Current and Recent Change Management Initiatives


The Office of Change Management facilitates change initiatives at Northwestern University. These projects engage stakeholders at the University across schools, offices, departments, and campuses. The projects evolve in stages of planning and implementation. The following list represents a sampling of recent and current projects engaged by the Office of Change Management. 

NorthWEstern WILL Strategic Plan Implementation

The implementation phase of the Strategic Plan supports leadership efforts throughout the University to actively engage in, and be accountable for, successfully addressing the NorthWEstern Will strategic priorities.

Block Cinema Review

The Block Cinema project explores how the mission and programming of the Cinema align with the perceptions and needs of the communities it serves.

Optimizing Design and Operation of Loading Docks

This project analyzes the Tech and Hogan/Cook loading docks for their capacity to address safety, health, and security factors; enable dock personnel to meet the needs of all stakeholders; and increase operational efficiencies and coordination of services. The design of the facilities and operating procedures contribute to the organization and function of the spaces.

Medill Budget Management

The Medill Budget project focuses on the budgeting, management, and utilization of endowed funds and funding from external entities. Assessment of the current processes and workflows determines how fund management can be improved to best serve Medill and its community.

Leadership at Northwestern University-Qatar

The Northwestern University-Qatar (NU-Q) initiative reviews current reporting relationships, communications processes, and decision-making processes in preparation for facilitating on-site discussions with new and current leadership. Given the transition in key leadership positions, the Office of Change Management helps facilitate the integration of the new set of senior leaders with those senior leaders continuing their service at NU-Q.

Stewardship of Endowment Funds and Tracking Attendant Fund Balances

The project reviews the current processes for stewardship of endowment funds and tracking attendant fund balances, and their linkage to the use of these funds by departments and schools. It addresses where source documents are retained and assesses how the University researches and problem-solves questions of appropriate fund usage.

Doctoral Student Funding at The Graduate School

The Office of Change Management is reviewing and analyzing existing policies and processes related to the administration of graduate funding to achieve more effective management and oversight of the financial aid budget. The initiative provides a deeper understanding of the competitive landscape regarding graduate student funding, assesses the appropriateness of Northwestern’s base stipend level in relation to its ambitions and its peers, and analyzes potential funding strategies for increasing base stipend levels.

Assessment of Requests for Information from Central Administration

The Assessment of Requests for Information initiative assesses the volume, content, and frequency of requests for information from central administration to deans’ offices and departments. The project includes developing recommendations as to how the University might balance the need for such information with an understanding of and respect for use of faculty and staff time.

The Law School Accreditation Process

The Office of Change Management reviews the internal processes and strengthens accountability for reporting data at Northwestern’s School of Law. The goal of the project is to develop and document a robust process to ensure accurate, timely, and consistent reporting to the American Bar Association and US News/World Report.

Transition Programs for Undergraduate Students

The Transition Programs project seeks to create a University-wide strategy to providing support for an increasingly diverse undergraduate student body, including low-income, first generation, and international students. This collaboration among academic, administrative, and student affairs leaders addresses a coordinated and comprehensive approach to providing co-curricular and curricular support and extends from the orientation and onboarding of entering freshmen through the successful conclusion of the undergraduate experience.