Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

March 26, 2008

Nationally renowned education researcher
to address issues of student success at NIU

DeKalb — A nationally renowned researcher of higher education will speak Friday, March 28, at Northern Illinois University on issues of student success.

George D. Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education and director of the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, Bloomington, will present “What Matters to Student Success: Lessons for NIU” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Friday afternoon’s event, which takes place in the ballroom of the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on Annie Glidden Road, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Kuh’s talk will include a discussion of what he refers to as “high-impact” programming on student engagement and success from the perspective on his research.

He focuses his scholarship on the assessment of undergraduate student learning and personal development, campus cultures and the institutional conditions that foster student learning. The founder of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and related surveys, he also is the author of 21 books and hundreds of publications on many aspects of higher education and the student experience.

Kuh will spend his morning with members of NIU’s Task Force on Student Success, a group charged with the creation of strategic planning initiatives for university-wide consideration and possible implementation as part of the Great Journeys strategic planning process.

For more information, contact the ACCESS office at (815) 753-1141. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

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