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Special Emphasis 2 - Growing Two Campuses

Goal: Grow and strengthen the two campuses of Western Illinois University and the programs that they provide.

Priority 1: (Baseline): Provide a baseline description of changes at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities since the last accreditation visit, current academic programs, and the organizational structure of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.

Expected Outcomes

  1. To produce a document that summarizes changes on the Quad Cities campus since the last accreditation site visitation and the current status of administrative structures and academic programs. This document will be used to inform subsequent benchmarking, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Priority 2: (Benchmark) Compare administrative structures and processes and academic programs offered at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities' peer institutions (i.e., branch campuses serving commuter, upper-division students).

Expected Outcomes

  1. Documentation of how the Quad Cities organizational structure compares to peer institutions (i.e., identifying opportunities for streamlining and growth as enrollment increases).
  2. Identification of short- and long-term plans for the growth of academic programs on the Quad Cities and Macomb campuses
  3. Comparison of institutional strategies used in generating undergraduate and graduate student applications, acceptances, and enrollments and adapting best practices on both campuses.

Priority 3: (Plan and Implement). Based on the review of priorities 1 and 2 (above), identify and implement actions that will help the Quad Cities campus grow from current enrollment levels of over 1,300 to the Higher Values in Higher Education strategic plan enrollment goal of 3,000 students and at the same time supporting enrollment growth on the Macomb campus from current levels over 11,300 to 12,500 students.

Expected Outcomes

  1. An implementation plan supporting Higher Values in Higher Education enrollment goals that includes:
    1. Recommended changes in the Quad Cities organizational structure and practices to accommodate growth and promote organizational efficiencies.
    2. A prioritized list of short- and long-term growth plans for academic programs in Macomb and the Quad Cities, understanding that resources will not be diverted to support growth of one campus at the expense of another.
    3. Based on a review of best practices at peer and benchmark institutions, adaption of admissions practices to make the process even more efficient and seamless to students.
    4. Based on a review of best practices at peer and benchmark institutions, adaptation of marketing practices that increase the awareness of the academic excellence of Western Illinois University.

Priority 4: (Evaluate and Adjust): Use implementation results and consultation from the Commission's site review team to further grow and strengthen the two campuses of Western Illinois University and the programs that they provide.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Document the next steps in the advancement of Western Illinois University as a result of priority #4 and the Commission's site team recommendations.

Members

  • Joe Rives, Vice President for Quad Cities, Planning, and Technology, Chair
  • Andy Borst, Director, Office of Academic and Student Services
  • Chris Brown, Office Manager, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities
  • *Bill Bushaw, Director, Financial Aid
  • *Eric Campbell, Director, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Nick DiGrino, Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Services
  • Tom Erekson, Dean, College of Business and Technology
  • Sharon Evans, Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • Tom Finley, Instructor, Libraries
  • Jeff Hancks, Assistant Professor, Libraries
  • Marty J Kral, Associate Director, Career Services
  • Paul Kreider, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication
  • Sarah Lawson, Admissions/Records Officer, Office of University Registrar
  • *Inessa Levi, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • *Frank Main, Chairperson, Counselor Education
  • Dan Malachuk, Assistant Professor, English
  • Kristi Mindrup, Director, Instructional and Administrative Services
  • Lorette Oden, Professor, Health Sciences
  • Jim Patterson, Associate Professor, Management
  • William Ratzburg, ReNew Moline
  • Susan Romano, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Gary Rowe, Director of Quad Cities Development
  • Thomas A. Schmidt, President, Carl Sandburg College
  • Tracy Scott, Director, Student Development Office
  • Tami Seitz, Director of Marketing, Quad-Cities
  • Lance Ternasky, Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Services
  • Betty Truitt, Dean of Instruction and Academic Support, Black Hawk College
  • *Larry Wall, Associate Dean, College of Business and Technology
  • Curtis Williams, Assistant Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
  • *Dan Wise, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

*former member

Meeting Schedule

  • 2008
    • November 18 - 10:00 am - QC Rm265A CODEC to SH205
    • December 16 - 10:00 am - QC Rm265A CODEC to SH205
  • 2009
    • January 20 - 10:00 am - QC Rm265A CODEC to SH205
    • February 17 - 10:00 am - QC Rm265A CODEC to SH205
    • March 31 - 1:00 pm - SH205 CODEC to QC Rm 265A
    • April 21 - 10:00 am - QC Rm265A CODEC to SH205
    • May 19 - 10:00 am - QC Rm265A CODEC to SH205
    • June 16 - 10:00 am - QC Rm265A CODEC to SH205
    • July 21 - 10:00 am - QC Rm265A CODEC to SH205