Northwest College

Phase 1

Collective Visioning

July-October 2020

Gathering ideas and hear feedback about ways the College can reposition itself.

  • SWOT Survey
  • Focus group sessions
  • Future Summit
  • Working sessions
  • Development of 3-4 core idea models for the College

Phase 1 Presentations, Documents, Raw Data and Feedback

1. Phase 1 Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) Survey

July 2020

Questions asked:

  1. Please Tell us your role / Please tell us how you most identify with Northwest College
  2. What core STRENGTHS does Northwest College have that should be leveraged and/or sustained in the future to position the College for growth and prosperity?
  3. Of the STRENGTHS you identified, what is the (1) one strength that, if amplified, could differentiate Northwest College in the minds of future students?
  4. What regional, national, or international OPPORTUNITIES can position Northwest College for transformation and growth?
  5. What new opportunities, that do not exist today at the College, could make Northwest UNIQUE & SPECIAL compared to other colleges? (For example, partnerships, programs, new skills/expertise, facilities, geographic location, specific student populations, processes/methods, etc.).
  6. What WEAKNESSES will hamper Northwest College’s ability to meet the changing demands of higher education and thus inhibit the College’s ability to thrive and grow?
  7. What factors/trends in the region, nationally, or internationally that are outside of the College could THREATEN the college’s viability and growth in the years to come?
  8. When you think about the legacy of Northwest College in the region, what parts of the College’s legacy do you HOPE will continue to be carried on in the future?
  9. What makes you most PROUD when you think about Northwest College?


2. Phase 1 Focus Groups

August and September 2020

Focus Group Dates:

The Future of NWC: August 25 Focus Group (in person)
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020 | 5:30 PM

The Future of NWC: August 26 Virtual Focus Group (via Zoom)
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020 | 3:00 PM

The Future of NWC: September 1 Virtual Focus Group (via Zoom)
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2020 | 7:30 AM

The Future of NWC: September 3 Virtual Focus Group (via Zoom)
Thursday, Sep 3, 2020 | 3:00 PM

The Future of NWC: September 8 Virtual Focus Group (via Zoom)
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2020 | 3:00 PM


3. The Future of NWC Community Summit 2020

September 10, 2020


Colleen Falkenstern
Enrollment Opportunities for Adult, Minority, & International Students
Research Analyst / Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education

Jim Owston
Leveraging Wyoming’s Natural Beauty and Surroundings for Institutional Differentiation
Assistant Provost for Extended Learning / Alderson Broaddus University

Edward Desplas
Centering Academic Innovation as a Source of Competitive Advantage
Executive Vice President / San Juan College

Gary Daynes
Power of Partnerships: Aligning K-12, Industry, Colleges, & Community for Long-Term Success
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs / Barton College


4. Phase 1 Advisory Committee: Core Idea Workshop

October 2020

Proposed Core Idea Options*:

  • Renaming and rebranding the College
  • Redesigning academic programs to be more flexible
  • Building partnerships that support the region’s workforce needs
  • Building opportunities for students to apply their learning in the real-world
  • Enhancing the awareness and visibility of Northwest’s current offerings

*To be decided by the NWC Board of Trustees at a later date


5. Phase 1 Report

November-December 2020


Lisa Watson

Steering Committee
  • Alejandra Gonzales
  • Amanda Enriquez
  • Carey Miller (Chair)
  • Keli Borders
  • Michael Cuddy
  • Shelby Wetzel
Phase 1 Advisory Committee
  • Autourina Mains
  • Beth Hronek
  • Bobbie Bell
  • Christi Greaham
  • Diedre Asay
  • Erik Atkinson
  • Holly Berryman
  • Jill Anderson
  • Kelly McArdle
  • Keith McCallister
  • Logan Burns
  • Michaela Jones
  • Morgan Tyree
  • Nancy Gilmore
  • Nancy Miller
  • Rachel Hanan
  • Scott Keister
  • Uko Udodong