Creating and Implementing a New Vision for NIU

The Vision 2020 Initiative, chaired by NIU President John G. Peters, is charged with creating and implementing a new vision for NIU: becoming the most student-centered public research university in the Midwest and establishing strategic goals for the coming decade in areas of student, faculty and facility excellence.

The Vision 2020 Steering Committee, composed of people representing all facets of the university, will coordinate with seven working groups to set ambitious benchmark goals for such areas as graduation and student-retention rates; engaged learning opportunities; and external grants and contracts.

President Peters announced the creation of the Vision 2020 initiative during his annual State of the University Address in September 2010.


“The Vision 2020 Initiative will take us on a journey that will define our institution for decades to come. It will require all of us to join together, to work together, to move forward together…to help this great institution emerge even stronger in the years ahead.”

 - John G. Peters, NIU President