• Whitman College
  • Reed College
  • Willamette University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Whitman College
  • Reed College
  • Willamette University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Lewis and Clark College
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For the colleges within the Northwest Five Consortium, the NW5C website functions as a portal for discussion and resource-sharing as regional projects emerge. The site operates as a searchable listing of faculty interests, and as an accessible library of posted information and ongoing conversations, offering NW5C faculty members and professional staff the online capacity to develop collaborative partnerships.

Faculty and staff within the NW5C are encouraged to login to the site to connect with colleagues on consortium campuses.

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NW5C Vision

With the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Willamette University, Whitman College, University of Puget Sound, Reed College, and Lewis and Clark College have formed the Northwest Five Consortium (NW5C). Working toward the regular sharing of expertise and resources, the mission of the NW5C is to enhance the student academic experience at our five liberal arts colleges through enrichment and development of faculty as teacher-scholars. In service of this mission, the Consortium will provide the infrastructure to support collaborative efforts among its member institutions.

Collaborative Inquiry

Central to the work of the Northwest Five Consortium is the exploration of collaboration. Through the financial support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the NW5C is able to provide grant opportunities for faculty through its Fund for Collaborative Inquiry. The Fund offers financial resources dedicated to the support of academic innovation and efficiency through cross-institutional, faculty-initiated projects. Funded projects involve faculty from two or more of the five colleges, and feature growing faculty interaction among the consortium institutions.

The 2014-15 call for proposals and proposal guidelines can be found in the Collaborative Inquiry handbook.

2014-15 Collaborative Inquiry Handbook.pdf