Strategic Plan 2018–2023
Northwestern College will be the leading Christian liberal arts college focused on student success and Christ-centered work for the common good. (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:7, Jeremiah 29:7)
Advance the quality and reputation of the academic program.
- Launch a faculty-led innovation lab focused on developing, enhancing, and supporting learner-focused teaching.
- Launch new graduate and undergraduate programs with strategic potential for increasing enrollment and academic reputation.
- Increase opportunity and resources for faculty-student collaborative research and scholarship.
- Raise the reputation of Northwestern as a leader in Christian thought, scholarship, practice, and artistic expression.
- Undertake a faculty-led, comprehensive review of academic program quality to identify opportunities for further strategic investment.
Prepare students for meaningful work and flourishing lives.
- Establish a center for meaningful work where students are equipped for navigating the journey from college to calling.
- Integrate digital literacy (connected to critical thinking and writing skills) into the NWCore curriculum.
- Pilot a new transformative, intellectually-rigorous, mission-focused, global education program.
Pursue strategic enrollment growth.
- Increase residential undergraduate enrollment to 1,050 by 2023.
- Increase graduate and adult enrollment to 450 by 2023.
- Develop and resource an integrated marketing strategy that enhances Northwestern College’s reputation for intellectual rigor, vocational success, and select programs of strength.
Embrace and celebrate cultural and ethnic diversity.
- Embody our Vision for Diversity through culturally responsive pedagogy and curricular developments that consider race within the drama of God's reconciliation of all things in Christ.
- Increase the cultural and ethnic diversity of Northwestern College’s leadership (board and administration), faculty, staff, and students to better reflect the diversity of God’s kingdom.
- Advance opportunities for leadership and scholarship among persons of color across campus.
- Address issues of campus climate and commitment to ethnic and racial diversity to advance students' intercultural learning (and achieve student engagement survey rankings similar to our peer institutions).
- Hire someone with the gifts and educational background to strengthen ties between Northwestern College and Latino Christians regionally and nationally.
Secure the human and financial resources to advance strategic initiatives.
- Evaluate current human resources—including organizational structures, personnel, and leadership roles for women and people of color—to identify areas of opportunity relative to advancing this strategic plan.
- Raise $1.45 million in unrestricted annual gifts by 2023 to fund the college’s growing operational costs.
- Fund capital priorities identified in the campus master plan.
- Secure 20 new Heritage Society members (planned giving donors) annually to maintain the growth and strength of Northwestern College’s endowment.
- Launch an endowment funding campaign to be completed by 2023.