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Faculty Senate looks at funding possibilities for Rec Center

By Felix Sarver | April 4, 2012

A look into a different way to fund the Campus Recreation Center was reported to the Faculty Senate Wednesday. Austin Quick, Student Association Senate Speaker, told the Faculty Senate he was working with the university administration to create a dedicated...

Linda Sons talks about the Faculty und Foundation Scholarships at the Faculty Senate Meeting Wednesday at the Holmes Student Center.

Faculty Senate discusses changes to faculty workload policy

By Joe Palmer | March 7, 2012

The Faculty Senate met Wednesday and discussed possible changes to workload policies for faculty. The current workload policies are handled on a college basis, and no university-wide policy currently exists. The current policy draft was put to the floor...

Alan Rosenbaum holds an open discussion on how to make the
mission statement draft unique to NIU in a Faculty Senate meeting
in the Holmes Student Center Wednesday afternon.

Faculty senate discusses changes to NIU mission statement

By Joe Palmer | February 15, 2012

NIU will have a new mission statement in the future. The Faculty Senate met Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room to discuss the mission statement, among other topics. NIU's mission statement was last revised in 2003. The current series of revisions...

University Council may amend sabbatical leave rules

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | January 25, 2012

Rules for providing reports on sabbatical leaves may be amended at the next university council meeting, said Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum at the Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday."Sabbatical leaves at many universities are an endangered species,"...

Cole Hall to reopen this spring

By Matt Liparota | November 16, 2011

It's official: Cole Hall will reopen as a classroom building for the spring 2012 semester, as discussed in a Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday. The building, closed since the Feb. 14, 2008 shootings and currently under renovation, will begin housing classes...

Faculty Senate discusses concerns about state pension reform system

By Andrea Azzo | October 26, 2011

The Faculty Senate discussed their concerns about the state pension reform system during their Wednesday meeting.NIU President John Peters sent an email to his colleagues Oct. 25 about Senate Bill 512 (SB 512) Reform Bill."The very livelihood of NIU's...

Faculty Senate passes new rule for student misconduct penalty appeals

By Andrea Azzo | September 29, 2011

Students accused of academic misconduct can now appeal penalties through the grade appeal process.The Faculty Senate passed the new rule during its Wednesday meeting by a vote of 22-12.Under old rules, faculty could penalize a student in whatever way...

Faculty Senate discusses Illinois debt, adds SA representative

By Matt Liparota | August 31, 2011

"Welcome to another wonderful year at Faculty Senate."With these words Wednesday afternoon, Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum opened another year for the legislative body and urged its members - which counts one voting member for each university...

Students’ welfare a top budget priority

By Candice Beasley | April 20, 2011

DeKALB | The Faculty Senate Resources, Space and Budgets committee presented a report to the Senate during its Wednesday meeting on budget priorities if the state continues to defer on its payments to NIU. "CRSB created a statement of what the financial...

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Christopher Nissen, a professor in the Foriegn Language department, speaks up about making student evaluations online rather then on paper at the Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Faculty Senate discusses online professor evaluations

March 30, 2011

The Faculty Senate discussed the value of online student evaluation of instruction Wednesday afternoon. Faculty Senate President Alan Rosenbaum said there are a number of colleges that are requiring all student evaluations be done online as oppose to...

State pays money owed to NIU for MAP grant funding

By Jessica Sabbah | March 2, 2011

During the Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday, it was announced that the state has paid a majority of the $12 million owed to NIU for MAP grant funding for fall 2010. Students had already received their awards and the money had been distributed to students...

Making the grade: Potential grading scale change could take place as soon as 2012

By Jessica Sabbah | March 2, 2011

DeKALB | Questions still surround the possible adoption of a plus/minus grading system at NIU. The Faculty Senate voted to recommend the implementation of the plus/minus grading system on Feb. 9. The proposal will now move to the Admissions Policies and...