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 the primary 60% by 2025 goal. 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.


Amy Jo Clemens
Center for P-20 Engagement