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Why Progressive Learning in Undergraduate Studies (PLUS)?

It is the endeavor of the Northern Illinois University PLUS Task Force to complete a progressive undergraduate curricular revision plan by September 2014. We have benchmarked other successful institutions and sought input from the NIU community. We have concluded that better integration of the Baccalaureate experience is essential for improving student success, and should be focused in five specific curricular areas:

  1. Employ the university-wide student learning goals and outcomes at the Baccalaureate level;
  2. Enhance writing expectations;
  3. Improve cross-disciplinary synergy in general education course content exposure;
  4. Increase curricular flexibility and general education course choices;
  5. Formalize student participation in high impact practices and engaged learning opportunities.

The PLUS Task Force seeks your feedback by May 1, 2014 in order to make these proposed curricular changes stronger.

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