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Honors Program lacks resources

Honors Program lacks resources

By Sam Malone | November 28, 2016

DeKALB | Over the past five years, the University Honors Program has seen the faces of four different directors, causing instability for students and the program.This year, Todd Gilson was named the program’s director. Anne Birberick, vice provost of...

NIU town hall: Lipman Hearne helps with enrollment, program prioritization explained

By Jackie Nevarez | February 2, 2015

NIU President Doug Baker hosted two town hall meetings Thursday to talk about recruitment, retention and program prioritization.Retention decreased by 1.2 percent to 87 percent between the fall and spring semesters, with enrollment dropping to 19,000,...

General education coordinator Michael Kole presents an NIU PLUS task force update at the University Council meeting Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room. NIU PLUS decreases the number of credit hours needed to fulfill general education requirements for undergraduate students.

NIU PLUS report sent, to begin fall semester

By Jackie Nevarez | December 3, 2014

General education coordinator Michael Kolb said a final NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies report was sent to the provost two weeks ago and will be made public at the end of the week.NIU PLUS decreases the number of credit hours needed...

Board of Trustees committee looks at how to improve NIU enrollment

By Northern Star Staff | November 17, 2014

The Board of Trustees’ ad hoc Enrollment Committee looked at how NIU is working to recruit and retain students at a Friday meeting.Vice Provost Anne Birberick said NIU is considering expanding MAP-Works surveys to second- and third-year students. MAP-Works...

Faculty Senate to discuss study of gender, career satisfaction in STEM

By Jackie Nevarez | October 1, 2014

Faculty and administrators will present their research on career satisfaction and gender in science, technology, engineering and mathematics faculty at today’s Faculty Senate meeting.Chris McCord, principal investigator and College of Liberal Arts and...

Student Association Senate Sept. 28 meeting

Student Association Senate Sept. 28 meeting

By Joshua Lazenby | September 29, 2014

(Left to right) Anne Birberick, vice provost of Academic Affairs; general education coordinator Michael Kolb and Brandon Phillips, a member of the NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies task force, discuss a program to revamp NIU’s general...

SA Senate approves of gen. ed changes

SA Senate approves of gen. ed changes

By Lauren Cliffe | September 28, 2014

The Student Association Senate passed a resolution to approve NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies, a general education reform program, Sunday.Brandon Phillips, a member of the NIU PLUS task force; Anne Birberick, vice provost of Academic...

Brandi Tibbitts, sophomore environmental studies major, studies for her finals Thursday at Founders Memorial Library.

Gen. eds to change based on feedback

By Rhea Riley | May 5, 2014

After receiving feedback from faculty and students, the PLUS Task Force is looking to make final adjustments to general education.The PLUS Task Force, which was assembled a year ago, is a group of faculty and students working on issues associated with...

Next Gen. plans to engage lecture halls

By Kelley Byrne | February 12, 2014

Brenda McCoy, of the University of North Texas, will help transform NIU courses with Next Generation Course Redesign.McCoy came to NIU in 2012 to share her experience and is coming back as a resource.Next Gen. was put into effect at NIU as the Course...

Changes to gen. eds debated

By Rhea Riley | January 30, 2014

The General Education Visioning Task Force hosted a symposium to discuss general education reform, allowing student and faculty opinions to be heard.In early 2013 the task force began examining curriculum reform so students can take courses that will...

Plus/minus grading gets final approval at University Council

By Felix Sarver | December 5, 2012

An appeal to let students have more input on the plus-minus grading policy failed at a University Council meeting Wednesday. Student Association (SA) members put together a petition for an appeal after the plus-minus grading policy was not vetoed at a...

Three faculty members receive 2012 Presidential Teaching Professorships

By Juliana Leprich | March 25, 2012

Three NIU faculty have been named recipients of the 2012 Presidential Teaching Professorships. According to a press release, recipients instill interest in the subject and motivate students as well as a commitment to their students. Developing and trying...

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