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The Office of the Provost engages with a number of committees reaching across the University to bring together faculty, staff, students and members of the community.  Through these collaborative efforts, the Office helps further University goals on a wide variety of topics, initiatives and programs.

Teaching and Learning

These groups provide policy direction on academic initiatives, coordinate educational resources and efforts across the schools, and facilitate a culture of excellent teaching and learning at Northwestern University.

Assessment and Accreditation Council

Convened in the fall of 2008 by the Provost, the Assessment and Accreditation Council advises on matters related to student learning assessment and Northwestern’s reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. It is comprised of faculty members, administrators (many of whom are also faculty), and students from Northwestern’s twelve schools, the Division of Student Affairs, and other key units. 

Undergraduate Council

Chaired by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Undergraduate Council is a group of School and university unit representatives that advises on undergraduate initiatives and planning. 


Working groups that help direct classroom and teaching resources and administer policy changes and implementation at Northwestern University.

Committee on Honorary Degrees

Each year, Honorary Degrees are awarded to a select group of individuals of exceptional accomplishment. The faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees seeks nominations every spring and encourages submissions representing diverse disciplines and individuals. 

Council of Deans

The Council of Deans, chaired by the Provost, meets to discuss issues and policies that affect the administrative and academic operations of the University’s schools. 

Policy Review Committee

The Northwestern Policy Review Committee is a standing committee of the University. Its role is to review, help ensure that new or revised University policies follow an approved format and process, and are approved by the respective University Officer. 

Equity and Inclusion

To strengthen our Northwestern community, these groups work to honor individuals of exceptional accomplishment and challenge us to examine and improve our own campus climate and culture.

Campus Accommodation Advisory Council

The Campus Accommodations Advisory Council is charged with reviewing systemic accessibility concerns as raised by campus audits, council members and members and guests of the University community in an effort to maintain a welcoming and accessible physical environment for individuals of all abilities. 

Native American Leadership Council

The Native American Leadership Council, comprised of Native American community leaders, provides valuable insight and counsel for our Native American Inclusion initiatives. Learn more about Native American Inclusion initiatives and the composition of the Leadership Council.