Graduate Studies

General Information - 2013-2014

PDF version of Graduate Catalog

The History and Heritage of Western Illinois University

Founded in 1899, the Western Illinois State Normal School was established to address teacher preparation in the state’s grammar schools. The faculty and students of Western were eager to meet this need, and the institution soon became known for its well-rounded, deeply committed graduates, a tradition that continues.

As the years passed and the name was changed to Western Illinois State Teachers College in 1921 and then to Western Illinois University in 1957, the institution’s mission continually broadened to include academic majors that prepared high school teachers; the state’s earliest and most successful extension program; a multi-faceted graduate school; a liberal arts program; and, eventually, distinguished colleges devoted to Arts and Sciences, Business and Technology, Education and Human Services, and Fine Arts and Communication.

Throughout time, and most recently as Western celebrated 50 years as a University during academic year 2007-2008, we have earned and maintained a reputation for expanding public access to affordable, high-quality degree programs and fostering student involvement in University activities.

We are now a leading University with a residential campus in Macomb; metropolitan, non-residential campus in the Quad Cities; and extension and distance learning programs. With an outstanding, diverse faculty and staff committed to multicultural and international education, Western Illinois University offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study to approximately 12,500 students from Illinois, across the nation, and around the world.

The Present and Future of Western Illinois University

With more than a century of growth and development, and over 100,000 living alumni, Western Illinois University maintains a strong sense of community and historic commitments to student access, affordability, and success. Western has consistently been recognized as a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review and is one of only 37 public universities recognized as a top-tier “Best Regional University” by U.S. News & World Report.

Western Illinois University is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University’s teacher licensure programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The University also maintains a strong commitment to discipline-based accreditation and licensure, where appropriate to the discipline. In academic year 2011-2012, Western Illinois University maintained accreditation/licensure with 12 agencies, ranging from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

These external recognitions and peer-based accreditations showcase our high academic standards, quality instruction, proven opportunities for job and graduate school placement, outstanding academic and residential facilities, exciting extracurricular activities, and institutional commitments to sustainability and affordability.

These recognitions also reinforce the unique mission and niche of Western Illinois University in the state’s system of public higher education. Keeping focused on our vision, mission, and values is critical to continued student success and our progress, growth, and contributions to the state and beyond. Western Illinois University, along with all other 11 Illinois public universities, is currently being challenged by a declining number of Illinois high school graduates, decreasing state support (appropriations) for higher education, and increasing costs, maintenance, technological, infrastructure, and accountability needs

Through continued successful implementation of Higher Values in Higher Education, the institutional planning, resource allocation, and accountability reporting process established in academic year 2002-2003, we will continue to build upon our strengths and take advantage of opportunities. Western Illinois University will continue to prepare our students and graduates to lead in the global community. We will do so in a manner that is distinctive and nationally recognized for successful implementation of our vision, mission, and values.

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 serve as a resource for and stimulus to economic, educational, cultural, environmental, and community development in our region and well beyond.

Mission of the Graduate School

It is the primary goal of the School of Graduate Studies 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 is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. In addition, many of its departments and schools are accredited by professional agencies, including the following: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications, Inc.; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering; The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International; Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; Council on Social Work Education; National Association of Schools of Art and Design; National Association of Schools of Music; National Association of Schools of Theatre; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; and National Recreation and Park Association.

  Equal Opportunity and Access

Western Illinois University complies fully with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. The University is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from discrimination based on sex, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Further, the University is committed to a comprehensive Affirmative Action program that ensures access and equity in educational programs, activities, and employment.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access is responsible for administering and monitoring Western Illinois University’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policies and procedures. Inquiries about or complaints alleging violation of the policies should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, 203 Sherman Hall, (309) 298-1977. The director also serves as the coordinator for Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulations, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  Religious Observance Policy

Consistent with Illinois Public Act 84-212, an act to prohibit public school districts and institutions of higher education from discriminating against students for observing religious holidays (effective August 26, 1985), Western Illinois University subscribes to the following policy and procedures.

1. Western Illinois University supports the concept of "Reasonable Accommodation of Religious Observances" in regard to admissions, class attendance, and the scheduling of examinations and other academic work requirements.

2. A student who is unable because of the observance of a religious holiday to attend classes on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day shall be excused from taking any examination or any study or other academic work assignments on such days or times.

3. Faculty and administrative personnel may require up to 5 calendar days advance notice of absences to observe religious holidays.

4. It is the responsibility of the faculty and administrative personnel to make available to such students an equivalent opportunity to make up the examinations, study, or other academic work requirements which they missed due to such absences.

5. It is the responsibility of all students who also are employees of the University to make arrangements to fulfill their obligations to the University in advance of their absence, and/or to utilize accrued leave (if applicable) during the absence. (See section II)

No fees or penalties may be imposed against the students who exercise such afforded opportunities. If a student believes she/he has been a victim of discrimination on grounds of religious observances, she/he may seek redress under the existing Affirmative Action Complaint Procedures

A student who feels that he or she has been unreasonably denied an educational or employment benefit due to religious beliefs or practices should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

Western Illinois University’s full Reasonable Accommodation of Students’ and Employees’ Religious Observance Policy is available at

  Student Right-to-Know

Information complying with the Federal Student Right-to-Know legislation, including the Campus Safety and Security Act (Clery Law), is available in the Office of Public Safety, the Student Assistance and Parent Service Center, University Housing and Dining Services, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, and the Office of the Vice President for Administrative Services. The information contains campus crime statistics and graduation rates at Western Illinois University and is on the University website at

  Administrative Organization

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, four other vice presidents administer the areas of student services; administrative services; advancement and public services; and Quad Cities campus and planning. 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 associate provost and director of graduate studies, who reports to the provost and academic vice president. 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 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.

  Academic Colleges

Graduate programming and coursework is offered in four academic colleges as indicated below:

College of Arts and Sciences

African American Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, English and Journalism, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Geography, Geology, History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Women’s Studies

College of Business and Technology

Accountancy and Finance, Agriculture, Computer Science and Information Systems, Economics and Decision Sciences, Engineering Technology, and Management and Marketing

College of Education and Human Services

Counselor Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality; Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies; Educational Leadership; Health Sciences; Instructional Design and Technology; Kinesiology; Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; and Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

College of Fine Arts and Communication

Art, Broadcasting, Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Museum Studies, Music, and Theatre

  Trustees of the University

Cathy E. Early, Macomb (Chair)
Carolyn Ehlert Fuller, Milan (Vice Chair)
Lyneir R. Cole, Chicago (Secretary)
Roger D. Clawson, Moline
Phil G. Hare, Rock Island
Yvonne S. Savala, Moline
Andre B. Ashmore, Matteson (Student Member)

  Officers of the University

President: Dr. Jack Thomas
Provost and Academic Vice President: Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
Dean of College of Arts and Sciences: Dr. Susan Martinelli-Fernandez
Dean of College of Business and Technology: Dr. Thomas Erekson
Dean of College of Education and Human Services: Dr. Sterling Saddler
Dean of College of Fine Arts and Communication: Mr. William “Billy” T. Clow
Dean of University Libraries: Dr. Michael Lorenzen
Interim Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Nancy Parsons
Vice President for Administrative Services: Ms. Julie K. DeWees
Vice President for Advancement and Public Services: Mr. Bradley L. Bainter
Vice President for Quad Cities Campus and Planning: Dr. Joseph A. Rives
Vice President for Student Services: Dr. Gary M. Biller

  Graduate Council, Academic Year 2013-2014

Josh Averbeck, assistant professor, Communication
Virginia Diehl, professor, Psychology
James McQuillan, professor, Computer Science
Amy Patrick Mossman, associate professor, English and Journalism (Chair)
Jill Myers, associate professor, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
William J. Polley, associate professor, Economics and Decision Sciences (Vice Chair)
Melissa Stinnett, associate professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Tammie Walker, professor, School of Music

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Campus and Facilities - 2013-2014

The University

Western Illinois University was established April 24, 1899, and began operation September 23, 1902. The University offers 65 undergraduate degree programs and 37 graduate degree programs to approximately 12,200 students. Western Illinois University offers graduate work in 19 post-baccalaureate certificates. The University serves 1,942 graduate students from Illinois, as well as 38 other states and 57 nations.

Sixty-four buildings are situated on more than 1,000 acres on the Macomb campus. In addition, the University operates the Alice L. Kibbe Life Sciences Station on the Mississippi River, the Frank J. Horn Field Campus, University Farms, and the Fink Environmental Studies Field Laboratory and Conservancy, which provide nearby facilities for students enrolled in agriculture, biology, and recreation, park and tourism administration courses. The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus in Moline (population 44,000; QC metropolitan population 376,000) provides baccalaureate degree, graduate degree and post-baccalaureate certificate programs in various disciplines.

The main campus is located in Macomb (population 20,000), the McDonough County seat, 40 miles east of the Mississippi River. Two U.S. highways, routes 136 and 67, intersect at Macomb and provide direct access to Interstates 74, 80, and 55. Amtrak service is available twice daily from Quincy and Chicago to Macomb.


Graduate and Family Apartment Housing: There are several one- and two-bedroom apartments on campus for graduate students and students with children, spouses or domestic partners. The University offers both furnished and unfurnished apartments on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that applications for on-campus apartments be made at least one full year in advance due to the long waiting list. All apartments have a stove, refrigerator, basic cable television outlet, Internet access, and air conditioning. Furnished apartments are provided with living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture. All utilities are included in the rental payment. Laundry facilities are also available in the apartment complexes.

Westbrook House: The Westbrook House, located adjacent to campus, is a community of approximately 30 graduate students and non-traditional undergraduate students. The house features a large kitchen and dining room.

Further information and an application for graduate and family housing may be obtained from the Office of Graduate and Family Housing in the Office of University Housing and Dining Services in Seal Hall, (309) 298-3331 or

Residence Halls: Competitively priced living accommodations that provide an atmosphere conducive to graduate studies are available on campus. Caroline Grote Hall is a suite-style residence hall, which offers single and double rooms, as well as private bathrooms for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Lincoln and Washington halls, located on the southeast corner, and Thompson Hall, located on the west side of campus, offer unique living arrangements for returning, transfer, and graduate students. All accommodations are a mix of double and single rooms with all the amenities of residence hall facilities, plus extra closet space, an end table, easy chair, and carpeting.

All rooms are furnished with air-conditioning, beds, dressers, study desks, chairs, closets, and Internet access. 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 the 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 student’s room application number.


  Off-Campus Housing: Listings of off-campus facilities are available in the Student Tenant Union Office located in the University Union. Further information can be found

  University Libraries

University Libraries is an integral part of graduate research at WIU. 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 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, or telephone (309) 298-2411 for hours, (309) 298-2700 for the Reference and Information Desk for research assistance.

  Laboratories, Clinics, and Special Facilities

The Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Research Station is a biological reserve of 222 acres, surrounded by 1,258 acres owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Kibbe is the only field station of this size located on the navigable portion of the Upper Mississippi River system 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 is adjacent to the field station and is considered one of the Midwest’s most outstanding natural areas. Cedar Glen contains large tracts of ecologically significant native terrestrial and aquatic resources, and is nationally known as a major winter roosting area for bald eagles. The field station maintains research sites and equipment for sampling on the Mississippi River.

The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago provides research and learning opportunities for students interested in freshwater and marine organisms. These facilities and programs are available through the Department of Biological Sciences, WIU-Quad Cities.

Horn Field Campus is a 92-acre outdoor education and research facility, and center for outdoor curriculum and programs, located south of Macomb and managed by the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration. This retreat has an eight-acre prairie; woodlands; challenge course; climbing tower; trails; and several historical buildings, which include a lodge and cabins, that contribute to the educational and research opportunities available to the University community.

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 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. Also available for teaching and research is the Rodney and Bertha Fink Environmental Studies Field Laboratory and Conservancy. The 77-acre natural area is located 2.5 miles west of the Macomb campus and contains a mix of restored prairie and bottomland forests bordered by the East Fork of the LaMoine River.

The Department of Biological Sciences Collections document the biodiversity and resources of Western Illinois for teaching and research. The herbaria contain collections of more than 75,000 vascular plants, non-vascular plants, algae, and fungi. The animal collections include both invertebrate and vertebrate animal specimens. The vertebrate animal collections include mammal skulls and furs, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, while the invertebrate collections have a wide diversity of insects and freshwater bivalve mussels. 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 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, ultracentrifuge, high-performance liquid chromatograph, PCR machines, a DNA sequencer, microbiological equipment, and other supporting equipment used in student and faculty research.

The Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic provides diagnostic and therapy services for University students and area residents. The clinic has a Computerized Speech Laboratory (CSL), Laryngograph, and other instruments used in the assessment and treatment of vocal disorders and other speech disorders. The clinic offers voice output and electronic speech generating device options for individuals without functional speech. Augmentative communication assessments and treatments using computer technology is also available. Deep Pharyngeal Nerve Stimulation and Vital Stim therapies are used with persons who have swallowing disorders. In addition, the Audiology Clinic has diagnostic testing equipment for the adult and pediatric population. Instrumentation for full audiological evaluations, middle ear testing, real-ear measurement, video otoscopy, Auditory Brainstem Response, Otoacoustic emissions, and a full range of hearing aid technology is used. The clinic offers advanced audiological clinic training and research options.

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 Kinesiology has a modern complex which includes electronic classrooms; wireless network; biomechanics laboratory with Peak Motus 9 two-dimensional video analysis system, AMTI force platform, four-channel Myo Pac Junio EMG and a Biodex isokinetic measurement system; perceptual and motor behavior laboratory with a BIOPAC system that records ECG, EMG, and EEG; a computer laboratory that features the A.D.A.M. software; and a human performance laboratory that includes an environmental chamber, Bod Pod, hydrostatic weighing tank, metabolic and 12-lead ECG systems, Cholestech lipid and blood glucose analysis equipment, and microplate reader and washer.

The Department of Psychology houses a psychological clinic and a psycho educational clinic to provide psychological services to students and area residents. These services include individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, psychological and intellectual testing, consultations, and referrals. Psychology faculty members also engage in research and many have laboratories that contain equipment enabling them and their students to investigate topics from eyewitness memory to neuroscience.

The Department of Geography houses the WIU GIS Center on the third floor of Tillman Hall. The Center is responsible for compiling, managing, and storing GIS data layers. Other facilities include a Remote Sensing/GIS lab with 30 computers that are fully networked and use both ERDAS’ Image software and ESRI GIS, such as ArcGIS and ArcView; an instructional lab with 32 computers for both GIS and meteorology-related instruction; a meteorology lab with 20 Linux computers for meteorological data analysis instruction; a forecast office with direct access to observational weather data, radar imagery, and weather maps and charts; and a geographic information display center with multiple screens. Additionally, the department has two wired electronic classrooms, plus wireless connectivity throughout Tillman Hall.

The Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT) is located at the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. CAIT, a center under University Technology (uTech), provides innovative and practical technology solutions (web applications, mobile technology), technical consulting, media design, and sound e-learning on campus as well as to external clients, such as state agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and public agencies. On campus, CAIT has supported distance learning courses, online training, multi-media presentations, an assessment system for accreditation, an online course evaluation tool, and WIU’s mobile application, to name a few. Additionally, CAIT works with agencies outside of WIU such, as the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Illinois Attorney General’s office, Illinois Community College Board, Metra Railroad, and the McDonald’s Corporation.

The College of Education and Human Services maintains 32 electronic classrooms in Brophy, Currens, Horrabin, Knoblauch, and Stipes Halls, permitting students and instructors to access the latest instructional technologies (e.g., computers, CDs, DVDs, SMART Board technologies, the Internet and distance learning). These classrooms are used by 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. The GTE Electronic Classroom seats 88 students and incorporates touch screen technology, a projection television, and distance education capabilities through compressed two-way video. The GTE Teleconferencing Center is an administrative conferencing facility that has compressed video conferencing capabilities in addition to advanced computer conferencing capability.

COEHS provides on-site technology support and training for students, faculty and staff via Instructional Development Services (IDS). Services provided include, the Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Lab, Technology Resource Checkout (TRC), and Faculty Innovators Program. The IMM Lab has been designed for work with one-on-one and small group instruction for both support and course activities. This lab has advanced software and peripherals necessary to develop multimedia projects, scan documents for use as digital artifacts, and convert analog video to digital media. The Technology Resource Checkout allows students, faculty, and staff to check out the latest imaging and multimedia development technologies for a nominal fee. Learn more about these services at

The Office for Partnerships, Professional Development, and Technology consists of STAR-Onsite and STAR-Online. These services provide pre-service, new and veteran teachers the training and support necessary for success in the classroom through on-site and online professional development.

  University Union

The University Union is the place where you come to meet friends for lunch, with a student organization to plan the next great event, with your study group, or with a faculty member or colleague. The University Union is here for you. The Union provides food, fun, relaxation, meeting space, and much more. The Union is a common space on campus to connect the campus community and for students, staff, and the community to enjoy. Located between the north and south campuses, the Union services available include a food court and convenience store, meeting and banquet rooms, a bookstore, guest rooms, check cashing and cashier services, and ATM machines. Wireless Internet is available in all areas of the Union.

The staff of the University Union is dedicated to providing services, conveniences, amenities, and a common meeting space for the University community. These services and conveniences are desired and needed by the University community in their life on campus and for getting to know and understand one another through associations outside the classroom.

  Western Illinois University–Quad Cities Campus

Western Illinois University offers graduate programs at the WIU-QC campus in Moline, IL, approximately 70 miles north of the residential campus in Macomb. Graduate degrees are offered in the following disciplines at WIU-QC:

Graduate Degree Programs

Business Administration
Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
Educational Leadership (includes specialist, master’s, and doctoral degrees)
Elementary Education
Health Education
Instructional Design and Technology
Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Museum Studies
Special Education

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Business Administration
Environmental GIS
Health Services Administration
Instructional Design and Technology
Museum Studies
Police Executive Administration
Supply Chain Management
Zoo and Aquarium Studies

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 University Services and Special Programs - 2013-2014

  Alumni Association

All Western Illinois University students automatically become members of the Alumni Association the day they graduate. As non-dues-paying members, they are entitled to the following benefits and services provided by the Alumni Association: access to RockeNetwork, an online social network exclusively for WIU alumni; free monthly issues of the alumni e-newsletter, RockeNews; free quarterly issues of the alumni newspaper, Western News; networking opportunities with other alumni at more than 50 events hosted by the Alumni Association around the world each year; the option to purchase an alumni membership to the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center; use of Western’s Leslie F. Malpass Library; access to WIU’s Office of Career Services; comprehensive short- and long-term medical plans, disability, dental, travel, and Liberty Mutual home and auto insurance opportunities; Alumni Travel Abroad programs; alumni class ring, diploma frame and WIU Illinois license plate programs; the WIU affinity credit card; access to the Quad City International Airport’s “WIU Easier Card”; AlumniMortgagesm opportunities; 21 scholarships awarded each year to children and grandchildren of alumni; and access to the online directory exclusively for WIU alumni.

The Western Illinois University Alumni Association strives to develop and sustain lifelong relationships with students, alumni, and friends in order to advance the University.

For information about these services, visit or contact the Alumni Association at (309) 298-1914 or


Western Illinois University provides opportunities for more than 500 student-athletes in a 20-sport National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I program. Both the men and women compete in the Summit League in all sports except football. Football competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Western Illinois University is a charter member of the Summit League and the Missouri Valley Football conferences.

WIU sponsors the following intercollegiate athletic competition:

For men: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and 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.

The Department of 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.

  Campus Recreation

Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center
(309) 298-1228

Campus Recreation provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to pursue a healthy lifestyle and explore recreational interests through a variety of programs, facilities, and services. The Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center features five multipurpose courts, two group fitness studios, a 1/8-mile elevated track, three strength training rooms, three cardio areas, five racquetball/wallyball courts and the Aquatics Center. Group fitness classes, informational programs, and personal training options present multiple ways for students to accomplish and maintain their personal fitness goals. Some sport clubs provide opportunities for regional and national competition just below the intercollegiate level, while others focus on skill development and educational goals. Intramural sport events are offered yearly with leagues, tournaments, and one-day events in men’s, women’s, and co-recreational divisions at competitive, intermediate and fun levels of play. Rec events hosted by Campus Recreation include everything from the Rocky 5K Run and Big Pink Volleyball to Rock N Roller Skate, Battleship and Nerf Ops. The Aquatics Center, with a 25-yard, six-lane pool, a hot tub and sauna, offers open/lap swim, aqua-cardio classes, and incentive programs to challenge beginning and advanced swimmers. Students also have access to the Sipolt Memorial Disc Golf Course; Vince Grady Field for flag football, soccer, softball, lacrosse and Ultimate (Frisbee); and several outdoor courts for basketball, volleyball (sand and grass) and tennis.

Harry Mussatto Golf Course
1215 Tower Road, Macomb
(309) 298-3676

The scenic and challenging 18-hole Harry Mussatto Golf Course is a championship facility located north of campus offering reduced rates for students. Visit for the course layout, green fees and special offers, or call (309) 298-3676 to book a tee time.

  Career Services

The Career Services Office provides assistance in career development and planning appropriate to an individual’s needs. Career Services professionals are available to work with individuals or groups in developing resume and vita construction, cover letters, and on-site mock interviews. Each semester, the office hosts a series of workshops for students, covering topics such as resumes, interviewing, and using social networking as a job search technique.

An online registration system is available for job and internship searching. Students and alumni may register from the convenience of their homes or offices via the Internet. This service provides prospective employers with access to the student/alumni academic and workplace accomplishments.

Annual career fairs are sponsored at the Macomb campus each year. The fairs provide students and alumni the opportunity to meet employers and participate in on-site interviews.

A complete listing of all services is available at

  Center for International Studies

The Center for International Studies administers and coordinates activities and programs designed to encourage international and cross-cultural understanding, as well as to prepare graduates to effectively live and work in an interdependent, global community. The Center oversees admission and academic advisement of English as a Second Language (ESL) students, as well as undergraduate and graduate international students; immigration advisement for international students and faculty; study abroad programs; personal counseling for international students; comprehensive orientation for new international students; recruitment; educational programs; special activity programming; and ongoing support for the specific needs of international students.

The University participates in formal exchange programs—for both faculty and students—with distinguished colleges and universities overseas. An ongoing program of intensive courses in ESL is offered by Western's English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute for non-native English speakers.

The Center sponsors many programs that promote cross-cultural understanding, such as the Conversation Partners program for international students and American partners; International Neighbors program, in which American families offer friendship and hospitality to international students; World Café Coffee Hours, in which global issues are discussed in a social setting; and Cultural Cafés, where international students share cuisine and information from their home countries.

Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center (UCC) on the Macomb campus provides personal, academic, study skills, and career counseling services to students. Some students seek assistance for common life problems (i.e. relationships, stress, etc.), while others seek treatment for a mental health condition (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc.). Personal counseling services include individual counseling, couples counseling, and group counseling. Sessions are confidential and free of charge to WIU students. In addition, a number of educational programs are offered throughout the year and an education resource center is available. A relaxation room, which includes a massage chair, light therapy, and a stress-reducing computer program, is accessible for student use. Complete vocational, psychological, and learning assessments are provided, as well as consultation services to other offices and agencies.

The UCC is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. All staff counselors hold master or doctoral level degrees and are certified and/or licensed in their respective disciplines. For more information, call (309) 298-2453 or visit


  Cultural Programs

Outstanding concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, films, and dance events by nationally known performers are presented on campus by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the University Union Board. All students are admitted free or at a reasonable charge upon presenting their student identification cards. Students may also participate in musical, dramatic, and debate productions for stage, radio, and closed-circuit television by joining one of several University groups. Opportunities to view local, national, and international art exhibits are available at the University Art Gallery and the University Union. These exhibits are changed monthly and admission to the galleries is free.Also see Multicultural Services.

The newest addition to the WIU Macomb campus is the Multicultural Center, which houses the Casa Latina Cultural Center, the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, and the Women’s Center. Four themed lounges are featured, representing the diversity of the cultural centers and the international community. This is the first building on campus constructed to LEED 2.2 Silver criteria, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The building’s design is complete with a grass roof, energy-efficient lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, and recyclable materials like bamboo flooring.

  Disability Resource Center

Western Illinois University is committed to equity, social justice and diversity. To that end, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) collaborates with faculty and staff to facilitate student inclusion and ensure accessibility to University programs for students with disabilities. Students experiencing issues with access or who are interested in accommodations, such as alternative testing accommodations, sign language interpreters, text conversion services (i.e. Braille, electronic, enlarged), and note-taking assistance, should contact DRC at (309) 298-2512 or For more information visit

  Go West Transit

Go West Transit provides students with safe, convenient transportation from their nearby residences to campus and with service to the entire Macomb community. Carrying more than two million riders per year, Go West provides students with a reliable, low-cost public transportation system. For more information, call (309) 298-3353 or visit

  Medical Services

Beu Health Center, located on campus, provides medical services (consultation and treatment) for students and their spouses or domestic partners. The Health Center has its own pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray facility.

Clinical services include diagnosis and treatment of acute illness/injury; diagnosis of chronic illness with appropriate referral; assistance in the management of chronic illness; immunizations; allergy injections; TB testing; diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and gynecological services. The Health Center also provides limited psychiatric services.

Fees are charged for office visits and some services such as medications, x-rays, allergy shots, immunizations, laboratory tests, and certain office procedures. Payment is expected at the time of service. Services can be charged to a student account or paid for with cash, check, or MasterCard/VISA. Beu Health Center does not file claims to insurance carriers. However, they will provide the necessary documentation for filing with insurance providers. You may wish to save receipts for tax or insurance purposes.

  Multicultural Services

Located in the new Multicultural Center building are the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Casa Latina Cultural Center, and the Women’s Center. The centers provide a variety of multicultural services, including special facilities and programs to serve the unique needs of African American, Hispanic American, and international students. In addition, the Women’s Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy to respond to issues affecting female students, faculty, and staff, as well as the community and society.

Among the variety of diverse multicultural services provided at the centers are recruiting activities; academic support services; cultural and fine arts events; social and recreational activities; speakers; financial assistance counseling; job placement opportunities; and fundraising events for minority student groups. Also, several performing groups in dance, theatre, and music are sponsored by the centers throughout the year. The centers are committed to helping the campus community develop a multicultural and multiracial society that promotes gender equity and equal opportunities that are not based on race, creed, sex, economic status, or position in life.Also see Cultural Programs.

  Parking Services

The Office of Parking Services provides services 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 emergency motorist assistance, including battery assists, unlocking cars, emergency gasoline refueling vehicles, and inflating tires. 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.

  Public Safety

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 sworn law enforcement officers in the State of Illinois and have full jurisdiction at the University and in the surrounding county. The office provides students emergency medical services with qualified emergency medical technicians on staff. The office also provides safety escorts from one campus location to another, from dusk to dawn, year round. The office is located in Mowbray Hall, (309) 298-1949, emergency 911.


Students may register for classes using the Student/Alumni Records System (STARS) available at For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office, Sherman Hall 110, (309) 298-1891 or

  Student Judicial Programs

Student Judicial Programs promotes responsible individual and group behavior. This office informs students and organizations of their rights and responsibilities through publication of the Code of Student Conduct. Student Judicial Programs staff coordinate the disciplinary review process in response to allegations of misconduct and offer mediation services to students in conflict. This office maintains student disciplinary records and completes law school, transfer applications, and other background clearance forms. For more information, call (309) 298-2436.

  Student Legal Services

A licensed practicing attorney represents students charged with traffic and misdemeanor offenses in McDonough County Circuit Court and is available to help guide students with court matters outside the county. In addition, the attorney provides legal advice and counseling for a variety of issues, including landlord/tenant conflicts, consumer problems, small claims court, and rental lease questions. No fees are charged for these services. For more information, or for directions to the office, call (309) 298-1003.

  University Foundation and Development

The mission of the WIU Foundation is to maximize private support for Western Illinois University to assist in advancing its core values of academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility. Private support enables Western Illinois University to enhance education opportunities for its students and advance its mission of instruction, research, and public service.

Private support from alumni, faculty and staff, businesses, foundations, and friends has become a necessary part of University operations. Currently, the State of Illinois supplies less than half of Western’s appropriated/general revenue budget. Over the past five years, the WIU Foundation has been able to provide over $27 million in gifts, grants, and endowment-generated earnings in support of the University.

The effect of these gifts is clearly visible in every aspect of university life, every day, on both campuses. The WIU Foundation’s fundraising efforts are focused on keeping a Western education accessible to as many students as possible, regardless of their means.

For more information, or to make a gift, visit

  University Technology

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.

WIU provides more than 1,800computers for use in42 labs, 43 teaching facilities, and 20 computer resource centers throughout campus. The University also provides access to numerous software packages, the Internet, e-mail, campus information systems and other resources. Students have access to Macintosh and Windows-compatible computers, scanners, laser printers, CD/DVD readers/writers and Storage Area Network (SAN) accessible data storage. Thumb drives or jump drives may also be used in many labs and computer resource centers.              

Major computer labs are staffed by trained student personnel and are available for student use in Stipes, Horrabin, Memorial, and Morgan halls and at the Quad Cities 60th Street and Riverfront buildings. Residence hall students in Macomb may use student-staffed labs in each hall complex, including one 24-hour lab, 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 homepage, network attached data storage, and access to mainframe services. The uTech Support Center in Stipes Hall 126 provides computing documentation, disk file recovery, 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 on the Macomb campus. The uTech Computer Store can be contacted at (309) 298-1127.

For technical assistance, contact the uTech Support Center at (309) 298-2704,,, or visit Western’s Knowledgebase at

  Western’s English as a Second Language Institute

Western’s English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute is part of the Center for International Studies and provides an intensive program in academic English for international students who are preparing to enter an American college or university. WESL Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). 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: foundation, intermediate, and university preparation. Upon arrival, students take the WESL Placement Test and are 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 WESL Institute and part-time at the University. (This program is not available in the summer.)

Full-time students attend classes a minimum of 20 hours per week. The curriculum integrates academic content with real life skill building in English, combining textbook lessons and teacher-written materials with opportunities for integrated language practice. WESL has a multimedia computer lab and a wide range of interactive software. Successful students study at each level for a semester. The WESL program consists of two 16-week semesters and an eight-week summer session, all of which follow the WIU academic calendar

Students at WESL Institute have access to all University events and facilities. Services of the Center for International Studies are available to WESL students, including assistance with immigration matters.

Specific English-language requirements for prospective students can be found under the “Admission of International Students” section.

  Writing Center

The University Writing Center provides a wide range of across-the-curriculum writing assistance services to students, faculty, and staff at no cost. The Writing Center is staffed by highly qualified graduate and undergraduate students from Western’s Department of English and Journalism and other departments. Consulting services are available for career and academic writing at all stages of the writing process. For more information, contact (309) 298-2815 or visit