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Foundations of Excellence: Philosophy Dimension

March 23, 2009

The Philosophy Dimension is examining the universityís policies, practices, structures, leadership, department/unit philosophies and resource allocation in regard to how they affect the first-year studentsí experiences and their decisions to continue at NIU.

As a result, this committee will identify NIUís philosophy and how well it is shared by, transferred to and/or included in programmatic decisions impacting the first-year experience and the universityís mission.

The committee members are in the process of collecting information from individuals, offices and programs across campus that interact with first-year students (course/program descriptions and related materials, publications, brochures, Web site pages and/or anecdotal evidence).

The committee members will:

  • identify patterns in the student and faculty/staff survey results;
  • take an active part in the review of and discussions about university and/or programmatic documents;
  • conduct interviews, focus groups, etc.;
  • recommend action plans; and
  • write a committee report on the dimension.

For additional information about, to participate in, or to provide information for the Philosophy Dimension, contact co-chairs Carolyn Bershad ( or Michael Day (

More prize winners named

NIUís Foundations of Excellence Task Force is pleased to announce that Deborah Haliczer from Human Resource Services, Kathryn Maley from the Department of History and Chris Carger from the Department of Literacy Education are also $50 cash prize winners in the faculty/staff survey drawing.

The faculty/staff survey is part of a campus-wide self-study. The survey asks your opinion about how well faculty, graduate assistants, Supportive Professional Staff and Operating Staff are doing to make the first year of college a good foundation for the success of NIU students.

The survey closes Wednesday, March 25.