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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...

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...

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.

Faculty Senate to discuss NIU PLUS

By Northern Star Staff | September 3, 2014

Recommendations for baccalaureate and general education programs by NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies will be presented at Faculty Senate today.Faculty Senate will hold its first meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year from 3 to 5 p.m....

Faculty Senate draft: Suspend pension law

By Betsy Mathew | April 23, 2014

The Faculty Senate unanimously approved a draft statement addressing Illinois’ pension reform.Pension reformThe draft statement supports the idea of a preliminary injunction to suspend implementation of the pension reform law until its constitutionality...

NIU to cut budget amid state funding concerns

NIU to cut budget amid state funding concerns

By Kelly Bauer | March 30, 2014

NIU will look to make up a potential $11.6 million funding cut from the state by “increas[ing] our efficiencies and our processes,” said NIU President Doug Baker.The 12.5 percent funding cut is not certain, but it would be the result if legislators...

Biology professor Virginia Naples speaks during the Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday. She said students should be educated about the negative effects of feeding geese. Naples’ comments were prompted by a discussion on the use of the Goosinator to get rid of geese on campus.

Senate: Faculty fear changes in pensions

By Keith Hernandez | March 27, 2014

Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum advised NIU employees to receive pension advising because of the state’s changes to the programRosenbaum spoke at the Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center’s Skyroom.SURSRosenbaum warned...

Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate

By Alex LaBee | February 20, 2014
Faculty approves budget motion

Faculty approves budget motion

By Jackie Nevarez | February 20, 2014

Faculty Senate approved a motion to send a statement of budget priorities to the University Council Wednesday.Interim financial officer Nancy Suttenfield and Lisa Freeman, interim executive vice president and provost, presented a PowerPoint concerning...

Faculty examine admissions standards

By James Green | November 21, 2013

The process for admissions was cleared up for the Faculty Senate at its meeting Wednesday afternoon, and the Student Association announced that it will form focus groups.Admissions and RetentionEric Weldy, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management vice...

Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum spoke about the importance of student retention, and the desire to enroll international students, and providing the campus a more global perspective.

Faculty senate talks syllabi

By James Green | October 30, 2013

The Faculty Senate voted to revise syllabus requirements, endorsed a pension resolution and talked budget concerns at Wednesday’s meeting.After a presentation by Greg Long, professor and Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities chair, the...