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Northwestern Will strategic plan 2015 report

Letter from President Schapiro and Provost Linzer on University progress on the plan

Dear members of the Northwestern community,

We are pleased to send you a progress report summarizing major areas in which the University has advanced in implementing the Northwestern Will strategic plan. In this year’s annual report, we look back not just a year, but cumulatively and in more depth at the entire period since the strategic plan was unveiled in fall 2011. Since then, state-of-the-art facilities, new research centers and academic partnerships have emerged that are transforming the academic and physical landscape of the University.

As this report makes clear, Northwestern is making significant strides in each of the plan’s four pillars: Discover, Integrate, Connect and Engage. From advances in biomedical research, to new programs reaching across academic disciplines, to increased connections between Northwestern and Chicago, to expanding efforts in global engagement, Northwestern has taken important steps forward.

One critical factor in this progress has been the success of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, the $3.75 billion fundraising campaign. Since the campaign was announced publicly in March 2014, total giving already has surpassed $2 billion. This generous support has enabled the University to ignite key initiatives in the life sciences, humanities, social sciences, fine arts and the student experience, among other areas.

Northwestern’s faculty, staff and students have contributed immeasurably to the success of the strategic plan. We encourage you to read the report, which you may view here.


Morton Schapiro
President and Professor

Daniel Linzer
Provost and Professor

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