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Measuring Success at Northwood Tech

With a focus on continuous improvement, Northwood Tech conducts research studies and implements other strategies to measure our success and effectiveness as an institution of higher learning. Annual or ongoing efforts are made to assess:

  • Learning outcomes for our students.
  • Graduate success.
  • Return on investment for taxpayers and residents.
  • Community and employer training needs.
  • Other areas of interest to the college and the communities we serve.

For additional information about the College's research, contact the Institutional Research Office

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Graduate Follow-Up Survey Results

Each year, Northwood Tech surveys graduates to find out how well their degree or diploma prepared them for their career. The results reveal an impressive record of academic excellence and valuable career perspective. The trend continues as Northwood Tech released the results from its most current Graduate Follow-up Survey. 

Download Executive Summary

Download FY21 Graduate Follow-Up Results

Additional Research, Resources and Reports

Institutional Publication of Student Outcome Data

  • Enrollment

    • In fiscal year 2021, Northwood Tech served over 12,000 students, generating over 1,800 full-time equivalent (FTE). 
    • For additional detailed information about student enrollment, including gender and ethnicity, and divisional, program, and campus breakouts, see the Northwood Tech Fact Book above.
    • Download a historical view of FTE and Headcount

      Source: Cognos, CSWSR100 Overall Student Enrollment - Executive View
  • Graduation Rates
    • Northwood Tech's 3-year cumulative graduation rate from first-time program enrolled students is 64.9% (2018 cohort).

      Source: WTCS Student Success Dashboard
  • Persistence
    • Northwood Tech's overall course success rate for the 2020-2021 academic year was 88%.

      Source: Cognos, CSWSR108 Course Success Rate Dashboard
  • Licensure Rates
  • Retention
    •   2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
      Fall to Spring Retention 80% 81% 80% 78%
      Fall to Fall Retention 71% 70% 69% 66%
      Source: Cognos, CSWSR021 Fall to Fall Overall Retention and CSWSR022 Term to Term Overall Retention  



Institutional Review Board

Northwood Technical College encourages and supports the scholarly endeavors of students, faculty, and staff as well as educational researchers. We realize that the pursuit of scholarly work and research often involves the use of human subjects for data collection and analysis. Northwood Technical College's Institutional Review Board (IRB) evaluates research proposals involving human subjects to ensure that:

  • The rights and welfare of human subjects used in research studies are protected.
  • Risks are minimized.
  • The potential for benefit is maximized.
  • All human subjects are provided with legally effective informed consent.
  • All private information is handled with confidentiality.
  • All research is conducted in an ethical manner and in compliance with established standards.

Northwood Technical College's IRB must approve research projects prior to the participation of subjects or collection of data. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, while performing administrative functions of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), serves as the official oversight office for human subject research at Northwood Technical College. The office is the central point of contact for investigators, research subjects and regulatory agencies. Institutional Effectiveness organizes and documents the IRB Review Process and provides assurance that the human subject research undertaken is in compliance with federal, state, and campus policies.

All research involving human subjects that is conducted at or sponsored by Northwood Technical College, whether funded or unfunded and whether conducted by the college or others, must comply with applicable policies for the protection of human subjects. Northwood Technical College’s IRB must approve research projects prior to the participation of subjects or collection of data.

To initiate research and the IRB process, please complete the Request to Conduct Research Form. Northwood Technical College’s IRB does not assume the role of evaluating proposed research, its merits, or its potential contribution to scholarly literature. Rather, the IRB is charged with evaluating each project’s compliance with ethical standards. For questions about conducting research at the college or the approval process, please contact Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to experience success? Northwood Tech staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.