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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...
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...
On Thursday afternoon, I had the opportunity to address the campus community through two campus-wide town hall meetings regarding several key initiatives meant to provide NIU greater control over its own destiny. In both meetings, Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman, Vice Provost Anne Birberick and I covered the following: State Budget Process Overview...
NIU President Doug Baker
NIU will livestream Thursday’s two town hall meetings led by President Doug Baker and Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman. The meetings, which take place in the Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium, are intended to engage campus students and employees about program prioritization and other strategic imperatives for the university. At each town...
Dream Wall
This week’s events surrounding the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have made a profound impact on me. In honoring Dr. King, our senior leadership team is simultaneously working to create an environment that celebrates diversity and ensures inclusion of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, disabilities, socioeconomic statuses, religions, genders and sexual orientations. The events...
NIU President Doug Baker
As the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday approaches, I want to take time to talk about how we as a university can honor the legacy and ideals of Dr. King. As an academic institution, we encourage our students to explore new ideas and express their diverse thoughts in constructive ways, and this exchange of competing...
NIU President Doug Baker and Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman will host two town hall meetings Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium. The meetings are intended to engage campus students and employees about program prioritization and other strategic imperatives for the university. All employees are encouraged to attend...
NIU President Doug Baker
As we move into the start of a new semester, we will see the beginning of a new administration in Springfield. It will be the newly elected Gov. Rauner’s turn to develop a game plan to address the financial opportunities and challenges facing the state. There has already been a good deal of speculation about...
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