Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2004 - 2005
Master of Arts
Faculty Jan Droegkamp, Rosina Neginsky, Annette Van Dyke
Associated Faculty Peter Boltuc
Contact: (217) 206-6962
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.uis.edu/ino/
option is a graduate degree program built on 30 years of
experience in individualized learning. The program offers students
opportunity to design a degree consistent with their own educational
using available institutional and area resources. The program's
major purpose is to serve students whose needs and objectives
are best met by combinations of courses or mixes of learning
not available through established curricula.
The program structure emphasizes the integration of key learning
categories with a variety of instructional methods to form
a well-rounded and individualized academic experience. Through
categories with customized learning activities, the individual
option program assists learners to deepen their understandings
of the values, meanings, concerns, choices, and commitments
are basic to the quality of life.
On entering the program, students design individualized degree
proposals for a course of study consistent with their particular
goals, needs, and interests. Self-assessment, independent
study, multidisciplinary courses/studies, and credit for
assessment are all course work alternatives that may be
integrated within individual curricula. Student degree proposals
the interdisciplinary goals of the program while specializing
an area such as human resource development, global education,
studies, African-American studies, technology and education,
or society and the law.
The Master's Degree
Admission to the graduate program is limited due to the
individualized nature of the degree process. In addition
to applying to
UIS, students are required to complete a separate application
an INO application form, a personal statement, two
letters of reference, and an interview with an INO faculty
15 for spring semester, March 15 for summer term, and
April 15 for fall semester. Admissions are continuous until
an incoming class is filled.
Students are conditionally admitted to the INO program
until they successfully complete INO 501 Graduate
committees approve their degree proposals. Students
must obtain committee approval within the semester
completion of INO 501.
If a graduate applicant has an undergraduate grade-point
average of less than 2.50, full admission to the
program requires the
completion of eight hours of course work at the
graduate level with grades
of B or better. These hours must be completed before
enrolling in INO 501. Graduate students may count
a maximum of 12
semester hours in courses taken before they began
the INO program.
Campus policy allows students to choose a traditional
grading scale or a credit/no credit option for
each course. The
INO program conforms
to this policy in all courses except INO 501
and INO 521, which are offered on a credit/no
Graduate students are expected to maintain a
grade-point average of 3.00 (B). At the graduate
level, a maximum
of eight hours
of C grades is applicable to the degree, provided
each hour of C is
balanced by an hour of A and provided the C
grade is approved by the student's degree committee.
Graduate students registering in 400-level
program courses are expected to perform at
a higher level
the same course. Individual instructors in
400-level courses specify
the criteria for awarding graduate-level
credit. These may be qualitative (higher standards
for written work
and/or contributions to group
discussion) or quantitative (additional work
or higher test
Public Affairs Colloquium
Since the INO program recognizes the importance
of responsible knowledge about public affairs
the day, graduate students are required
to include four hours
affairs colloquia course work in their
degree plans. The PAC may be selected because it
fits into the
student's area of
interest, or it may serve as an introduction
to a topic that is new to
student, thereby broadening the scope of
After initial registration in INO 550 or
INO 560, students must maintain registration
Students who have
not completed their master's project
or thesis after registering for the number of project
or thesis hours specified in their degree
INO 551 Master's Project Continuing
Enrollment (1hr. audit) or INO 561 Thesis Continuing
Enrollment (1 hr. audit) each fall and
project or thesis is completed.
Credit for Prior Learning
Mature students with extensive life and
work experience may apply for graduate-level
for these experiences.
For these students, AST 401 Assessment
of Experiential Learning is recommended.
Students should contact
the Credit for Prior Learning
office during their first term for information about
the process. The CPL office is located
425, phone (217)
206-6962 or 206-7427, or visit
INO 501 Graduate Colloquium 4 Hrs.
INO 521 Liberal and Integrative Studies 2 Hrs.
Total core 6 Hrs.
INO Elective Courses
*INO 580 Independent Field Project 2-12 Hrs.
*INO 599 Independent Study: Tutorial 2-12 Hrs.
(minimum) 4 Hrs.
(maximum) 12 Hrs.
Graduate Closure Project
*INO 550 Master's Project 4-8 Hrs.
*INO 560 Thesis 4-8 Hrs.
(minimum) 4 Hrs.
(maximum) 8 Hrs.
*There are no classroom meetings for these courses.
Students sign independent study contracts
with faculty sponsors.
Public Affairs Colloquium 4 Hrs.
Additional courses (at least 12 hours must
be at the 500-level) 24 Hrs.
(minimum) 30 Hrs.
Total 42 Hrs.
In some instances, the interdisciplinary
nature of the student's program will
suggest the need
that total more than
minimum number of credits. The final
number of credit hours for the degree must be
negotiated between the
time the degree
proposal is approved.