The vision of Northern Illinois University is to be the premier student-centered, research-focused public university in the Midwest, contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the people of the region, the state, the nation, and the world.
With this vision, the mission of the University is to promote excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service.
In pursuing our vision and fulfilling our mission, the University values:
A community of diverse people, ideas, services, and scholarly endeavors in a climate of respect for the intrinsic dignity of each individual
Access for a broad spectrum of students to high quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs that prepare them to be lifelong learners and productive, socially conscious citizens
Engaged teaching and learning that evolves from the synergy of research, artistry, and service
Research and artistry in creating, transmitting, expanding, and applying knowledge
Student success supported through academic and co-curricular programming and activities
The application of current technology in enhancing and broadening all institutional endeavors
A system of shared governance that incorporates input from faculty, staff, and students in decision- and policy-making
Commitment to a public purpose addressing regional, state, national, and global challenges and opportunities