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Transition Programs Plus Council


Northwestern has expanded its recruitment and enrollment of low-socioeconomic status (SES), first generation college, and international students, to offer greater educational opportunities to a broader range of students. The Transition Programs Plus Council is a working group that was created in 2014 to develop a coordinated strategy to support the transition and ongoing success of these incoming first-year students.  This support ranges from academic enrichment, community building efforts, financial assistance, and simply having a “go-to” person for any question or topic that can impact a student’s higher education experience.

The Council’s ultimate goal is for each and every Northwestern student to thrive by having equal access to a common set of available experiences, opportunities, and possible outcomes. 

The Council is co-led by the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education and the Vice President of Student Affairs.  The membership includes program managers of pre-and post-enrollment programs, academic leaders from each undergraduate school, STEM faculty, and staff from Student Affairs, the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Financial Aid, Undergraduate Admissions, Information and Analytics, Athletics, the International Office, and the Academic Advising Center. A list of Council members can be found here.

Council Priorities


Coordinate pre-and post-enrollment transition programs and other student transition initiatives


Support program enhancements by making recommendations on changes or expansion, and coordinate plans for attendant resource requests


Develop a shared assessment framework to gauge effectiveness of pre-and post-enrollment programs. Utilize longitudinal data to identify strengths and gaps in supporting student academic and social integration.


Address both curricular and co-curricular needs


Share data and provide continued education about trends, research, and theory related to underrepresented or other students who may be facing academic challenges.

Council Highlights

The Council has acted on its priorities across the following dimensions which directly impact the Northwestern student experience and/or enable the Council to identify future priorities:

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