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Community Input

April 30, 2010

Tell Us About Your Strategic Partnerships

As part of the development of Northwestern's strategic plan, the Strategic Partnerships workgroup would like input from the broad Northwestern community.  In particular, they would like to hear from you about current external partnerships and collaborations that you are aware of and suggestions for future partners.

A strategic partnership brings together internal and external groups, in order to achieve a major, mutually beneficial, impact of central importance to the University's mission.  A strategic partnership normally involves some formal relationship. An example would be Northwestern's formal partnership with Argonne National Laboratory.

The Northwestern community also has important collaborations that are generally less formal and can exist at any level.  Such collaborations can collectively achieve strategic importance. An example of such a strategically important suite of collaborations would be the collective impact of student involvement in local communities.

The committee is mainly concerned with the more formal University-level partnerships, but would also appreciate creative suggestions about existing and future collaborations that could grow into strategic university wide initiatives.

You may provide feedback through an online survey or by completing Strategic Partnerships paper form. Both options contain the same questions.

Please email your response to

Feedback will be accepted through Friday, May 14th.


April 8, 2010

Thank you for your Areas of Distinction Proposals. We appreciate the over 100 submissions received!


March 4, 2010

Our Future "Areas of Distinction" and You

The strategic planning workgroup "Areas of Distinction: Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work" wants you - faculty, students, and staff - to help define Northwestern's future in excellence.

With strength across a spectrum of disciplines, and increasingly at their intersection, Northwestern is positioned to lead in a number of fields. We have a responsibility to the members of the Northwestern community, to the Chicago region, and to the country to focus our attention and resources on select areas of distinction. Moreover, we aim to identify new areas of distinction with the highest potential impact.

How we identify these areas depends not only on our existing strengths but also on our unique ability to address global concerns and to contribute to global discourse. If you have an idea of what Northwestern should be leading, please fill out the one page proposal (below).

Distinction Proposals are due by Thursday, April 8 and should be sent to The strategic planning workgroup will review all proposals in this first round solicitation. Additional information will be requested during a second round consideration process.

To review the Areas of Distinction: Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work charge, please see the Planning Framework document.

Proposal Template


February 8, 2010

Feedback Always Welcome

Seven workgroups have been commissioned but all members of the community are encouraged to submit feedback, either directly to the workgroup co-chairs, or to