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Andrew J. Holmes
Executive Director of Technology
Main Office: Third floor Ellsworth Hall
Telephone: (269) 387-4200
Fax: (269) 387-4204
In February of 2020, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Jennifer Bott, announced the evolution of the Extended University Programs (EUP) unit, which has been transformed into WMUx.
On the surface, the “x” in WMUx maintains a connection to the unit’s origin in “extended” programming, but on a deeper level, the name represents a redefined role and purpose for the unit. WMUx is a catalyst for re-imagining teaching and learning across all platforms and modalities, a foundation for growth and evolution through a focus on what’s “next,” and a multiplier of the creative capacity of different units and stakeholders across campus. At its core, WMUx exists to collaboratively imagine, design, and realize ideas that transform and enhance the learning experience.
WMUx serves as the home for several critical functions and services, including instructional design, online education, E-learning support, regional location operations, non-credit and professional development offerings, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Collegiate Pathways dual enrollment programs, and market research. WMUx is also enhancing its role in supporting innovation at the university by building a new type of unit driven by design-thinking, collaboration, and experimentation in the development of new ideas designed to move the University forward in reaching new markets and diversifying revenue streams.
Each WMU regional location provides students and communities with educational opportunities in a location and format that provides flexibility and convenience. Courses are scheduled weekdays, evenings, and weekends, and students are provided with connections to WMU offices including financial aid, advising, University libraries, and other University services. Regional locations are equipped with comfortable seating, computer labs, wireless internet access, and on-site staff members are present to serve as a resource to assist students working toward their professional and educational goals.
Battle Creek, Michigan
50 W Jackson St
Battle Creek, MI 49017-3505
The 24,000 square foot facility houses 12 furnished classrooms, two computer labs, advising offices, an executive conference room and a state-of-the-art interactive video conference room. The Kendall Center is a wireless facility, allowing web access from anywhere in the building. Free three-hour parking is available in a parking deck on the east side of the building.
Metro-Detroit, Clinton Township, Michigan
Macomb Community College University Center
44575 Garfield Rd
Building UC1, Room 225
Clinton Township, MI 48038
WMU-Metro Detroit is proud to be a part of the Macomb Community College (MCC) University Center located on the center campus of MCC. As a partner with the University Center, WMU-Metro Detroit not only builds a bridge for MCC students but also offers Macomb county and the surrounding area residents the convenience and flexibility to earn a WMU degree close to home. The MCC University Center offers students access to a computer lab, quiet and large study lounge spaces as well as convenient hours of operation (until 10 p.m. most evenings and some weekends). Students also have access to the MCC library and other MCC resources if needed. Parking is free and plentiful at the MCC University Center and MCC has their own college police department to keep the campus safe.
Grand Rapids Beltline, Michigan
2333 E Beltline, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
The WMU-Grand Rapids, Beltline location is a beautiful regional location that offers a multitude of services for both the contemporary student and conference planner, in a comfortable and professional conferencing environment. The facility features numerous classrooms and computer labs, satellite downlink connections, and a state-of-the-art interactive, compressed video conference room. There are more than 550 spaces available in the free parking lot at the WMU-Grand Rapids, Beltline location.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, Downtown
200 Ionia Avenue, SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The WMU-Grand Rapids, Downtown location is in the Heartside district, two blocks south of the Van Andel Arena. This exceptional facility features a cybercafé, classrooms, a computer lab, a compressed video/distance education classroom, and offices for faculty, advisors, and administrative staff. The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, a community based counseling clinic, and the AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, are also at the Downtown location. Paid parking is available in the Cherry/Commerce parking ramp, located across from WMU-Grand Rapids, Downtown on Cherry Street in addition to on-street metered parking. A City-owned surface lot on Ionia Avenue between Oakes and Cherry Streets Area 5 Lot is available for parking after 6 p.m.
Southwest (Benton Harbor), Michigan
Lake Michigan College Benton Harbor Campus
2785 E Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
WMU-Southwest is located on the campus of Lake Michigan College’s Benton Harbor campus. Students have access to computer services, and online University library services in addition to use of the LMC library and other key resources. Students can also utilize the child care services offered at Lake Michigan College on a fee-for-services basis.
Traverse City, Michigan
Northwestern Michigan College University Center
2200 Dendrinos Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
WMU-Traverse City is located in the Northwestern Michigan College University Center, a leading-edge facility with interactive classrooms and computer labs, and open wireless access is available throughout the center. Student lounges, snack areas, and a student café provide an environment conducive to studying, research, and collaboration. The University Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Online Education offers a variety of courses, degrees, and certificate programs entirely online that utilize contemporary, online learning technologies and methodologies. In addition to providing students with the latest learning technologies, EUP offers services including instructional design and course development support for instructors, technical support for students, and on-campus proctored testing.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU offers educational opportunities for mature adults over the age of fifty who have a passion for learning. This volunteer driven organization works with WMU emeriti, faculty and staff to offer courses and trips year-round. Aiming to enrich the quality of life for participants, the Institute provides intellectual and cultural stimulation, opportunities for personal growth, and the ability to engage socially in an informal, lively, learning-focused atmosphere.
Professional Development is dedicated to providing increased selection and availability of noncredit learning experiences designed with a client-centric approach for personal enrichment and career elevation. This unit offers training, preparatory programs and certificates for professionals seeking continuing education credentialing. Additionally, it provides and coordinates the approval of Western Michigan University Continuing Education Units and State Continuing Education Clock Hours for the State of Michigan.
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