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Norwich University Strategic Plan

Established nearly 200 years ago, Norwich University is a distinctive senior military college and renowned institution for leadership and experiential learning. To maintain and grow our University’s position as an institution of leadership in higher education, we must carefully plan how to best serve both today’s students and those we will educate in the future, as well as one another.

The Norwich after Next (NUaN) comprehensive University Strategic Plan (Plan) will cover the period from 2018 to 2035. Step 1 in this Plan includes the core strategies for the first three years (2018-2021) to include the Academic Strategic Plan. As such, the Academic Strategic Plan proactively addresses the challenges associated with the ever-evolving higher education landscape. In addition, the Academic Strategic Plan responds to the call to action by leaders in higher education to focus on preparing and nurturing citizenship and service in ever-changing global and digital times. The 2018-2021 Academic Strategic Plan outlines goals, objectives, tactics, and performance indicators aligned to the overarching and overlapping themes of the University Strategic Plan.

The NUaN Themes are:

  1. Expanded enrollments to better serve the nation and world;
  2. Build financial sustainability for the campus;
  3. Strengthen the student experience and brand;

Transform the organization into one characterized by extreme flexibility, high-demand, and affordability.

This is a transformative Plan, and as such, the constructs of Extreme Flexibility, High-Demand, and Affordability are inter-related with the following Academic Strategic Plan Goals:

  1. Strengthen the Mission-Centric Academic Experience
  2. Enhance the Distinctive Academic and Student Success Programs
  3. Achieve Financial Sustainability and Value.

The goals of the Academic Strategic Plan address the challenges of the future by creating, implementing, and evaluating mission-centric, innovative academic programming that addresses the challenges of the higher education environment.

As academic leaders and teacher scholars, Norwich University stands ready to prepare the next generation of leaders to better serve the nation and the world. By inventing and investing in the future, we will be ‘of service to the nation.’ Well-positioned from this leadership foundation and financial strength, this Academic Strategic Plan is one of commitment, capability, and optimism – perhaps guarded yet with a Partridge-inspired entrepreneurial spirit/ethos.

“To give our youth an education that shall be American in its character – to enable them to act as well as to think – to execute as well as to conceive – to tolerate all opinions when reason is left free to combat them – to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens, and to qualify them for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen in this free republic.”

First Published — 1843 Catalog

Internationalized Education

Norwich University values and actively supports opportunities for faculty, staff and students to be globally engaged.

We host a diverse student body of international students who come to Norwich to pursue their academic goals.

We support our faculty by empowering them to travel, teach, and engage in research overseas to build intercultural proficiency and incorporate international perspectives into their teaching.

Our U.S. students take advantage of CityLAB:Berlin, an instructional location in Germany, and a host of partner programs for education abroad and international service learning on all six continents. For the full breadth of our international offerings, contact the NU International Center

Success After Norwich

Norwich students turn their passions and experiences into real-world opportunities, internships, and careers, thanks to one-on-one career advising, academic mentoring, and a network of thousands of alumni and parents ready to offer advice and networking.

Norwich’s 27,000-plus alumni span the globe, living and leading as entrepreneurs, advancing science and technology, improving communities, and serving our nation’s military. Their affinity for Norwich extends to every student and graduate, and they love to come back, give back, and pay it forward.

  • “No one cared about my gender or physiological capabilities,” Bernheim said, reflecting on Army Ranger School. “They cared that I did the work.” Read More
    Rebekah “Rose” Bernheim ’14 10th Woman in U.S. History to Graduate Army Ranger School
  • “When it came time to expand Studio 355, I made a conscious effort to hire Norwich graduates because I know what they were taught...” Read More
    Joe Fisher 10 & M’11 Founder, Studio 355 Architecture
  • “I love that a small chunk of the research I’m doing will go toward the reduction of nutrients in the ocean and cleaning the water.” Read More
    Elizabeth Ells ’18 Graduate Student in Oceanography, UMass-Dartmouth
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Accreditation and Recognition

Regional Accreditation Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), known formerly as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). Learn more about Norwich University’s NECHE 2020 Comprehensive Report here.
National Recognition The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated Norwich University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
State Authorization Norwich University has been approved by the Vermont Agency of Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Participation in NC-SARA provides Norwich University with reciprocity to offer online/distance learning programs to residents of the other NC-SARA states.
Professional Accreditation Norwich University's Project Management concentration in both the MBA and Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance programs is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
Program Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Norwich University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education — ccneaccreditation.org.

The program is also approved by the Vermont Board of Nursing.

Program Accreditation Norwich University's Civil Engineering & Environmental Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's Architecture program is accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board.
Program Accreditation Norwich University is a member of the Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Program Accreditation Norwich University is a member of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium.
Program Accreditation Norwich University's MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
Athletic Program Norwich University's Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Education Programs Norwich University's education preparation programs are accredited by Vermont’s Agency of Education’s Result’s Oriented Program Approval (ROPA)

Norwich University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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