Established in 2001, Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development provides centralized support for outreach and engagement activities delivered by NIU's seven colleges and conducts its own programs with partners across the region. About 70% of our budget comes from external sources, reflecting our outward focus.
NIU resides in a "global region," one of the few areas in the U.S. that impacts international economics, politics, and the arts. The area offers extraordinarily rich opportunities to share teaching and learning, advanced technologies, research, cultural artistry, and technical expertise. This unique location allows the university to operate on a global stage while working directly with local and regional partners.
In 2008, the Carnegie Foundation recognized NIU for Community Engagement in Outreach and Partnerships. We welcomed this designation as a validation of the university-wide commitment to outreach and engagement and the high impact of NIU’s extraordinarily diverse partnerships. In 2010, Carnegie further acknowledged NIU’s commitment with the designation for Curricular Engagement.