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Faculty senate discusses transparency

By Jackie Nevarez | September 3, 2015

After a five minute meeting, Faculty Senate members spent nearly an hour discussing issues such as transparency and budget uncertainties Wednesday.At the first meeting of the semester, and the first meeting of his tenure, Faculty Senate President Greg...

Program prioritization criteria revealed

Program prioritization criteria revealed

By Jackie Nevarez | April 23, 2015

Finalized criteria for the program prioritization of academic and administrative programs show reviews will focus on how programs contribute to NIU’s mission.Carolinda Douglass, vice provost for Academic Planning and Development, presented the criteria...

Program prioritization criteria revealed at Faculty Senate

Program prioritization criteria revealed at Faculty Senate

By Dilip Kumar Sripuram | April 23, 2015

Associate English professor Tim Ryan speaks during the discussion about criteria for program prioritization at a Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center. Ryan questioned the effectiveness of program prioritization, which is a review...

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...

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...

Junior communication major Danny Albers smokes a cigarette outside of DuSable Hall Jan. 22. NIU must implement a campus smoking ban to be compliant with the Smoke-Free Campus Act by July 1.

Smoke-free campus task force proposes policy to end tobacco use at NIU

By Jackie Nevarez | January 22, 2015

Some Faculty Senate members questioned how NIU will implement a policy presented Wednesday to make the campus smoke-free.The Smoke-Free Campus Act, which goes in to effect July 1, prohibits smoking in indoor and outdoor areas of college campuses in Illinois....

Faculty Senate addresses cellular device stipend policy, phone privacy concerns

By Northern Star Staff | November 19, 2014

Matt Parks, senior director of Network and Communications Services, presented a cellular stipend policy proposal Wednesday to Faculty Senate, some members of which were skeptical of the proposal.The policy applies to NIU departments and employees that...

Senate to propose cell stipend policy

By Northern Star Staff | November 18, 2014

Matt Parks, senior director of network and communications services, will present a cellular stipend policy proposal today at Faculty Senate.The cellular stipend policy provides “a general guideline for the use of cellular stipends for university business...

Council to review PLUS presentation

By Jackie Nevarez | November 5, 2014

University Council will hear a presentation on NIU PLUS, a general education reform program hesitantly endorsed at an Oct. 29 Faculty Senate meeting.NIU PLUS recommendations include a reduction of up to 11 credit hours of undergraduate requirements if...

Dividing VP role will increase productivity

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 3, 2014

NIU is taking an important step in cutting the costs of administrative positions by disassembling the job of retiring vice president Bill Nicklas.As vice president of Operations and Community Relations, Nicklas oversaw the NIU Police Department, human...

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...