At NIU Town Hall, President Baker Addresses Budget, Enrollment

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Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker held a town hall meeting Thursday, addressing state budget concerns and declining enrollment. He told the campus community that public universities continue to struggle with budgeting due to uncertainty in Springfield. He says the stop-gap and partial year budget measures aren’t enough. His suggestion to lawmakers? "Why don’t we take the 2017 budget—that half-year budget and count it towards ’16 and you give us a full-year budget? That’s our story. The odds of that are probably not very high right now.” Baker says the university is also re-designing recruitment models. NIU experienced a 5.5 percent decrease in overall enrollment compared to last year. He pointed to an increase in law students, which he says bucks national trends and provides successful attempts to change the tide for overall enrollment. Program Prioritization NIU Provost Lisa Freeman provided an update to the program prioritization process. Academic departments were

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September 22, 2016 at 07:18AM

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At NIU Town Hall, President Baker Addresses Budget, Enrollment

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