In June 2014, Northern Illinois University (NIU) President Doug Baker convened a small group of community college presidents, superintendents, and key state leaders to explore establishing a Northern Illinois P-20 Network. The purpose of the network is to improve college and career success for our students through regional collaboration.
The Northern Illinois P-20 Network supports the activities of the Illinois P-20 Council. The council's primary goal is to increase the proportion of Illinoisans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by 2025.
Initially funded by a grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Northern Illinois P-20 Network is facilitated by the Center for P-20 Engagement at Northern Illinois University as part of its college readiness activities.
Prior to the inception of the Northern Illinois Regional P-20 Network, NIU and five community college partners were working to address similar issues beginning in April 2013. This group structured its activities to build on work done by the NIU Higher Education Transitions Committee between 2009 and 2013 and on the successful alliances between high schools and the community college districts. The initial community colleges included Elgin, Kishwaukee, McHenry, Rock Valley, and Waubonsee.