About ICW

Independent Colleges of Washington provide educational opportunity, choice, and success for students

ICW colleges share a commitment to high quality academically rigorous learning with emphasis on:

  • Critical thinking
  • Lifelong learning
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Community service

ICW’s mission is accomplished by:

  • Securing financial resources for students
  • Advocating for public policy that supports students
  • Building strategic collaborations
  • Telling the compelling story of high-quality, academically rigorous private non-profit colleges in Washington.
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Strong Partners with Washington businesses, communities, foundations, governments, higher education, and workforce

Together, ICW’s 10 independent colleges partner with Washington to prepare the future we want. We:
  • Enroll 40,000 students, representing broad diversity
  • Graduate 9,400 students each year (20% of Washington’s bachelor’s and advanced degrees)
  • Rank consistently in the top fi ve graduation rates in the nation, with over 80% of graduates finishing on-time in four years
  • Prepare students who can think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems
  • Generate $2.5 billion for the economy
  • Employ over 7,700 people as one of the top 20 private sector employers in the state
  • Engage with over 200,000 alumni residing in Washington

Collective Impact

Together, ICW’s 10 independent colleges produce Washington’s future workforce, leaders, and innovators
  • Confer degrees to over 6,400 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students each year
  • Produce 20% of Washington’s total bachelor’s and advanced degrees each year
  • Have capacity to grow degree production, especially in high demand areas

Committed to Student Success

Together, ICW’s 10 independent colleges provide an effective framework for student success, graduating productive and engaged citizens
Rank consistently in the top five graduation rates in the nation
• Over 80% of graduates finish in four years or less
• Students work closely with professors in the lab, in the field, and on independent studies
• 95% of classes have fewer than 40 students
• 11:1 student to faculty ratio
• 45% of Washington’s 454 Fulbright student scholars since 2000 are alumni of ICW colleges

Diverse Communities

Together, ICW’s 10 independent colleges enroll 40,000 students from all 39 Washington counties,
50 states, and 90 countries

These students represent all ranges of:

  • Abilities and learning styles
  • Ages and family circumstances
  • Political and religious beliefs
  • Races and ethnicities
  • Social and economic backgrounds

This broad diversity reflects Washington’s communities and workplaces

Investing in Washington’s Future

Together, ICW’s 10 independent colleges award financial aid to over 90% of undergraduates to help make college attainable and empower students to choose the college that best meets their goals and aspirations

  • Over 70% of the grants are need-based
  • The average annual grant is $15,800 per undergraduate student

Value Delivered

Together, ICW’s 10 independent colleges return great value to Washington

Value to Businesses
ICW colleges produce 9,400 graduates annually.

Our students are workforce innovators and leaders. Small class sizes at ICW colleges enhance meaningful discourse that help students look at issues from a variety of perspectives, conceptualize new ideas, work as a team, and communicate their thinking clearly and persuasively.

Impact of a Liberal Arts Education. 93% of employers agree that candidates’ demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major. Source: Association of American Colleges and Universities

Value to Communities

  • College and student spending generate $2.5 billion in economic impact
  • Over 7,700 faculty and staff
  •  Students and staff volunteer over 500,000 hours, with significant tutoring and outreach in K-12
  • Over 200,000 alumni reside in Washington
  • Enhance local art and cultural opportunities
  • Voter participation and volunteerism increases

Value to Students

A college degree enhances earnings, but also engagement in the world

  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Healthier lifestyles and improved life expectancy
  • Increased employability
  • Higher savings and rates
  • Better social and professional mobility

Independent Colleges of Washington provide educational opportunity, choice, and success for students

ICW colleges share a commitment to high quality academically rigorous learning with emphasis on:

  • Critical thinking
  • Lifelong learning
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Community service

Boyer_smallerViolet A. Boyer
President & CEO

Violet has served as the president and CEO of ICW since September 1998. Prior to her appointment, she served as assistant vice president for congressional and state relations with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Violet joined NAICU after working in the U.S. Senate, most recently as the legislative director for former Sen. Kent Conrad (D- N.D.)

She began her career as a teacher and has also worked in higher education administration at two independent colleges. Boyer received her bachelor’s degree from Dakota Wesleyan University, and earned a master’s degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Boyer currently serves on the Executive Committee of NAICU State Executives and is Vice Chair of The Coalition on College Cost Savings.


Chadd BennettChadd Bennett
Director of Research and Outreach

Chadd joined ICW in July 2009. Prior to working with ICW, he managed international programs at Highline Community College and pre-college programs for Kaplan-Aspect, developed member programs at the Washington Athletic Club, and was a tour guide for Rick Steves’ Europe.

Chadd received his bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN.


Devon CrouchDevon Crouch
Government Relations Assistant

Devon joined Independent Colleges of Washington in January 2014.

Prior to working with ICW, he worked in clinical and translational research administration at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Devon earned his bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University.

 


Patty DanielsPatty Daniels
Director of Finance

Patty has worked with Independent Colleges of Washington since 1978.

She joined the association as a Seattle University work-study student.

Her responsibilities include operating finances of the organization.

Daniels received her bachelor’s degree from Seattle University.


Tom Fitzsimmons
Vice President

Tom joined ICW in November 2013 after serving for six years as principal and chief executive officer with LORIG Associates, LLC.

Previously, he served as chief of staff to former governors Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke.

Prior to those roles he was director of the Washington State Department of Ecology. He has also owned and managed his own consulting firm.

Fitzsimmons earned his BA from the University of Washington and his MA in Public Administration at Seattle University.


Kris Gonzales
Director of Development

Kris became a great addition to the ICW team in April 2016.

Previously with National CASA Association, she was their National Campaign Director and also held roles in corporate relations and fund development.

Prior to her posts with CASA, Kris spent more than 15 years in the financial services sector, most notably with Thomas Cook Group as Market Director for Western USA and Canada.


Robin Horrell

Robin Horrell
Director of Board and Executive Services

Robin joined the ICW team in September 2015, bringing over 15 years of experience within government, foundation, and not‐for‐profit sectors.

She is a proud Pacific Lutheran University graduate and also earned a MSW from Portland State University.

 

 

 

Independent Colleges of Washington
600 Stewart Street, Suite 600
Seattle, Washington 98101
Telephone: 206-623-4494

Email: info@ICWashington.org


The ICW office is located in the Plaza 600 Building at 6th Avenue and Stewart Street, just east of the Westin Hotel in Downtown Seattle. Map

From I-5 southbound take the Stewart Street exit (#166) and follow Stewart to 6th Avenue. Turn right on 6th Avenue. The Plaza 600 Building is on the right side of the street.

From I-5 northbound take the Seneca Street Exit (#165), to the left. Turn right on 6th Avenue (first light you come to). Follow 6th Avenue six blocks to Stewart. The Plaza 600 Building is at the corner of 6th Avenue and Stewart on the right.

From 520 take the I-5 southbound exit towards Portland. Quickly get in the far right lane. Take the Stewart Street exit (#166) and follow Stewart to 6th Avenue. Turn right on 6th Avenue. The Plaza 600 Building is on the right side of the street.

From I-90 take the I-5 Northbound exit (2-C) towards Vancouver, BC. (You don’t actually get onto I-5.) When the road splits, keep right toward Madison Street. Turn left onto Madison, then right on 6th Avenue. Follow 6th Avenue eight blocks to Stewart. The Plaza 600 Building is at the corner of 6th Avenue and Stewart on the right.

Parking
Short-term parking is available in Pacific Place, two blocks south of the Plaza Building at 7th and Olive. Entrances are on 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue. Our building also has parking. Access the garage off Westlake St. near the alley. Several other parking lots are available in the vicinity.

Public Transit
Many downtown bus routes serve our neighborhood. You can check Metro’s downtown route map or use its on-line trip planner to find the best route for you. We’re also just a few blocks from the downtown terminal of the Seattle Center Monorail, Link Light Rail (airport), and the Seattle Streetcar.

From Airport take the Link Light Rail to the Westlake Station. Exit the station at Pine and go northeast (left) towards 6th Avenue. Go north (left) on 6th Avenue. Our building is on the northeast corner of 6th and Stewart, easily identifiable by the barbershop and Starbucks on the main floor.

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