Dues & Fees

Dues

Update to the NWCCU Annual Dues Structure

The current annual dues structure has been in place over 15 years. It has 18 tiers, based on an institution’s E&G (educational and general) expenditures and mandatory transfers, exclusive of medical school and hospital budgets.

The current dues structure does not accommodate the dynamic nature of significant institutional growth or the effect of inflation during this time. Because of this, the smaller institutions have moved up the tiers to the middle portion of the scale, while mid-sized institutions have moved to the upper end of the scale. This resulted in mid-sized institutions paying the same dues as the large institutions, creating a disproportionate burden on the smaller institutions.

The new structure, which has been developed with the help and support of the NWCCU Board of Commissioners, will become effective with the 2020-2021 fiscal year on September 1, 2020. President Ramaswamy has presented an overview of the new dues model at several venues. It has nine tiers distributed in a more equitable fashion. The dues are still based on the E&G expenditures and mandatory transfers, exclusive of medical school and hospital budgets. Under the new dues model, dues for many of the smaller institutions will be reduced, and dues for some of the larger institutions will be increased commensurate with their E&G expenditures.

The base rate is $5,000 with increases based on the size of the institution as shown in the table to the right. Unlike in previous years, there will not be an automatic increase in dues each year; instead the Commission is committed to analyzing the dues structure every year and revising only as needed to accommodate any potential increases in expenditures.

Dues E & G Expenditures
$ 5,000 Less than $10M
$10,000 $10M-$20M
$14,000 $20M-$30M
$17,000 $30M-$50M
$19,000 $50M-$100M
$21,000 $100M-$150M
$23,000 $150M-$500M
$26,000 $500M-$1,000M
$30,000 More than $1,000M

Please note that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities utilizes the financial portion of the annual IPEDS report as the basis for the E&G expenditures for US institutions. Institutions must upload their most recent IPEDS data with their Annual Report. Canadian institutions must upload audited financials. 

Definition of Educational and General Expenditures for Determining Annual Institutional Dues: 

https://www.nwccu.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Definition-of-EandG-Expenditures-for-Annual-Dues.pdf

Fees

During the June 2019 Commission meeting, the NWCCU Board of Commissioners voted and approved a new dues model to be effective with NWCCU’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

Under the new dues structure, there are no additional fees for Ad Hoc or Special Reports. Additionally, there are no charges for the first ten minor or major substantive changes from an institution each year, excluding “Changing legal status, form of control, or ownership” and “Acquiring or merging with another institution or any program or location of another institution.” If an institution has more than ten substantive changes in one year, the Substantive Change fees shown in the following table will be assessed. Substantive change notifications are free, and do not count against an institution’s ten free substantive changes.

Evaluation Fees: 

Fees for Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness

Institutions to undergo a Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness will be evaluated by a team of evaluators. The institution will be charged $2,000 per evaluator to cover the cost of onsite travel. Institutions will be billed and are expected to pay the evaluation fees in advance of the evaluation visit.

Fees for Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review

Institutions to undergo a Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review (PRFR) will be evaluated by a team of experts with a background in policies, regulations, and finance. The institution will be charged $3,000. Institutions will be billed and are expected to pay the evaluation fees in advance of the evaluation visit.

The Commission is committed to analyzing the fee structure every year and revising only as needed to accommodate any potential increases in expenditures.

Substantive Change Fees:

Substantive Changes   

No fee

(Minor Change)

Adding courses or academic program(s) including Title IV-eligible certificate programs not related to existing degree program(s), that do not represent a significant departure (25% difference in program core) from program(s) previously approved

Review Level: Notification


Suspending, terminating, or placing into moratorium, existing academic program or major(s) of 30 semester or 45 quarter credits or more in length (within approved degree level)

Review Level: Notification


Closing or suspending for more than 1 semester or 2 quarters of an existing additional location or a branch campus

Review Level: Notification


Combining two programs to create a new program and where the two programs have been previously approved

Review Level: Notification

$1000

(Minor Change)

Adding courses or academic program(s) including Title IV-eligible certificate programs not related to existing degree program(s), that represent a significant departure (25% difference in program core) from program(s) previously approved

Review Level: Staff


Initiating or expanding of distance education delivery where 50% or more of the courses or credits in an academic program are provided using distance delivery (First three programs only)

Review Level: Staff


Substantially increasing the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program (more than 25% of total program credits or clock hours)

Review Level: Staff


Establishing an additional location where 50% or more of program requirements can be earned via face-to-face instructional delivery

Review Level: Staff

  $1500

(Major Change)

Dual Degree Program
Entering into a consortial agreement under which an institution accredited by an accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education provides a significant portion of the academic program
a. 24% or less of the credits in a degree or certificate program delivered by the consortial partner(s)

b. 25-50% of one or more of the institution’s educational programs provided by the consortium or other accredited institution

c. More than 50% of one or more of the institution’s educational programs provided by the consortium or other accredited institution

Review Level:

a. No requirement
b. Notification (no fee)
c. Staff


Initiating or expanding Competency-Based Education (CBE) delivery where 50% or more of the courses or credits in an academic program are provided using competency-based (or direct assessment) learning. (First three programs: 1st program Panel Review; 2nd and 3rd programs Staff Review)

Review Level: Panel or Staff


Joint Degree Program
Entering into a contract under which an institution or organization not certified to participate in Title IV offers more than 25 percent of one or more of an accredited Title IV-eligible institution’s educational programs

Review Level: Panel


Establishing an additional location at either an international location or location outside the institution’s region where 50% or more of the program requirement can be earned via face-to-face instructional delivery (First three locations only)

Review Level: Panel


Establishing a new branch campus, including one established or acquired in order to provide for teach-out from another institution

Review Level: Panel


Changing from clock to credit hours (or vice versa)

Review Level: Staff


Adding the first academic program at a degree or credential level not previously included in the institution’s accreditation by NWCCU (2nd and 3rd programs at the new degree level or credential are reviewed by Staff)

Review Level: Panel or Staff


Substantially changing institutional mission or objectives

Review Level: Panel, Executive Committee, or Commission

$10,000

(Major Change)

Changing legal status, form of control, or ownership

Review Level: Panel, Executive Committee, or Commission

$20,000

(Major Change)

Acquiring or merging with another institution or any program or location of another institution

Review Level: Panel, Executive Committee, or Commission

Expedited Processing  
 $1000 Expedite via staff review (2 week processing)
 $2000

Expedite via Panel review (12 week processing)

The Commission is committed to analyzing the substantive change fee structure every year and revising only as needed to accommodate any potential increases in expenditures.