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General education coordinator Michael Kole presents an NIU PLUS task force update at the University Council meeting Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room. NIU PLUS decreases the number of credit hours needed to fulfill general education requirements for undergraduate students.

NIU PLUS report sent, to begin fall semester

By Jackie Nevarez | December 3, 2014

General education coordinator Michael Kolb said a final NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies report was sent to the provost two weeks ago and will be made public at the end of the week.NIU PLUS decreases the number of credit hours needed...

Open comment for PLUS set for today

By Northern Star Staff | October 5, 2014

The final open forum for public comment on the NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies report to the provost is today.The NIU PLUS program, which will begin implmenting its reforms this fall, plans to increase flexibility of general education...

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...

Student Association Senate Sept. 28 meeting

Student Association Senate Sept. 28 meeting

By Joshua Lazenby | September 29, 2014

(Left to right) Anne Birberick, vice provost of Academic Affairs; general education coordinator Michael Kolb and Brandon Phillips, a member of the NIU Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies task force, discuss a program to revamp NIU’s general...

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...

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....

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...

Letter to the Editor: Participate in gen. ed plan

By Michael Kolb | April 15, 2014

An editorial cartoon on March 31 depicted students confused about “NIU Plus” and other features of general education reform at NIU. We are delighted that students, and hopefully all constituencies of the of the NIU community, are becoming engaged...

Correct approach can aid freshmen retention

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 18, 2014

Keeping freshmen enrolled for a full year — and past their first year — has proven difficult for NIU.NIU should focus on three issues that plague incoming freshmen: Tailoring general education requirements to majors, implementing effective financial...

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...

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