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

Purposes Statement:  It is the mission of the Sponsored Programs Office to provide guidance in seeking potential funding sources to meet the needs of the College in alignment with the College’s Strategic Plan or Mission: Through Education, Northwest Indian College Promotes Self-Determination and Knowledge.

Northwest Indian College faculty and staff are encouraged to seek grants that support the college’s Strategic Plan and/or Mission Statement.  Funds can be sought from public and private agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals. 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

Every proposal submitted for external funding to any agency or organization must receive administrative approval by the College before it is submitted.

Employees that have evidence-based need for funding in alignment with the current Strategic Plan, Core Themes and/or Mission Statement must submit an Authorization to Pursue Funding (A2P) form*. Submit the A2P form and proposal abstract to for administrative review and approval as soon as possible or a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the agency application due date. Administrative approval comes from the employee’s supervisor, with final from the College president. Technical assistance with writing grant proposals is available upon request.  Note: request for technical assistance should be made as early as possible.

*Open Authorization to Pursue form, Save As and rename “A2P-FunderName-ProjectName-DueDate”


Carmen J. Bland, Director of Institutional Effectiveness/AOR, (360) 392-4285,

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

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

All Sponsored Programs information (grants, sub-awards, etc.) should be sent to: This email goes to current AORs for NWIC.

Additional Information:

Quick Facts — Academic Year 2018 - 2019

Student Demographics

Total Enrollment
Unduplicated Headcount All Quarters – 1670
FTE – 638
ISC – 554
Academic Stats

Academic Participation
Programs of Study – 57.9%
Non-Program of Study – 42.1%
CEU Only – 45.8

Enrollment Age & Gender
Male – 30.3%
Female – 68.9%
Average Age Range – 30-39
Students by Program Type

AAS/AST Transfer – 46.2%
Bachelor of Science – 11.6%
Bachelor of Arts – NSL 5.3%
Bachelor of Arts – CARE 4.7%
Bachelor of Arts – TGBM 15.8%
ATA Technical  – 6.1%
Certificate/Award of Competency – 10.3%

Enrollment by Ethnicity
Native American – 88%
White/Caucasian – 4.7%
Hispanic/Latino – 0.9%
Asian – 0.1%
Black/African American – 0.7%
Unknown/Not Reported – 4.6%
Applicants – 182
Graduates – 125
Average GPA at Graduation  3.21

Unduplicated Headcount by Location (AY18-19)
Lummi – 756
Tulalip – 81
Muckleshoot – 91
Port Gamble – 74
Nez Perce – 64
Nisqually – 89
Other – 78

  • Since 1990, NWIC has conferred approximately 1,683 Degrees and Certificates.

Contact Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

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