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New Year, New Challenges at WIU

Macomb, IL – One of the challenges Western Illinois University will face during the new school year is to successfully implement its new "First Year Experience" program. President Al Goldfarb says the university has guaranteed freshmen that there will not be more than 15-20 students in general education classes. The school is also requiring freshmen to attend three events outside the classroom each semester. Goldfarb says another challenge facing Western concerns finances. The school is still waiting for state money for construction projects such as the proposed new performing arts center for the Macomb campus. Goldfarb is this week's guest on the public affairs program "Emphasis." You can listen to the program by clicking on the audio button at the top of this story.