Office of Research & Sponsored Programs


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.


  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

Institutional & 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:

Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Northwest Indian College faculty and staff are encouraged to seek grants from public and private agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals that support the Mission and Core Themes of the college. Institutional Assessment and Planning is key in determining if it is necessary or appropriate to seek external funds for research or sponsored programs.

Authorization to Pursue Funding

Employees that have evidence-based need for funding that is in alignment with the college mission and goals can submit a request to pursue funding.  Every proposal submitted for external funding to any agency or organization must receive administrative approval by the College before it is submitted.  Submit the “Authorization to Pursue Funding” form and proposal abstract to the Office of Sponsored Programs at least 3 working days prior to the agency due date for administrative review and approval. Technical assistance with writing grant proposals is available upon request. Note: request for technical assistance should be made as early as possible.  Administrative approval comes from the employee’s supervisor, and from the College president.

Authorization to Pursue Funds


Barbara Roberts, Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, (360) 392-4326,

Wendy Swedelius, Grants Accountant, (360) 392-4209,

Debbi Mele Mai, Research and Sponsored Programs Coordinator, (360) 392-4234,

All Sponsored Programs (grants, sub-awards, etc.) should be sent to:  This email goes to both Barbara Roberts and Debbi Mele Mai.

Additional Information: – Here’s what to expect after you submit your application to

Link to Uniform Guidance Federal Regulations

Key Sections of Uniform Guidance Related to Subawards

REEport Financial Report Manual – Guide for Project Directors

Quick Facts — Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Student Demographics

Total Enrollment
Headcount – 1536
FTE – 760
ISC – 668

Academic Stats

Academic Participation
Programs of Study – 47%
Non-Program of Study – 11%
CEU Only – 43%

Enrollment Age & Gender
Male – 30%
Female – 70%
Average Age Range – 30-39

Students by Program Type

AAS/AST Transfer – 57%
Bachelor of Science – 9%
Bachelor of Arts – NSL 6%
Bachelor of Arts – CARE 3%
Bachelor of Arts – TGBM 15%
ATA Technical  – 7%
Certificate/Award of Competency – 3%

Enrollment by Ethnicity
Native American – 82%
White/Caucasian – 7%
Hispanic/Latino – 3%
Asian/Pacific Islands – 0.4%
Black/African American – 0.4%
Unknown/Not Reported – 4%

Applicants – 185
Graduates – 132
Average GPA at Graduation  3.26

Headcount by Location 
Lummi – 1188
Tulalip – 103
Muckleshoot – 115
Port Gamble – 142
Nez Perce – 151
Nisqually – 140
Other – 288

  • Since 1990, NWIC has conferred approximately 1,263 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

Contact Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Barbara Roberts

Vice President of Research & Sponsored Programs

(360) 392-4210

Carmen Bland

Director of Institutional Research & Assessment

(360) 392-4285

Debbi Mele Mai

Research & Sponsored Programs Coordinator

(360) 392-4324

Paul Roberts Jr.

Institutional Research Analyst

(360) 392-4210

Stacie Jefferson

Assistant to VP of ORSP

(360) 392-4208

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.

  • Course Evaluations
  • Peer Review Of Teaching (Form)
  • 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