Northwest Arkansas Community College

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NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Seal of NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Established 1989
Type Community college
President Dr. Becky Paneitz
Students 7,298 (Fall 2008)
Location Bentonville, Arkansas, United States
36°21′30″N 94°10′21″W / 36.35824°N 94.17249°W / 36.35824; -94.17249Coordinates: 36°21′30″N 94°10′21″W / 36.35824°N 94.17249°W / 36.35824; -94.17249
Campus Suburban
Mascot Eagles

Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is a public two-year college located in Bentonville in northwestern Arkansas.


NWACC began as a branch campus of what was then North Arkansas Community College in Harrison in the 1970s.

In 1989, the citizens of the Bentonville and Rogers school districts voted to levy a 3-mill property tax to establish NWACC.

Prior to the millage vote, community leaders, faculty, staff, and students collected signatures of local voters on a petition to get the issue on the ballot.

With the passage of the 3-mill property tax on 15 August 1989, NWACC was able to open its doors to the first students in August, 1990. 1,200 students attended at the College’s founding.

In the early days, NWACC was known as the “College without walls” because it solved the problem of not having enough “bricks and mortar” funding to build classrooms by conducting classes in a variety of buildings throughout the community.

Faculty often had to transport learning materials, equipment, and even laboratory specimen in their personal vehicles from one location to another to meet with students.


NorthWest Arkansas Community College is a smart choice for students wanting to pursue quality higher education. As an accredited institution through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, NWACC is a public two-year institution that serves and strengthens its surrounding communities in Benton and Washington counties by helping our students maximize their potential and exceed expectations. With state-of-the-art facilities, NWACC provides excellent academic instruction and workforce training needed to succeed, offering personalized attention from highly respected faculty, staff, and administrators. For more information, visit

The mission of the institution emphasizes serving the community. NWACC focuses on maintaining three important components in carrying out its mission:

Quality – providing a quality education via the following methods:

  • faculty teaching instead of teaching assistants
  • hiring faculty with preference for master’s and doctoral degrees
  • smaller class sizes

Accessibility – making classes available via the following methods:

  • multiple locations throughout Benton and Washington counties
  • offering traditional, distance learning, online, and hybrid classes
  • offering classes at convenient times, including evenings and weekends

Affordability – committed to controlling tuition and other costs for students via the following methods:

  • maximizing efficient use of all resources to control tuition and other costs for students
  • fundraising from a variety of sources to supplement state funding
  • obtaining grants to establish, support, and sustain programs


On August 15, 1996, NWACC announced that it had received its initial accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

In February 2000, NWACC was granted continued accreditation for 10 years by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In July 2006, NWACC was approved for the Academic Quality Improvement process of re-accreditation. AQIP infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission.

Skip Carnine, a state representative from Rogers, is a former NWACC trustee and an "Arkansas Superintendent of the Year".[1]


  1. ^ "Les "Skip" Carmine's Biography". Retrieved January 3, 2014. 

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