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Chief Information Officer Brett Coryell talks to faculty during a University Council meeting Sept. 9. The information technology department spends around $750,000 a year on printing, Coryell said.

Coryell: IT to cut down on printer usage, costs

By Margaret Maka | September 10, 2015

Students, faculty and staff may see less printers next year as NIU plans to cut down on the amount of material printed to save costs.Departments will have the option to consolidate all of their personal printers into fewer print devices, Chief Information...

Enrollment falls by almost 500

By Keith Hernandez | September 10, 2015

When NIU President Doug Baker announced a 2.3 percent decrease in 2015 fall enrollment at a University Council meeting Wednesday, he said it was significantly lower than expected.Fall numbers have dropped by more than 3,700 since 2010, but 2015 has seen...

Ron Walters, who provided consulting services to NIU President Doug Baker, discusses the Master Plan Thesis during a Feb. 9, 2014, Student Association Senate meeting. A Northern Star analysis found Walters was paid about $460,000 during 18 months of work at NIU and he was improperly reimbursed about $32,000 for travel expenses.

NIU will ask Walters to repay $32K that was improperly reimbursed for travel

By Kelly Bauer | April 2, 2015

Former NIU employee Ron Walters will be asked to repay the $32,000 a state audit found he was improperly reimbursed for travel by the university.Alan Phillips, vice president of Administration and Finance, told University Council on Wednesday the reimbursement...

Faculty want more input on NIU’s program prioritization

By Northern Star staff | March 30, 2015

University Council will hear a request from the faculty to increase their presence on the program prioritization task forces.The Board of Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment heard a presentation on program prioritization by Provost Lisa Freeman. In...

NIU University Council in tweets: Feb. 25, 2015

By Northern Star staff | February 25, 2015

News Editor Jackie Nevarez (@NevarezJackie) tweets about Northern Illinois University's Feb. 25, 2015, University Council meeting. // [View the story "NIU University Council: Feb. 25, 2015" on Storify]

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,...

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 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.

SA wants Holmes use made cheaper

By Northern Star Staff | November 6, 2014

Student Association President Joe Frascello said at University Council Wednesday that he would like to see more affordability for student organizations that host events at the Holmes Student Center.During the SA’s report for University Council, Frascello...

Council to review PLUS presentation

By Jackie Nevarez | November 5, 2014

University Council will hear a presentation on NIU PLUS, a general education reform program hesitantly endorsed at an Oct. 29 Faculty Senate meeting.NIU PLUS recommendations include a reduction of up to 11 credit hours of undergraduate requirements if...

NIU site redesign launched

By Jackie Nevarez | October 8, 2014

The university’s website redesign, featuring navigation changes based on how the site is used, was announced and previewed at University Council before its 9 p.m. Wednesday launch.Web Communications Director Jennice O’Brien said any bugs on the site,...

Council looks at changes to bylaws

By Northern Star Staff | October 8, 2014

University Council will look to approve membership changes to the Student Conduct Board today.The approval of the nomination of Linda Styrna-Bostedt, assistant director of Health Services, to replace Victoria Livingston as the supportive professional...

Doug Baker

Baker: Salary rumors for Suttenfield, Walters false

By Jackie Nevarez | September 10, 2014

NIU President Doug Baker says there was “a lot of misinformation” on the salaries of two members of his senior administration members this summer.At a University Council meeting Wednesday, Baker said he was frustrated about stories with inaccurate...