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Keeping NIU Accessible and Affordable

It is no secret that for more than a decade, cuts in state higher education funding have led to an increasing dependence on student...

Campus Safety and Security – From President Baker’s Desk

Campus Safety and Security This week, we distributed NIU’s annual safety and security report, as required by federal law. In addition to providing crime statistics,...

Construction + Accreditation + Innovation = Success

Construction, accreditation and innovation headlined a very crowded and productive agenda for Northern Illinois University this week. First, NIU hosted Gov. Pat Quinn for...

Baker Report: Financial literacy a critical skill for managing debt, building...

It’s no secret that decreases in state budget appropriations for higher education in Illinois - including a drop of nearly $25 million at NIU...

Research and innovation vital for regional prosperity

From the desk of NIU President Doug Baker: This week, 130 leaders from across campus joined together for a two-day strategic planning workshop focusing...

Reflecting on an exciting year – NIU President Doug Baker

Friday is reading day on Northern Illinois University’s DeKalb campus—a day used by students to review all they have learned over the course of...

Baker Report: Change

April 24, 2014 Douglas D. Baker Our campus stands poised for a period of great opportunities as we re-envision the university and address our significant challenges....

BAKER REPORT: Budgeting for Student Career Success

On Wednesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivered his annual budget address, which is traditionally the speech that launches the budgeting process in the state...

Next Round of Bold Futures Workshops

NIU is seeking alumni and community participation in the next round of Bold Futures workshops to focus on ways to “deliver a positive...

NIU’s Baker Report: HLC team arrives March 3

NIU’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaccreditation self-study process and the upcoming site visit, Monday, March 3, through Wednesday, March 5, provide an opportune time for...

Reshaping NIU for a bold future

During my first three months as president of Northern Illinois University, I’ve been able to see firsthand how rich NIU is with world-class faculty...