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Telecommunications Management Degree Approved

August 31, 2006

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MACOMB, IL – The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) recently approved Western Illinois University’s request to offer a degree in telecommunications management.

The 120-semester hour program in telecommunications management, which was approved by WesternÂ’s Board in June 2006, was designed to meet a growing demand for network systems and data communications analysts. The program, housed in the department of computer science, will begin Spring 2007.

“The computer science department is pleased to offer this new degree program,” said Kathleen Neumann, computer science chair. “The program, which is a long-awaited complement to our existing traditional major in computer science, will be a valuable addition to our department, the College of Business and Technology and the University.”

WesternÂ’s bachelorÂ’s of science degree in telecommunications management is one of only three similar programs in the state. The primary objectives of WesternÂ’s program are to familiarize students with the theories, tools, technical expertise and management know-how required to be successful in planning, designing and managing a telecommunications management environment. It is expected that the program will enroll 20 students in the first year and 150 students by the fourth year of the program.

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