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Pictured, from left, are Dr. Thomas E. Schildgen, ACCGC president, Arizona State University; Dr. Charles T. Weiss, associate professor and program coordinator; Professor Patrick Klarecki, ACCGC Site Visitation Team chair, Ferris State University and Dr. C. Ray Diez, professor and chair of the WIU Department of Engineering Technology.
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WIU Baccalaureate Program in Graphic Communication Earns National Accreditation

January 22, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University's graphic communication program has been awarded national accreditation through the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications, Inc.

The two-year accreditation period began Sept. 1 and comes after an extensive self-study and visit to WIU by a three-member team of industry and education experts. The honor places WIU among 10 baccalaureate-level graphic communication programs nationwide to receive the distinction.

WIU faculty and administrative representatives attended a formal presentation in October at the annual ACCGC Board of Directors meeting, held in Chicago.

A plaque recognizing the two-year accreditation was presented to Charles T. Weiss, associate professor and program coordinator, and C. Ray Diez, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at Western.

"The ACCGC accreditation process has given our graphic communication program a stamp of approval, while also helping us realize specific areas that need improvement and updating," Weiss said.

In their "Visitation Report," the ACCGC team said WIU "provides a valuable service to its market and is seen by the students, alumni, faculty and staff as a value-adding institution of higher education. The university as a whole and the specific graphic communication program are functioning well despite severe funding limitations."

ACCGC is an independent body professionally supported by leaders in the collegiate educational area and by management personnel in the graphic communication industry.

For more information about the ACCGC, visit

For more information about Western's graphic communication program, contact Weiss at or at (309) 298-1488.

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