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Fourth Cycle Schedule

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Update on Program Review and COVID-19:

Due to COVID-19, the Program Review Office has delayed in-person review visits until further notice. The safety of Northwestern faculty, staff and students and visiting reviewers is our top priority. We will be closely monitoring Northwestern’s Return to Campus policy and COVID-19 guidelines as we discuss rescheduling review visits with all academic and administrative units under review. In the meantime, we will continue to explore alternative review formats (i.e. virtual visits) with interested units, and we will postpone all other in-person reviews until campus is fully open to visitors again. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. If you are a review team member or are affiliated with a unit under review and have questions about a postponed visit, please reach out to Jordan Hughes, Senior Program Coordinator for Program Review, via email.

Northwestern is now in its “Fourth Cycle” of Program Review, meaning almost every unit in the University has been reviewed three times since 1985. The Fourth Cycle of review began in 2013, and is a ten year process ending in 2023.

Below is an abbreviated list of the Program Review schedule showing units scheduled for review in the coming year and those that were reviewed in the prior year. For a complete list of units scheduled to be reviewed in the Fourth Cycle, please follow the link below. 

Complete Fourth Cycle Schedule

2022-23 (Year 10) 

Board of Trustees Program Review Process


2021-22 (Year 9)

Bienen School of Music                                        Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwetern (ISEN)
Feinberg School of Medicine Administration

International Programs

  • Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
  • International Program Development
  • Study Abroad
McCormick School of Engineering Administration Office of the Provost
Biochemistry Office of the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
Computer Science Office of the Vice President for Administration and Planning
Institute for Public Health and Medicine    Office of the Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
Neurological Surgery Office of the Vice President and General Counsel
Urology Office of the Vice President for Global Marketing and Communications


*The review process for 2020-21 units under review will begin in Spring 2021, due to covid-19

2020-21 (Year 8) *

International Institute for Nanotechnology

Simpson Querry Institute

Neurology Theatre
Performance Studies Norris University Center
Pharmacology Northwestern Dining and Catering
Philosophy Residential Services

Office of the Vice President for Alumni

Relations and Developemnt

*Unit's external review visit has been delayed or adjusted to a virtual format due to covid-19

2019-20 (Year 7)

School of Communication* The Graduate School
Art History* Chemistry*
Materials Research Center* Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences*
Ophthalmology* Radiation Oncology*
Obstetrics and Gynecology* Office of the Vice President for Athletics and Recreation*

Northwestern Career Advancement                       

Campus Inclusion and Community*
Campus Life* University Libraries*

2018-19 (Year 6)

Art Theory and Practice Materials Science and Engineering
Chemistry of Life Processes Institute Mathematics
Counseling and Psychological Services Medicine
Dean of Students Office Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dermatology Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics Health Service


2017-18 (Year 5)

Communication Studies Radio/Television/Film
Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Radiology
Family and Community Medicine Religious and Spiritual Life
Innovations and New Ventures Office Religious Studies
Mechanical Engineering Surgery
Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Student Affairs Leadership and Administration

  • Assessment and Planning
  • Budget and Finance
  • Division Services (Including Student Affairs IT and Marketing)
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership

Office for Research

  • Institutional Review Board Office
  • Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Research IT Strategy and Operations

University Enrollment

  • Admission
  • Financial Aid
  • Registrar
  • Operations


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