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Northeastern Neighbors
NEIU tops Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education diversity rankings
Northeastern Illinois University is the most diverse university in the Midwest, according to data released Nov. 23 by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking. Nationally, Northeastern ranks 22nd. The rankings were calculated by tracking diversity measures such as the racial and ethnic mix of students, the number of international students and the number of students "from less fortunate financial backgrounds."

"Northeastern Illinois University is proud and honored to be the most diverse institution in the Midwest. Now more than ever, we must embrace our differences and learn from one another," Interim President Richard Helldobler said. "Today's ranking serves as the latest high-profile affirmation of the mission we serve every single day: to prepare a diverse community of students for leadership and service in our region and in a dynamic multicultural world."

Northeastern was one of four institutions from Chicago and five from the state of Illinois to make the Top 10 in the Midwest.
Looking for holiday gift ideas? Art students to the rescue
Northeastern has a strong arts program, and our students are some of the most talented folks you will meet. This holiday season why not buy something made by one of those students? The University's Fine Arts Gallery is hosting the Student Holiday Art Sale through Dec. 9. Click here for more information about the sale as well as the Gallery's exhibition schedule. Northeastern wishes all of its neighbors and community partners happy holidays and a happy new year!
Culinary enthusiasts enjoy food truck delights on campus

Northeastern wants to thank all of those who came to support Food Truck Fridays this fall. Coordinated by the Hollywood-North Park Community Association as well as the University's Foundation, the event drew hundreds of hungry people as well as a number of food trucks that served a variety of tastes. While Food Truck Fridays are on a temporary hiatus during these colder months, we look forward to future food truck events at a new location next year.

The Nutcracker comes to Northeastern
This weekend the Ruth Page Dance Series presents the Ruth Page Civic Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at Northeastern. The popular re-creation of this holiday classic is back for three performances only. Visit our website for more information about this holiday performance as well as details about an afternoon tea event between the Sunday performances. 
Northeastern seeks input for the Higher Learning Commission
Northeastern Illinois University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit April 17-18, 2017, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. NEIU has been accredited by HLC since 1961. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet HLC's Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address: Public Comment on Northeastern Illinois University, Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-5000, Chicago, IL 60604-1411. The public may also submit comments on HLC's website at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by March 17, 2017.

Northeastern Illinois University is and will always be a community ally. For more than five decades, Northeastern has been a North Park neighborhood anchor and a vital, positive citizen of the community, making available its green space, arts and cultural events, as well as adult and children's learning opportunities.

This electronic newsletter was produced by
Northeastern Illinois University's Office of the President.
For more information about the university's commitment
to being a good citizen of its community, click here:  NEIU Neighbor