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Capital Resources

The Resource Planning Process comprehensively considers all capital projects and requests to ensure that all capital projects across Northwestern support institutional priorities and school/unit strategies. The process enables systematic prioritization of projects and requests and ensures alignment with University finances and cash flow. 

Resource Requests 

Schools/units should discuss all facilities and non-facilities capital plans and requests as part of the Resource Planning ProcessAll appropriated and self-supporting units—including schools, units, and auxiliary units—that are exploring or implementing a capital project, regardless of funding source, are expected to participate in the Resource Planning Process. 

Units exploring or implementing a capital project should submit a resource request. Capital requests should be submitted to the school/unit Analyst at least one week prior to the school/unit’s Fall resource meeting using the Capital Resource Request Worksheet.

Capital requests should include: 

Consideration and Approval 

The Resource Planning Workgroup will consider all capital requests and assess them against University priorities and school/unit strategy. Capital plans and requests recommended by the Resource Planning Workgroup are then considered by the Capital Project Workgroup. 

The Capital Project Workgroup includes: 

The President and Provost then endorse projects emanating from the Capital Projects Workgroup, as needed based on project cost and other characteristics. Once the Board of Trustees determines final approval of the University capital budget in June, schools/units are notified of their final capital resource. Once the Board of Trustees determines final approval of the University capital budget in June, schools/units are notified of their final capital resource approvals.  

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