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NCCP Now Based at WIU-Quad Cities Campus

March 17, 2014

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MOLINE, IL – The National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs (NCCP) is now housed on the Western Illinois University Quad Cities Campus in Moline, IL.

The clearinghouse is a national repository of information, consultation and resources available to professionals who work with commuter college students.

The clearinghouse came to WIU-QC after WIU Assistant Vice President for Quad Cities and Planning Kristi Mindrup was appointed NCCP co-director. The appointment came after Mindrup served on the American College Personnel Association Directorate for the Commission on Commuter and Adult Student Learners and the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.

NCCP was formerly housed at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow when the decision was made to move the repository. NCCP co-director Melissa Mahan, vice president for Student Affairs at Texas A&M San Antonio recognized the WIU-Quad Cities as an ideal location for a host site because of its commitment to serving commuter students.

"NCCP and WIU-QC share a mission to promote best practices that foster commuter student success," Mindrup said. "Hosting a national repository of scholarship and research on commuter college students solidifies Western's national leadership and commitment to serving students with nontraditional and traditional college experiences."

In hosting NCCP, WIU-QC is recognized as a leader in serving students who live off campus and commute to college. The distinction will help WIU's student affairs professionals, faculty and graduate students in gaining access to numerous research and scholarship materials on best practices to foster commuter student success.

The NCCP also provides WIU representatives opportunities to collaborate with institutions, scholars and practitioners around the country who serve similar student populations.

Now in its 42nd year, the organization was established in 1972 by the University of Maryland, before it was moved to Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow.

"We are thankful for Kristi providing national leadership in NCCP," said Vice President for Quad Cities and Planning Joe Rives. "She is a consummate, student-centered professional always looking for new and exciting ways to serve students. Off-campus students are at the center of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities and consistent with our Higher Values in Higher Education Strategic Plan. We are excited to learn, grow and expand our service to students though the local, regional, national and international networks that NCCP provides."

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