Initiatives

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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

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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.

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.

Public Voices

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In partnership with the OpEd Project, the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program aims to dramatically increase the influence and contributions of women and minority thought leaders to the important public conversations of our time. Our Fellows have collectively published over 200 opinion pieces in major new outlets, including The New York Times and The Atlantic, covering such topics as income inequality, international law, prison reform, and global warming.

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

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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