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Spoon River College (SRC), located in Canton, Illinoismarker, is one of 48 two-year, open-admission colleges of the Illinois Community College System (ICCS), organized under the Illinois Public Community College Act. Spoon River College's district comprises parts of Schuyler Countymarker, McDonough Countymarker, Mason Countymarker, and Knox Countymarker in West-Central Illinois.

History

Spoon River College was founded on October 17, 1959 as Canton Community College, after a district-wide referendum was passed to establish a junior college, to allow students from the local high school district the opportunity to receive post-secondary education similar to university curriculum. Authorized by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. in 1961, legislation was later enacted that created the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The IBHE was tasked by statute with formulating a master plan for Higher Education in the state of Illinois. In July 1964 the higher education master plan was published by the IBHE, which led to the Junior College Act of 1965. The institution was officially renamed Spoon River College when it was reorganized on December 20, 1968.

Campus

Spoon River College currently has its main campus in on of land four miles from the city of Canton, Illinoismarker. In 1984, a large second location, known as the Macomb Campus, was opened in Macomb, Illinoismarker, and occupied the old Macomb High School building. The building required extensive renovation which took ten-years and $2.6 million to complete.

In addition to these two large campuses, the college holds for-credit classes at learning centers in Havana, Illinoismarker and Rushville, Illinoismarker. Spoon River College also holds non-credit and career development classes at two Community Outreach Centers in Macomb and Canton, Illinois.

High demand for both credit and non-classes and training at the Macomb Campus has led to the building of an expansion center. The $2.2 million phase one portion of the project was completed in August of 2009. A large $10 million expansion is planned for the extension center in the near future.Spoon River College currently operates a satellite campus at the local Illinois River Correctional Center under contract with the Illinois Department of Corrections. SRC holds vocational and rehabilitative classes at the IDOC facility, closed to the public.

Academics and demographics

Spoon River College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) to offer certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees.It received the maximum ten-year accreditation approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the NCA during its last review in 2002.

Spoon River College has transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities such as Southern Illinois University Carbondalemarker, University of Illinois at Springfieldmarker, and the Western Illinois Universitymarker, as a part of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide transfer agreement which ensures general education credits are transferable among more than 100 participating college or universities in Illinois. SRC has a specific dual-enrollment compact with Western Illinois University that began in 1998. The agreement between the schools permits students at SRC to transition into WIU through a pre-defined curriculum and automatic transfer protocol between institutions.In addition to the IAI, SRC offers students a bachelor's degree completion program that allows students to enroll in one of nine participating institutions and take classes at local SRC campuses or online.There are two primary educational tracks at SRC: Transfer Programs, and Career Educational Programs. The two educational tracks offer a total of 35 associates degree programs, and 36 certificate programs.

Enrollment

As of March 16, 2009, Spring enrollment at SRC was 2,124, of which 890 were enrolled full-time, and 1,234 were enrolled part-time. In addition, 94 non-credit enrollees were reported by SRC for the same period. In addition, dual credit enrollees obtaining college credit while attending high school stood at 239.

Library

Spoon River College provides a library within its Learning Resources Center at its main Canton, Illinois Campus. It has facilities for study, research, leisure reading, class preparation, and Internet access for students. In addition, it has agreements with Western Illinois University that allow SRC students to utilize the university library and check out material.

Student life

Student housing

While the Illinois Public Community College Act prevents community colleges from building student housing, SRC found a method to provide campus housing for its students. In November 1994, a unique agreement was reached between Western Illinois Universitymarker (WIU) and SRC that allowed the college's students the opportunity to reside in University on campus housing The agreement allows a smoother transition for SRC students seeking to transfer to WIU, while allowing the university to utilize unused housing space. Resident Spoon River College students can access WIU's Beu Health Center.

Academic clubs and cultural activities

SRC hosts 10 registered student clubs involved in academic, competitive, and cultural based activities. In addition, the campus has an active chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (ΦΘΚ), the international honor society for two-year colleges and academic programs.

SRC also publishes the journal Kaleidoscope, which is a student produced journal of art and literature. The publication focuses on short stories, poems, essays, song lyrics, photography and other works of art. It is published each spring and distributed throughout the college district.

References

  1. ANNUAL REPORT 2008, Division of Student Services, Western Illinois University



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