Northwestern International University

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Northwestern International University was one of the first colleges to offer self-directed online programs, which were based on review of prior-earned college credits, professional life-experiences, practical knowledge, research, portfolio work, and the passage of comprehensive examinations *Cite (Northwestern International University Registration Catalog). N.I.U. was a member of the Long Distance Learning Council *Cite (Long Distance Learning Council Catalog). Their admissions process consisted of the initial registration process, student selection, and the review of student work and experience. Students had to show proof of passing content specific exams before being considered for school admission. They were also required to pass comprehensive exams at the completion of their respective program. Furthermore, students were expected to complete a Practicum Learning Portfolio Log. The time-requirement for portfolio hours varied by subject matter. Lastly, students had to successfully complete and present research, before N.I.U. would issue their degree *Cite(Northwestern International University Registration Catalog).

Northwestern International University offered a long-distance, blended program that allowed students flexibility in working towards an advanced degree. It enabled them to broaden their professional expertise, and stretch their academic knowledge all on the students own time, and in their own environment *Cite (Northwestern International University Registration Catalog).

Mission statement[edit]

Northwestern International University was committed to developing the potential of each of its students. It provided the opportunity for academic excellence and professional growth. The university created a climate in which all members of the community could freely think, write, research, analyze, share, and criticize *Cite (Northwestern International University Registration Catalog). It was committed to extending university resources to the entire student body. According to their Registration Catalog, the Mission of N.I.U. was to:

  1. Develop the skills essential to effective learning.
  2. Apply critical thought to decisions in all areas of life.
  3. Exercise responsibility in the local, national, and world community.
  4. Access, select, and prepare students for a career.
  5. Acquire attitudes and understanding necessary for effective human relationships.
  6. Complete degree programs off-campus at a time and site convenient to adult learners.

Based on this model, the program and experience offered high quality content and flexibility. This enabled students to tailor their academic studies and coursework to fit in with the rest of their schedule *Cite (Northwestern International University Registration Catalog). Northwestern International University truly was an innovative educational and training organization.

N.I.U. was initially accredited by the Euro-American Accreditation Agency. This organization (and its trustees) ensured the highest possible standards of academic excellence in curriculum design and operational policies in all university programs *Cite (Euro-American Accreditation Agency).


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