NIU’s Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development facilitates outreach and institutional “in reach” to establish community college partnerships that help the region’s students and communities gain the skills, knowledge, and economic development data needed to maintain the region’s well-being and prosperity. Northern Illinois University (NIU) is at the heart of an educational region also served by 20 community college districts (26 colleges). Approximately 35% of NIU graduates have attended a community college.
Regional community college enrollments for fall 2012 were over 250,000: 40% of these students are pursuing transfer-oriented associate degrees; 27% are career and technical education (CTE) students, many of whom now want access to the baccalaureate. NIU is an established leader in creating innovative pathways for community college students, including CTE students, whether they are traditional transfers or travel-restricted working adults.
Engagement with the community college sector produces vital regional development outcomes.
Community College Partnership Enrollments: Baccalaureate Completion
For more information, contact Paul Crawford, Director of Community College Relations, (815) 753-9677, firstname.lastname@example.org.