Indiana Wesleyan University has a new hometown this year with
the opening of a Naperville, Illinoisbased service center in the
western suburbs of the Chicagoland area.
The storefront location, on NEC Route 59 and McDowell Road just
south of I-88, not only marks IWU's first physical location in the
state of Illinois, but also a foray into a new model for
interacting with students and prospective students.
"In the mid-90's, Indiana Wesleyan University was one of the
first universities that offered a full degree online," said Rose.
"Many schools were doing some electives and a course here and
there, but we took the MBA and did it from beginning to end in an
The increasing popularity of online education necessitates a
different kind of on-the-ground facility, according to Rose.
Rose said that it remains important to have a physical presence,
since a location in a well-trafficked area makes a strong
impression on the surrounding community. But that office can be
much smaller, offering the support structure needed by a student
who does most of their learning from home.
"It [the service center] is not built out with multiple
classrooms," Rose said. "It is built out to be a hub of operations
to be able to reach students who are interested in going back to
school in an online format, creating a local presence in a suburb
of Chicago, so that they see it's a real, tangible school."
Students can get online degrees at the associate, bachelor's,
master's and doctoral levels from IWU.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church committed to liberal arts and professional education. Over 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Indiana. Nearly 12,500 adult learner study at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.