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NIU needs to adopt more realistic goals

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 25, 2014

NIU spokesman Paul Palian said Vision 2020’s goals  — improved enrollment in quantity and quality and higher retention and graduation rates, among other things — are still benchmarks for the university, but they are “constantly being reviewed...

Next Gen. plans to engage lecture halls

By Kelley Byrne | February 12, 2014

Brenda McCoy, of the University of North Texas, will help transform NIU courses with Next Generation Course Redesign.McCoy came to NIU in 2012 to share her experience and is coming back as a resource.Next Gen. was put into effect at NIU as the Course...

Vision 2020 progressing, still work to do

By Kim Randall | October 7, 2013

NIU has undergone many changes within the last years as a part of the Vision 2020 Initiative.Many of the changes that have been made so far — like making the campus more technologically equipped — have been successful and beneficial to students, but...

Second year residency good idea

By Kim Randall | October 2, 2013

Student Affairs and Enrollment has been discussing extending the student requirement for living in the residence halls to two years.I’m sure many students have groaned and rolled their eyes at the proposal, but, as crazy as it sounds, I don’t think...

Construction continued Monday on the parking lot at the corner of Lucinda and Garden Avenue.

Res. halls, parking lots get summer facelift

By Ali Combs | July 29, 2013

Structural improvements are being made across campus, from major renovations like Gilbert Hall’s to smaller improvements like better parking lot lighting.According the NIU’s website, there are 64 major buildings on the main NIU campus in DeKalb. The...

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,...

SA discusses NIU Police Department changes, elects next Speaker

By Felix Sarver and Erin Kolb | November 11, 2012

According to Austin Quick, students need to demand better of NIU. At the Sunday Student Association (SA) meeting, the SA Senate speaker expressed disappointment with various issues currently affecting the university. Among them were the allegations of...


Board of Trustees review Vision 2020 initiative

By Felix Sarver | September 21, 2012

An update on NIU’s Vision 2020 initiative was presented at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday. The initiative, which was announced in 2010, set benchmarks for the university to meet by 2020. The overall achievement of the plan is to make NIU the...

Total enrollment slips

By Erin Kolb & Felix Sarver | September 13, 2012

Student enrollment saw a decrease for the third year in a row. The ten-day count for student enrollment is down by 4.9 percent from last year, with 21,869 students enrolled for the fall 2012 semester. Student enrollment in fall 2011 was 22,990 and 23,850...

New residence hall sees ribbon cutting

By Felix Sarver | August 13, 2012

Students, staff and faculty gathered in the main lobby of the new residence hall complex to celebrate its opening Monday. “You just can’t beat that new residence hall smell,” NIU President John Peters said in his address. The resident hall complex...

Tution increase set for incoming students

By Felix Sarver | May 10, 2012

DeKALB | The Board of Trustees (BOT) approved of tuition rate increases for incoming students at a meeting Thursday. The university recommended a 4.75 percent increase in tuition for students attending NIU this fall. NIU President John Peters said there...

Letter to the editor: Bike laws needed on campus

By Letter to the editor | April 23, 2012

Most college campuses have bike lanes. A noticeable difference from NIU’s campus compared to many others is the absence of said bike lanes. Northern Illinois University’s Vision 2020 initiative is inherently flawed without mention of bicycle lanes....