CWI takes proactive and innovative approaches to reach students early, provide quality levels of college preparation support and advising, and ensure that students are prepared for a career upon completion and continued education that may be required.
1. Early Reach: CWI has expanded dual credit offerings for high school students allowing them to get college credits prior to high school graduation. Last year, more than 4,000 high school students earned dual credits through CWI – this is an increase of 40% over the previous year.
2. College Prep: CWI prides itself on its willingness to continually seek out and develop the most effective and innovative ways of delivering instruction. Among its most recent advances are: the Connecting with Ideas (CWID) first-year experience courses, which provide an orientation to college-level habits of mind: MATH 095 College Prep Mathematics and the Math Solutions Center designed to successfully expedite a student’s entry into and through college-level mathematics; and ENGL 100 English Composition Plus, a supplemental, two-credit course to help select students successfully complete their first college-level writing course.
3. Financial Advising: As student debt continues to rise, CWI has taken an active role in financial aid advising. Through this proactive approach, CWI students are borrowing less in loans. In the 2014-2015 academic year, CWI student loan borrowing decreased by 28.4%.
4. Success Beyond the Degree and Certificate: CWI provides career services tied to local business and industry, and direct transfer agreements with Idaho universities so CWI students may go onto attain a four-year degree with automatic enrollment at Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College or University of Idaho if they so desire.