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Members of the NIU leadership team and three exemplary students joined me in Springfield last week to testify in front of the House Appropriations Committee. We were able to tell stories of the amazing accomplishments of our faculty, students and staff at the hearing and in the legislators’ offices. As the legislative and executive branches struggle...
NIU students students Joe Frascello (second from left), Christian Villalobos and Tony Roberts testified on NIU’s behalf in Springfield.
Three NIU students joined me Thursday to appear before the House Appropriations Committee in Springfield to talk about state funding for higher education. I was impressed by their articulate advocacy, which illustrated the power of an NIU education and showcased our high-impact learning opportunities such as internships and undergraduate research. These hearings are part of...
Memory, impressions and social perceptions are among the research specialties of psychology professor John Skowronski, Northern Illinois University’s newly named 2015 Board of Trustees Professor. And NIU students who have taken his courses will tell you the professor certainly is unforgettable. Alumnus Randy McCarthy remembers Skowronski’s “smooth lectures,” the precise way he communicated complex topics...
Remember Project
NIU students returned to DeKalb this week from more-tropical climates after a week-long spring break. Many students broke the routine of college by taking advantage of service opportunities during what’s commonly called “Alternative Spring Break.” NIU is fortunate to have several such programs available to students through the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Development,...
OMRON lab
Northern Illinois University signed an agreement Tuesday with Elgin Community College that allows credits from NIU to be used toward associate degrees from ECC for those who have transferred from ECC to NIU. This reverse transfer agreement allows students to get started on their four-year bachelor’s degrees earlier and take coursework in areas that might...
Given the dynamic nature of the 21st century workforce, the changing landscape of higher education and the serious financial challenges faced by the State of Illinois, it is up to public universities in the state to think of innovative ways to efficiently deliver a high-quality, affordable education. We must find synergies that will create new...
Dream Wall
Northern Illinois University celebrated a successful Black Heritage Month with many excellent programs enriching campus, recognizing our outstanding students, faculty and staff members, and building community. We are working to build on those successes. Earlier this week, NIU announced an agreement with the Association for Black Culture Centers to relocate its national headquarters to our...
State Pension & Budget Update
On Wednesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner presented state legislators his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 during his first budget address. While it was not specifically mentioned in the address, the proposed budget includes a significant 31.5 percent reduction in the state’s appropriation for public universities. For Northern Illinois University, the governor’s proposed budget would mean...
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner shared details of his first budget proposal during a Wednesday afternoon address in the state capitol, and he called for steep cuts, including a 31.5 percent cut in state public university appropriations, according to the budget detail. “The budget outlined today is the budget Illinois can afford, and that in itself...
NIU President Doug Baker walked with students at the Relay for Life event.
Gov. Rauner today in his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 has included a significant reduction in the state’s higher education appropriation. While the magnitude of his proposal is certainly of concern to us and greater than we had hoped, it is important to note that this is the beginning of a legislative process that...
STEM Divas
I hosted a meeting Tuesday of the Northern Illinois Regional P-20 Network, a group of nearly 40 partners who are collaborating to improve college and career readiness. One school superintendent introduced himself by saying, “Every meeting I go to is full of bad news. What we are doing here is really positive. What a relief!”...
NIU students at Founders Memorial Library
This Saturday’s spring homecoming at the Convocation Center will see more than 200 alumni and 200 students paired together at the kickoff event for the NIU Student-Alumni Mentoring Program. Mentoring is a key tactic in our triangle strategic framework; it can connect students to other students (peer mentoring), to faculty and staff such as advisers...
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