Guiding Principles

Strategic Plan | Vision and Mission | Values |Strategic Themes

guiding principles chartGuiding Principles are the over arching, exemplary concepts and commitments that govern the work of the Northwestern University Division of Student Affairs; they apply to the programs and services offered in every area of the Division, and therefore function as operational principles for each of the strategic theme areas of the plan. Although presented succinctly here, these principles are intended to be applied universally.

  • Commitment to Excellence:  Upholding excellence as the ultimate principle in our personal conduct, work, programs, policies, and services.
  • Accountability:  Holding ourselves and others responsible to our values, guiding principles, and institutional resources.
  • Communication:  Consistently listening intently and sharing clear information with internal and external constituents in a timely manner.
  • Curiosity:  Asking questions and seeking new approaches and strategies to find solutions and improve programs, policies, and services.
  • Authenticity:  Engaging with sincerity and honesty in our interactions and decision making.
  • Intentionality:  Making deliberate and strategic decisions that contribute to the welfare of our students, colleagues, and community.