HLC Accreditation: 2017 Comprehensive Review

Institutional Profile

Northwest College 2016 Facts*

Mission

In the context of our global society, the mission of Northwest College is to be student-centered; be forward-thinking; cultivate community; prepare students for transfer, career, and life; and retain and graduate students.

Founding

Founded in 1946, NWC is a two-year, comprehensive community college serving Park County (tax district) and Park, Big Horn and Washakie Counties (service area).

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission
(www.hlcommission.org)

Students

1,754 credit students

  • 56% — full time
    44% — part time
    77% — Wyoming
    19% — other states
      3% — other countries
Annual Cost

$12,018 approximate total

(Wyoming resident living on campus†)
  • $2,789 — resident tuition & fixed fees†
    $5,198 — room & board (2 per room, 19 meals/week)
    $1,000 — books & supplies
    $1,684 — personal/miscellaneous
    $1,347 — transportation


†$6,773 nonresident tuition & fixed fees

Student Scholarships
45% of students receive scholarships (Dollars awarded by NWC)
  •     62% — institutionally funded
        38% — privately funded
    $3,069 — average annual scholarship
Employees
294 total employees
  • 141 — faculty, 76 full-time
    •    12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
         37% of full-time faculty hold doctorates or terminal degrees 
          (national community college average is about 19%)
    153 — administrative, professional and classified staff
Campus
Main campus, Powell
  • 132 — total acres
      62 — buildings (includes West Campus buildings)

Four off-campus locations
  • Mickelson Field Station (50 miles west of Powell)
  • Cody Center
  • Worland Center
  • Trapper Arena
Programs of Study
  • 53 — transfer degrees
  • 18 — technical degrees
  • 30 — certificates
Library
  • 653,618 — books and e-books
  •   73,066 — periodicals and e-periodicals
  • 467,594 — media and e-media (video, audio, digital)
  • Access on and off campus to 404 online databases
Budget
$32,223,872 total (2015-16 year)
  • $14,992,114 — state funding
      $4,862,207 — local funding 
          (Park County mill levy, motor vehicle taxes, etc.)
      $4,183,444 — tuition & fees
      $3,941,015 — auxiliary fund
          (bookstore, residence halls, etc.)
      $2,256,559 — federal grants/contracts
      $1,988,533 — other sources
          (state & local grants/contracts, private gifts/grants/contracts, endowment income)
Endowment Funds

(As of Dec. 31, 2015 - unaudited)

$31,736,182 total endowment
  •      $12,918,934 — NWC (managed by NWC Foundation)
         $18,817,248 — NWC Foundation
NWC Alumni Association
22,761 alumni worldwide
  • Association founded in 1988
    (First two-year college alumni association in Wyoming)
  • nwc.edu/alumni
Economic Impact
$17,221,274 employee payroll (Salary & benefits during 2015)
  • 5th largest employer in county
  • $4,728,823 annual expenditures in goods and services in Park County (est.)
  • Total added regional income from college operations/alumni/student spending: $88,663,000 (Source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc., 2016 study of WY community colleges)
Cultural Impact

Over 100 public programs/events on campus each year

Leadership
Board of Trustees President

    John Housel, Cody

College President

    Stefani Hicswa, Ph.D.

* Figures based upon fall 2015 data unless noted otherwise.