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Aug. 19, 2016
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Northwest Missouri State University opened its doors Thursday to the city of Gladstone and beyond as it celebrated the grand opening of its Northwest-Kansas City location at the newly completed Northland Innovation Campus.
More than 300 Northwest faculty, staff, alumni and friends filled the facility’s fourth floor to tour its classrooms and unique learning spaces. Northwest occupies 18,529 square feet on the floor, which includes 12 classrooms with state-of-the-art technology and modern furniture to meet the needs of today’s students. The space also features a student lounge, staff office suite, faculty work area, conference room and student collaboration room.
“Every element of this floor is purposeful and designed around learning,” Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet said. “From the colors to the carpet to the windows to the technology in the classrooms, the furniture, the white boards, every aspect is purposeful and designed around helping a faculty member do what he or she needs to do.”
Northwest-Kansas City, at 6889 North Oak Trafficway in Gladstone, will support students enrolled in Northwest’s bachelor’s degree completion programs in business management, marketing, elementary education and special education. The University plans to add more completion programs for fall 2017 in computer science: mobile computing, communications: public relations, criminology, corporate recreation and applied health science.
Northwest-Kansas City also offers dual credit coursework through its partnership with Northland CAPS as well as professional education graduate degrees.
Northwest has offered academic programs beyond its Maryville campus since the late 1980s when Northwest faculty loaded textbooks into the trunks of cars and pickup truck beds and ventured to remote sites to instruct students. During the 2000s, due to increased demand, Northwest entered partnerships with the North Kansas City School District and later Liberty Public Schools to maintain its Kansas City presence. In 2014, Northwest entered into a partnership with Metropolitan Community College and began offering classes on the MCC-Maple Woods campus.
Northwest, the city of Gladstone and North Kansas City Schools launched their unique partnership to build the Northland Innovation Campus in 2014. The 90,000 square-foot research and education complex is designed to create synergies for K-12 programming while attracting business partners and students from the Kansas City metro and regional area.
“Partnerships are the center point of the journey we celebrate today,” Gladstone Mayor Jean Moore said. “In these times of limited resources and demanding needs, partnerships offer solutions to challenges that are seemingly impossible to achieve. Because the city, Northwest Missouri State University and North Kansas City School District worked together in partnership to dream big and to build big, success has been achieved that anyone of us alone might not have been able to accomplish. We’re extremely proud of our partnership with Northwest Missouri State University.”
The partners broke ground for the $20 million project with project developer CarrBaierCrandall Real Estate Group in May 2015. Northwest entered into a 10-year lease agreement to occupy the top floor of the four story-building.
Rick Baier, a principal with CarrBaierCrandall and 1975 Northwest alumnus, said the teams representing each of the partners made the project one of the easiest collaborations in which he has participated.
“The team Northwest delivered to us was fabulous to work with, easy to work with, resulting in this gorgeous space that we have,” Baier said. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the end result and we’re looking for a very, very long relationship with Northwest, North Kansas City and the city of Gladstone.
With an enrollment of about 6,600 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs on its flagship Maryville campus as well as the new Kansas City location and in St. Joseph.
Founded in 1905, Northwest was ranked in 2016 by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri for the second consecutive year, and it is one of only four four-year institutions in Missouri to meet all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during its first three years.
Northwest boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is in the 85th percentile of the University’s national peer group. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.
The University places a high emphasis on laboratory and profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their resumes with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the RT Wright Laboratory Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area, the internationally ranked Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.
Its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the state, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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