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General Information

What is Northwest Missouri State University-Kansas City?

Northwest-Kansas City will become an educational hub that provides educational solutions in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Northwest-Kansas City will facilitate dual credit programs with area high schools and through the Northland & Southland CAPS programs, provide completion programs for area community college students, and meet workforce development needs. Students will have access to more support services and programs than were available previously at the Kansas City Center. Please reference the facility as “Northwest-Kansas City” rather than a Northwest campus, teaching site, outreach center, or Kansas City Center.

What prompted the initiation of Northwest-Kansas City?

The decision to launch Northwest-Kansas City is the University’s response to its strategic objective of innovative enrollment growth, specifically the goal of growing off-campus and online enrollment.

For students

Will Northwest-Kansas City students have to take classes on the Maryville campus to complete their program of study?

Northwest-Kansas City will recruit students to programs that are primarily available onsite in Kansas City. If a student were to choose to complete his/her program of study at Northwest-Maryville, the Northwest-Kansas City staff will ensure a smooth transition to the Maryville campus.

Will students at Northwest-Kansas City still receive benefits similar to a Maryville student?

Northwest-Kansas City students will be afforded all of the administrative services and benefits a student receives in Maryville. Arrangements will be made to distribute notebook computers, student ID cards, yearbooks and undergraduate level textbooks. The University’s student support areas on campus have been working closely with Northwest-Kansas City to ensure students will receive appropriate services onsite or via the campus in Maryville.

Can Northwest-Kansas City students participate in commencement on the Maryville campus?

Northwest-Kansas City will encourage students to participate in regularly scheduled commencement ceremonies on the Maryville campus. Accommodations will be made for students to pick up their cap and gown at Northwest-Kansas City the week prior to commencement.

Northwest-Kansas City faculty information

Who will teach the courses at Northwest-Kansas City?

Currently, the Northwest-Kansas City staff is accepting applications for adjuncts to teach courses at Northwest-Kansas City. These individuals will be hired on a per course basis. Potential adjuncts can visit the Northwest Office of Human Resources, Employment Opportunities page to apply.  Adjuncts must meet the faculty qualifications required by the Higher Learning Commission.

Programming

What degree programs will be offered at Northwest-Kansas City?

Northwest-Kansas City will offer bachelor’s degree completion programs. The bachelor’s degree completion programs will enable transfer students from area community colleges to leverage their completed associate’s degree into a bachelor’s degree.  Bachelor’s degree completion programs will vary in length, with the majority being completed two years after the student’s associate’s degree.  Northwest-Kansas City offers undergraduate degree completion in Bacheor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science.

Northwest-Kansas City hopes to continue partnerships with Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College to recruit potential students and assist with pre-advising to ensure the students have access to the shortest path to obtaining their bachelor’s degree through Northwest.

Facility

Where is Northwest-Kansas City located?

Northwest-Kansas City is located on the fourth floor of the Northland Innovation Campus (NIC). The NIC is located at 6889 North Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, MO  64118. The NIC also houses the North Kansas City School District Students in Academically Gifted Education program as well as an Edward Jones financial advisor.

What does the Northwest floor include?

The fourth floor is around 18,000 square feet. It will consist of administrative offices, a reception area, 12 classrooms, a faculty lounge and meeting room, and a student lounge.  The Northwest floor includes a Student Services Center where students can visit for information regarding application and enrollment processes, career services, financial aid, and other support services. 

What is Northland Innovation Campus and how is it related to Northwest-Kansas City?

The Northland Innovation Campus (NIC) is the name of the building. The NIC is the result of an innovative partnership between the city of Gladstone, Mo., North Kansas City Schools and Northwest Missouri State University. The NIC is designed to provide 90,000 square feet of office and educational programming space for NKC Schools, Edward Jones Financial, and Northwest. 

What are the directions to the facility?

  • From I-29:  Take 152 Highway East exit. Follow 152 until you get to N. Oak Trafficway. Take the N. Oak Trafficway exit. Go south to 69th Street.
  • From I-35: Take 152 Highway West exit. Follow 152 until you get to N. Oak Trafficway. Take the N. Oak Trafficway exit. Go south to 69th Street.
  • From I-435: Take 152 Highway West exit. Follow 152 until you get to N. Oak Trafficway. Take the N. Oak Trafficway exit. Go south to 69th Street.

Where will faculty, students, and visitors park? Is there a charge?

There is a parking lot adjacent to the building on the east side available for faculty, staff and visitors. There is no charge for parking.