Northampton Community College

Mailing address: 
3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem PA 18020
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Dr. Mark Erickson
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Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email:
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Maria Dietrich
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Assistant Director, Study Abroad & International Programs
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Focal point 2 - Name: 
Nathan Carpenter
Focal point 2 - Title: 
Director, Center for Global Education and International Services
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Focal point 3 - Name: 
Anita Forrester
Focal point 3 - Title: 
Assistant Professor, Geography
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Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
Northampton Community College offers credit and non-credit programs and is strategically positioned to provide students with the education that they need in order to enter the workforce or to continue their studies. NCC grants degrees, certificates and diplomas in more than 100 fields. The college is currently transitioning through an academic reorganization. The new academic structure will include the School of Health Sciences and Education; School of Business and Industry; School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; School of Liberal Studies; and the Department of Academic Foundations and Success.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS Northampton Community College (NCC) offers more than 100 college degree, certificate, and specialized diploma and enrichment programs to over 13,600 credit students and 20,000 non-credit and community education students each year. NCC is an open-access institution whose student body represents many who have historically been marginalized in, or left out of, higher education. The College is the largest and most diverse in the region. In Spring 2019, minority students represented 41% of credit students. Fifty two percent of all credit students receive need-based financial aid and one-third are the first in their family to go to college. NCC’s participation in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) revealed that eighty percent of NCC students are working, with nearly one-third working more than thirty hours per week. NCC students come from across the country and from around the world---currently representing 43 countries. Since 2010, NCC has examined minority group achievement gaps and researched strategies to close them, such as adding cultural diversity content to the college success course taken by all incoming freshman. Between 2015 and 2018, NCC initiated several important task forces to address diversity, inclusion, and equity at the institution. These working groups conducted a comprehensive evaluation of present diversity efforts and developed critical priorities for diversity and inclusion programming. Current initiatives are overseen by a Chief Diversity Officer, who has led the development of an institutional strategic plan to ensure the college acts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in its community. SUSTAINABILITY NCC's Statement of Values speaks to the College’s “commitment to the long-term health of the institution, the community, the economy and the environment.” Sustainability is a widely-held agenda at NCC. There is a diverse group of faculty, staff and students who provide leadership around this issue, including an active student and faculty Sustainability Committee, the East 40 Community Garden and Nature Area, educational opportunities including credit and non-credit courses, and opportunities for service learning on environmental projects. NCC faculty have developed sustainable interdisciplinary partnerships that incorporate service learning and community collaboration. Several federal, state and foundation grants helped to cement two continuing partnerships with community resources, the Cherry Valley Community Supported Agriculture Initiative (CSA) and the Pocono Avian Research Center (PARC). NCC’s East 40 Community Garden provides a diverse range of faculty with the space and instructional support to incorporate environmental themes into curricula including Literature, History, Culinary Arts, English and Math. The College regularly welcomes speakers to inform the campus community on environmental issues. NCC student clubs provide an excellent vehicle for students and faculty to pursue environmental sustainability initiatives. Good Growers provides members with opportunities to engage in gardening projects on and off-campus, and the Sustainability Committee addresses campus issues regarding the environment. The work of the these groups have fostered many lasting changes to the NCC campus including single stream recycling, designated parking spaces for low-emission vehicles, and campus-wide reduction of printer-paper use and single-use plastic bottles. Currently, NCC’s Monroe campus is a net zero energy institution, certified LEED Gold, and has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency with its Excellent in Green Power Use Award. The College has a goal of being zero carbon emissions on all its campuses within ten years. GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP The College has expressed its commitment to international education over time and in multiple ways. It is central to NCC’s mission to provide opportunities for students who are often overlooked in international education to understand and value diversity so that they can function effectively in a global society. NCC’s Statement of Values articulates the college’s commitment to fostering a global society: “We believe that learning thrives when there is a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world in which we live. These values informed the creation of NCC’s Center for Global Education and International Services (CGEIS) over twenty years ago, which is a resource center for international students, students interested in studying abroad, and all members of NCC who are curious about the world. Its mission is to help students better understand the world and themselves and it does so by welcoming and supporting international students, by offering study abroad programs, and by creating opportunities for global engagement on campus. CGEIS collaborates with faculty to develop study abroad programs, supports faculty travel, and trains faculty and staff about supporting international students. NCC’s Global Studies program prepares students for further academic study and professional careers with a global focus including international relations and policy, non-governmental organizations, international business and law, environmental studies, food studies, and geography. NCC’s active International Student Organization hosts student events throughout the academic year. CGEIS supplements these student-led global initiatives by hosting additional global programming including International Education Week, Global Gatherings, and by hosting international exchange groups and professionals. NCC hosts over 120 international students each semester. NCC has hosted students through U.S. Department of State programs such as the Community College Initiative (CCI), Global Undergraduate Program (UGRAD), Year of Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) program, and Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program's Tunisia Community College Scholarship Program (TCCSP). International students are an active part of the NCC campus community and are encouraged to participate in extracurricular events, clubs, leadership programs, and community organizations. CGEIS staff provide personal and career counseling, proactive advising, close monitoring of classroom performance and extracurricular involvement, English language acquisition, and service-learning opportunities, all delivered in a caring and secure environment, conducive to trust building. The question below about our accreditation does not provide enough space to insert the full names and links of these organizations, so we will include that question's response here: Northampton Community College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.