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Defining Northwestern’s Future

I am pleased to present the Northwestern University Strategic Plan. This is a plan by and for our community that has been enthusiastically endorsed by the University Board of Trustees. It provides a clear direction for how Northwestern will continue to advance strategically from our current position of strength to even greater national and international prominence.

Rather than a tactical guide, the plan is strategic, laying out in clear terms where we plan to invest our resources and why. We look to you, the members of our community, to turn the plan into action by thinking creatively. It also challenges us to work collaboratively to enhance Northwestern’s position as one of the world’s great private research universities. We have the will to do this, and with this plan and your assistance, we have the way.

Morton Schapiro
President and Professor

Please visit the link to the left, "Northwestern University Strategic Plan 2011" for a plan summary and video highlights of President Schapiro and Provost Dan Linzer's presentation of the plan to the Northwestern Community.

Northwestern University Strategic Plan 2011 - Northwestern Will

The Northwestern University Strategic Plan is built upon four strategic pillars:

Discover creative solutions
Inspiring research, new knowledge, and creative expression

We will work together through research and innovation to create solutions to problems that will improve lives, communities, and the world.

Integrate learning and experience
Extending the academic experience beyond the classroom

We will, more than ever before, integrate student learning with experiences in the world beyond the classroom.

Connect our community
Growing stronger through the richness of diversity

We will close the gap between intentions and outcomes to connect individuals from widely diverse backgrounds and life experiences to a truly inclusive community.

Engage with the world
Expanding our impact at home and abroad

We will, through strategic partnerships, engage locally, nationally, and internationally to heighten our global impact for the greater good.

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The following video shows highlights from President Morton Schapiro and Provost Dan Linzer's presentation of the plan to the Northwestern Community. Below the video is an extended audio version of Provost Linzer's presentation.

AUDIO: Listen to Provost Daniel Linzer present Northwestern's new strategic plan