Accomplishments - Northern Illinois University Continuing Professional Education

Northern Illinois University
Outreach Credentialing Programs

Summary of Partnerships and Program Recognitions

 

Current Program Partnerships:

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Illinois State Council of SHRM
  • International Facility Management Association
  • Institute of Internal Auditors
  • HR Certification Institute Approved Provider
  • Relationships with more than 30 Local Chapter Affiliates of Partnering Organizations (estimated combined membership of 15,000+ members in Northern Illinois)

Past, Present and Pending Corporate Clients

  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • University of Chicago
  • United Airlines
  • Metropolitan Chicago Water Reclamation District
  • ADP
  • Allstate
  • United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) – Chicago (Charter Schools)
  • City of Chicago, Department of Human Services
  • Mt. Royal University/Canada – CIA

NIU Credentialing Program Honors and Recognitions (FY08-Present)

  • FY08 – FY12- Recognized as SHRM “Top 20” University Provider (more than 280 partner universities)
  • FY10 - FY12 –Certificates of Recognition for SHRM classes having 100% pass rates on PHR and SPHR examinations.  Comparative pass rate data
    • Fall 2011 Overall PHR Exam Pass Rate – National Average (58%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (68%); NIU Pass Rate (76%)
    • Fall 2011 Overall SPHR Exam Pass Rate – National Average (48%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (53%); NIU Pass Rate (82%)
    • Spring 2011 Overall PHR Exam Pass Rate – National Average (59%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (69%); NIU Pass Rate (91%)
    • Spring 2011 Overall SPHR Exam Pass Rate – National Average (48%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (50%); NIU Pass Rate (57%)
    • Fall 2010 Overall PHR Exam Pass Rate – National average (57%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (69%); NIU Pass Rate (75%)
    • Fall 2010 Overall PHR Exam Pass Rate – National average (52%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (56%); NIU Pass Rate (67%)
    • Spring 2010 PHR Exam Pass Rate – National average (56%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (65%); NIU Pass Rate (87%)
    • Spring 2010 SPHR Exam Pass Rate – National average (50%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (55%); NIU Pass Rate (72%)
    • Fall 2009 PHR Exam Pass Rate – National Average (60%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (71%); NIU Pass Rate (86%)
    • Fall 2009 SPHR Exam Pass Rate – National Average (53%); College/University Partner Pass Rate (56%); NIU Pass Rate (65%)
    • FY10 – FY12 – NIU recognized as one of six College/University programs to achieve 100% cohort pass rates on both PHR and SPHR exams for six or more consecutive semesters
    • HR Certification Institute Approved  Provider Status (2007-2013)
    • Institute of Internal Auditors preferred University provider for delivery of contract training
    • First partner University to deliver the Institute of Internal Auditors instructor led CIA Review courses
    •  Selected as one of 3 university partners to develop and deliver an online CIA Review Program for the Institute of Internal Auditors(other partners selected are UCLA and George Mason University)
    • International Facility Management Association –1st University partner approved to deliver IFMA courses/FMP series
      • NIU/IFMA Instructor Team Members serve on IFMA Education Team for FMP product development
      • NIU/IFMA Instructor Team Members named as Subject Matter Experts to serve on product development teams for IFMA’s Facility Management: A Practical Introduction and IFMA Competency Course updates
      • NIU/IFMA Instructor Team Members named as Subject Matter Experts for CFM Learning Series product development
      • NIU Instructors selected to teach FMP and CFM Review courses at 2012 IFMA Facility Fusion Conference
      • NIU to become licensed provider of IFMA’s Facility Management: A Practical Introduction courses (FY12)
      • NIU is one of a select group of University partners to be a licensed provider of IFMA’s Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) certification program (FY12)
      • Program Director has served on SHRM Coordinators Advisory Committee and presented at conferences in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012
      • Program Director serves a mentor to new SHRM University Program Coordinators throughout the country
      • Numerous presentations to the Chicago Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors; Chicago and Northern Illinois Chapters of IFMA

Marketplace Value of Certification:

  • Demand in marketplace as evidenced by employment postings noting applicant requirements for professional certifications (HR – PHR/SPHR Certification; IFMA – FMP, SFP and CFM Certification, etc.)
  • Certification validates candidate’s ability to apply knowledge to the workplace based on education, experience and examination
  • Current student profiles indicate high percentage of course participants receive company financial support for NIU programs
  • Certification programs for the Professional HR Management Certification Prep Course, Facility Management Professional Certification Series, Sustainability Facility Professional Certification Program, and Certified Internal Auditor series are approved by Illinois Workforce Development System (IWDS) for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding for qualified candidate.

NIU Benefits:

  • Instructor and Advisory teams are representative or closely aligned with many large corporate organizations
    • Facility Manager –
      • Johnson Controls
      • Argonne National Laboratory
      • CBRE, Inc.
      • Samson Carts/CrateXpress
      • Sears Holdings
      • Verizon Wireless
      • Brinks Hoefer Gilson and Lione Law Offices
      • Lord and Bissell Law Firm
      • Millicare Carpet and Textiles
    • Human Resources – 
      • Navistar International
      • OSF Healthcare
      • Lifescape Community Services
      • CJE Senior Life, City of Elmhurst
      • Hewitt
      • Global Business Solutions Group
      • United Neighborhood Organization (Chicago)
      • Exelon
      • Burlington Northern SanteFe Railways
      • Total Rewards Consulting Group
      • Wesley Willows Inc.
      • Koehler and Passarelli Law Offices.
  • SHRM program candidates have responsibilities for hiring (recruit NIU students)
  • Exposure to NIU Conference Centers/Conference Services
  • Potential candidates for NIU advanced degree programs and parents of prospective students
  • Many course participants are NIU alumni seeking to advance their professional career (keep connected with NIU)
  • Provides educational programming to support attainment of professional credentials for unemployed workers allowing them to transition to new positions/careers in their respective areas (WIA funding)
  • Customized NIU Linked-In networks for program alumni to stay connected with the University and provide opportunities for ongoing networking, education, best practices sharing, and opportunities for employment and advancement via job postings and announcements