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New Per Course Faculty Orientation

Welcome New Per Course Faculty!

Thank you for choosing to teach with Northwest Missouri State University. Below you will find valuable information on how to access and utilize many Northwest online resources.

Computing Support

  • Online
  • Phone/Email: Information Technology-Client Computing Help Desk at 660.562.1634

Email Access

Northwest Missouri State University provides email services to faculty, staff and students.

Access Northwest Email

Northwest provides electronic mail services to faculty and staff through an in-house Microsoft Exchange service. While students have a separate email service through Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud service.


The Cat Personal Access to Web Services program (CatPAWS) is a web-based program that allows faculty to view class rosters, enter midterm and final grades, and find contact information on students enrolled in their courses. CatPAWS can be accessed either from the Resources or Connect tabs in the Quick Tools drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Access CatPAWS

  • Accessing Initial NW Email Username/Password
  • Accessing Initial NW Online Username/Password
  • Faculty Detail Schedule
  • Faculty Schedule by Day and Time
  • Detail Class List
  • Summary Class List (Class Roll)
  • Midterm Grade Entry Sheet
  • Final Grade Entry Sheet
  • Class Midterm & Final Grade Report


myNorthwest is a web portal that provides a number of services designed to help students, faculty and staff interact more effectively with Northwest resources, including:

Access myNorthwest

  • Northwest Online - access to your online course site.
  • Email - myNorthwest provides a link to your Web-based e-mail.
  • University Calendar - myNorthwest provides a link to the University's Calendar of Events.
  • Group Studio - Create online groups containing resources like photo albums, Internet links, news articles and applications like message boards and chat rooms.
  • Administrative Services - myNorthwest allows you access to various administrative services such as the ability to check grades, register for classes, change the personal information that your institution maintains about you, etc.

myNorthwest allows you to customize your user layout to add, remove and rearrange channels. Every time you log into myNorthwest, your tab and channel preferences are preserved.

To get on to the myNorthwest web portal, login with your Northwest username and password from the Bearcat Login page.

A how-to-guide of basic myNorthwest features and how to access those features:

  • myNorthwest Web Portal View PDF

Northwest Online

Northwest Online is an online extension of Northwest Missouri State University that offers courses and degrees through the Internet.

Access Northwest Online

All online courses are offered through Northwest Online. Additionally, some onsite courses offer course material through Northwest Online.

Northwest Resources

Library Services

Related Links

Department/Office Resources