Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

Spring 2017

Penelope Peterson


Dear Friends,

As I sit down to write this—my final Dean’s Message—I feel proud, nostalgic, and excited all at the same time. Proud because we have achieved a lot as the SESP community over the last 20 years. We have increased under- graduate enrollment by more than 33 percent, and SESP undergraduates consistently express great satisfaction with their experience in our School. We have increased the quality of our faculty such that nearly half of our full professors have been elected to the National Academy of Education—the most prestigious institution for educational researchers in the world. We have increased our School’s endowment from $900,000 to more than $46 million. And we have increased the number of all of you who read this magazine, with nearly 4,500 new alumni joining us since I began as Dean 20 years ago.

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