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Meeting the Goals of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success. Presented By: Western Illinois University Illinois Board of Higher Education Board Meeting Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Campus September 25, 2012. About the Presenters….

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Meeting the goals of the illinois public agenda for college and career success
Meeting the Goals of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success

Presented By: Western Illinois University

Illinois Board of Higher Education Board Meeting

Waubonsee Community College

Sugar Grove Campus

September 25, 2012


About the presenters
About the Presenters…

  • Dr. Gary Biller is Vice President for Student Services at Western Illinois University ([email protected])

  • Dr. Ron Williams is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Illinois University ([email protected])


Some people make things happen.

Some people watch things happen.

Some people simply wonder what happened.

--Author Unknown


Western illinois university s core values

Academic Excellence

Educational Opportunity

Social Responsibility

Personal Growth

Western Illinois University’s Core Values…….

C1

C2

C4

C3


Wiu s commitment to
WIU’s Commitment to…

  • Increasing educational attainment

  • Improving college affordability

  • Strengthening workforce development

  • Linking research and innovation to economic growth


Best practices
Best Practices…

Increasing educational attainment:

  • Enhanced alternative admissions program

  • Targeted recruitment

  • Restructured financial resources (scholarships)

  • Promote diverse student groups/organizations


Best practices1
Best Practices…

Improving college affordability:

  • Cost guarantee program

  • Providing student employment opportunities

  • Restructured financial resources (scholarships)

  • Intrusive advisement (academic and social)

  • Building Connections


Best practices2
Best Practices…

Strengthening workforce development:

  • Underrepresented dissertation fellowship, visiting professor, and post-doctoral programs

  • The Dual Career Recruitment and Retention Program

  • The Administrative Internship Program


Best practices3
Best Practices…

Linking research and innovation to economic growth:

  • significant intellectual contributions to rural and urban communities through:

    • the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

    • the Institute for Environmental Studies

    • the Small Business Development Center

    • the Western Survey Research Center

    • the WIU-Quad Cities Executive Studies Center


Wiu s diversity statement
WIU’s Diversity Statement

The University is fundamentally committed to including and integrating individuals within the campus community from different groups regardless of their: gender, race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, socioeconomic background, and/or intellectual outlook.


Western illinois university facts and figures
Western Illinois University Facts and Figures

  • Comprehensive Masters University

  • Currently, approximately 13,000 students enrolled

    One University, with 2 campuses:

    • Traditional, Residential 4 year Campus - Macomb, IL approximately 180 miles from Chicago

    • Upper Division Urban Commuter Campus - Moline, IL approximately 80 miles from main campus


Western illinois university underrepresented population facts and figures
Western Illinois University Underrepresented Population Facts and Figures

  • Students:

    • In 2002, 10.5% of students were minorities

    • Currently, 14.1% of students are minorities

    • WIU has experienced a 3.6% increase in the minority student population

  • Faculty and Staff

    • In 2002, 7.1% of faculty and staff were minorities

    • Currently, 9.0% of faculty and staff are minorities

    • WIU has experienced a 1.9% increase in the minority faculty and staff population


Enrollment percentages by ethnic group
Enrollment Percentagesby Ethnic Group*

* Includes both campuses.

** Includes students who marked “other” and those who failed to provide ethnic data.

*** Percent of student body who completed an ethnic data card (excludes Other) and identified themselves as belonging to one of the four minority groups listed.


Best practices to successfully meeting the goals
Best Practices to Successfully Meeting the Goals

  • Rethink approaches to access and affordability

  • Have the courage to think and act “outside the box”

  • Develop specific programs with specific goals and objectives


Senior administrative support
Senior Administrative Support

  • Active involvement from the President and Vice Presidents – rhetoric vs. action – “actual commitment”

  • The culture of the institution must be closely examined by senior administrators – positive change must be initiated from the top down

  • Institutional leaders must address the issues, and avoid the denial of problems

  • Must communicate that diversity is an on-going process and not an event that ends


Presidential support
Presidential Support

  • Encouraging total campus involvement

  • Creating an inclusive environment

  • Leading by example

  • Involving the local and surrounding community in the process

  • Providing support for mentoring programs


Questions and answers

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Questions and Answers



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