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The Vice President for Administration & Planning is responsible for the following functions:

Board of Trustees

Providing oversight and administrative support for the Board of Trustees, which establishes policies for the governance of the University and oversees management of the institution. The major responsibilities of the Board include 1) advancement of the University; 2) protection and enhancement of assets; 3) preservation of institutional integrity; 4) Board/President relations; and 5) functioning of the Board.

Strategic Planning

Identifying and prioritizing issues of strategic importance to the institution, creating processes that foster and facilitate the integration of academic and administrative unit-level plans and institutional resource allocation into comprehensive strategic action, and enhancing communication of central administrative intent and direction to the University community.

Program Review

Providing administrative oversight for a multi-faceted process that systematically evaluates each of the University's academic and administrative units once every seven to ten years. This process involves collecting data, working with units to develop a self-study, organizing a review visit with external experts in the field as well as an internal team, coordinating an implementation plan, and conducting follow-up reports.

Institutional Research

Conducting analytical and policy studies that support decision-making and planning across the University. Partner with other offices at NU in projects that assess institutional effectiveness and progress toward University goals. Monitor emerging issues through environmental scanning and involvement in national organizations. Participate in data sharing through consortia. Continually seek to improve access to data for decision-making.

Special Projects

Undertaking special initiatives that do not fall within the purview of another administrative area, such as management of executive searches, design and implementation of cross-unit programs, and nomination of faculty for national honorary society membership.