Midwestern United States
The Midwestern United States referred to as the American Midwest, Middle West, or the Midwest, is one of four census regions of the United States Census Bureau. It occupies the northern central part of the United States, it was named the North Central Region by the Census Bureau until 1984. It is located between the Northeastern United States and the Western United States, with Canada to its north and the Southern United States to its south; the Census Bureau's definition consists of 12 states in the north central United States: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. The region lies on the broad Interior Plain between the states occupying the Appalachian Mountain range and the states occupying the Rocky Mountain range. Major rivers in the region include, from east to west, the Ohio River, the Upper Mississippi River, the Missouri River. A 2012 report from the United States Census put the population of the Midwest at 65,377,684; the Midwest is divided by the Census Bureau into two divisions.
The East North Central Division includes Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, all of which are part of the Great Lakes region. The West North Central Division includes Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, several of which are located, at least within the Great Plains region. Chicago is the most populous city in the American Midwest and the third most populous in the entire country. Other large Midwestern cities include: Columbus, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis, St. Paul, Cincinnati and Des Moines. Chicago and its suburbs form the largest metropolitan statistical area with 9.9 million people, followed by Metro Detroit, Minneapolis–St. Paul, Greater St. Louis, Greater Cleveland, Greater Cincinnati, the Kansas City metro area, the Columbus metro area; the term Midwestern has been in use since the 1880s to refer to portions of the central United States. A variant term, Middle West, has been used since the 19th century and remains common. Another term sometimes applied to the same general region is the heartland.
Other designations for the region have fallen out of use, such as the Northwest or Old Northwest and Mid-America. The Northwest Territory was one of the earliest territories of the United States, stretching northwest from the Ohio River to northern Minnesota and the upper-Mississippi; the upper-Mississippi watershed including the Missouri and Illinois Rivers was the setting for the earlier French settlements of the Illinois Country and the Ohio Country. Economically the region is balanced between heavy industry and agriculture, with finance and services such as medicine and education becoming important, its central location makes it a transportation crossroads for river boats, autos and airplanes. Politically, the region swings back and forth between the parties, thus is contested and decisive in elections. After the sociological study Middletown, based on Muncie, commentators used Midwestern cities as "typical" of the nation. Earlier, the rhetorical question, "Will it play in Peoria?", had become a stock phrase using Peoria, Illinois to signal whether something would appeal to mainstream America.
The region has a higher employment-to-population ratio than the Northeast, the West, the South, or the Sun Belt states as of 2011. Traditional definitions of the Midwest include the Northwest Ordinance Old Northwest states and many states that were part of the Louisiana Purchase; the states of the Old Northwest are known as Great Lakes states and are east-north central in the United States. The Ohio River runs along the southeastern section while the Mississippi River runs north to south near the center. Many of the Louisiana Purchase states in the west-north central United States, are known as Great Plains states, where the Missouri River is a major waterway joining with the Mississippi; the Midwest lies north of the 36°30′ parallel that the 1820 Missouri Compromise established as the dividing line between future slave and non-slave states. The Midwest Region is defined by the U. S. Census Bureau as these 12 states: Illinois: Old Northwest, Mississippi River, Ohio River, Great Lakes state Indiana: Old Northwest, Ohio River, Great Lakes state Iowa: Louisiana Purchase, Mississippi River, Missouri River state Kansas: Louisiana Purchase, Great Plains, Missouri River state Michigan: Old Northwest and Great Lakes state Minnesota: Old Northwest, Louisiana Purchase, Mississippi River, part of Red River Colony before 1818, Great Lakes state Missouri: Louisiana Purchase, Mississippi River, Missouri River, border state Nebraska: Louisiana Purchase, Great Plains, Missouri River state North Dakota: Louisiana Purchase, part of Red River Colony before 1818, Great Plains, Missouri River state Ohio: Old Northwest, Ohio River, Great Lakes state.
The southeastern part of the state is part of northern Appalachia South Dakota: Louisiana Purchase, Great Plains, Missouri River state Wisconsin: Old Northwest, Mississippi River, Great Lakes stateVarious organizations define the Midwest with different groups of states. For example, the Council of State Governments, an organization for communication and coordination among state governments, includes in its Midwe
North Dakota State Bison football
The North Dakota State Bison football program represents North Dakota State University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level and competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison play in the 19,000 seat Fargodome located in Fargo; the Bison have won 35 conference championships. They won five-consecutive NCAA Division I FCS National Championships between 2011 and 2015 as well as two more in 2017 and 2018. NDSU is the only college football program to win five consecutive NCAA national championships, the only football program to win seven FCS titles. Since 2011, the North Dakota State Bison have a record of 112–8 which included a record 22 game playoff win streak, making them the most successful college football program in Division I this decade; the Bison are 166–35 since moving to Division I in 2004. Since 1964, the Bison have had only 3 losing seasons and an overall record of 515–137–4 through that 53-year span, one of the best in all of college football.
North Dakota State has more all-time program wins than any non-Ivy League FCS program, over 700. Of all teams established after 1894, only Oklahoma has won a higher percentage of its games than NDSU; the team has the record for the longest winning streak in FCS, which stands at 33 consecutive games spanning from 2012 to 2014. It is tied for the 3rd longest streak in NCAA football during the past 50 years. In the final AP Football Poll of the 2013–14 season. After defeating 13th-ranked Iowa in 2016, the Bison earned 74 votes and a #27 ranking in the entire D-I field, overtaking their previous record to become the highest-ranked FCS team of all time; the Bison fielded their first team in 1894 and were known as the NDAC Farmers. From the early 1900s to 1921, the nickname of the school known as North Dakota Agricultural College was the Aggies; the first coach for the new NDAC football team was Henry Bolley, who fielded the first football program at Purdue University in 1887 and was their first Quarterback.
He challenged the University of North Dakota to a football match in 1890, but did not have enough players until 1894, the first official year of football at NDSU. In 1902, Eddie Cochems, known as the father of the forward pass was hired as head coach of the Bison where he experimented building an offense around his new technique; the college hired famed Michigan halfback Paul Magoffin, the first player to catch a forward pass in 1907, as head coach, but he left for the head coaching position offered to him by George Washington University a year later. The 1918 season was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in conjunction with the first World War; the 1943 and 1944 seasons were cancelled due to World War II and the shortage of eligible players. Keeping with their Michigan favoritism, the NDAC hired Stanley Borleske in 1919 to coach the football and baseball teams. After six years of coaching and a 36–36–7 record, Borleske left for Fresno State but is credited with developing the Bison mascot.
It was well known he was not a fan of the "Aggies" mascot, wanting something'strong and fierce' he came up with the'Bison' which remains the mascot today. He coined the term "Thundering Herd", still a common reference to the NDSU Bison Football fanbase. In 1921, NDSU became a charter member of the now-defunct North Central Conference, which they remained affiliated with for 82 years until 2003, their primary rival during this time were the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux whom they competed with to win the Nickel Trophy. As members of Division II, they won 8 national championships with an overall record of 347–94–4 having only 2 losing seasons from 1964–2003. In 2004, all North Dakota State athletic teams moved to Division I. From 2004 to 2007, the Bison were members of the Great West Football Conference. Since 2008 they have been affiliated with the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Since moving to Division I, their primary rival are the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits whom they compete with each year for the Dakota Marker.
The team's former head coach was Craig Bohl, who led the Bison from 2003 to 2013, holds the school record for most wins by a head coach, going 104–32 in his tenure at NDSU. Bohl's successor Chris Klieman went 69–6 in his five seasons. During the Bison's successful run to the 2018 FCS title, Klieman was named as the successor to the retiring Bill Snyder as head coach at Kansas State, though both schools agreed that Klieman would remain at NDSU while the Bison were involved in the FCS playoffs. Bison defensive coordinator Matt Entz took over as head coach following that season's championship game; the NDSU Bison are the only FCS program to be ranked higher than #34 in the AP National Football Poll. After the 2011 Championship Game, the Bison became only the third team in FCS history to receive votes in the final AP Top 25 with 2, putting them at #32 overall. After the 2012 season, the Bison again broke the barrier and became the first FCS team to breach the poll twice by receiving 1 vote and ending at #36 in the nation.
Due to the overwhelming support and attention NDSU got during this run
University of Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa is a public university in Cedar Falls, Iowa. UNI offers more than 90 majors across the colleges of Business Administration, Humanities and Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences and graduate college; the fall 2018 enrollment is 11,212. More than 88 percent of its students are from the state of Iowa; the University of Northern Iowa was founded as a result of two influential forces of the nineteenth century. First, Iowa wanted to care for orphans of its Civil War veterans, secondly, Iowa needed a public teacher training institution. In 1876, when Iowa no longer needed an orphan home, legislators Edward G. Miller and H. C. Hemenway started the Iowa State Normal School; the school's first building was known as Central Hall. The building contained classrooms, common areas, a living facility for most of the students, it was a home to the college's first principal, James Cleland Gilchrist. The building was the heart and soul of the school, allowing students to study courses of two-year, three-year, four-year degrees.
In 1965, a fire destroyed Central Hall, school faculty and Cedar Falls citizens donated over $5,000 to start building Gilchrist Hall. The school has been known under the following names: Iowa State Normal School, 1876–1909 Iowa State Teachers College, 1909–1961 State College of Iowa, 1961–1967 University of Northern Iowa, 1967–present University of Northern Iowa Colleges include: Business Education Humanities and Sciences Social and Behavioral Sciences Graduate College The class entering in fall 2018 had 1,766 freshmen enroll; the incoming class of 2016 marked the most diverse class in UNI's history with 11.2 percent minority students. Minority students now account for just over 10 percent of UNI's student body. UNI has implemented a Liberal Arts Core in order to provide a common liberal arts foundation for all undergraduate students. UNI provides an opportunity for the students to study in 25+ countries and select from over 40 programs; the mission of the Study Abroad Center at the University of Northern Iowa is to provide service and leadership in international education to UNI students, staff, the community and the State of Iowa.
The Culture and Intensive English Program is an intensive program in English for non-native speakers. It is designed to prepare students for academic work at the graduate degree level. University of Northern Iowa students are encouraged to participate in the Conversation Partner Program to help foreign students with their English ability and foster cross-cultural relationships while gaining mutual understanding; the university is the publisher of The North American Review, a celebrated literary magazine that began in Boston in 1815. Its past editors have included James Russell Lowell, Charles Eliot Norton, Henry Adams. In 1968, when the magazine was purchased by UNI, Robley Wilson was appointed editor, a position he continued in until his retirement in 2000; the current editors are Vince Gotera. The University of Northern Iowa Teaching and Research Greenhouse is a greenhouse complex incorporating botanical gardens for research and education, it is located on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Iowa.
The greenhouse contains plants from many ecotypes, including 250 tropical plants, an extensive collection of arid climate plants, the 1,200-square-foot Aquatic Learning Center. From 2014 through 2018 the UNI hosted the Midwest Summer Institute: Inclusion and Communication for All, a two-day conference on Facilitated communication sponsored by the Inclusion Connection and Syracuse University's Institute on Communication and Inclusion. In 2018, just before the fifth annual conference held on June 18-19, a group of over thirty "researchers and academics around the globe" signed a letter to the UNI asking the university to cancel the conference because the practice has been "thoroughly discredited over 25 years ago"; the letter stated that "overwhelming scientific evidence suggests that facilitated communication constitutes a serious violation of the individual and human rights of people with disabilities, robbing them of the opportunity to communicate independently with available innovative technologies."
Proponents of the method have defended the conference. The National Council Against Health Fraud released an article, critical of the school's support of Facilitated Communication and summarized the American Speech–Language–Hearing Associations draft position on Facilitated Communication as a harmful pseudoscience; the 2018 conference was held as scheduled, but the university withdrew its support shortly thereafter. On Oct 24, 2018, Provost Jim Wohlpart announced. Critics were pleased with this result but are skeptical of UNI's statement that the workshop was hosted by an outside agency, as UNI continues to employ "current staff members who trained with Douglas Biklen; the school's mascot is the Panther. They participate in the NCAA's Division I in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Missouri Valley Conference for most other sports, the Big 12 Conference for wrestling; the major arena on campus is the UNI-Dome the home of the football team. The Dome serves as a venue for many local concerts, high school football playoffs, trade shows, other events.
In 2006, the University opened a new arena, the McLeod Center, to serve as the home for several athletic programs, including volleyball and men's and women's basketball. UNI Athletics has enjoyed great suc
South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University is a public research university in Brookings, South Dakota, United States. Founded in 1881, it is the state's largest and most comprehensive university and is the oldest continually-operating university in South Dakota; the university is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents, which governs the state's six public universities and two special schools. South Dakota State University is a land grant, space grant, sun grant university, it was founded under the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act. This land-grant heritage and mission has led the university to place a special focus on academic programs in agriculture, engineering and pharmacy, as well as liberal arts; the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies South Dakota State University as a Research University with high research activity. The graduate program is classified as Doctoral, Technology, Math dominant; the university was founded in the Dakota Territory on February 21, 1881, as Dakota Agriculture College.
The first building, with funding from the territorial legislature, was built in 1883, six years before the State of South Dakota was formed. Numerous expansions were funded in early 20th century; the name was changed in 1904 to South Dakota State College of Mechanic Arts. In 1964, the name was changed to South Dakota State University; the name change was promoted by the Alumni Association. Initiated in 1962, this name change reflected the more comprehensive education offered at the university. In 1923, SDSU's instructional program was organized under five divisions: Agriculture, General Science, Home Economics, Pharmacy. In 1956, a Nursing program was established, in 1957 a formal graduate school was formed; when the University changed its name in 1964, the colleges were renamed Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Sciences, Home Economics, Nursing and the Graduate School. In 1974, the College of General Registration was formed. In 1975, the Division of Education was created. An Honors College was formed in 1999.
Two colleges and seven departments combined in 2009 to create the College of Education and Human Sciences. In 2017, the colleges which make up the university were revised and in some cases renamed to the following: College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Fishback Honors College. On May 23, 2016, Barry H. Dunn became the 20th President of South Dakota State University. Dunn and his wife are alumni of SDSU, prior to becoming president, Dunn was the Dean of SDSU's College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences; the Hilton M. Briggs Library consists of more than 635,000 bound volumes, 315,000 government documents, 79,000 maps, 1,800 journal titles. Within the Briggs Library is the Daschle Research Library dedicated to former U. S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, which houses his Congressional papers; the University Student Union is at the center of campus and houses many amenities for both students and the public. The Union is the home to numerous meeting rooms, a ballroom, The Hobo Day Committee the University Program Council, Greek life the Students' Association, The Collegian student newspaper, Student Legal Services, KSDJ 90.7 FM, Dining Services, four eating facilities, the University Bookstore, Card Services, International Student Affairs.
The 73,000-square-foot SDSU Wellness Center opened in the fall of 2008. The building lightens up space in the HPER Center, allowing that to be used by athletes, while the Wellness Center is used only by students and the public. Student memberships are free and Brookings community members may purchase memberships. Numerous group exercise programs and classes are offered, along with personal training; the building houses a rock climbing wall, a track, three basketball courts, a competition size swimming pool, numerous weights and cardiovascular equipment. It is the home of Student Health, which includes a full pharmacy for students; the Coughlin Campanile used as the campus bell tower, is a familiar sight around campus. The campus has two museums, the South Dakota Art Museum, the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum; the art museum is home to over 7,000 works of art, while the agricultural museum is home to over 100,000 objects. Both museums are open free to the public; the university operates its own dairy plant, processing 10,000 lb of milk weekly into cheese and ice cream, operates a cattle and sheep breeding operation, has an on-campus meat processing facility, has a student-operated pharmacy.
Close to campus are the McCrory Gardens and South Dakota Arboretum. These gardens include a 45-acre arboretum; the gardens are open daily to the public. SDSU is home to State University Theatre and Prairie Repertory Theatre, which produce numerous plays and musicals during the school year and summer breaks. SDSU awards associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees; the university provides 175 fields of study. The university's colleges and schools include College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 39,260, it is home to the University of a public university. Cedar Falls was founded in 1845 by William Sturgis, it was named Sturgis Falls, for the first family who settled the site. The Sturgis family lived in Sturgis Falls for years until the city was merged with Cedar City, another city on the other side of the Cedar River creating Cedar Falls; the city's founders are honored each year with a week long community-wide celebration named in their honor – the Sturgis Falls Celebration. Because of the availability of water power, Cedar Falls developed as a milling and industrial center prior to the Civil War; the establishment of the Civil War Soldiers' Orphans Home in Cedar Falls changed the direction in which the city developed when, following the war, it became the first building on the campus of the Iowa State Normal School. Cedar Falls is located at 42°31′24″N 92°26′45″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.61 square miles, of which, 28.75 square miles is land and 0.86 square miles is water.
Natural forest and wetland areas are found within the city limits at the Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Cedar Falls is part of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area; as of the census of 2010, there were 39,260 people, 14,608 households, 8,091 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,365.6 inhabitants per square mile. There were 15,477 housing units at an average density of 538.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 93.4% White, 2.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population. There were 14,608 households of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, 44.6% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.88. The median age in the city was 26.8 years. 17.3% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 51.9 % female. As of the census of 2000, there were 36,145 people, 12,833 households, 7,558 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,277.2 people per square mile. There were 13,271 housing units at an average density of 468.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.14% White, 1.57% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, 1.09% from two or more races. 1.08 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 12,833 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.1% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.91. Age spread: 18.0% under the age of 18, 30.6% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males. The median income for a household in the city was $70,226, the median income for a family was $85,158. Males had a median income of $60,235 versus $50,312 for females; the per capita income for the city was $27,140. About 5.6% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18, 6.1% of those age 65 or over. In 1986, the City of Cedar Falls established the Cedar Falls Art and Culture Board, which oversees the operation of the City's Cultural Division and the James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts; the Cedar Falls Public Library is housed in the Adele Whitenach Davis building located at 524 Main Street.
The 47,000 square foot structure, designed by Struxture Architects, replaced the Carniege-Dayton building in early 2004. As of the 2016 fiscal year, the library's holdings included 8,000 audio materials, 12,000 video materials, 104,000 books and periodicals for a grand total of 124,000 items. Patrons made 245,000 visits which took advantage of circulation services, adult and youth programming. Circulation of library materials for fiscal year 2016 was 543,134; the library provides public access to more than 30 public computers which provide Internet access, office software suites, high resolution color printing, wi-fi, various games. The mission of the Cedar Falls Public Library is to promote literacy and provide open access to resources which facilitate lifelong learning; the library is a member of the Cedar Valley Library Consortium. Cedar Falls Public Library shares an Integrated Library System with the Waterloo Public Library. Library management is provided by Director of the Cedar Falls Public Library.
The Cedar Falls Historical Society has its offices in Carriage House Museum. It preserves Cedar Falls' history through its five museums, collection and public programs. Besides the Victorian Hous
Western Illinois University
Western Illinois University is a public university located in Macomb, United States. It was founded in 1899 as Western Illinois State Normal School. Like many similar institutions of the time, Western Illinois State Normal School focused on teacher training for its small body of students; as the normal school grew, it became Western Illinois State Teachers College. Western Illinois University was founded in 1899; the land for the university was donated to the state of Illinois by Macomb's Freemasons. Macomb was in direct competition with Quincy and other candidates as the site for a "western" university; the Illinois legislature selected Macomb as the location. University administrators uncovered evidence of the Freemasons' efforts on Macomb's behalf when they opened Sherman Hall's cornerstone during their centennial celebrations. Sherman Hall served as the university's primary facility for many years, but as the university and its programs expanded, a need surfaced for further expansion. Today, the Macomb campus consists of 53 buildings over 1,050 acres.
Sherman Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Western's presence in the Quad Cities spans more than 40 years. In Fall 1960, the university offered its first undergraduate course in the Quad Cities. Western Illinois University is composed of four academic colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business & Technology, Education & Human Services, Fine Arts & Communication, in addition to an Honors College the School of Extended Studies, which includes nontraditional programs. Ranked 413 among the best public and private colleges and universities, from the student's point of view in Forbes; the university offers 69 undergraduate majors, over 51 bachelor's degree programs and 13 pre-professional degrees at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, 42 degree and certificate programs are offered. 95% of all courses are taught by full-time faculty. The University offers a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, established in 2005. Western’s Cost Guarantee Plan is a four-year fixed rate for tuition, fees and board that remains in place as long as students are continuously enrolled.
Western was one of the first institutions in America, the first state university in Illinois, to offer the guarantee. WIU's program served as a model for all other Illinois state universities through the state's "Truth in Tuition" program. Western Illinois offers the Cost Guarantee for graduate students enrolled in a degree program, as well as to transfer students earning an associate degree; those students who transfer to WIU the following semester upon completing their associate degree will receive the previous year's cost guarantee rates. WIU provides the FYE Program for all incoming freshmen; this program is designed to ease the transition from high school to college, fosters the participation of FYE students in co-curricular events such as concerts, art exhibits, guest lectures. In addition to their FYE program, WIU provides a TYE program to interested students; this program is aimed at introducing transfer students to the services and resources on campus within a residential setting. Five libraries make up the WIU Libraries system.
The current Dean of Libraries is Michael Lorenzen. Completed in November 1975, Memorial Library is the main branch of the library system. Designed by Gyo Obata, Malpass Library stands at 222,000 square feet. Other WIU libraries include the Music Library, Physical Sciences Library, Curriculum Library, the WIU-Quad Cities Library, opened in the late 1990s to support WIU's growing presence in the Quad Cities. Western Illinois University Libraries house several archives and special collections that aid in documenting the history of the west-central Illinois region; the libraries are the home for the Center for Hancock County History, the Center for Icarian Studies, the Civil War Collection, the Decker Press Collection and the Mormon Collection. The library's one millionth volume, Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, His Progenitors for Many Generations, by Lucy Mack Smith, was added in 2002. Western Illinois University is home to the Centennial Honors College, founded in 1983 in order to attract more adept students as freshmen, as well as an avenue by which the most talented students at Western Illinois could distinguish themselves from other students at the university.
Accordingly, the GPA admissions standard for the Centennial Honors College is nearly a full grade point higher than the minimum GPA of any other college at the university, the second being the College of Business and Technology. Honors students complete a series of courses and projects unavailable to average students studying at Western Illinois, are eligible for a host of exclusive foundation scholarships. Due to the intense nature of honors coursework, students vying for a spot in the Centennial Honors College should be prepared to dedicate additional time and effort to their schoolwork. Honors can be completed in many of the majors at Western Illinois, but there has not been a curriculum fashioned for every discipline. Consistent with its mission, the Macomb Honors Program provides a curriculum consisting of special tutorials, guided studies, research projects, as well as opportunities to develop leadership and professional skills and participate in community and social services. A unique curriculum, honors