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President Peters discusses Vision 2020, new online degree programs

By Matt Liparota | September 1, 2011

By 2020, NIU hopes to have 30,000 students enrolled.This announcement came as part of President John Peters' annual State of the University address Thursday afternoon. For the second year, the speech focused on the Vision 2020 initiative.During last year's...

President Peters to give State of the University address

By Northern Star Staff | August 31, 2011

NIU President John Peters will give his annual State of the University address today.Peters, who is scheduled to talk about the Vision 2020 initiative, will speak at 3 p.m. in Altgeld Hall Auditorium.The speech is open to the public and will stream live...

Sycamore city manager named to new NIU position

By Thomas Verschelde | August 29, 2011

DeKALB | Sycamore City Manager Bill Nicklas will leave his post in Sycamore on Oct. 3 to join NIU as the associate vice president for institutional planning and sustainability.Nicklas is familiar with the school, having gotten both his master's degree...

Tuition increase for fall semester affects new students only

By Katherine Orr | July 5, 2011

DeKALB | Starting this fall, only some students will have to pay $270 more per semester in tuition to attend NIU. That is because the Truth-in-Tuition policy guarantees a fixed tuition rate for current students. At a June 9 meeting, the NIU Board of Trustees...

NIU contributes $700M to ‘Region’s Prosperity’

By Eli Gehn | June 23, 2011

A June 15 report showed that NIU has had a total impact of nearly $700 million on DeKalb and the surrounding area. "NIU and Our Regions Prosperity" is a study completed by NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies that looks at the economic impact the university...

BOT approves 6.8 percent raise in tuition

By Dave Gong | June 9, 2011

The NIU Board of Trustees approved a motion to increase tuition by 6.8 percent for incoming students during a meeting Thursday.NIU President John Peters said the new rate will not affect returning students, which make up 72 percent of the student body.Peters...

Hard Hats Required: Campus construction intends to wake up ‘tired’ parts of NIU

By Jasmine Willett and Kyla gardner | June 9, 2011

During the spring semester, students may have been awakened by the sounds of drilling and forced to reroute a familiar way to class because of closed-off areas on campus. Although these changes might have been an inconvenience, they are an effort to improve...

Take a look at the top money makers at NIU. Check to see which administrator makes the most.

NIU’s top money makers

By Jessica Sabbah | April 29, 2011

DeKALB | The top 10 moneymakers at NIU make collectively over $2.7 million in fiscal year 2011. See the salary breakdown below. 1. Dave Doeren**- NIU football head coach Salary: $371,000 2. John Peters- NIU president Salary: $325,980 3. Mark Montgomery**-...

Project leaders for NIUs new residence hall break ground on site Monday afternoon, located north of Lincoln Hall. The hall is expected to be completed for the Fall 2012 semester.

Groundbreaking ceremony starts production of new residence hall

By Danny Ciamprone | April 18, 2011

DeKALB | NIU President John Peters led the groundbreaking ceremony Monday for what he called the “most important project” in the school’s history. Production has now started on the 1,000-bed residential facility for first-year students located north...

NIU benefactors donate $1M to University Honors Program

By Meaghen Harms | April 14, 2011

Two longtime NIU benefactors donated $1 million to the NIU University Honors Program. John and Nancy Castle, a local businessman and NIU professor of rehabilitative counseling (respectively), donated the money to help honors students to study overseas....

NIU President John Peters speaks at a past Board of Trustees meeting.

Changes to employee health care, pensions are certain, Peters says

By Kyla Gardner | March 24, 2011

DeKALB | NIU President John Peters said the funding of next year’s budget, along with the employee health care and pension programs, is unsure. But it doesn’t look good. “The state remains in dire financial strait,” Peters said to the Board of...

BOT Committee recommends program changes, sabbatical leaves

By Kyla Gardner | March 4, 2011

DeKALB | The Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Personnel committee approved recommendations for several academic program changes Thursday. NIU President John Peters will present these recommendations to the Board of Trustees on...