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Strategic Plan Update Set

Provost Daniel Linzer provides an update on the University's planning process

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October 21, 2010

As we continue work on the strategic plan for Northwestern University, I would like to provide a quick update and invite you to attend a community forum, where you will have the opportunity to provide feedback to President Schapiro and me.

Seven workgroups comprised of faculty, staff, and students have developed recommendations through thorough analysis of information, discussion, and feedback.

The seven workgroups focused on specific areas. The committees were:

  • Areas of Distinction: Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work
  • Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • Beyond the Classroom
  • Globalization
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Purple Sky

Over the summer, leadership reviewed the individual white papers and identified common themes and priorities among the workgroups. This fall, we are reaching out to the community for feedback so we can continue to evolve our thinking. We plan to meet separately with staff, student leaders, and members of the General Faculty Committee (soon to be the Faculty Senate).

We are also hosting two community-wide forums open to all faculty, staff and students to elicit your thoughts. We will present to you a framework for the strategic plan, and also specific recommendations that have gained traction through the many conversations. This is very much a plan in progress, and your input will help shape Northwestern's strategic vision for the next decade.

Please join President Schapiro and me in one of the two community forums:

  • Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to noon, Wieboldt Hall Room 147, Chicago campus
  • Oct. 26, 9 to 11 a.m., Allen Center McCormick Tribune Auditorium, Evanston campus

Two other work groups, one focusing on branding and communications, and one focusing on infrastructure, will begin work this year, using information developed from the work to date.

I appreciate your commitment to this process and look forward to seeing you October 25 or 26.

Daniel Linzer
Provost
Topics: University