DeMars Named Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Coordinator

Paula DeMars

Paula DeMarsNorthwest Technical College has named Paula DeMars the institutional effectiveness and assessment coordinator as part of their ongoing effort to provide quality technical education to students and serve the Bemidji community.

Darrin Strosahl, vice president of academic affairs at Northwest Tech, said DeMars will assist faculty in writing measurable learning outcomes to improve overall institutional effectiveness.

“We recognize Paula’s many skills related to research, organization and helping people find answers; all of which will benefit our faculty and campus as we seek to continually improve our academic quality for students,” Strosahl said. “Paula will be instrumental in our professional development efforts as we seek to provide accessible and innovative education to meet the evolving needs of our diverse students, communities and workforce.”

DeMars will help faculty assess current student learning outcomes, complete program reviews, track core ability assessments, make curriculum changes and gather evidence for the upcoming projects related to accreditation. Faculty play a key role in designing, delivering and assessing curriculum and NTC is committed to supporting these efforts.

“I am very pleased to be part of the team in making NTC a more effective institution and building better assessments,” DeMars said.

Formerly NTC’s librarian, DeMars began her role on September 14.




MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit