OUR MISSION

Shape and strengthen education and workforce systems that prepare more young people for productive careers and lives in a global economy.

Education Systems Center (EdSystems) is a mission-driven policy development and program implementation center based within Northern Illinois University’s Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development.

Our primary focus is on Illinois, while also working with national and international partners. Through our state university home, we are able to forge longstanding leadership roles with state agencies and intergovernmental bodies such as the Illinois P-20 Council.

Five characteristics define our approach

execution-oriented
execution-oriented

Execution-Oriented

We focus on delivering results while also holding the vision of our projects.
collaborative
collaborative

Collaborative

We work to ensure a diverse range of stakeholders are engaged in the processes we lead.
inclusive
inclusive

Inclusive

We view cross-sector partnerships as essential to effective system transformation.
equity-focused
equity-focused

Equity-Focused

We prioritize eliminating disparities in educational and employment outcomes for young people from underserved and underrepresented populations.
mission-driven-data-informed
mission-driven-data-informed

Mission-driven, Data-informed

We are compelled by our mission to serve young people, and recognize that using data is essential for shaping effective decisions.

Five characteristics define our approach

Mission-driven, Data-informed

We are compelled by our mission to serve young people, and recognize that using data is essential for shaping effective decisions.

Execution-Oriented

We focus on delivering results while also holding the vision of our projects.

Collaborative

We work to ensure a diverse range of stakeholders are engaged in the processes we lead.

Inclusive

We view cross-sector partnerships as essential to effective system transformation.

Equity-Focused

We prioritize eliminating disparities in educational and employment outcomes for young people from underserved and underrepresented populations.

EdSystems works in partnership with various other affiliates at Northern Illinois University, including: