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Fourth Cycle Schedule

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Update on Program Review and COVID-19:

The safety of Northwestern faculty, staff and students and visiting reviewers is our top priority. In 2020 and 2021, program review visits were hosted in a virtual format due to COVID-19. In 2022, units under review will be given the option to host their visit virtually or in-person, pending Northwestern’s Return to Campus policy and ongoing COVID-19 guidelines. If you are a review team member or are affiliated with a unit under review and have questions about a visit, please reach out to Jordan Hughes, Assistant Director of Program Review.

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 will conclude in 2024.

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

This table provides a list of units under review in the listed year.

2023-24 (Year 11) 

Board of Trustees Program Review Process


This table provides a list of units under review in the listed year.

2022-23 (Year 10)

Bienen School of Music                                        Feinberg School of Medicine Administration

Computer Science

Neurological Surgery

Neurology International Institute for Nanotechnology

Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Northwestern Dining and Catering
Norris University Center Office of the Vice President and General Counsel
Office of the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Office of the Vice President for Administration and Planning
Residential Services


This table provides a list of units under review in the listed year.

2021-22 (Year 9) 

School of Professional Studies

McCormick School of Engineering Administration

Pharmacology Simpson Querry Institute
Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) Northwestern Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE)
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Urology

Office of the Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development

Office of the Vice President for Global Marketing and Communications




*Unit's external review visit was adjusted to a virtual format due to covid-19

2019-21 (Years 7-8)

University Libraries*

(Virtual visit in fall 2021)

Performance Studies*

(Virtual visit in spring 2021)

School of Communication

(Review deferred to 5th cycle)

The Graduate School

Art History*

(Virtual visit in spring 2021)


(Virtual visit in spring 2021)

Materials Research Center

Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences*

(Virtual visit in spring 2021)


(Virtual visit in fall 2021)

Radiation Oncology

Obstetrics and Gynecology*

(Virtual visit in fall 2021)

Office of the Vice President for Athletics and Recreation*

(Virtual visit in fall 2020)

Northwestern Career Advancement                       

Campus Inclusion and Community*

(Virtual visit in fall 2020)

Campus Life


This table provides a list of units under review in the listed year.

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


This table provides a list of units under review in the listed year.

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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