Skip to main content

Northwestern IT Governance

The information technology (IT) governance structure at Northwestern establishes the strategic, operational, and technical decision-making process necessary to ensure an innovative, reliable, and robust information technology. IT governance provides strategic leadership, establishes campus-wide IT priorities and policies in accordance with the University Strategic Plan, and is accountable to the University.

Northwestern's IT Governance framework is administered by the IT Executive Committee and chaired by the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. Its members include senior administrators who meet quarterly and report to the Dean's Council twice each fiscal year. The framework also includes several IT governance advisory committees that meet regularly and provide input to the IT Executive Committee.

The primary goals of the IT Governance effort are:

These goals are accomplished by:

IT Executive Committee

The IT Executive Committee is responsible for all major IT decision-making for the University and provides guidance, as well as sets IT priorities in harmony with the University’s strategic goals and mission.

To ensure that significant opportunities for leveraging technology are considered, the IT Executive Committee receives input from the IT governance advisory committees.

IT Governance Advisory Committees

IT Governance advisory committees are led by non-Northwestern IT chairs and meet regularly to discuss IT topics and prioritize ideas or projects that will best serve their area of responsibility.

The following advisory committees make recommendations on strategy, funding, and policy to the IT Executive Committee:

Last Updated: 16 February 2021

Get Help Back to top