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NIU spent $789K to up retention

NIU spent $789K to up retention

By Leah Nicolini | November 12, 2015

NIU administrators are attributing an increase in retention and a smaller enrollment decrease than anticipated to more than $600,000 worth of marketing strategies from a consulting firm hired in December.The fall 2015 retention rate increased by 1 percent...

NIU town hall: Lipman Hearne helps with enrollment, program prioritization explained

By Jackie Nevarez | February 2, 2015

NIU President Doug Baker hosted two town hall meetings Thursday to talk about recruitment, retention and program prioritization.Retention decreased by 1.2 percent to 87 percent between the fall and spring semesters, with enrollment dropping to 19,000,...

Senior English major Leena Alousie studies Wednesday in the Holmes Student Center’s College Grind. Alousie said she doesn’t know anyone who has dropped out since last semester, but she thinks NIU’s affordability plays a “big” reason in students’ decision to leave. NIU’s retention and enrollment fell from spring 2014 to this semester, according to figures released at University Council Wednesday.

Spring enrollment falls to 19K, retention goes down

By Jackie Nevarez | January 29, 2015

Retention between the fall and spring has decreased 1.2 percent to 87 percent, a number that slightly shocked NIU President Doug Baker, who said there are a lot of good things underway.Eric Weldy, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management,...

Sophomore anthropology major John Needham said he knows someone who left NIU since last semester for financial reasons. Needham said retention would be improved if financial aid was more available to upperclassmen.

Spring 2015 enrollment

By Alexandra Meyer | January 29, 2015

Sophomore anthropology major John Needham said he knows someone who left NIU since last semester for financial reasons. Needham said retention would be improved if financial aid was more available to upperclassmen.

NIU’s town hall meetings for reprioritization, enrollment efforts to be held Jan. 29

By Northern Star staff | January 20, 2015

NIU will hold two town hall-style meetings so attendees may learn about NIU's reprioritization and "key strategic initiatives" to improve recruitment and retention, according to a Tuesday announcement.NIU President Doug Baker and Provost Lisa Freeman...

Board of Trustees committee looks at how to improve NIU enrollment

By Northern Star Staff | November 17, 2014

The Board of Trustees’ ad hoc Enrollment Committee looked at how NIU is working to recruit and retain students at a Friday meeting.Vice Provost Anne Birberick said NIU is considering expanding MAP-Works surveys to second- and third-year students. MAP-Works...

Doug Baker reflects on 1 year at NIU, sets out goals

Doug Baker reflects on 1 year at NIU, sets out goals

By Kelly Bauer | November 13, 2014

Doug Baker is 6 or 7 years old, if his memory serves right.He is on a trip with his grandma from Hood River, Ore., to Monache, Wash., to visit family. Stopped at a cafeteria, Baker piles food atop his plate and sits by his grandma.“I think your eyes...

Baker starts practical planning

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 13, 2014

If NIU wants to tackle some of its biggest problems, especially with student retention, then NIU President Doug Baker needs to continue making goals that can be measured on a semester-by-semester basis.In the past, administrators tried to tackle problems...

NIU President Doug Baker discusses his trip to the State Senate, at which he and other university administrators testified about how a 12.5 percent or 20 percent budget would affect the university, during Wednesday’s University Council meeting in the Holmes Student Center. University Council members also voted to pass a student grievance policy and discussed how online class guidelines need to be reviewed by the council.

Baker’s fall midterm earns a mixed grade

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 26, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker has focused on revitalizing the campus through the Master Plan Thesis, but the results have been mixed: Total enrollment has continued to drop and projects are behind schedule, but NIU has seen gains in retention and international...

Turn Master Plan Thesis into action

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 11, 2014

In the wake of declining enrollment, it is time NIU informs the community of a clear plan to attract and retain students.One of the main purposes of NIU President Doug Baker’s Master Plan Thesis is to increase enrollment and retention. The project has...

Fall 2014 Enrollment

Fall 2014 Enrollment

By Brandon Semel | September 11, 2014
Fall 2014 Enrollment

NIU enrollment falls by 527 students

By Northern Star Staff | September 11, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker will push for a rise in retention between the fall and spring semesters as the university copes with a 527-student decline in enrollment from fall 2013 to this semester.Enrollment has fallen to 20,611 from last fall’s 21,138,...