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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...

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...

Gen. ed recommended changes going to provost

Gen. ed recommended changes going to provost

By Ryan Ocasio | September 4, 2014

Curriculum changes for general education and bachelor’s degree programs may be implemented as soon as fall 2015, as recommendations were presented at Faculty Senate Wednesday.Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies, a task force assembled in spring...

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...

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...

Pass/fail: General education program to change, Super Bowl is why SA will take day off

By Shaz Sheikhali | January 30, 2014

PassThe general education program is finally getting a necessary face lift.The plan is to make gen. eds more relevant to students and their majors. This will make our time and money spent as students worth the while and financial burden.NIU is taking...

Top 5: Reviewing latest DeKalb news

By Holly New | October 2, 2013

No. 5: Cafe has high hopes despite lease issueThe leasing issues with the House Cafe, 263 Lincoln Highway, have been going on for a while. While I’m not the biggest fan of the venue, I know many students find refuge here for music and find it a place...

General education classes may see requirement changes

By Rachel Scaman | October 2, 2013

The General Education Visioning Task Force is looking to change “outdated” general education requirements as soon as next fall.The task force plans to make recommendations to overhaul general education requirements so they focus on skill-based classes....

NIU’s General Education program to undergo changes

By Kia Clair | February 10, 2013

Provost Raymond Alden created the General Education Visioning Task Force (GEVT), which will team up with the General Education Committee to make revisions to the NIU General Education program. The task force is composed of faculty, administration and...

General education classes produce well-rounded students

General education classes produce well-rounded students

By Jack Baker | April 13, 2011

Some students think that general education classes should not be required because they are not relevant to their majors, but these classes are important in creating well-rounded students.David Gorman, associate professor of English, said general education...

General education courses are a waste of time and money

General education courses are a waste of time and money

By Alyssa Pracz | April 13, 2011

General education courses should not be required for college students. For many, they are a waste of time and money that could be better spent elsewhere.Students should not be forced to take classes that cover materials they have already been familiar...

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