President announces Vision 2020 Initiative during annual State of the University Address
NIU’s goal: most student-centered public research university in Midwest
NIU President John Peters today announced the creation of the Vision 2020 Initiative to guide the university through what he expects to be an era of tremendous change and uncertainty for American higher education.
“I think it is fair to say that the number of changes confronting us, and the magnitude and speed of those changes, is perhaps greater than at any other time in the past 50 years,” he told faculty, staff and students in his 11th State of the University Address. “In terms of student success and fiscal sustainability, the public university model of the 20th century no longer fits.”
Meanwhile, there is more competition than ever for those students. It comes from other state schools, from private institutions and community colleges; and from out-of-state.
In fact, Illinois is one of the nation’s largest exporters of college students. That should come as no surprise, given that just about every major university in the country has recruiting offices in Chicago. Our MAC counterpart, Central Michigan University, has even opened a recruiting