Institutional Research

The purpose of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) is to promote institutional effectiveness through planning, evaluation, and use of feedback for continuous improvement to fulfill the College's Mission and Core Themes.

The Northwest Indian College Mission statement was approved by the Board of Trustees in July 2004:  Through Education, Northwest Indian College promotes indigenous self-determination and knowledge.

The college follows a Continuous Improvement Model by using strategic planning, assessment of goals and objectives, evaluation of results in the context of the mission, and uses evidence to make changes for improvement.  In November 2010, the Board of Trustees approved the following four Core Themes to guide Strategic Planning that result in mission fulfillment.

CORE THEME:

  1. Engage indigenous knowledge
  2. Commitment to student success
  3. Access to higher education opportunities at all levels for tribal communities
  4. Advance place-based community education and outreach

Quick Facts - Academic Year 2010-2011

Student Demographics Academic Stats

Total Enrollment

Headcount....................1536

FTE..............................857

ISC...............................735

Academic Participation

Program of Study...................47%

Non-Program of Study...........11%

CEU Only..............................43%

Enrollment by Age & Gender

Male.............................30%

Female..........................70%

Average Age Range......30-39

Students by Program Type

Bachelor of Science.......................8%

AAS/AST Transfer........................74%

ATA Technical..............................17%

Certificate/Award of Competency..1%

Enrollment by Ethnicity

Native American..............83%

White/Caucasian..............9%

Hispanic/Latino................1%

Asian/Pacific Islander.......1%

Black/African American....0.5%

Unknown/Not Reported...4%

Graduation

Applicants.....................................120

Graduates......................................75

Average GPA at Graduation...........3.14

Location Information

Lummi............................................................................................477

Tulalip............................................................................................118

Muckleshoot..................................................................................115

Port Gamble...................................................................................81

Nez Perce.......................................................................................49

  • Since 1990, NWIC has conferred approximately 770 Degrees and Certificates
  • 44% of Northwest Indian College students are traditional age (29 or younger for attending college)
  • In 2010-2011 NWIC awarded more than $3,363,000 in students scholarships

Institutional and Tribal Community Data

Institutional and tribal community data do not necessarily indicate student learning, but do reflect the overall condition and effectiveness of the college.  These data include, for example, retention, graduation, enrollment, and transfer trends in the following reports:

  • Assessment Report
  • Student Success Report
  • Fact Sheets
  • First Year Experience
  • American Indian Measures of Success (AIMS)
  • Enrollment
  • IPEDS
  • Transfer

Indirect Indicators of Student Learning (Perceptions) 

Indirect indicators of student learning (perceptions) ask students to reflect on their learning through, for example, surveys, focus groups, interviews, and so on.

  • Peer review of teaching (for instructors)
  • Survey results and reports (Community College Survey of Student Engagement, Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, Student Opinion, Alumni, Teaching and Assessment Methods, and Needs Assessment)
  • Blank surveys (Institutional Health, Student Opinion, Alumni, Teaching and Assessment Methods)

Important Links

Contact Office of Research and Sponsored Programs:

Barbara Roberts, Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs  (360) 392-4326  broberts@nwic.edu

    * Technical Assistance with Strategic Planning, Work Plan development
    * Grant Writing Resources
    * Support Accreditation Self Study and Reporting

Cindy Cultee, Director of Institutional Assessment  (360) 392-4221  ccultee@nwic.edu

  • Assessment Plan - including institutional, program, and course outcomes
  • First Year Experience

Romaka Yniguez, Director of Institutional Research  (360) 392-4246  ryniguez@nwic.edu

  • Institutional Data - including NWIC Fact Book (AIMS), Annual Fact Sheet
  • Technical Assistance in developing program evaluation plans and reports

Debbi Melemai, Research and Sponsored Programs Coordinator  (360) 392-4324  dmelemai@nwic.edu