Education

Superintendents Summit at NIU
2:16 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Community Leaders: The Changing Role of School Superintendents

School Superintendents James Briscoe, Kathy Countryman, Brian Harris, and Ehren Jarrett ponder a question posed by NIU's Patrick Roberts.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The role of a school superintendent has changed a lot recently: four local district leaders proved that Thursday night during the Northern Illinois University Education Department’s Superintendents Summit.

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Message from State Board of Education
4:26 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Belts Getting Tighter For Illinois Schools

Credit Susan Stephens/Roberta F / Creative Commons

The Illinois State Board of Education is warning school districts to prepare to make due with less next fiscal year.

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Announces several leadership changes
6:29 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

NIU's President Baker Shaking The Organizational Tree

Credit NIU

Northern Illinois University's new president is putting his mark on the school's organizational charts. President Doug Baker announced a number of leadership changes at the university today.

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"Princess of Technology"
3:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

NIU Honors Thai Princess

Media Services Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University hosted royalty Wednesday morning. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn received an honorary doctorate from NIU for her work promoting science and education.              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Early dismissal in some districts
8:12 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Tuesday: Too Hot For School

The National Weather Service forecasts another day of school-stopping heat for Tuesday.
Credit NWS - Chicago / noaa.gov

Another day of sweltering temperatures means another short school day for many students in northern Illinois. The National Weather Service predicts record-high temperatures for this time of year will be reached Tuesday, with thermometers topping out in the low- to mid-90s.

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Mindset List 2017
6:25 am
Thu August 29, 2013

How Not To Alienate The Class of 2017

Ron Nief and Tom McBride, co-authors of the annual Mindset List
Credit Beloit College

Remember this movie quote?

I've got their disciplinary files right here. Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the varsity swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.

If you do, you're part of a shrinking population that remembers Vernon Wormer, the sinister Dean of Faber College in National Lampoon's Animal House.

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President Baker welcomes students
2:49 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Rainy Day, Sunny Outlook: NIU's Move-In Day

The rainiest NIU move-in day in recent memory
Guy Stephens WNIJ

The annual migration of students from all around the country, all around the world, for that matter, to their new home in DeKalb is underway. It's Move-In Day at Northern Illinois University.

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Rockford College Name Change
2:08 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Are You Ready For Rockford University?

Rockford University President Robert Head speaks Monday at the announcement of the name change from Rockford College.
Chelsey Fulbright WNIJ

Hundreds of alumni and supporters gathered on a sunny lawn in Rockford this morning for the official unveiling of Rockford University, formerly known as Rockford College.


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NIU investigations
12:06 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

'Coffee Fund' Case Comes To An End

Kenneth Pugh

The Northern Illinois University “coffee fund” investigation has come to an end with a plea agreement this week with the last of nine original defendants.

Kenneth Pugh, 57, director of NIU’s Materials Management department, was one of three supervisors who pled guilty to a misdemeanor for their roles in the case.

Charges against six of the nine NIU employees charged with felonies were dismissed. Seven of the defendants have returned to work at NIU and one more is expected to return soon. One retired before charges were filed

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Education
12:04 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

NIU Summer Term Gets In Gear

Graduate Student Mahmoud Shehadeh talks with WNIJ intern Emilee Fannon about his summer academic experience.
Credit Chelsey Fulbright/WNIJ

The first week of the Northern Illinois University summer session has begun as students returned to campus Monday, making campus look and feel like its normal self.  

The Office of Admissions has already noticed a difference in students’ activity. “The pace has picked up in the past week,” said Associate Director of Admissions Chuck Walz, “with students acquiring information about enrollment as well as applying for financial aid.”

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