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Accountability and Transparency

At the heart of The Institute of World Politics lie the fundamental principles of accountability and transparency. These values serve as guiding beacons, leading the Institute to provide a comprehensive guide that illuminates transparent information and offers a wealth of invaluable resources. By upholding these ideals, the Institute not only fosters a culture of openness but also empowers its community with the necessary tools to navigate the intricate landscape of global affairs.

Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) enacted in 2008 amends and extends the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965.  The HEOA contains numerous federal reporting and disclosure requirements.

Each institution must annually provide to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of the information that is required to be made available to students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or "FERPA"), and under The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). This information is available on Institute Of World Politics' website as specified under each of the headings below.

Admissions and Financial Aid makes this information available through mailings, emails, and their website.

The Financial Aid office makes financial aid information available to prospective students via mailings and current students via emails.  Information can also be found at the financial aid website.

A student convicted of a federal or state drug offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV federal financial aid is ineligible for federal student aid.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for federal student aid funds.

Number of Offenses
Possession of Illegal Drugs
Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense
1 year from date of conviction
2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense
2 years from date of conviction
Indefinite period
3rd Offense and beyond
Indefinite period
Indefinite period

Additional information can be found in the IWP Catalog and Student Handbook.

Alumni of The Institute of World Politics are engaged in important work in a wide variety of government agencies, private companies, foreign governments, the U.S. armed forces, intelligence agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords all students who attend a postsecondary educational institution certain rights with respect to their educational records.  The Institute's Student Privacy Policy outlines these rights and gives students the tools to direct the Institute in the handling of their personal information.  Required notifications to students can be found in the Catalog and Student Handbook and it is also available on the IWP website.  Students are also notified of their rights under FERPA by the Registrar's office at the beginning of every term.

Students who have a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act are entitled to academic accommodations.  The Institute of World Politics offers services for students with disabilities which can be initiated upon the students request with the Disability Officer at studentaffairs@iwp.edu or 202-462-2101.

Disability Support Services

In accordance with the HEOA, the Institute must make available to prospective and enrolled students' information about the price of attendance, including tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation costs, and any additional costs. This information can be found on the Institute of World Politics website, which includes comprehensive fee details and a cost of attendance.

The Institute of World Politics refund policy, requirements and procedures for official withdrawal, and requirements for the return of financial aid are detailed in the Catalog and Student Handbook.

Adding and dropping classes

IWP makes Textbook Information available to students through course syllabi and Canvas sixty days prior to the start of classes. More details are in the Catalog and Student Handbook.

The Catalog and Student Handbook contains information about The Institute of World Politics' academic programs, including current programs, facilities, and faculty in accordance with the HEOA.  Most of this information can also be found on the Academic Programs page.

Academic procedures and regulations regarding transfer credit can be found in the Catalog and Student Handbook.

The Institute of World Politics is accredited as a degree-granting institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). If you find the Institute to be out of compliance with Commission Requirements of Affiliation, standards, or policies or out of compliance with its own policies or procedures, you can contact MSCHE. The Commission expects individuals to attempt to resolve the issue through the Institute’s own published grievance procedures before submitting a complaint to the Commission.

Meanwhile, the Institute is licensed to operate in the District of Columbia by its Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC), which can be found online here. HELC is the agency of last resort in the grievance process and may be contacted at 202-727-6426. IWP's HELC Certificate may be found here.

IWP is also certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as indicated under "List of Private Postsecondary Schools" on the SCHEV website. SCHEV is an agency of last resort in the grievance process as well and can be contacted here: SCHEV Student Complaints.

Furthermore, IWP is approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) for distance education as indicated here under the District of Columbia: SARA-Participating Institution Directory. Please contact NC-SARA only as an agency of last resort in the grievance process.

In accordance with the HEOA, the Institute communicates the Copyright Policy annually to students.

The HEOA requires the Institute to make available to current and prospective students information about institutional policies regarding immunization. Before enrolling in courses at the Institute, all students under the age of 26 must show proof of immunization against poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), diphtheria and tetanus. Forms for this purpose are available from the Registrar or on our forms page.

The Institute of World Politics emails its students, faculty, and staff an annual Safety, Security, and Fire Safety Report.

In accordance with the HEOA, institutions must provide information published by the Department of Education to students at any time that information regarding loan availability is provided. This is published on our Federal Student Loans page.

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for federal student aid.  Federal Stafford, Perkins, and Parent PLUS loans will be submitted to NSLDS and will be accessible by guarantee agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. For each new federal loan and for any changes made to the amount of a loan, a Disclosure Statement will be sent to the borrower.

In accordance with HEOA, all students must complete entrance counseling and exit counseling available at https://studentaid.gov/. The Institute strictly enforces these requirements and makes the completion of the counseling a prerequisite for graduation.

Loan Counseling

Certificate

Cohort
Total
# Graduated
%
2014-15
16
5
31.3
2015-16
10
6
60
2016-17
13
7
53.8
2017-18
20
10
50
2018-19
8
3
37.5

Masters

Cohort
Total
# Graduated
%
2014-15
34
25
73.5
2015-16
32
31
96.8
2016-17
50
38
76
2017-18
59
42
71.2
2018-19
53
34
64.2

Note: **Students from the AY2016-2017 to AY2018-2019 cohorts are still matriculating. These graduation rates are therefore likely to increase.

SemesterItemDescriptionStudentsRetention Rate
[D/B * 100]
SP2017AFA2016 EnrollmentNA78%
BStudents Eligible for RetentionNA
CLOA's/WD'sNA
DStudents RetainedNA
SP2018AFA2017 EnrollmentNA74.50%
BStudents Eligible for RetentionNA
CLOA's/WD'sNA
DStudents RetainedNA
SP2019AFA2018 Enrollment14190.83
BStudents Eligible for Retention131
CLOA's/WD's12
DStudents Retained119
SP2020AFA2019 Enrollment14489.25
BStudents Eligible for Retention121
CLOA's/WD's13
DStudents Retained108
SP2021AFA2020 Enrollment12189.7
BStudents Eligible for Retention107
CLOA's/WD's11
DStudents Retained96

Assessment and Statistics

The purpose of this section is to share assessments, enrollment trends, and graduation and retention rates with the wider IWP community.

Assessment Information

Enrollment Information

TERM
# ENROLLED STUDENTS
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Spring 2014
131
1246
Summer 2014
81
420
Fall 2014
144
1416
Spring 2015
139
1302
Summer 2015
64
318
Fall 2015
111
984
Spring 2016
106
928
Summer 2016
59
302
Fall 2016
118
1076
Spring 2017
123
1083
Summer 2017
74
412
Fall 2017
145
1337
Spring 2018
152
1342
Summer 2018
94
544
Fall 2018
141
1334
Spring 2019
146
1355
Summer 2019
76
436
Fall 2019
143
1186
Spring 2020
125
1101
Summer 2020
72
448
Fall 2020
120
1032
Spring 2021
124
1045
Summer 2021
75
467
Fall 2021
132
1120
Spring 2022
138
1104
Summer 2022
90
508
Fall 2022
153
1119
Spring 2023
152
1148
Summer 2023
84
444
Fall 2023
132
982
TERM
FULL-TIME
PART-TIME
Fall 2016
55
63
Spring  2017
56
66
Summer 2017
14
60
Fall 2017
78
67
Spring 2018
74
78
Summer 2018
14
80
Fall 2018
87
54
Spring 2019
86
60
Summer 2019
11
65
Fall 2019
81
62
Spring 2020
72
53
Summer 2020
13
59
Fall 2020
71
49
Spring 2021
72
52
Summer 2021
28
47
Fall 2021
71
61
Spring 2022
66
72
Summer 2022
19
71
Fall 2022
86
67
Spring 2023
85
67
Summer 2023
16
68
Fall 2023
78
54
TERM
FEMALE
MALE
Prefer Not to Answer
TOTAL
Summer 2016
17
42
 
59
Fall 2016
40
78
 
118
Spring 2017
42
81
 
123
Summer 2017
25
49
 
74
Fall 2017
46
99
 
145
Spring 2018
47
105
 
152
Summer 2018
28
66
 
94
Fall 2018
40
101
 
141
Spring 2019
44
102
 
146
Summer 2019
19
57
 
76
Fall 2019
54
89
 
143
Spring 2020
48
77
 
125
Summer 2020
32
40
 
72
Fall 2020
51
69
 
120
Spring 2021
49
75
 
124
Summer 2021
32
43
 
75
Fall 2021
49
81
2
132
Spring 2022
46
92
 
138
Summer 2022
30
59
1
90
Fall 2022
45
94
14
153
Spring 2023
53
96
3
152
Summer 2023
28
55
1
84
Fall 2023
49
81
2
132

Retention and Graduation Rates

Graduation Rate - Masters Programs

Graduation Rate - Certificate Programs

Note: **Students from the AY2017-2018 to AY2020-2021 cohorts are still matriculating. These graduation rates are therefore likely to increase.

TERMITEMDESCRIPTIONSTUDENTSRETENTION RATE [D/B * 100]
SP2017AFA2016 EnrollmentNA78%
BStudents Eligible for RetentionNA
CLOA’s/WD’sNA
DStudents RetainedNA
SP2018AFA2017 EnrollmentNA74.50%
BStudents Eligible for RetentionNA
CLOA’s/WD’sNA
DStudents RetainedNA
SP2019AFA2018 Enrollment14190.83
BStudents Eligible for Retention131
CLOA’s/WD’s12
DStudents Retained119
SP2020AFA2019 Enrollment14489.25
BStudents Eligible for Retention121
CLOA’s/WD’s13
DStudents Retained108
SP2021AFA2020 Enrollment12189.7
BStudents Eligible for Retention107
CLOA’s/WD’s11
DStudents Retained96
SP2022AFA2021 Enrollment13489.6
BStudents Eligible for Retention125
CLOA’s/WD’s13
DStudents Retained112
SP2023AFA2022 Enrollment14390.1
BStudents Eligible for Retention121
CLOA’s/WD’s12
DStudents Retained109
SP2024AFA2023 Enrollment13394.23
BStudents Eligible for Retention104
CLOA’s/WD’s6
DStudents Retained98