Provost Dan Linzer speaking at NU-Q Delegation

The University’s Strategic Plan, Northwestern Will, provides a framework in which to define our shared goals and strive for success. Following are ongoing initiatives within the Office of the Provost which engage across the whole University to Discover, Integrate, Connect, and Engage.

Assessment of Student Learning


We are committed to facilitating a University-wide effort focusing on the assessment of student learning at Northwestern. With advice from the University Assessment/Accreditation Council we inform, guide, and support the schools and units in student learning assessment efforts through the dissemination of various tools and resources and an annual Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Forum.

Chicago Collaboration for Women in STEM

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This novel partnership with the University of Chicago provides joint programs and research to support the careers of women faculty in the STEM fields at both institutions.

A report on the culture and climate in our biological and physical science departments, and across our campus can be found HERE.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a community we strive to make our campus diverse and inclusive along many dimensions. We recognize that this requires an ongoing effort from the many various parts of our University. We invite you to view this Diversity and Inclusion Timeline, which illustrates some of the programs and initiatives Northwestern has launched in the last two decades on our road to building an ever richer community, one that embraces each of our distinct backgrounds and perspectives.

Nemmers Prizes

The Nemmers Prizes recognize works of lasting significance in economics, mathematics, music, and the medical sciences. The prizes were entrusted to Northwestern University to administer, as a result of Erwin Esser Nemmers's relationship with the University as a long-time faculty member of the Kellogg School of Management.

Northwestern Scholars

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Explore the research profiles, publications, and grant data of thousands of Northwestern scholars. Follow their networks and collaborations within Northwestern, throughout the SciVal Experts Community, and across national networks.

Global and Research Opportunities at Northwestern

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Explore all of Northwestern’s global and research opportunities in one location. Easily identify opportunities for collaboration with our international partners and with faculty who share your interests.

Online and Blended Learning Initiatives

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We are committed to helping to shape the landscape of blended and online learning in higher education. We are offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through Coursera and a number of online courses and degree programs.

Support for Faculty Excellence

This multi-year Initiative on Support for Faculty Excellence will heighten the success of our faculty and enhance the environments in which they are empowered to do their best work. 

Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research helps students match their research interests with grants, fellowships and other programs on campus and around the world. Many schools and offices, including the Office of the Provost, offer funding to support students who wish to conduct independent research, work in a lab or internship, study abroad, attend conferences, and much more.

University Accreditation

Northwestern University will undergo its next review for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in April 2015. The Office of the Provost is managing the various components of the re-accreditation process, including engaging members of the campus community in the assembly and development of materials to submit to the Commission.

“Achieving the goals this strategic plan lays out will challenge us all. It should. Because we have the strength to achieve them, we will.”
- Daniel Linzer, Provost