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Student grievance policy in third draft

By James Green | December 4, 2013

Plans for a student grievance procedure were shown at the University Council meeting on Wednesday alongside the formal introduction of NIU’s interim chief financial officer.Student grievance policyBill Pitney, University Affairs committee chair, gave...

Disability accomodation discussed

By James Green | November 6, 2013

University Council touched upon next week’s inauguration of President Doug Baker, the Student Association and revisited course syllabi revisions at its meeting Wednesday.Accommodation for people with disabilitiesAfter speaking about students with disabilities...

Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Eric Weldy spoke on matters regarding student retention, recruitment, financial assistance, transfer articulation, and student success during Wednesdays University Council in the Skyroom of the Holmes Student Center.

University Council looks at retainment issues at meeting

By James Green | October 10, 2013

NIU President Doug Baker said student retention will be one of the university’s biggest keys to future success at Wednesday’s University Council meeting.Eric Weldy, vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, spoke about strategies...

Point Counterpoint: Concealed Carry

By AJ Edwards and Holly New | September 24, 2013

AJ EdwardsCarry law needs guidanceOn July 9, Illinois approved the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, giving licensed residents permission to carry a concealed handgun. While I can see the good intentions behind this act and support it to an extent, I feel...

Student Association President Jack Barry (right) speaks at the University Council meeting Wednesday on retention, enrollment and how he is excited about the upcoming academic year.

University Council talks student retention

By James Green | September 19, 2013

NIU President Doug Baker’s first University Council meeting was brief and upbeat.In his opening announcements, Baker emphasized not only retention and enrollment rates, but also student involvement, career success and reaching out to alumni. He believes...

President John J. Peters awards communications graduate student Melissa Entzminger with a certificate of appreciation on Wednesday during Peters last University Council meeting.

University Council honors President Peters at final meeting

By Rachel Scaman | May 1, 2013

Kathleen Coles, University Affairs Committee chair, gave a status report on the student grievance policy at the last University Council meeting of the semester on Wednesday. Coles said the university’s policies are not as modern as they should be, and...

Rosenbaum looks forward to job replacements

By Rachel Scaman | May 1, 2013

Alan Rosenbaum, Faculty Senate president and University Council executive secretary, hopes to get someone interested in the executive secretary position, which he will step down from next year. Rosenbaum was elected for his fifth year as University Council...

NIU President-Elect Douglas D. Baker thanks President Peters and the search committee for believing and trusting in him to help move NIU forward and build upon President Peters achievements within the campus on Wednesday afternoon at University Council in Altgeld Hall.

University Council welcomes new president

By Logan Love | April 3, 2013

The University Council (UC) welcomed incoming NIU president Douglas Baker on Wednesday. The UC met for a regular meeting that was highlighted by current President John Peters introducing Baker. Baker introduced himself and his wife, Dana Stover, and talked...

President John G. Peters with the Committee on Resources, Space, and Budgets (CRSB) discussed the budget process and the allocation of fiscal resources at the NIU university Council meeting on Wednesday afternoon in the HSC Skyroom. Mr. Peters reiterated NIU as a student centered, and research based institution. Topics discussed included overall budget, student enrollment, campus sustainability and infrastructure, employee compensation, and NIUs Vision 2020.

University Council approves $160 million budget

By Kevin Steiger | February 28, 2013

University Council (UC) approved President John Peters’ proposal to utilize more than $160 million for different occasions across campus, including renovations, at its meeting Wednesday. Eddie Williams, executive vice president and chief of operations,...

Peters’ replacement, budget discussed at University Council

By Robert Baird | January 30, 2013

University Council met for the first time of 2013 to discuss the 2014 budget building process and the progress in finding a replacement for NIU President John Peters. University Council started at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student...

Plus/minus grading gets final approval at University Council

By Felix Sarver | December 5, 2012

An appeal to let students have more input on the plus-minus grading policy failed at a University Council meeting Wednesday. Student Association (SA) members put together a petition for an appeal after the plus-minus grading policy was not vetoed at a...

University Council vetoes plus/minus grading system

By Felix Sarver | October 10, 2012

Approved changes to the plus/minus grading system were vetoed at the University Council meeting Wednesday. The plus/minus grading system, first proposed by Faculty Senate and sent to various university committees for debate and approval, was vetoed 27-19....