Planning assumptions are statements of projected institutional conditions and important as a base for planning.
- The number of full-time faculty will remain constant.
- The demand for qualified adjunct faculty may increase.
- The ability to recruit and retain top-choice qualified faculty and staff will become more difficult in the projected budget climate.
- Private financial support and grants will become increasingly important in fulfilling the mission of the University.
Curriculum and Instruction
- The student profile should remain constant over the next five years.
- The demand for online courses will continue to increase.
- The methods for delivering courses, including technology improvements in ITV, will continue to change.
- The University will expand co-requisite remediation.
- The University will remain committed to serving students of varied academic backgrounds.
- Students will require additional support services to meet academic goals.
- The University must improve retention and graduation rates.
- Enrollment will stay near current levels through 2020.
- The number of non-resident students will continue to grow.
- The number of international students will continue to grow.
- Enrollment in online courses will continue to grow.
- Enrollment levels are dependent upon the continuance of the Alva Incentive Program.
- Enrollment challenges will continue at additional locations.
- Affordability will remain a competitive advantage for Northwestern.
- Northwestern must improve on-campus housing.
- State funding for Northwestern will remain flat or decrease through 2020.
- Funds generated from tuition and fees will remain the primary driver of the University’s budget.