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University Council approves 5 of 6 committee changes

By Jackie Nevarez | April 30, 2015

The University Council approved five of six proposed bylaw and constitution changes, excluding the streamlining of two committees into the Committee for the Improvement of the Undergraduate Academic Experience at its Wednesday meeting.The proposed NIU...

Faculty want more input on NIU’s program prioritization

By Northern Star staff | March 30, 2015

University Council will hear a request from the faculty to increase their presence on the program prioritization task forces.The Board of Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment heard a presentation on program prioritization by Provost Lisa Freeman. In...

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his budget proposal to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday in Springfield. Rauner’s proposal calls for a $387 million cut to higher education funding, which would amount to a $29.3 million cut in funding to NIU.

NIU officials worried Rauner’s proposed $29.3M funding cut would mean layoffs

By Kelly Bauer | February 19, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget calls for state allocation to NIU to be cut by $29.3 million.NIU was allocated about $93 million for Fiscal Year 2015, but that would be cut to about $64 million under Rauner’s proposal. The $93 million represented about...

Faculty nominate president candidates

By Jackie Nevarez | February 19, 2015

Faculty nominated four Faculty Senate members to run for the Senate’s presidency in the 2015-2016 academic year.ElectionsTherese Arado, a member of the Elections and Legislative Oversight Committee, asked the Faculty Senate to nominate faculty members...

Ben Donovan, Student Association director of Governmental Affairs, talks to senators at a Jan. 25 SA Senate meeting about a proposal to lower DeKalb’s bar entry age from 21 to 20. Donovan said the SA will give a statement about the idea at today’s City Council meeting.

Student Association wants role in program prioritization

By Augustin Zehnder | February 16, 2015

The Student Association Senate criticized the exclusion of student input in program prioritization and the shared governance process in a resolution’s first reading Sunday.The resolution, authored by Ben Donovan, SA director of Governmental Affairs,...

Faculty Senate endorses gen. ed reform hesitantly

Faculty Senate endorses gen. ed reform hesitantly

By Margaret Maka | October 29, 2014

Faculty Senate endorsed a program that will reform gen. eds, but its members also expressed concern about the program’s pace and implementation plan at a meeting Wednesday.Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies aims to reform general education...

Faculty Senate to give gen. ed plan 2nd look

By Jackie Nevarez | October 29, 2014

Faculty Senate will continue its discussion of the operation and requirements of the Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies report today.Faculty Senate President Bill Pitney motioned to endorse the report Oct. 1, but the motion was postponed to...

Some faculty worried by gen. ed program

By Jackie Nevarez | October 2, 2014

Professors at Faculty Senate voiced their concerns over the implementation and requirements documented in the NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies report, a general education reform program, Wednesday.Faculty Senate President Bill Pitney...

University Council to discuss tech updates, bylaw revision

By Jackie Nevarez | September 10, 2014

A first reading of a revision to the NIU Bylaws concerning evaluation committees for the Faculty Senate president/ University Council executive secretary will be made at today’s University Council meeting.New businessBill Pitney, Faculty Senate president...

Gen. ed recommended changes going to provost

Gen. ed recommended changes going to provost

By Ryan Ocasio | September 4, 2014

Students take notes during a calculus for business course Wednesday in Wirtz Auditorium. Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies, a taskforce dedicated to revamping general education, has suggested cutting the required number of credits for a bachelor’s degree if students take their general education courses at NIU, among other criteria.

NIU President Doug Baker discusses his trip to the State Senate, at which he and other university administrators testified about how a 12.5 percent or 20 percent budget would affect the university, during Wednesday’s University Council meeting in the Holmes Student Center. University Council members also voted to pass a student grievance policy and discussed how online class guidelines need to be reviewed by the council.

Grievance policy passes with applause

By Carlos Galvez | April 3, 2014

A grievance policy that will give students guidelines to resolving issues with faculty members was passed with 50 votes by the University Council Wednesday.Student grievance policyThe student grievance policy has been a heavily discussed issue for more...

SA leaders push for vocal grievance policy support

By Jackie Nevarez | March 19, 2014

University Council will vote on whether to pass a student grievance policy on April 2.The grievance policy would give students due process to resolve issues and prevent future students from experiencing similar problems, said Bill Pitney, chair of the...