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Undergraduate Task Force


The Provost convened the Faculty Undergraduate Academic Experience Task Force in February 2015 to assess and advise on ways to enhance the undergraduate experience at Northwestern. The Task Force was chaired by Indira Raman, the Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology in the department of neurobiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In January, it delivered its final report, which includes valuable insights and recommendations on how to enhance the undergraduate experience.

The Faculty Task Force spent significant time and effort gathering input from a wide range of Northwestern stakeholders and shaping proposals. It recommended significant changes to improve the academic experience for undergraduate students, including changing the University’s calendar, addressing student workload requirements, enhancing support for teaching and improving advising.

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Spring 2016 Update on Task Force Activities

The campus community has begun to work on a number of Task Force recommendations, and meaningful progress has been made in a number of areas that immediately resonated. Dialogue and exploration of a path forward continues on other proposals, including the recommendation to modify our academic calendar to begin and end earlier, optimizing breaks, and allowing for faculty innovation. Additional work in these and other areas will continue to move forward, as we maintain our focus on enhancing the undergraduate academic experience.

Highlights of the areas of activity across the University that align with Task Force recommendations are outlined below, followed by additional details for each area.


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