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Undergraduate Student Lifecycle


Northwestern University is committed to excellence and diversity. We aim to ensure all student can thrive during their time at Northwestern, from pre-enrollment to post-graduation, as they navigate the University and prepare for their futures beyond campus. In an effort to better enable undergraduate students who identify solely or jointly across first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority (URM) identities, Provost Jonathan Holloway is sponsoring a multi-phase initiative to develop a strategy and framework for a continuum of support for these students.

To date, the initiative has focused on developing a vision to guide this work, documenting existing programs and services at Northwestern, identifying potential unmet needs, studying peer institutions’ practices, and engaging the campus community in identifying priority areas for future consideration.

During winter 2019, the Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Committee was formed as part of this strategic initiative. Comprised of faculty and staff leaders from across the University, the Committee is focused on developing actionable recommendations for change in three priority areas:

Since the early February kickoff of the Committee structure, three workgroups, each focused on one priority area, have begun their work of developing short and long-term actionable recommendations for change. The workgroup will return their recommendations to the Committee chairs and the Provost during the spring and summer of 2019. To see a complete list of the Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Committee members, click here.

In complement to the Lifecycle Committee work, the Undergraduate Student Lifecycle initiative will also support analyses of organizational structures and financial resources that support for first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented minority (URM) students.