Association Resource CenterAssociation Resource Center

Northern Illinois UniversityNorthern Illinois University

About Us

Northern Illinois University recognizes the importance of building relationships and creating partnerships with associations. For more than 50 years, we have provided service to hundreds of regional and national associations.

Working closely together over the years, we began to realize that public universities and associations have not only similar goals, but similar challenges, too.  We share a dedication and focus on adult education, workforce development, knowledge creation, and knowledge sharing.  What we also share are the challenges of managing growth, incorporating new technology and overcoming the obstacles of these difficult economic times.  We began to ask ourselves - how can we best match the resources of the university to the needs of associations?   The answer was simple: NIU Outreach is uniquely qualified to bring the resources of the university beyond the main campus and accomplish the following objectives:

  • Promote the benefits of using university research and expertise
  • Deliver educational opportunities to the region via our Outreach Centers
  • Provide guidance and leadership for the development of regional business, industry, education, government, healthcare, non-profit, and other organizations
  • Enhance the overall quality of life in northern Illinois

Today, NIU continues the same excellent service to associations we have provided for years.  With the creation of the Association Resource Center, we are proud to take our relationships with associations to a whole new level. In addition to offering a variety of contractual services for meetings, research, and education, we now offer more ways to reach NIU students and to form alliances between the university and our association partners. NIUís Association Resource Center is the source for associations to leverage Northern Illinois Universityís capabilities, while receiving guaranteed professional service and expertise at an affordable price.