NU Suggestions

You Speak. We Listen.

NU Suggestions is your chance to let us know how to make Northwest University even better. All suggestions will be reviewed and carefully considered. The most feasible will be shared at the President's Cabinet. However, with a finite budget and competing priorities, we can't guarantee that all suggestions will be implemented. We can promise this: We will do our best to respond to each suggestion, follow up with those that look the most achievable, and report our progress on this website.

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Why This Site Was Created:

  • A place where students can provide input to NU leadership.
  • A place where students can put forward positive ideas to improve the NU experience.
  • A place where progress can be reported back to students.

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Responses:

Suggestion from Crystal Woodbrook

I love the fact that NU offers such a variety of interesting classes. I look forward to scheduling new classes for each semester. During this planning, I've noticed that figuring out major credit requirements can be confusing. Advisors can help, but they don't know always know about some of the specific major requirements.

I'd like to suggest two events which could help solve this confusion: Advising Information Day and Advising Training.

On Advising Information Day, students could go to different tables to learn about the credit requirements for different majors. There could also be a short seminar to inform students about general education credit requirements and ways to efficiently plan out their schedules for future semesters.

Advising Training could be an annual one or two day event to update professors and advisors on new credit requirements or changes to the advising process. It could also include training within each department to give more in-depth information on the advising requirements within each major.

Informing students and professors about advising in other ways is also possible. However this is carried out, I think more education about the advising process would greatly benefit both staff and students. Thank you for considering my ideas.

Response to Suggestion

Hi Chrystal, thank you so much for your suggestions. It happens that NU is at a place of transition and planning with regard to how we train and support faculty advisor. So these ideas come at a very good time. We will difinitely take them seriously and consider them.
—Jim Heugel, Provost


Suggestion from Sarah Uhlrich

I would love to see the hours of our fitness center expanded. Is there interest among students to use the center before 10am, and/or on Sunday? If students are employed to man the fitness center it seems like a win-win, providing students more opportunities to work study.  On a slightly different note, I know local colleges that give local residents the opportunity to use their gyms for a monthly fee, which could be income for NU, and maybe cover the fees of expanding the open hours?

Response to Suggestion

Thank you, Sarah, for this suggestion. I agree that exploring an expansion of hours/days in the EFC is worthwhile. The Athletics Department is responsible for the operations, but the funding comes from the Student Services Fee. To increase the EFC hours would also mean increasing the semester fee. I am going to send your request/recommendation to the NUSG Senate. I think a survey of the EFC hours and an associated increase to the fee should come from NUSG.

In regards to opening the EFC to community members, we have talked about that previously and feel that the fitness center should be reserved exclusively for members of our internal community. While it may drive down the associated costs for students, it also becomes a space that students are then required to share with paying customers who are otherwise unaffiliated with our community. That creates a dynamic and potential culture we’d rather not introduce to the fitness center. However, we appreciate the suggestion and your thoughtfulness!
—Rick Engstrom, Director of Student Development


Suggestion from Sarah Ulrich

Hello, commuter here again! :) I was wondering if commuters could be included when floor nights are planned? E.g., I know tonight (8/31) every floor is doing something special their RAs have planned, would it be possible to have a sort of "Commuter RA" that is in charge of planning events for us off-campus students? Thanks!

Response to Suggestion

Hello Sarah. There are certainly Residence Life events that are open to students that do not live on those floors. It is not uncommon for floors to ‘adopt’ friends that commute. I would encourage you to talk with your friends on campus and their Resident Assistant/s to see which events you might be able to join. There are some events that are just for residents on the floor (i.e. retreat and Screaming Eagles Week), but these types of events are rare. Please feel to ask around and find a floor where you’d like to get more involved. Larissa Leifer, our Director of Community Life, is working on commuter-specific programs as well. Please feel free to reach out to her with any ideas or programs you’d like to launch. Also, please keep reading In The Loop to see what is happening on campus and how you can remain involved.
—Rick Engstrom, Director of Student Development


Suggestion from Jonathan Morrison

Please get a pool table for GPC.

Response to Suggestion

Hello Jonathan. I've sent this over to Kendra Phillips for consideration. Lots of work (and money) went into GPC renovations and furniture this summer. We are looking at first replacing the Gray-Beatty pool table and furniture before any further work to GPC. However, we will certainly keep this in mind. You are also welcome to talk with Senate about funding this project.
—Rick Engstrom, Director of Student Development


Suggestion from Jelsy Gundao

There should be an app available to Northwest University students for discovery. This would make access easier and more convenient to students.

Response to Suggestion

There are now two options for accessing Discovery on a mobile device. The first option is viewing Discovery using a browser. The Discovery theme on mobile devices has a new look making it easier to navigate. The second option is through the Moodle Mobile App, available for Apple, Android and Window devices (use discovery.northwestu.edu as the site option). Contact the IT Help Desk if you have any questions about Discovery on a mobile device.
—Lynette Sorenson, Education Technologist


Suggestion from Meghan Lau

My suggestion is for the website. With the old website, students were able to access Eagle from the top corner after bringing up the homepage. Now, the only way to access Eagle is to either type in "eagle.northwestu.edu" or scroll all the way to the bottom of the home screen and selecting eagle from one of the many links on the bottom. I know many students would appreciate having a current student button up at the top for easy access.

Response to Suggestion

Hi Meghan. Thanks for your suggestion. If you go to www.northwestu.edu you’ll see that there is now a link labeled “Students” at the top of our homepage. It will take you to Eagle.
—Steve Bostrom, Marketing Director


Suggestion from Sarah Ulrich

As a commuter student, I would love to continue building relationships in the Caf where a majority of people gather and hang out. I know NU also cares about our relationships and connecting on campus. Could we brainstorm for a way commuter students could be allowed into the Caf without having to pay?

Response to Suggestion

Thank you very much for submitting your comment on NU suggestions regarding allowing commuter students to bring their own lunch in and not eat/pay for the food in the Caf. Unfortunately there is no way to monitor what people do once they are in the Caf and to ensure they do not eat any of the Caf food if they didn’t pay for it. But there are some great alternatives if you’re looking for community during lunch! You can always bring your own lunch to the Aerie Café or to the Pecota Lounge and join lots of other students who eat there. As a commuter, you can also pay for individual meals in the Caf as you find yourself wanting to eat there or purchase a plan of just 5 meals a week so you could just go there for lunch. If you are interested in learning more about meal plan options or signing up for one, you can contact Ed Norman in the Caf.
—Jim Heugel, Provost


Suggestion from Marissa Blake

I want to start out by saying that I love the adult evening program. I just entered my first semester in my cohort. One thing that a few of my classmates have discussed that would be helpful for us as students would be to be shown all of the wonderful resources available to us as evening students. During orientation or first semester at Northwest, walking through the campus, resources, the website, Eagle and other tools would be very helpful. Although most of us are students and learn quickly, I have often noticed some of my classmates not even knowing about all of the amazing resources available. The library and writing center are often promoted to us which is wonderful but the labs, computer, printing services, Eagle website resources, the student lounge are all amazing resources that many students have no idea they have access too! Just a friendly suggestion :)

Response to Suggestion

Thank you for your timely suggestion to “spread the word” regarding NU student services to our adult evening student population. Being comfortable using our NU library, writing center, and academic success services greatly benefits our adult evening students. We have already incorporated your suggestion to include a bigger emphasis regarding these services into our recent new student orientation evening, and we will continue to look for additional opportunities to promote them to our adult evening students. We do appreciate your input and hope that you feel free to continue to share your suggestions with us! We hear you!
—Bev Westlake, College of Adult and Professional Studies


Suggestion from Amalia Ramos

The women's bathroom in the Pecota Student Center has huge holes in the floors that look unattractive to guests who frequent the Aerie and are hazardous for current students who use these facilities. As a Senate member, I have had multiple students complain to me about the holes in the floor and how unsanitary it makes the bathroom feel. I'm not sure the state of the men's bathroom, but the women's could definitely use some repair. This should be a priority because it is one of the only bathrooms on campus that can be used without requiring a code to enter and it is next to Student Development, the Aerie, and the Student Center, which all have higher traffic of visitors and current students. Thank you and God Bless.

Response to Suggestion

We are in the process of doing a repair in the women's restrom to patch the hole in the floor. We are also discussing and working on a plan for an upgrade to the restrooms that would potentially take place after the current semester is over.
—John Jordan, CFO


Suggestion from Ty Donaldson

It would be awesome if you could start posting again if there's Pursuit on Monday and who is leading on the Twitter Feed again. I'm an NU Alumni. It was nice being able to see on the website who was leading Pursuit and what time it started. Also being heavily involved in my church, it is nice to sit in a service once in awhile without having any responsibilities.

Response to Suggestion

Thanks for your suggestion, Ty. For our part, we will use our Twitter feed to post more detailed information about Pursuit. Just so you know, there is a calendar located on our website (northwestu.edu/calendar) that shows the Pursuit schedule by month. Typically it is on Monday nights at 8:30. We're glad you can enjoy our student-led worship!
—Steve Bostrom, Marketing Director


Suggestion from Donghyeok Kim

Please turn on the heater in the Perks dormitory. I have a severe cold. Many students who live in Perks are getting colds.

Response to Suggestion

The problem with the heat has been fixed and the heat is once again working. In the future if something like this occurs please work with your RA to submit a maintenance request right away so the problem can be addressed. And we hope you are feeling better!
—John Jordan, CFO


Suggestion from Austin Johnson

Is it possible to make the suggestions anonymous, and possibly advertise it? I personally had no idea it was here, an people I have told about it have no idea either. I am sure that there are many people who have ideas on campus.

Response to Suggestion

Regarding advertising, see response above to Ty Donaldson. Regarding anonymity, our first inclination is often toward anonymity because we think it will enable people to be more honest. However, we decided not to make NU Suggestions anonymous for two reasons. 1) Practically—we need to know who makes suggestions in case we need to contact them to get more information or to provide direct help of some sort. 2) Philosophically, we believe that anonymity is inconsistent with Christian community. It fosters the belief that unwelcome suggestions might lead to retaliation (which isn't the case), and it encourages us not to be our best selves in our style of communication. We want NU to be a community of honesty, kindness and civility. For that, anonymity just doesn't work.
—Jim Heugel, Provost


Suggestion from Ryan Kropf

The school's disc golf course should be updated to have rubber tee pads instead of just dirt ones. The course becomes unplayable for most of the school year because of mud and I think more people would play on it longer. At the least, it would be nice if the tee areas could be leveled out or gravel added to make the footing better. Rubber tee pads would be really ideal though. It would attract more outside players to the campus course as well.

Response to Suggestion

Thanks for taking the time to provide your suggestion. Mark Olsen, NUSG President, took your suggestion to the Senate which voted to allocate $2,000 for these improvements. Plans are underway for the installation.
—Rick Engstrom, Director of Student Development


Suggestion from Jodie Dufour and Morgan Bigalk

I know we heard this summer that the laundry machines in the apartments are getting switched to a model that has you pay per load. I'm a nursing student and I have to wash my scrubs every day after wearing them and it would get very expensive to do laundry every day. Is there a way to possibly not replace them or replace them with machines that are not a pay per load model?

Response to Suggestion

Hello Jodie and Morgan. There were several motivating factors for this decision. First and foremost, the apartments are in need of new washers and dryers. Our current units are old and difficult to repair. We considered buying new machines outright, but that is expensive and puts us back in this spot every 5-7 years. Leasing through an outside company that services and repairs the units regularly appeared to address our community needs over the long-term. Another motivating factor was reducing our water consumption as a campus. As you might imagine, students are more likely to do full loads of laundry when they pay for them.

While we certainly understand that all students would choose free laundry over paying, we feel this change is necessary to help us provide ample service to residents and be wise stewards of resources.

Something of a suggestion…it is not uncommon for athletes to do shared laundry (uniforms, practice equipment, etc.) on a rotation. Knowing the tight-knit community of nursing students, perhaps going in together and doing a rotation might help reduce cost and even the hassle of doing laundry so frequently. Just an idea.
—John Jordan, CFO


Suggestion from Jordan Thompson

Put money towards improving Millard classrooms and theater so that it is a space that the university can be proud of and grow the drama department, rather than telling tour guides to skip over it whenever NU Friday students visit the campus.

Response to Suggestion

Thanks so much for this suggestion. We have made incremental improvements. The next goal is to install new, more comfortable seats that can serve the space well. This is a capital item that is not in this year's budget. But it is on our radar for future years.
—Jim Heugel, Provost


Suggestion from Hayley Hanford

I've noticed the upkeep of the apartment buildings and grounds could be improved on...The roofs of the building are gathering moss. The gutters of all apartment buildings need to be cleaned out (some have small plants growing out of them). The parking spot numbers are very faded and could use a fresh coat of paint. The student apartments are beautiful and I would love to see them kept up and stewarded well. Thank you for listening and opening up this line of communication!

Response to Suggestion

Thanks for taking the time to make your suggestion, Hayley. We have just contracted with a company that will be doing gutter cleaning and cleaning the fascia around the gutters. That work will be happening in October. We will continue to monitor the student apartments and do required maintenance as needed to keep them kept up. We do have a multi-year plan to re-stripe the parking lots and will be chipping away at that project each year.
—John Jordan, CFO

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