois University Regional Center, located in Moline, Illinois, also houses a full-service lab. LAN access is available in most residence halls, including graduate and family housing, while 56K modem access is available to other on and off-campus users.
Each registered student is entitled to an E-mail account, space to create a personal home page on the World Wide Web, and access to the Internet via the campus network (LAN). Students also have access to some UNIX-based systems and IBM mainframe services. With these systems students can use e-mail, the World Wide Web, and other tools to communicate electronically over the Internet world-wide networks. They can also use many programming languages, the CICS programming environment, and several statistics and symbolic math applications.
All Academic Computing labs and resource centers house networked IBM-PC compatible and Macintosh computers with Zip drives and laser printers. Some labs also contain SUN workstations and scanners. Students have access to a variety of discipline-specific microcomputer software in versions for Macintosh and Windows. These include popular programming languages, word processors, spreadsheets, databases, graphic applications, desktop publishing programs, and statistical packages.
Academic Computing staff members have offices in Stipes Hall 126 and Morgan 107. The Academic Computing Computer Information Center provides software documentation and educational price information for buying computer systems and software, performs optical scanning of answer sheets for test scoring and questionnaire analysis, and handles problems with student accounts. For more information, contact Academic Computing at 309/298-1177 or the Academic Computing Helpdesk at 309/298-2704.
The Alumni Association continues with pride the lifelong relationship of our graduates with Western Illinois University.
Positive and rewarding undergraduate and graduate experiences provide a foundation on which to build an outstanding alumni association. Those experiences, along with the pride and loyalty which WIU alumni have for their alma mater, enable our Alumni Association to provide diverse opportunities for alumni to interact with their alma mater.
Everyone who graduates from the University is an automatic member of the Alumni Association—there are no dues or fees, and each year more than 50 alumni events are hosted in a variety of locations throughout the United States. The WIU Alumni Association plays a crucial role in continuing the partnership between the University and its 80,000 alumni and friends.
Western Illinois University provides opportunities for over 400 student-athletes in a 20-sport National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I program. Both the men (Fighting Leathernecks) and women (Westerwinds) compete in the Mid-Continent Conference in all sports except football. Football competes in the Gateway Football Conference at the NCAA Division I-AA level.
WIU sponsors the following intercollegiate athletic competition: For men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and both indoor and outdoor track and field. For women: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball.
Intercollegiate Athletics offers graduate assistantships in coaching, promotions and marketing, athletic training and sports information. Possibilities exist to assist in the administrative areas of finance and compliance.
The Office of Campus Recreation takes great pride in providing graduate students an opportunity to balance work and leisure through a variety of recreational programs in the Student Recreation Center. This four-level building offers a multipurpose arena for basketball, volleyball, pickleball, badminton, inline skating and floor hockey. A two-part Rec Room allows karate, tae kwon do, ju-jitsu and other martial arts participants to practice and perform. Aerobic fitness sessions are offered daily. Earlybird sessions begin at 7 a.m., with additional sessions over the lunch hour and extending into the evening. Steps, Cycle/slides, Power Punch, resist-a-balls, exertubes, body bars and hand weights are utilized to increase performance. The Pump Room houses a full line of free weights, Cybex circuit training machines and a room designed for heavy-duty weight lifting. A suspended 1/12-mile indoor track surrounds the arena to provide indoor comfort for walkers and joggers. The Cardio Plaza and Theatre offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular and resistance training equipment such as Crossrobics machines, Stair Masters, Life Cycles, Precor rowing and skiing machines, and treadmills. Five racquetball courts with glass backwalls for racquetball, handball, squash or walleyball can be reserved, and a golf instructional room with two driving nets and a contoured putting green is available. The newly renovated Aquatic Center has a 25-yard, six- lane pool and a 12-person whirlpool and sauna. Services include equipment check-out, pro shop, Oasis juice bar, locker rooms, towel service, personal training and health fitness lifestyle evaluations.
Campus Recreation offers a variety of programs for students to join. Intramurals host over 54 competitive, intermediate recreational tournaments, and one-day events in men's, women's and co-rec divisions. Events are held on a weekly or daily basis throughout each semester and include badminton, basketball, bike racing, bowling, cross country running, 8-ball tournament, field goal kicking contest, flag football, floor hockey, golf, pickleball, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, sports trivia, table tennis, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, water basketball, and wiffleball. Sport clubs are organized by students interested in gaining participation experience, leadership skills, and social interaction. Established clubs include: adventure, bowling, fitness unlimited, fencing, martial arts, lacrosse, rollerblade hockey, men's and women's rugby, men's volleyball, and water polo. Throughout campus, students can utilize a variety of outdoor recreational facilities for sand volleyball, basketball, rollerblade hockey, tennis, softball, soccer, and flag football. The O. L. Champion Golf Course and tennis courts are available to students when not in use for classes or athletic events.
The office of Campus Recreation sponsors a number of special events throughout the year, and strives to provide life-enhancing, recreational opportunities for the physical, mental, and social interest of the individual and their family.
Rec North and Rec South (Formerly the Wellness Centers)
The two centers, located in Wetzel Hall and Lincoln/Washington Halls, are equipped with a variety of cardiovascular equipment and weight machines, a full compliment of free weights and variety of other equipment. The centers offer many benefits: nearby locations, convenient hours and a friendly informed staff. The centers also offer various healthy lifestyle and incentive programs for members.
The Career Service Office offers to all publics of the University a new and exciting, interactive computerized registration system and online employer search capability. Students and alumni of the University, who choose to register from the convenience of their homes or offices, may do so utilizing the internet access capabilities to the Career Services Office. This new service places the resume and credentials of the registrant online and provides the prospective employer with access to the student/alumni academic and workplace accomplishments.
The Career Services Office offers two Virtual Career Fairs each year. A Virtual Career Fair is an internet fair whereby an employer may post positions available within their organizations online with the Career Services Office for viewing and response by students and graduates of the University. This service capability enhances the visibility of the student who is seeking internship, co-op, and full-time career employment. Employers working from their offices may interact immediately through the Internet with the students and graduates of the University.
Additionally, the Career Services Office provides assistance in career development, occupational planning, and future placement possibilities appropriate to the individual’s needs. The office’s resource library has extensive hard copy resources and computerized job searching resources available for the user. Hard copy resources include: directories, job listings, newspaper publications, career planning books, business and government guides and other professional publications.
Special informational workshops and seminars provide professional employment preparation and self marketing skills. The Career Services Office personnel teach the University 390 course, Pre- Employment Preparation. The class is an excellent opportunity to learn job search skills, resume preparation, and on the job survival techniques and skills. Computerized, Internet registration in establishing placement credential files enhances the utilization of the office services by students and employers alike. Annual job fairs on the campus and Virtual Career Fairs on the internet are sponsored by the Career Services office each year. The fairs provide the students and alumni the opportunity to meet employers and participate in onsite interviews and internet communications.
Candidates for all degrees are encouraged to register with the Career Services Office throughout their college years. Credential files must be established before students interview on campus for jobs and prior to the Career Services Office releasing student/graduate information to prospective employers.
Complete listing of all services are available at www.careers.wiu.edu.
The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides free personal, academic, and career counseling services to all WIU undergraduate and graduate students. Individual, couple, and group counseling is available, and all counseling sessions are confidential. The UCC provides complete vocational, psychological, and learning problems assessment. Throughout the academic year, the UCC offers the WIU community a wide array of educational life-enhancement programs with topics on study skills, time management, sexual assault prevention, alcohol/substance abuse, career information, interpersonal communications, self-esteem, etc.
A Career, Self-help and Resource Center is available, equipped with computers, books, videotapes and audiotapes, and many other materials. The center aids in the exploration of academic majors and career opportunities, study skill techniques, and personal concerns, i.e., assertiveness, speech/math/test anxiety, sexual orientation, depression, adult children of dysfunctional families, and many others.
The University Counseling Center is an International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) accredited site. The counselors hold master’s or doctoral degrees and are certified or licensed in the areas of counseling, psychology, or social work. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday. For more information, please call 309/298-2453.
Outstanding concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, films, and dance attractions by nationally known performers are presented on the campus by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the University Union Board. These varied programs serve both educational and entertainment purposes. All students are admitted free or at a reasonable charge to scheduled programs upon presentation of their student identification cards. Students also may participate in musical, dramatic, and debate productions for stage, radio, and closed-circuit television by joining one of several University groups. The Gwendolyn Brooks and Casa Latina Cultural Centers offer programs and activities focusing on the African American and Hispanic cultures. Opportunities to view local, national, and international art exhibits are available to students in the University Art Gallery and the University Union. Exhibits are changed monthly, and admittance to the galleries is free.
Disability Support Services (DSS), located in Memorial Hall 200, 309/298-2512 (voice); 309/298-1856 (TT), in accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, provides reasonable accommodations when needed to make programs and activities accessible for WIU students with disabilities (orthopedic, visual, hearing, learning, chronic health, psychological). Any person desiring accommodations in the area of auxiliary aids, or University-sponsored activities and events should contact DSS well in advance of intended enrollment. Western Illinois University publications will be made available in alternative format upon request.
The Office of International Education administers and coordinates activities and programs designed to encourage international and cross-cultural understanding and prepare graduates to effectively live and work in an interdependent, global community. Major services of the office include admission and academic advisement of English as a second language (ESL), undergraduate, and graduate international students; immigration advisement for international students and faculty; personal counseling for international students; comprehensive orientation for new international students, special activity programming, and ongoing support for specific needs of international students.
The University participates in formal exchange programs for faculty and students with distinguished colleges and universities overseas. An ongoing program of intensive courses in English as a second language is offered by Western's English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute for non-native speakers of English.
The Office of International Education sponsors the Conversation Partners Program for international students and American partners; the International Neighbors Program in which American families offer friendship and hospitality to international students; the International Friendship Club for American and international students, which sponsors the annual International Bazaar; and the Women for International Friendship Club, which provides English classes and activities for wives of international students.
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. The WESL curriculum is designed and taught by a professional faculty to prepare students academically, socially, and culturally for success as university students.
The English as a Second Language Program is offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. It consists of three levels of instruction: foundations, intermediate, and university preparation. Upon arrival, students take the WESL English Proficiency Placement Test and are thereby placed in the appropriate level. Students who place at the highest level and who meet WIU admission requirements may be admitted to the dual level in which they are enrolled part-time at the WESL Institute and part-time at the University (this program is not available in the summer).
Full-time students attend classes four to five hours a day, five days a week. The curriculum integrates academic content with skill-building in English, combining textbook lessons and teacher-written materials. The curriculum is supported by a multimedia computer lab which develops students’ computer literacies and uses a wide range of interactive software. Students study at each level for a semester. The WESL program consists of two 16-week semesters and an eight-week summer session which follow the WIU academic calendar.
Students at the WESL Institute have access to all University events and facilities. The full services of the office of International Education are available to WESL students for personal counseling and assistance with immigration matters.
New students who have not submitted an official TOEFL score of 213 (550 paper score) or higher prior to arrival will be tested to determine their levels of proficiency. To qualify for University admission as a full-time student, a student may either complete the WESL program or achieve a 213 (550 paper score) on the TOEFL at a later date.
Beu Health Center, located on campus, provides medical services (consultation and treatment) for students and their dependents.
The health center has its own pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray facility. There is a minimal user fee for x-ray procedures, prescription products, and office visits.
Chronic long-term and pre-existing conditions are not in the scope of the health center and, except for acute exacerbations, are the responsibility of the student and their personal physician.
Students taking on-campus classes pay a health center fee based on the number of registered hours. Spouses and children of students may also use the health center and can cover costs by paying with cash or credit card.
The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center and the Casa Latina Cultural Center
provide special facilities and programs to serve the unique needs of students
of color. Programming efforts include recruiting activities, academic
support activities, cultural and fine arts events, social and recreational
activities, speakers, financial assistance counseling, job placement opportunities,
and fundraising events for minority student groups. Several performing
groups in the areas of dance, theatre, and music are sponsored by the
centers. The centers are committed to helping the campus community develop
a multicultural and multiracial society that promotes equal opportunity
which is not based on race, creed, sex, economic status, or position in
The Parking Services Office provides services to the community related to vehicle usage and control on campus. The office issues parking permits; regulates parking lot use; enforces parking rules and regulations; plans, maintains, and paves parking lots; controls the placement and maintenance of traffic signs; and provides an emergency motorist assistance program including battery assists, unlocking a car, emergency gasoline refuelings, and inflating a tire. All vehicles using campus facilities must have either a permanent or temporary parking permit displayed on the vehicle during specified times except when the vehicle is parked at a parking meter. The office is located in Mowbray Hall, 309/298-1921, and may be called after normal business hours at 309/298-1949.
The Office of Public Safety is a multifaceted organization providing police, safety, and parking services to the community. These services include criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, medical transport and care, fire and crime prevention, safety programs, escort services, key control, motorist assistance, and other miscellaneous activities related to the safety and well-being of University faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round. All police officers are fully commissioned law enforcement officers in the State of Illinois and have full jurisdiction on the University and the surrounding county. The office provides student emergency medical services to the community with qualified emergency medical technicians on staff. The office also provides safety escorts for the community from dusk to dawn year round from one campus location to another. The office is located in Mowbray Hall, 309/298-1949, emergency 911.
Students may register for classes from most computer labs on campus using the Student Terminal Assisted Records System (STARS). For students unable to register on campus, phone-in registration is available through Tele-STARS at 309/298-5000 and through the web at www.student.services.wiu.edu/STARS/. Detailed registration instructions are included in the on-campus and extension class schedule booklets available each semester. For more inforamtion, please contact the Registration Center, Memorial Hall 15B, 309/298-2437.
The Western Illinois University Foundation is a not-for-profit organization through which WIU alumni and friends can channel gifts to the University. The Foundation's resources are directed into student scholarships, faculty development, research, instructional equipment, and special projects not funded by state appropriations or student fees.
The WIU Foundation and Development Office coordinates a number of giving programs that encourage regular yearly contributions from alumni and friends. Contacts are made personally, through mail solicitations, and an annual phonathon. Specially tailored funding proposals are presented to specific corporations, private foundations, and individuals. The WIU Foundation accepts many different types of gifts—gifts in the form of cash or pledges which may be paid over a period of time, securities, real estate, instructional and research equipment, and various forms of planned gifts.
For information about making a contribution, establishing a scholarship, bequests or other forms of planned giving, please contact the WIU Foundation and Development Office, Sherman Hall 303, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390, 309/298-1861, fax 309/298-1761, E-mail W-Foundation@wiu.edu.