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Undergraduate Education

The undergraduate educational experience is central to the mission of Northwestern University. Miriam Gamoran Sherin, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, leads her office (APUE) in strengthening connections between central administration, undergraduate schools, and student affairs to promote and support the academic excellence and personal growth of Northwestern undergraduates. 

Academic Experience

The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education facilitates enhancement of undergraduate academics through participation in a variety of initiatives that span the University. This includes leading Northwestern’s Undergraduate Council, which works to identify opportunities for University-wide collaboration and provide creative and pragmatic solutions to systemic, university-wide challenges.

APUE provides leadership for advising at Northwestern, supporting the work and collaboration of academic school-based advising, coordination of offices that offer advising on special opportunities for all undergraduates and advising related to particular student experiences, such as transfer students.

It is important for students to have access to the tools and opportunities they need to be successful at Northwestern and beyond. APUE launched and leads the Affordable Instructional Resources (AIR) initiative, which works to reduce the cost of course materials such as textbooks, equipment, and software. In conjunction with this initiative, APUE directs the Books for Cats program to reduce the cost of textbooks for eligible students identified by the Office of Financial Aid.

Providing senior leadership to the offices of Undergraduate Research, Fellowships, and Health Professions Advising, the Associate Provost works to cultivate students’ learning beyond the classroom and to help them prepare for a range of post-graduation opportunities.

Residential Experience

Northwestern is proud to house ten Residential Colleges where students can immerse themselves in living-and-learning communities according to their passions and interests. The Associate Provost collaborates with the Division of Student Affairs to promote faculty engagement, strengthen academic programming, and enrich academic support in residential spaces across campus.

Co-curricular Experience

Northwestern is committed to upholding an all-inclusive community that cares deeply about the interests and needs of its diverse student body. The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education works jointly with the offices of Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs to lead the Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Committee. This committee and its subgroups have developed a set of actionable recommendations for changes to enhance support and advising for Northwestern undergraduates, especially those who identify as first generation, low income, or under-represented minorities. Steps to implement recommendations will take place in the coming years.   

The Associate Provost also provides funding and support for student groups to facilitate students’ passions outside the classroom and provide opportunities for them to hone their talents. Working closely with the Associate Student Government, as well providing support to other student organizations, she fosters a positive Northwestern community that allows students to grow and flourish.