NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$2,250

0% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$7,050

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

13.8%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

7,715

32.3% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

20%

189 Graduates

About

NorthWest Arkansas Community College is a higher education institution located in Benton County, AR. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at NorthWest Arkansas Community College were .

In 2017, 1,077 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. 62.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (742 degrees), 4.39 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (169 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is $2,250, which is $-5,164 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is $2,250, which is $-5,164 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $7,050.

In 2017, 56% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 18% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$2,250

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was $2,250. The cost of tuition at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is $-5,164 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

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Average Net Price

$7,050

2017 Value

9.51%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 NorthWest Arkansas Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $7,050. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of NorthWest Arkansas Community College grew by 9.51%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,205

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was of $11,205 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

56%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

18%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

56% of undergraduate students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 5.08% with respect to 2016, when 59% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

13.8%

2016 Default Rate

213

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was 13.8%, which represents 213 out of the 1540 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

NorthWest Arkansas Community College has a total enrollment of 7,715 students. The full-time enrollment at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is 2,493 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,222. This means that 32.3% of students enrolled at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 67.7% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3.31% Two or More Races, 2.86% Asian, 2.49% Black or African American, 2.11% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.35% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (33.5%), followed by White Male (30.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.18%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

32.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,715 students. The full-time enrollment at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is 2,493 and the part-time enrollment is 5,222. This means that 32.3% of students enrolled at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 36% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

61%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was 61%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), NorthWest Arkansas Community College had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,222

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,234

  3. Two or More Races

    255

The enrolled student population at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is 67.7% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3.31% Two or More Races, 2.86% Asian, 2.49% Black or African American, 2.11% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.35% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 45.9% White, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 263 students (3.41%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 273 more women than men received degrees from NorthWest Arkansas Community College. The majority of degree recipients at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are white (742 degrees awarded). There were 4.39 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (169 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (546 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (25 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (29 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Accountants & auditors (1,087,785 people), Other managers (655,128 people), Financial managers (420,511 people), Chief executives & legislators (323,020 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (286,032 people).

The most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (546 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (25 degrees), Engineering Technologies (29 degrees), Agriculture (11 degrees), and Business (178 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Physicians, Surgeons, Dentists, Marketing managers, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (546 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (25 degrees), Engineering Technologies (29 degrees), Agriculture (11 degrees), and Business (178 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (564,506 people), Banking & related activities (493,195 people), Computer Systems Design (449,302 people), Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services (390,509 people), and Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments (381,771 people).

The most specialized majors at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (546 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (25 degrees), Engineering Technologies (29 degrees), Agriculture (11 degrees), and Business (178 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Most Common

  1. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 402

  2. 675

In 2017, 402 degrees were awarded to men at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, which is 0.596 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (675).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 174 degrees were awarded to men at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.51 times less than the 341 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 341 degrees were awarded to women at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.96 times more than the 174 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

8%

100% Completion Time

18%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 8% of students graduating from NorthWest Arkansas Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 18% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 22% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Hispanic or Latino Female

Highest Graduation Rate (29.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is Female and Hispanic or Latino (29.9% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.59% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    742 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    169 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    33 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is white (742 degrees awarded). There were 4.39 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (169 degrees).

2.6% of degree recipients (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    455 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    287 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    121 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at NorthWest Arkansas Community College is white female (455 degrees awarded). There were 1.59 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (287 degrees).

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Operations

NorthWest Arkansas Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $7.39M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $14.2k (0.192%), compared to the 2.22% average return ($81.1k on $3.66M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2017, NorthWest Arkansas Community College had a total salary expenditure of $49.8M. NorthWest Arkansas Community College employs 100 No academic ranks, 34 Professors, and 13 Associate professors. Most academics at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are Female No academic ranks (58), Male No academic ranks(42), and Female Professors (19).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are: Management, with 49 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 45 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 40 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$7.39M

2017 Endowment

10.4%

growth from 2016

NorthWest Arkansas Community College has an endowment valued at about $7.39M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of NorthWest Arkansas Community College grew 10.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.74M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

This line chart shows how the endowment at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (in red) compares to that of some similar universities.

The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $0 - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, NorthWest Arkansas Community College received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$25.3M

2017 Salaries

1.4%

decline from 2016

In 2017, NorthWest Arkansas Community College paid a median of $25.3M in salaries, which represents 50.7% of their overall expenditure ($49.8M) and a 1.4% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.286% decline from 2015 and a 3.06% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.9M (41.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.99M

Instructional Salaries

154

Number of Employees

In 2017, NorthWest Arkansas Community College paid a total of $8.99M to 154 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $7.66M (28%) for similar Associates Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank

Most Common Instructor

100 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

49 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at NorthWest Arkansas Community College were No academic rank with 100 employees; Professor with 34 employees; and Professor with 13 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at NorthWest Arkansas Community College were Management with 49 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 45 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 40 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female No academic rank

  2. Male No academic rank

  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at NorthWest Arkansas Community College was Female No academic rank with 58 employees, Male No academic rank with 42 employees, and Female Professor with 19 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

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