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Douglas D. Baker
Keeping a college education affordable is an important part of ensuring student career success. Therefore, we were delighted to host a news conference on campus today with Gov. Pat Quinn. The governor outlined his proposal to help students in need of financial assistance by doubling funding for the state’s Monetary Award Program over the next...
Douglas D. Baker
On Wednesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivered his annual budget address, which is traditionally the speech that launches the budgeting process in the state of Illinois. In his speech, the governor proposed keeping the higher ed budget relatively flat after years of budget reductions while maintaining current tax rates. A key element of the budget...
Doug Baker
This week, the Northern Illinois University Student Association set up a display in the second floor Gallery Lounge in the Holmes Student Center to gather the input of the university and community on ideas to improve the campus experience. These concepts for the “re-envisioned” NIU campus include the mockups and renderings from consultants who pored...
NIU President Doug Baker speaks at the Red and Black Gala while NIU Student Lincoln Laureate Sarah Stuebing listens.
Spring break has hit the NIU campus, but that didn’t stop the snow from falling. And it didn’t stop the Huskie basketball teams from advancing to Cleveland in the MAC Tournament. Congratulations to both the men’s and women’s basketball squads, which won thrilling games this week before dropping out in the second round. Next week...
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At last week’s Board of Trustees meeting, interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield presented guiding principles for the annual budgeting process and long-term financial planning. As part of a review of the management process and related timelines for developing recommendations for the “pricing” of students’ total cost of attendance, NIU was able to advance the timeline for...
Douglas D. Baker
Integration and collaboration have been my goal since I first came to NIU. In October, we announced administrative changes to several units to better align our operations to facilitate student career success. These changes are ongoing, and today we announce additional restructuring that will allow us to be more efficient and better able to realize...
Douglas D. Baker
Reflection is a powerful and essential part of the learning process. As educators, we must always consider our students’ goals; their current knowledge; their strengths and weaknesses; and what educational experiences will best provide a path to future success. This process is also essential to our continued success as an institution of higher learning. We must seize...
Douglas D. Baker
February 14 is a day that is embedded in the history and the fabric of Northern Illinois University, and one which our NIU community carries in its heart every day. Today, in tribute to the five students we lost six years ago, we announced the 2014 recipients of the Forward, Together Forward Scholarship, each of...
Douglas D. Baker
As many on the NIU campus know, university faculty and staff are in the final stages of a two-year preparation effort to welcome a team of peer reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to campus March 3 through March 5. Every 10 years, at minimum, higher education institutions undergo a 360-degree external review from...
Douglas D. Baker
One of the three pillars upon which we are building the future success of Northern Illinois University is financial viability. A major component of that process is the creation of a new, more transparent budgeting process that allows us to align our spending with our top priorities. I am pleased to report that this work...
Douglas D. Baker
On Monday, Northern Illinois University – along with the rest of the nation – honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., celebrating the values of equality, diversity and community he taught us. These values are woven throughout the fabric of our university – in our student body, our faculty and staff,...
Douglas D. Baker
Great change is under way at Northern Illinois University! Over the past six months, I have heard from the many stakeholders as to their visions for NIU and the role of this university in preparing our students for career success. For our graduates to attain career success, they require expertise in their chosen discipline as...
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