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Board of Trustees Meeting

June 23, 2017

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The dates, times and locations of the meetings of the Board of Trustees are provided below. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Unless noted otherwise, all Committee meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. and Board meetings at 2:00 p.m. and are held in the Student Union, Golden Eagles room at Northeastern Illinois University,...

Board of Trustees Overview

Sarahy Lopez, writer

September 26, 2017

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The financial situation at NEIU was relieved during the month of July when a state budget was finally passed. For two years, NEIU had no budget and struggled to keep afloat, implementing furlough days and laying off employees. During the Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 14, members analyzed the budget that the school recei...

Board of Trustees Meeting

June 23, 2017

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The dates, times and locations of the meetings of the Board of Trustees are provided below. All members of the public are welcome to attend. Unless noted otherwise, all Committee meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. and Board meetings at 2:00 p.m. and are held in the Student Union, Golden Eagles room at Northeastern Illinois University,...

Tuition increases approved

Tuition increases approved

November 23, 2016

The Board of Trustees of NEIU decided  to increase tuition and fees effective for fiscal year 2018....

Changes are on the way

Changes are on the way

September 27, 2016

The vote to elect a search firm to do a national search for the next NEIU presidential candidate did...

Illinois Congress Approves Student Trustee Bill

Illinois Congress Approves Student Trustee Bill

June 21, 2016

The NEIU board of trustees was to put to vote an amendment at their upcoming meeting that could change...

NEIU May Get its first Doctoral Program

NEIU May Get its first Doctoral Program

October 7, 2014

While still in a developmental stage, there are early plans to start a doctoral curriculum at NEIU. The College of Education has sent plans to the Board of...

Neighborhood Community Speaks out at Board of Trustees Meeting

Neighborhood Community Speaks out at Board of Trustees Meeting

September 23, 2014

Though often filled with dry talk of committee reports, finances and voting procedure, the NEIU Board of Trustees meetings are more oft...

BoT Meetings Heralds Changes At NEIU

BoT Meetings Heralds Changes At NEIU

April 23, 2013

  New buildings on Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)’s main campus, an increase in t...

Upcoming Changes in Tuition Rates

Upcoming Changes in Tuition Rates

March 6, 2013

  In the President’s Report to the Board of Trustees, Action item I.B.  Tuition and Fr...

NEIU Alumni Association Reception and HACU 17th Annual National Capitol Forum

April 17, 2012

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                                  I left Chicago on a rainy day and was welcomed in Washington D.C. with a bright and sunny 81 degree day. It was also the first day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Fortunately, I had time to visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial Park and pay respect to all of the veterans (men and women) as well as those who fought and sacrificed to preserve democracy throughout our nation’s history. On Friday, March 23, the NEIU alumni reception in Washington D.C. at the University Clubkicked off more than 20 NEIU alumni and friends shared their personal NEIU success stories. NEIU President Sharon Hahs, Suleyma Perez, Executive Director of Government Relations, and Jon Hageman, Presidential Fellow were also present. On March 26 and 27, the NEIU group also attended the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities HACU’s 17th Annual National Capitol Forum to advocate on behalf of Title V and other higher education funding and legislation. At the alumni reception, the University Club was very warm and inviting, the perfect location for an intimate gathering. For more than 100 years, the University Club has stood as one of the Nation’s historic membership organizations. The club’s stately red brick edifice is situated among an enclave of cultural, scientific and diplomatic institutions, with the White House just a few blocks away. It was clear that there was a common bond that connected everyone, a sense of NEIU pride and commitment reverberated through the room. All those present agreed that NEIU fosters meaningful relationships and lifelong friendships. Interestingly, several alums were invited to the reception by their former NEIU professors, a tribute to the connections that are never forgotten. As we all listened and enjoyed each others’ stories, we realized that we must all do our best to expand our NEIU mentorship program to create opportunities for our current and future graduates. We learned that there are nearly 600 NEIU alumni in the DC area, which is an outstanding networking opportunity for our students. The NEIU Alumni Association says it best, “It’s all about connections!” At the HACU Capitol Forum, the NEIU group met with Jose Rico, Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Congressman Mike Quigley, Senator Dick Durbin andMark Kirk’s education congressional staff. The agenda was intensive and very productive. Sessions at the Capitol Forum included Funding Opportunities at the Federal Level and 2012 Election: HSIs and the New National Agenda. Representatives from FEMA, EPA, and DHS discussed grants and contract opportunities available for HSI and other HACU-member institutions. Again, President Hahs was front and center making sure that the NEIU agenda was heard. During lunch, Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, explained that there are approximately 72,000 federal employees and many of them will retire in the near future. This is certainly an opportunity for NEIU graduates. During dinner, I took the opportunity to give Jose Ricoan NEIU lapel pin and as I placed the pin and I said, “Jose, you are not only an NEIU alum, you are also our goodwill ambassador. Please continue to support NEIU and our future graduates.” As a Northeastern Trustee, community member, and as a parent, I realize that it is our responsibility and obligation to provide a quality education to our students and future young generations. On my plane ride back to Chicago, my final thoughts were that all those present from NEIU and other universities were very energetic and excited about building a coalition with HACU members for the benefit of their universities. Everyone expressed the same mission – we all want our students to do well and prosper. Education is the key to our future success. The forum was well worth it, special thanks to Suleyma Perez, for all of her great work in planning our itinerary. I hope to attend future HACU meetings and advocate on behalf of NEIU.   By Jin Lee – NEIU Trustee    ...

Board of Trustees faced with many issues concerning NEIU community

Vasilka Atanasova, Staff Writer

February 21, 2011

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One more Board of Trustees meeting began and ended with tense questions and comments regarding the future of the NEIU community. Students lined up outside Alumni Hall protesting against many of the changes implemented without following the shared governance process and defending their professors' "battle" for pay raises. H...