Visit ENGAGE! for a listing of the engagement and outreach activities happening on campus.
At NIU, P-20 is a way of operating - a commitment to
university-wide collaboration on activities that improve education throughout
the northern Illinois region.
President John Peters launched NIU’s P-20
initiatives in 2002 as a partnership between NIU Outreach and the Provost’s
Office to be advised and supported by the deans of five colleges. The Center
for P-20 Engagement was established in 2008 by Great Journeys Strategic
Planning and charged with coordination of P-20 activities that involved multiple
colleges with external partners.
What's in a Name?
What does “P-20” mean? What
does “Engagement” mean?
refers to education and training at all levels from pre-school (P) through
graduate studies (20) in schools, community colleges, workplaces, and
other community settings.
requires mutually beneficial relationships between the university and its
partners. Engaged partners learn from each other, discover new
knowledge, and enjoy benefits that include meeting community needs,
increasing economic vitality, and improving quality of life across the
Center connects resources, expertise, research and services to external partners.
We manage about 25 programs, projects, and activities that are organized around
five P-20 goals – raising student achievement, improving teachers’ success,
facilitating seamless transitions, conducting applied research and assessment,
and promoting engagement.
As a university-wide
organization, the P-20 Center works with faculty and staff in five colleges
(Education, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences,
and Visual and Performing Arts); more than 25 centers, offices, and institutes;
and with external partners in school districts, community colleges, governments,
Kaplan (Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies) and
Deputy Provost Earl Seaver co-direct.
The P-20 Council, composed of deans from five colleges, provides advice and
support. Associate Director Marilyn Bellert manages day-to-day operations.