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Strategic Plan

In 2011-2013, we asked students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows to weigh in on this question: Where should we focus our energies going forward to best serve The Graduate School (TGS) community? 

After spirited debate and discussion, we unveiled Diversify, Serve, and Engage: Northwestern’s Blueprint for Graduate Education that will drive our work and engagement efforts in the near term.

Plan Highlights

Our goal is to add value to graduate education through diversity, service and engagement to positively shape the graduate experience at Northwestern University and beyond.

Learn more about our initiatives related to each pillar by exploring the links below.

  • Diversify: Lead the nation in recruiting, retaining and encouraging the success of underrepresented minority students.
  • Serve: Provide programs and services that will aid in the academic and professional achievements of our constituents.
  • Engage: Proactively support our community by creating ways to connect and collaborate with other members of the community.

Our strategic plan is a blueprint for how to best serve you, the TGS community. These values will inspire and drive new TGS initiatives for the next several years.


In Summer 2014, we released our Strategic Plan Update, which you may download here.

In Spring 2015, we released our second Strategic Plan update. Download it here.