Forward 150 Prioritization Committees ask for NEIU Feedback

Nicole F. Anderson, News and Co-Managing Editor

The Forward 150 Program Prioritization committees and tasks forces met to discuss the upcoming deadlines and timeline on April 26 2018. This program was proposed by former Interim President Richard Helldobler in an effort to prepare NEIU for the Illinois budget deficit and academic funding.

Earlier this month, the Steering Committee received the Task Force reports on their recommendations for their programs. On May 5, the Steering Committee posted the first draft of their recommendations and requested NEIU community feedback by May 12.

The NEIU community includes faculty, staff and students.

The second draft of recommendations will be posted on their website on May 15 and asks for community feedback by May 21. It is available on the Forward 150 Program Prioritization steering committee page on the right-hand side under “Steering Committee Draft 1 and Task Force Reports.”

There are two ways to submit feedback to the Forward 150 steering committee: using the online form or by sending an email to [email protected].

After the feedback from the NEIU community is in, a final draft will be prepared and given to Gloria J. Gibson, NEIU’s newest president.

In an email to NEIU President Gloria J. Gibson said, “I know the University Community is in the advanced stages of Forward 150, which I learned about during my on-campus interviews and in the past week. I believe that the program prioritization and budget modeling processes are important ones, and I look forward to reviewing the recommendations. So, please continue your support and hard work on Forward 150.”

The Task Force is made up five different task forces: academic programs, other administrative offices, student life resources, data and communications. The goal of the task force is to improve NEIU by determining how effective programs and departments are working.

The Academic Task Force reports answered questions such as: “What is important for the University to know about the program (include if you have accreditation and requirements)? How can your program offer Creative Growth, Innovation, and/or Collaboration at the University at large (e.g. curriculum, human resources, teaching, facilities, etc.)? How can the program save money without affecting instruction and student learning?”

The Other Administrative Offices Task Force reports answered questions such as: “Which primary population of the University does the unit serve? Is the size of the unit sufficient to meet the needs of the population it serves?”

The Student Life Resources task force answered questions such as: “How does the unit benefit NEIU students in terms of their understanding of self, others, culture, and the value of diversity; and/or their ability to get a job or further their education? What impact does the unit have on student success and retention? Could the unit be outsourced?”

All of the submitted reports are available for review on the Forward 150 Program Prioritization website: