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Northwestern University

Teaching and Learning

The Office of the Provost facilitates and coordinates efforts across the university to provide an optimal environment in which innovative practices in teaching, pedagogy, and student assessment of learning are encouraged to thrive. The Office is also deeply committed to integrating the University’s teaching mission throughout the Northwestern experience for faculty and students.

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. Learn more.

Online and Blended Learning Initiatives

We are committed to helping to shape the landscape of blended and online learning in higher education. The Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup advises the Provost to best support effective teaching and learning practices including seed funding for digital projects and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Learn more.

Teaching and Curricular Innovation

Northwestern University is committed to enhancing students’ learning by showcasing faculty excellence in teaching and supporting faculty experimentation with innovative curricular innovations. Learn more.

Undergraduate Education

We collaborate across the University to create connections that tie the academic mission of the University to all facets of the undergraduate student experience. Through such efforts we strive to foster innovative practices in classroom teaching, unify student supports, and enable more robust assessment of student learning. Learn more.

University Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission recently continued Northwestern’s accreditation status in July 2015. The Office of the Provost provides oversight regarding Northwestern’s reaffirmation of accreditation process. Learn more.

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