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Undergraduate Student Lifecycle


Northwestern University is committed to excellence and diversity. We aim to ensure all students 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.

The initiative started with a focus 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 focus.

The most recent efforts included the development of actionable recommendations in the areas of focus the campus community identified. View a summary of the Summer 2019 Update and Recommendations presented to the Provost.

Committee Summary

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 focused on developing actionable recommendations for change in three priority areas:

To see a complete list of the Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Committee members, click here.

Since the February 2019 kickoff of the Committee, three workgroups, each focused on one priority area, developed a number of short- and long- term actionable recommendations based on existing data and input from students and other members of the community. The workgroups presented their recommendations to the full Committee in the spring and to the Provost during summer 2019. The Provost has committed to taking action in alignment with these recommendations, and the University is now prioritizing the recommendations, and developing an implementation plan and timelines. Learn more about the Committee's Summer 2019 Update and Recommendations and next steps.