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About the Network

In June 2014, Northern Illinois University (NIU) convened a small group of community college presidents, superintendents, and key state leaders to explore establishing a Northern Illinois P-20 Network. The purpose of the network is to improve college and career success for our students through regional collaboration.

The Northern Illinois P-20 Network supports the activities of the Illinois P-20 Council. The council's primary goal is to increase the proportion of Illinoisans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by 2025.

Initially funded by a grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Northern Illinois P-20 Network is facilitated by the Center for P-20 Engagement at Northern Illinois University as part of its college readiness activities. 

Since its inception, executives from P-20 Network community colleges, school districts, and education organizations established work groups to devise and implement strategies to achieve the primary 60% by 2025 goal. The work groups address charges that include outcomes to be completed and/or progress reported at the semi-annual CEO meetings. While the number and focus of the work groups has evolved, their original function as professional think tanks and thought leaders who can accomplish change has remained constant. 

Learn more about the Northern Illinois P-20 Network.

Marilyn Bellert

Marilyn Bellert
Associate Director
Center for P-20 Engagement
815-753-8051

Amy Jo Clemens

Amy Jo Clemens
Senior Research Associate
Center for P-20 Engagement
815-753-3942

Debbie Pixton

Debbie Pixton
Assistant Director
Center for P-20 Engagement
815-753-1898