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Interdisciplinary Studies Advisor Information

If you are seeking assistance with course selection, portfolio development, or any other matters pertaining to program requirements, please consult with the Interdisciplinary Studies advisors! The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies has advisors to help meet your program needs. They are dedicated to ensuring the success of each Interdisciplinary Studies student, so throughout the process you will have access to your advisor via email, webcam, face-to-face advisement sessions, and telephone.

Kim Redfern has been with the program since 2003. She is the office professional who manages Prior Learning Assessment for all B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies students. Kim is available weekdays on the main campus between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at or 217-581-5618.

Jackie Janesku joined the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies team in 2012. She is located in the Chicago area and works with the Interdisciplinary Studies students located there. Jackie can be reached at or 217-549-3347.

Lori Brewer has been with the program since 1998 and is the School of Extended Learning's Certification Officer. She is located in room A170 at Parkland College and works with Interdisciplinary Studies students located in the Champaign-Urbana area. Lori can be reached at or 217-353-2255.

Grade Expectations

After being admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree program, students must earn grades of "C" or above in Interdisciplinary Studies courses. The grade point average at graduation must be 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Previously earned grade point averages (GPA) from other institutions do not transfer. Only EIU grades, regardless of when those grades were earned, will be used to calculate your Eastern GPA. Returning EIU students who previously amassed failing grades will be on academic warning until they are able to raise their GPA to a 2.0 or better.

GRADE Appeal Policy

Eastern Illinois University faculty members are responsible for assigning appropriate grades. The university will not review the judgment of a faculty member in assessing the quality of students’ work. If, however, a student believes that a faculty member improperly assigned a semester grade due to one or more of the Grounds for Grade Appeal described below, the student may appeal the grade by following the procedures detailed at Students are responsible for reading the Grade Appeal Policy and for complying with all procedures and meeting the deadlines established in the policy. All grade appeals are handled individually.

Grounds for appealing semester or term grades are:

  • A mathematical error in the calculation of the grade or a clerical error in the recording of the grade that remains uncorrected;
  • The assignment of a grade to a particular student by application of more exacting requirements than were applied to other students in the course;
  • The assignment of a grade to a particular student on some basis other than performance in the course;
  • The assignment of a grade by a substantial departure from the faculty member’s previously announced standards.

In general, the Grade Appeal Policy requires the student to confer with the faculty member who assigned the grade, but it provides an opportunity for further formal review—by the department chair, the College Grade Appeal Committee, and the dean—if this conference does not result in a mutually agreeable resolution. For a course taken in the fall semester, the Grade Appeal Request must be received no later than the Midterm Day of the following spring term. For a course taken in the spring semester or summer term, the Grade Appeal Request must be received no later than the Midterm Day of the following fall term.

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