The local weekly advertising supplement runs retrospectives from newspaper archives.  With the beginning of the academic year on September 2, 1987 came this.
Arguing that NIU has long been chronically underfunded by the state, university president John La Tourette announced a long-range plan to downsize Northern’s on-campus enrollment to reduce staffing and space problems.
Enrollments at the time were a few hundred more students than current enrollment -- pending release of the end of week two head count.

The College of Engineering was still using buildings in Sycamore.  Branch campuses at Hoffman Estates, Naperville, and Rockford were not even in the discussion stage.

The Economics Department had a tenure-track faculty strength of 23.  It's currently fourteen.

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