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Catalyst Announcement

April 26, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

In November 2011, the University’s Strategic Plan, NorthWEstern Will, was presented to large groups of faculty, staff and students at open forums on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses. We are now moving forward on the priorities outlined in the plan.

NorthWEstern Will calls for “multi-dimensional approaches” for addressing the University’s priorities, and the process of implementing the plan reflects this. Deans and vice presidents are engaging faculty, staff and students in developing their school and unit-based plans to link closely with NorthWEstern Will, beginning this past winter and spring with the annual institutional budget process.

Planning has begun for University strategic initiatives related to diversity, community building, assessment and programmatic developments in areas such as energy, design and nanoscience. Preliminary planning for Northwestern’s next major development campaign also is under way and will be closely linked with key strategic priorities. Our goals as outlined in NorthWEstern Will are ambitious, and significant new resources and reallocation of existing resources will be needed.

In some instances, initiatives will need to be catalyzed outside of existing structures. Therefore, we have assembled a Catalyst Workgroup of faculty, deans, and administrators, that will have a central role in facilitating the implementation of strategic priorities across the University. This workgroup will help move forward priority areas of the plan, address strategic issues, identify potential gaps and overlap in implementation efforts, and track progress. The Office of Change Management and the Office of Administration and Planning will facilitate the group, chaired by Sandy Goldberg, professor and chair of philosophy. The workgroup members are as follows:

A critical element in the implementation of the strategic plan is student, faculty, staff and alumni engagement. All members of the Northwestern community are strongly encouraged to engage in the design and implementation of the various strategic initiatives at both the local and University levels. Those interested in participating in this process should contact the appropriate individuals in their academic or administrative area. Please contact the Office of Change Management with questions or ideas regarding implementation.

Daniel Linzer