- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - Western Illinois University in Macomb has its first Ph.D. program.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission have granted WIU approval to establish a Ph.D. program in environmental science. The school says the program will focus on large river ecosystems and be available at the WIU-Quad Cities campus. Students can begin studies in the program this fall.

WIU also currently offers a doctoral program in educational leadership, or an Ed.D.

A committee of WIU faculty developed the proposal for the new program. They represented geography, biological sciences and math.