This interdisciplinary cohort program began in 1997 and offers a professional doctorate
in educational leadership to enhance the knowledge and competencies of leaders in PK-12
and postsecondary educational organizations.
The economic impact of this program in the state of Missouri is considerable. National
averages reveal that doctorate-holding citizens earn $19,990 more annually when
compared to those holding master’s degrees and $29,500 more than those with a bachelor’s
degree. Further, citizens with doctoral degrees are estimated to pay $6,300 and $9,300 more
in annual taxes when compared to master’s and bachelor’s degree recipients respectively
(College Board, College Pays, 2004). Program graduates regularly receive promotions
and accompanying salary increases, which add tax revenue to the state. In addition, strong
leadership improves school and college student performance and attracts new industry.
Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Northwest has been an AQIP institution since 2005, and served as a pilot institution in the development of AQIP in the late 1990s.
In addition to being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Northwest programs are accredited by:
• Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP)
• Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
• Council for the Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism& Related Professions (COAPRT)
• Council for the Accreditation of the American Association ofFamily and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
• Missouri State Board of Education
• National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
• National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
• National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)