P O W E L L, W y o. - It's not mid-term yet, but Northwest College is looking for a grade. Specifically, the college wants to know how well it's doing its job for Cody residents. To find out, NWC will host a public meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Room 3050 on the second floor of the Park County Complex (the former Marathon Oil Building).
College officials will be present at the meeting to listen and take notes. They're primarily looking for responses to four questions: What is NWC doing in the community that is effective or ineffective? Where do opportunities exist for NWC to expand services in the community? What NWC services, facilities and resources are Cody residents using? What questions and comments do those same audiences have for NWC?
The comments fielded during the meeting will help inform Northwest's reaccreditation self-study. NWC is gathering information in preparation for a spring 2011 visit by its accreditation agency , the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Accreditation indicates to other colleges and universities and to the public that an organization meets established criteria in areas such as student academic achievement, financial stability and relationships with outside constituencies. Without accreditation, a college is unable to grant credit, offer degrees or administer federal financial aid-basic elements at the core of any institution.
The short meeting is designed to have participants home for dinner at a reasonable hour, but snacks will be provided.
For those who would like to voice their opinions about Northwest College's service to Cody but are unable to attend the meeting, comments can be expressed by e-mailing Mark Kitchen , vice president for college relations, or calling toll-free (800) 560-4692, ext 6405.