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2014-2015 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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School of Continuing Education

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Regis Gilman, Dean

General Mission

The School of Continuing Education creates and delivers excellent student/consumer-sensitive programs through a wide variety of educational delivery systems. These outreach programs in a cost effective manner enhance opportunities for economic, educational, and professional development for individuals seeking to continue their education. Recognizing the rapidly changing educational needs of a global/lifelong learning society, the unit extends the academic resources and services of the University beyond campus boundaries in an affordable manner and provides access to on- and off-campus higher education programs for the nontraditional students. 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, Richland Community College in Decatur, Lake Land College in Mattoon and Kluthe Center in Effingham, 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 University Center at Lake County (1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake, 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 the Admission Policies section of the catalog.)

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

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.)

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

Military 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/email:

Web site:

Degree Programs
Online, off-campus and hybrid degree programs of particular interest to the adult nontraditional learners can be found at:

Academy of Lifelong Learning
The Academy of Lifelong Learning is a learning community sponsored by the School of Continuing Education. The Academy provides low-cost, high-quality, noncredit courses to individuals in the area. The courses are offered at a reasonable cost and the program provides an opportunity for 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 community. For more information please contact the Academy of Lifelong 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 received in EIU courses taught by EIU faculty, either online, on- or off-campus, will be counted as credit in residence. Students may audit courses with permission of the instructor and with payment of the appropriate fees.

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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