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NTC scores high on effectiveness

BEMIDJI -- Northwest Technical College has been ranked among the top of 29 MnSCU colleges in terms of efficiency and effectiveness, according to a new report.

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact report ranked NTC fourth-highest among the community and technical colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system based on how many students it graduates compared with an expected graduation rate for its student population. This effectiveness score suggests how conducive institutional practices are to student success.

NTC also ranked third among Minnesota's colleges in the compact's efficiency score, which compares a school's effectiveness score to institutional spending per student.

Northwest Technical College earned a 6.62 score for effectiveness and 0.13 for efficiency in the compact's report, compared to average scores of -3.56 for effectiveness and -0.14 in efficiency for all colleges and universities in Minnesota.

Negative effectiveness scores indicate actual graduation rates lower than the expected rate, while positive scores indicate graduation rates exceeding the expected rate. Negative efficiency scores correlate to high per-student expenditures with low graduation rates; positive efficiency scores indicate higher graduation rates with lower per-student expenditures, according to the report.