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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.