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Provost thanks campus for Program Prioritization efforts

December 13, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

Last week we finished the demanding task of creating data-infused narratives about nearly 480 distinct academic and administrative programs at NIU. As we begin the next phase of Program Prioritization, I want to take this moment to thank all of you for the tremendous individual and collaborative efforts that you put forth during the narrative stage. Your efforts and your support of the process are deeply appreciated.

Whether you were a program author or approver; a staff member who gathered information; a department member who provided feedback; or a colleague who provided other types of support, you contributed significantly to the future of NIU through your participation in the Program Prioritization process. This initiative provides us with the opportunity to review our programs – honestly and transparently – as we navigate challenging times for public higher education. Our proactive efforts to shape our programs and services to meet the evolving needs of the communities that we serve will help our university remain strong during the coming years and decades.

The process we’ve undertaken is laying the groundwork for increased data transparency and a much more data-informed culture. On that point, I want to thank Data Support Team members who created impressive new mechanisms to identify, extract and share the data used by all our program authors. Their hard work provides a foundation from which we will continue to improve our data infrastructure and decision support systems.

Finally, I want to acknowledge our shared governance system and its leaders for their wisdom and guidance throughout this undertaking. Together, we have created a Program Prioritization process that is truly unique to NIU, its people and our values. I am proud to be part of this wonderful university community, and grateful to all who have united behind efforts to improve and strengthen our university.

Enjoy the holiday break. Best wishes for the New Year!

With thanks,

Lisa Freeman
Executive Vice President and Provost