Western Illinois University has had a presence in the Quad Cities for more than 100 years. In 2002, the Illinois Q-C Chamber of Commerce, with support from the education and business sectors, initiated a community-wide needs assessment of higher education.
The assessment concluded that the Quad Cities needed to expand access to higher education to meet education demands of up to 5,000 students while stimulating economic development.
In 2003, Deere and Company donated its former Technical Center and the 20 adjacent acres of highly valued Mississippi Riverfront as the site for the WIU-QC Riverfront Campus.
Phase I of this project was completed in January 2012 with the renovation and reuse of the former Deere Tech Center into a 2-story, 60,000 square foot, LEED certified classroom and administrative building. The Quad Cities celebrated the opening and start of classes Goldfarb Grand Atrium – a location where students, faculty, staff and visitors can collaborate, study, learn, and interact with a scenic vista of the Mississippi River.
The WIU-QC riverfront campus is now home to undergraduate classes in business and technology, engineering, human services, and arts and sciences. Following precedent established and maintained at the John Deere Road location which was home to the campus for more than XX years, once phases II and III are completed, the new state of the art location will feature high-tech classrooms, computing, and engineering laboratories, student services, the U.S. Bank Writing Center, and a Library annex.