Northwest Tech named one of MnSCU's most effective and efficient colleges

A regional higher education organization has rated Northwest Technical College as one of the most efficient Minnesota colleges at guiding incoming students through to graduation.

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact report ranked Northwest Tech fourth-highestamong the 29 community and technical colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system based on how many students it graduates compared with an expected graduation rate for its student population. This effectiveness score suggests how conducive institutional practices are to student success.

NTC also ranked third among Minnesota’s colleges in the compact’s efficiency score, which compares a school’s effectiveness score to institutional spending per student.

Northwest Technical College earned a 6.62 score for effectiveness and 0.13 for efficiency in the compact’s report, compared to average scores of -3.56 for effectiveness and -0.14 in efficiency for all colleges and universities in Minnesota.

Negative effectiveness scores indicate actual graduation rates lower than the expected rate, while positive scores indicate graduation rates that exceed the expected rate. Negative efficiency scores correlate to high per-student expenditures with low graduation rates; positive efficiency scores indicate higher graduation rates with lower per-student expenditures.

About the Midwestern Higher Education Compact

The Minneapolis-based Midwestern Higher Education Compact, founded in 1991, is a non-profit regional organization established by compact statute to assist Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. The compact serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

About Northwest Technical College

Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, is an open, inviting technological learning organization. For more than 40 years, the college has valued life-long learning and the worth and dignity of all people. Its open-enrollment policy, affordable tuition and high-quality education have attracted a diverse group of learners; today, the College serves more than 1,600 learners. The college offers more than 40 degree programs in areas such as business, health, human and protective services and environmental and industrial technology career programs. Classes are offered on the Bemidji campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. For more, visit