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2010-2011 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2011 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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School of Continuing Education

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Dean, William Hine

General Mission

The School of Continuing Education supports a university obligation to citizens and businesses in the state and beyond through the creation and delivery of student/consumer responsive programs using diverse educational delivery systems. These programs greatly enhance the cultural, educational and professional development opportunities for individuals seeking continuing education. Recognizing rapidly changing educational needs of society, the unit extends the academic resources of the University in a cost-efficient manner to provide access to on- and off-campus programs.

We offer a nontraditional degree program for adult students, the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program. Credit classes are offered at area centers, including Danville Area Community College, the Salem Education Center, Olney Central College, Richland Community College in Decatur, Lake Land College in Mattoon and Kluthe Center in Effingham and Eastern Region Center in Marshall, the EIU Center at Parkland College (2400 W. Bradley, Room X107, Champaign, IL) in Champaign/Urbana and Triton College (2000 5th Ave, Bldg. A, Room 105, River Grove, IL) and Multi-University Center at Oak Brook (1010 Jorie Blvd., Suite 200, Oak Brook, IL). We provide a large number of contract-credit classes to a wide variety of constituents, both of a credit and non-credit nature, throughout the state of Illinois. We are also greatly expanding our online class offerings. Any requests for information should be forwarded to the Office of Academic and Professional Development.

Admission Requirements
(See Section II., Admission, Readmission, and Enrollment.)

Students must meet the same criteria for admission to continuing education courses as is required for admission to on-campus courses.

Enrollment Procedures
Pre-enrollment in continuing education courses using the PAWS system is highly recommended. However, in a few cases, students may enroll up to the second class meeting, if space is available. See the off-campus continuing education web site at for complete details.

All tuition and fees are based upon student classification. Student costs are based upon the following:


(Per Semester Hour) $9.95 $9.95
(Per Semester Hour) $44.00 $44.00

(Students should calculate tuition costs, textbook and continuing education fees.)

For information visit the School of Continuing Education website at

Scholarships – Waivers
Scholarships and fee waivers must be validated by the appropriate office prior to use in off-campus courses. Contact the School of Continuing Education for information regarding waivers.

Tuition Assistance
Military personnel should process their tuition assistance forms through their respective agency in advance of the registration date. No registration can be accepted without completed assistance forms.

Classification of Students
Undergraduate students are classified as follows:

Freshmen: 0-29 semester hours
Sophomores: 30-59 semester hours
Juniors: 60-89 semester hours
Seniors: 90 and above semester hours

Graduate students are those students who have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Schedule of Classes
The schedule of continuing education credit classes is available on our web site at The summer schedule is also located in the university on campus class schedule.

Please address inquiries:
School of Continuing Education
Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
or telephone (217)581-5114/fax (217)581-6697.
Web site:

Adult Degree Programs
Degree programs of particular interest to the adult nontraditional learner are Organizational and Professional Development, R.N. to B.S. in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies.

Academy of Lifetime Learning
The Academy of Lifetime Learning is a learning community sponsored by the School of Continuing Education. The Academy provides low-cost, high-quality, noncredit courses to retirement-aged individuals in the area. The courses are offered at a reasonable cost and the program provides an opportunity for retired and semi-retired persons to enjoy a lifetime of learning in a relaxed atmosphere without the strain of having to do outside study, write papers or take tests. The program also offers opportunities for the development of relationships and networks among the retired community. For more information please contact the Academy of Lifetime Learning at 217-581-5114.

Conferences, Institutes, and Workshops
Facilitating workshops, conferences, and special programs for non-credit and credit is part of the mission of the School of Continuing Education at EIU. Each year the school collaborates with individuals, agencies, and organizations to develop and implement a wide variety of special courses and programs. The School of Continuing Education has a professional staff that provides expert program planning services. For more information contact the Office of Academic and Professional Development at 217-581-5116. 

Contract-Credit Courses
The School of Continuing Education can develop special credit courses and workshops with educational and governmental agencies on a contractual basis. These special courses can be offered at locations convenient for the students involved. Please contact the Office of Academic and Professional Development for details.

Credit for Continuing Education Courses
Credit will be given upon successful completion of continuing education courses subject to approved university policies. Students may audit courses with permission of the instructor and with payment of the appropriate fees. Credit received in EIU courses taught by EIU faculty, either on- or off-campus, will be counted as credit in residence.

Technology Delivered Classes/Workshops
The School of Continuing Education is offering a growing number of classes via technology delivered modalities. For further information, please contact the Office of Academic and Professional Development at (217) 581-5114 or visit the Website at

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