2021-2022 College Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Sandburg

Illinois Community College District No. 518


Main Campus

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone 309.344.2518
Fax 309.344.3526

Branch Campus

The Branch Campus is located on the north edge of Carthage, just off Highway 94. This location serves the communities, businesses, organizations, and school districts of Hancock county and portions of Fulton, Henderson, and McDonough counties in western Illinois. The full-service campus provides baccalaureate, career, community education, and general study programs. Some popular career and technical classes offered at the Branch Campus include criminal justice, accounting, business, nurse aide, phlebotomy, and administrative office programs.

Students receive individualized attention for academic advising, career counseling, and financial aid planning in a relaxed, friendly educational atmosphere. Tutoring and support services are also available. Additional offerings include seminars, workshops, and customized training for businesses and industry.

305 Sandburg Dr.
Carthage, Illinois 62321
Phone: 217.357.3129
Fax: 217.357.3512
TTY line: 309.341.5400

Additional Locations


Located in downtown Galesburg, the Annex houses the College’s dental hygiene program.

209 East Main St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.344.2595
Fax: 309.344.2611
TTY line: 309.341.5400

Abingdon-Avon High School (Dual Credit Only)

Located in Abingdon, Illinois, Abingdon-Avon High School offers a complete Associate in Arts degree through dual credit courses.

600 West Martin St.
Abingdon, IL 61410

Galesburg High School (Dual Credit Only)

Located in Galesburg, Illinois, Galesburg High School offers a certificate in Computer Numerical Control (CNC).

1135 West Fremont St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Hamilton High School (Dual Credit Only)

Located in Hamilton, Illinois, Hamilton High School offers transferable courses towards either an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree, as well as, allied health and automotive courses and a certificate in agriculture.

1100 Keokuk St.
Hamilton, IL 62341

Warsaw High School (Dual Credit Only)

Located in Warsaw, Illinois, Warsaw High School offers transferable courses towards either an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree. With additional online and summer coursework, students may complete an Associate of Arts degree during their high school career.

340 South 11th St.
Warsaw, IL 62379

Accredited By

Higher Learning Commission
Phone 312.263.0456/800.621.7400

Approved By

Illinois Board of Higher Education; Illinois Community College Board; Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation; Illinois State Scholarship Commission; United States Department of Education.

Program Accreditation:

American Board of Funeral Service Education

The Commission on Dental Accreditation

Illinois State Board of Nursing Approved Program

Nursing Accreditation

Associate Degree Nursing

The Associate nursing program at Carl Sandburg College located in Galesburg, Illinois, is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Practical Nursing

The Practical nursing program at Carl Sandburg College located Galesburg, Illinois, is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Paramedic Program Accreditation

The Carl Sandburg College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Logo

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions Logo

Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088

Medical Assisting Accreditation

The Carl Sandburg College Medical Assisting Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

Membership and Recognition

Carl Sandburg College is a member of American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; American Association of Community Colleges; American Library Association; Arrowhead Athletic Conference; Association of College and Research Libraries; Association of Community College Trustees; Cisco Network Academy; College Placement Council; Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois; Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); Council for Opportunity in Education; Educational Opportunity Association; Illinois Association of College Admissions Counselors; Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; Illinois Community College Admissions and Records Officers Organization; Illinois Community College Faculty Association; Illinois Community College Student Activities Association; Illinois Community College Trustees Association; Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs; Illinois Council for Continuing Education and Training; Illinois Council of Community College Presidents; Illinois Library Association; Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges; Illinois Community Colleges Online; Illinois Online Network; Illinois State Historical Society; Illinois TRIO; National Advising Association; National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA); National Council for Continuing Education and Training; National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements; National Junior College Athletic Association; National League for Nursing; Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC); Online Computer Library Center; Reading Across Illinois Library Systems (RAILS).

Student Responsibility

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the provisions of this Catalog. Enrollment at Carl Sandburg College implies an understanding and acceptance by the student of an obligation to abide by the academic, administrative and social regulations of the College. Failure to read and comply with college regulations does not exempt a student from such responsibility. Keep this catalog as a reference for graduation requirements in Associate Degree Programs and Certificates.

Any student who wishes to examine the policies of the College should see the Vice President of Student Services.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The College, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator, complies with all applicable federal, state, and/or local laws prohibiting discrimination. It is the policy of the College that no person shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities, or in admissions on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, gender (sex), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national orientation, ancestry, genetic information, disability, age, arrest record status, marital or family status, citizenship status (with regard to employment), military status, unfavorable military discharge, sexual harassment, order of protection status and status in any group protected by applicable federal, state and/or local laws.

The College will direct individuals to resources for English language proficiency so that the lack of English proficiency will not be a barrier to future employment, admissions, and participation in CTE programs. Career and technical education courses/program offerings and admission criteria are on our website, www.sandburg.edu, or by calling 309.341.5234. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

The College reserves the right to change, without notice, any information in this catalog.

This catalog is for information purposes and does not constitute a contract.

Published by Carl Sandburg College
Galesburg, IL 61401

President’s MessageDr. Seamus Reilly, Carl Sandburg College President

Welcome to Carl Sandburg College and congratulations on taking this important step on your educational journey. Our faculty and staff are committed to making sure that you achieve your academic goals. Carl Sandburg College is ready to help you complete the first two years on the road to a baccalaureate degree anywhere in the nation, complete a certification or applied associates degree to get you started or help you advance in the career technical education or applied healthcare field, or just take some courses to explore a new interest.

Our staff and faculty are committed to helping you discover your talents and hone skills to make sure that you are ready for the next stage in your life journey. So, whether you are just trying out a class or two, focused on a career in health professions or manufacturing, or laying the solid foundation to transfer to any school in the nation, you have come to the right place.

Our student support services and our technology support are second to none, and we offer you the ability to take classes in a variety of modalities to meet your needs. This includes courses in a virtual environment with synchronous and asynchronous elements to help you balance work, life and school. Carl Sandburg College offers the complete college experience with many student clubs and organizations, opportunities to volunteer in the community, and excellent athletic teams. At Sandburg, we celebrate the academic achievements of our students and the artistic and scholarly efforts of our faculty and staff. We believe that anything is possible, but in the words of Carl Sandburg, “nothing happens unless first a dream.” So, welcome to Carl Sandburg College, where we can help make your dreams a reality.

Dr. Seamus Reilly, President
Carl Sandburg College

Board of Trustees

Thomas H. Colclasure, Galesburg

Lee E. Johnson, Galesburg

Bruce A. Lauerman, Galesburg

Gayla J. Pacheco, Galesburg

DeVone Eurales, Galesburg

William C. Robinson, Galesburg

Sandra L. Wood, Galesburg

Makayla Crain Student Trustee (‘20-‘21 Academic Year)

Gary Miracle, Faculty Representative (‘20-‘21 Academic Year)

Tracy Engstrom, Staff Representative (‘20-‘21 Academic Year)

Cory Gall, Board Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

Lindsey Huber, Secretary to the Board of Trustees


Carl Sandburg College is named for Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, who was born and raised in Galesburg. The son of Swedish immigrant parents, Sandburg was born Jan. 6, 1878, in a small cottage near the rail yards where his father worked. The cottage, on Galesburg’s south side, is preserved today as an Illinois historical site.

Sandburg published numerous volumes, including “Chicago Poems”; “Cornhuskers”; “Rootabaga Stories”; “The People, Yes”; “Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years”; and “Always the Young Strangers.” He received two Pulitzer Prizes - in history, for his “Abraham Lincoln: The War Years” (1939), and in poetry, for his “Collected Poems” (1951). The central theme throughout Sandburg’s works is his belief in the essential goodness and drive of the common man and woman. His writing is full of optimism for the future of the human race.

Carl Sandburg and his mentor, Professor Philip Green Wright of Lombard College, also located in Galesburg, envisioned the establishment of “a People’s Industrial College, where people of all ages would be taught, in addition to literature, philosophy, sociology, science, music, and art, something about industry and farming, such as agriculture, horticulture, bee culture, cabinet-making, metalworking, pottery, architecture, printing and publishing, and bookbinding.” (From Margaret Sandburg’s unpublished manuscript Biography of Carl Sandburg.) The two men felt that this “People’s College” should be located by a river or on a lake.

Though Sandburg died in 1967, the College’s ties with its namesake remain strong. In 1979, the late Helga Sandburg, Carl’s youngest daughter, was awarded the College’s first honorary associate degree. She returned to the campus in 1987, 1994 and in 2006 as the commencement speaker at graduation exercises. Additionally, Helga was a guest of honor at the annual community celebration, the Sandburg Days Festival, from its inception in 1996 to 2005. Both Helga and Penelope Niven, who was Sandburg’s biographer, helped to formulate and develop the annual festival. Sadly, both Helga and Penelope passed away in 2014, leaving the College without two of the people most closely associated with its namesake.

The referendum creating what is now Carl Sandburg College was passed by the voters of Knox and Warren counties on Sept. 24, 1966. The first classes were held the same day the following year, Sept. 24, 1967, in a variety of facilities in downtown Galesburg. Since then the College has expanded considerably, both in the scope of course offerings and in territory, in an effort to meet the educational needs of the residents of west-central Illinois.

In 1969, the College occupied the site on South Lake Storey Road in Galesburg on which the permanent Main Campus would be constructed. The permanent facilities were opened in 1976. In the meantime, the College annexed 16 additional high school districts in 1974, which eventually resulted in the establishment of additional facilities to ensure the delivery of services for all residents of what is officially Illinois Community College District 518. What is now the Branch Campus in Carthage offered its first classes in the winter of 1974. The Main Campus has also undergone major recent renovations to keep Carl Sandburg College on the cutting edge of the technological revolution.

In 2017, the College for the fourth straight year was named National Champion in the Small Colleges Category of the Digital Community Colleges Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education, continuing its reputation as one of the leading community colleges in the country for technology.

The College continues to serve its 3,000-square-mile district and fulfill its mission and vision and remain true to its core values for excellence, collaboration, integrity and respect.

District Map

Carl Sandburg College district map

Mission Statement

The mission of Carl Sandburg College is to provide all students with opportunities for success.

Vision Statement

Where dreams come to life, and lives come to change.

Core Values

  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Respect

Educational Purposes

In its efforts to be a premier learning and teaching institution, Carl Sandburg College is dedicated to fulfilling the following major functions:

  • Provide associate degree-level education consisting of liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions;
  • Provide business, technical, and professional education that offers associate degrees, certificates, courses, workshops, and seminars designed for career, entry-level employment, retraining, and/or upgrading of skills to meet current and emerging employment needs and trends;
  • Provide courses and programs designed to assist academically underprepared students to be successful in their next level of education;
  • Provide activities designed to meet the lifelong educational needs and interests of individuals throughout the district;
  • Provide services designed to meet the needs of the student population including recruitment, admissions, registration, assessment, counseling, tutoring, career planning, academic advisement, financial aid, job placement, co-curricular activities, and inter-collegiate athletics;
  • Provide programs and services designed to meet the customized continuing education and technical assistance needs of individuals, businesses, industries, and community organizations;
  • Serve as a center for cultural and intellectual development.

Carl Sandburg College 2019-2024 Strategic Plan

  1. Student Access and Success
    1. Advance equitable access, engagement, and success of all students.
      1. Provide institutional leadership that integrates inclusion in all aspects of the College.
      2. Champion engagement with external partners and stakeholders.
      3. Provide academic and co-curricular opportunities that facilitate inclusivity.
    2. Implement strategies as determined by the student’s voice.
      1. Build student support structures that respond to individual student’s needs while maintaining quality.
      2. Create avenues in which current and potential students can provide the college input on their needs.
      3. Advance connections between students and college personnel.
    3. Increase the retention, persistence, and completion of an inclusive student body.
      1. Expand efforts to attract a diverse student population.
      2. Enable the student experience to flow seamlessly from recruitment through completion.
      3. Create learning opportunities through community partnerships.
      4. Expand efforts to provide financial support for students.
    4. Increase direct communication with students and employees at all locations.
      1. Embed ambassadorship into all college position responsibilities.
      2. Initiate avenues that provide the sharing and accessibility of resources, new initiatives, and best practices of all departments.
  2. Teaching and Learning
    1. Ensure the quality of educational programs, learning environments, and support services through continuous improvements.
    2. Develop and cultivate industry-specific partnerships to expand the breadth of offerings at Carl Sandburg College.
      1. Establish an understanding of how stakeholders define quality.
      2. Cultivate a comprehensive understanding of student and community needs.
      3. Respond timely to district needs.
      4. Utilize partnerships to increase the variety of educational offerings throughout the district.
    3. Implement an enhanced student experience that results in greater opportunities for employment.
      1. Adapt student pathways through accessibility, program flexibility, and course availability.
      2. Sustain a comprehensive understanding of the labor market’s needs.
      3. Expand efforts to provide transition services to employment for students.
    4. Increase flexibility of course delivery using technology.
    5. Create environments for students that nurture engagement.
  3. Community Alliances
    1. Broaden dynamic connections with stakeholders: students, alumni, K-12 program, community members and business partners through targeted communication.
    2. Bolster education opportunities using off-site/partner locations throughout the district.
    3. Deliver consistent dual credit programs which provide students access to college services and support.
    4. Strengthen partnerships with four-year colleges and universities.
    5. Meet training needs of college district and region.
  4. Operational Sustainability and Excellence
    1. Promote an environment of understanding between the college and stakeholders.
      1. Amplify institutional standards and practices to streamline internal and external communication.
      2. Provide targeted and timely communication.
      3. Expand information sharing practices.
      4. Establish communication methods that promote the free exchange of ideas from stakeholders.
    2. Attain an institutional culture of integrated problem-solving.
      1. Develop an avenue to identify and discuss cross-departmental problems/issues.
      2. Empower “problem-solving” teams to implement and assess continuous improvement efforts.
      3. Advance the use of data in the institutional culture for decision-making.
    3. Strengthen human resource capital.
      1. Administer a competitive compensation program that enables the College to attract and retain a quality workforce.
      2. Execute strategies focused on employee retention.
      3. Cultivate a commitment to inclusivity in hiring.
      4. Ensure professional development opportunities for college employees.
    4. Assure the innovative use of resources.
      1. Maintain a sustainable budget that fully meets the College’s needs and responsibly uses the resources of the district.
      2. Obtain new grant funding and maintain ethical stewardship of grant money.
      3. Maintain and refresh high-quality facilities and grounds that support innovation, teaching, and learning.
    5. Assure compliance with accrediting bodies and governmental agencies.

General Education Outcomes

General Education Outcomes, or GEOs, are the institution’s educational outcomes: once students complete Sandburg, they will be articulate in communication, critical thinking, cultural diversity, information technology, and quantitative skills. Those GEOs are tied into learning objectives for every course taught at Carl Sandburg College and noted in the course syllabus.


Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening.

Critical Thinking

Demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.

Cultural Diversity

Demonstrate an awareness of human values and diverse cultures.

Information Technology

Demonstrate understanding and skills to function in a technological society.

Quantitative Skills

Demonstrate use of quantitative analytical skills and processes to interpret, evaluate and solve problems.