Policies and Procedures

Welcome to the NWIC Policies and Procedures Webpage

This webpage contains a comprehensive collection of the approved institutional-level Northwest Indian College (NWIC) policies, procedures, plans, manuals, handbooks, and related documents. The purpose of this webpage is to serve as a central repository for these documents so that members of the college community may use them in the daily conduct of NWIC business. This webpage is updated as policies, procedures, and other documents are created, reviewed, or revised. The information in parenthesis following a document’s name indicates the policy/procedure number (only for policies, procedure and other documents created since 2015) and the date when it was most recently approved by the Board of Trustees (for policies) or by the Administrative Team (for procedures and other documents).

Policies, procedures and other key documents are reviewed on an ongoing basis according to the following calendar: NWIC Policy Review Calendar (approved 2/7/2018)

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Definitions and Notes

Policy: A policy is a statement of intent adopted by the Board of Trustees that influences and determines current and future major decisions and actions to achieve institutional outcomes. Adopted policies provide the operational framework within which the institution functions, and provide the formal guidance needed to coordinate and execute activity throughout the institution. The NWIC Administrative Team reviews and recommends policies for board review and approval. The NWIC Board of Trustees periodically reviews and revised policies.

Procedure: A procedure articulates the methods/operational processes used to implement policies in the day-to-day operations of the institution. While policies articulate the “what” the institution does operationally, procedures articulate the “how” it intends to carry out policies. Specific methods/operational processes can be formal or informal, specific to a department or applicable across the entire institution. Procedures are reviewed and approved by the NWIC Administrative Team and periodically reviewed and revised.

Manual:  A manual is a set of documents that may contain or reference a number of policies and procedures covering a broad discipline, pertinent rules, guidelines or other information covering an area in the institution. Examples include the Financial Manual, Personnel Policy Manual, and Library Policies Manual, each of which contain information on pertinent policies, rules, guidelines or other information covering their respective areas. Manuals are developed by the appropriate department/discipline area, are reviewed by the Administrative Team, and are periodically reviewed and updated by the appropriate department/discipline area and the Administrative Team. 

Handbook: A handbook is a set of documents that may contain or reference a number of policies and procedures covering a broad discipline, or pertinent rules, guidelines or other information covering an area in the institution. Examples include the Faculty Handbook, Student Handbook, Financial Aid Handbook, Curriculum Committee Handbook, Athletic Handbook and IL Handbook. Handbooks contain information on pertinent policies, rules, guidelines or other information covering their respective areas. Handbooks are developed by the appropriate department/discipline area, are reviewed by the Administrative Team, and are periodically reviewed and updated by the appropriate department/discipline area and the Administrative Team. The terms “manual” and “manual” are  sometimes used interchangeably.

Plan: A plan articulates a concrete plan of work to achieve specific institutional goals and objectives, It may also articulate the overarching principles and guidelines for the plan. Examples include the Strategic Plan, Assessment Plan, Teaching and Learning Plan, Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, and the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. Like handbooks and manuals, plans are developed by the appropriate department/discipline area, are reviewed by the Administrative Team, and are periodically reviewed and updated by the appropriate department/discipline area and the Administrative Team. 

Note: These policies, procedures, and other documents do not constitute a contract or implied contract. The NWIC Board of Trustees is vested with the right to interpret, amend, or withdraw these at its discretion.