Bilingual Educators

NIU is a partner with the Illinois State Board of Education, the Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois Resource Center in a federally funded initiative to recruit and train bilingual teachers. Students will need two-and-a-half years to complete the rigorous curriculum. The

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Speed of Light

NIU is creating an ultra-fast, fiber-optic communications network that will bring next-generation technology to the northern Illinois region.  Dubbed “NIUNet,” the 175-mile fiber optic loop is expected to be a huge boon to research and economic development efforts. The network also could

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Grading Schools

NIU is home to the Interactive Illinois Report Card, a Web-based tool NIU created and maintains that helps teachers, school districts and parents make sense of mountains of materials on student performance. The IIRC helps schools identify problems earlier, and helps families

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Homeland Security

NIU is a leader in Illinois in the creation of academic programs dedicated to preparing students for careers related to homeland security. Currently the university offers certificates that train students how to help businesses and communities prepare for, react to and recover

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Stagecraft

The School of Theatre and Dance has one of only three academically-based Meisner training programs available nationally. Through SummerNITE, its resident professional company, the School is a member of the elite University Resident Theatre Association. One of 33 theatre programs with ties

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Musical Honors

The School of Music houses the premiere graduate string quartet training program in the nation, and its ensembles have a long record of “best” awards in national competition from Down Beat Magazine. Its graduate program in Jazz Studies is ranked in the

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Public leaders

U.S. News & World Report ranks NIU’s Master’s of Public Administration program third nationally in the specialty field of city management and urban policy, ahead of programs at all public and private institutions in Illinois and prestigious schools as USC, Syracuse and

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