About Neumont College of Computer Science

Academic Goals

  • Provide a learning environment which emphasizes accountability and achievement by encouraging students to take active ownership of their education.
  • Facilitate learning by building and applying best practices in project-based learning, problem-based learning, competency-based assessments, and teaching effectiveness.
  • Create opportunities for students to develop and practice effective collaboration and communication skills.
  • Encourage creativity and individual development through rich project experiences.
  • Focus on improving learning, teaching, and assessment techniques.
  • Foster relationships with industry experts and professionals to merge authentic and current professional practices into curriculum standards.
  • Support students in the development of independent learning capacity to create life-long learners.
  • Help students enter the workplace as productive, competent professionals with the skills and experience necessary to succeed.

Physical Facilities

Neumont's campus is located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The Neumont tower, a Utah historic landmark, is a 12-story building originally known as the Ezra Thompson Building. The building was built on the site of The Salt Lake House, a home station for Pony Express riders. When the Pony Express shutdown, the Salt Lake House continued as a hotel and saloon.

In 1924, the current high-rise building was constructed and named for its developer, who also was a three-term Salt Lake City mayor. The building housed office suites until the late 1930s, when it was sold to the Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Company. The newspaper staff occupied the building until 2005. In 2012, Neumont began an ambitious building-remodeling project, creating a college environment conducive to learning cutting-edge technology. In 2013, Neumont moved from its suburban office complex into the remodeled facility.

Classrooms, student common areas, and faculty and administrative offices occupy the lower level, street level, and floors 2 through 4. Floors 5 through 11 are 42 fully-furnished student apartments used exclusively for housing current Neumont students. Classrooms, found in the basement and on the second and third floors, are have dedicated projectors, whiteboards, and a dense Wi-Fi network to meet the demands of Neumont’s tech-oriented students.

The academic philosophy at Neumont revolves around principles of student engagement and active learning. As such, traditional large lecture halls with hundreds of students are not part of the Neumont model. The Neumont campus features numerous rooms and breakout areas where small teams of students work collaboratively on class projects or other assignments. In larger classrooms where instruction takes place, the average student seat count is 38 with a maximum of 60 seats in the largest classroom on campus.

The common student area on the first floor is open and furnished with tables and chairs to accommodate students during their free periods. A virtual tour of the campus can be found at http://www.neumont.edu/campustour.

Student Affairs Goals

  • Help students transition to an intensive, accelerated, project-based learning environment that is more academically engaging and challenging than their previous educational environment.
  • Recognize students who demonstrate self-discipline, motivation, and academic achievement.
  • Create a student life environment that is fun and fosters leadership development, accountability, professional work standards, and ethical decision-making.
  • Provide a secure living environment conducive to academic success, at a reasonable price, with activities conducive to the personal and social growth of all residents.
  • Enable individual success through academic and non-academic advising, referrals to community resources, student life programming, and educational accommodations for students with documented disabilities.
  • Inspire life-long community engagement through active participation in Neumont and the surrounding communities.
  • Plan and execute campus events that contribute to the college experience including commencement, orientation, and community activities.
  • Guide students through the registration process to ensure they make appropriate course selections that will enhance and further their academic development.

Legal Control and Governance

Neumont is owned and operated by Neumont College of Computer Science, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Neumont Acquisitions, LLC, both Delaware limited liability companies. Neumont Acquisitions LLC is a 100% owned subsidiary of Caltius Equity Partners III, LP and includes officer Shaun McAlmont, President and CEO of Neumont College of Computer Science.

Neumont History

Neumont was founded in 2003 by Graham Doxey, Marlow Einlund, and Scott McKinley to pioneer a more effective way of educating and preparing students for technology related careers. In 2004, the school began offering an accredited Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) degree. That same year, Neumont outgrew its original space and moved to a campus in South Jordan, Utah.

By 2007, Neumont was also offering master’s degrees in computer science and business administration. Edward H. Levine was named President of Neumont in the summer of 2007. In 2010, the final students graduated from the master’s degree programs as Neumont shifted its focus to its bachelor’s degree programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Operations and Technology Management (BSTM) degree program was added to Neumont’s offerings in 2010. The following year, the Bachelor of Science in Software and Game Development (BSGD) and the Bachelor of Science in Web Design and Development (BSWD) degree programs followed suit. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (BSIS) accepted its first cohort of students in 2013.

In the summer of 2013, the institution moved to its current location in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Two years later, Shaun E. McAlmont was named president. Neumont continues to educate the innovators of tomorrow through a hands-on, project-based curriculum developed in partnership with industry leaders.

Campus Location

The Neumont College of Computer Science campus and corporate offices are located at 143 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.

Accreditation

Neumont is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Due to a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Education regarding ACICS, Neumont currently has an in-process application with another accreditor and is meeting all the conditions required by the Department of Education. For more information about Neumont's accreditation status, go here.

Definition of Academic Credit and Credit Hour

Neumont awards credits using the quarter credit system as defined by its accrediting body and as approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

The number of credit hours awarded for a Neumont course is determined by the types and lengths of activities that occur within that course. Courses are comprised of a variety of teaching and learning techniques, including: classroom lecture and direct instruction activities, outside study, reading and other assignments, laboratory or project work, and, in some cases, practicum or externship experience.

One quarter credit hour equals, at a minimum, 10 classroom hours of lecture, 20 hours of laboratory, and 30 hours of practicum. The formula for calculating the number of quarter credit hours for each course is: (hours of lecture/10) + (hours of lab/20) + (hours of practicum/30). This corresponds to the federal definition of credit hour, which is equal to one hour of classroom, or direct faculty instruction, and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week, over the period of a 10 or 12 week quarter.

Licensure and Approvals

Neumont is registered under the Utah Postsecondary Proprietary School Act (Title 13, Chapter 34, Utah Code). This registration does not mean that the state of Utah supervises, recommends, or accredits the institution. Questions about the registration of this institution should be directed to: Utah Division of Consumer Protection, Heber Wells Building, Second Floor, 160 East 300 South, SM Box 146705, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6704. (801) 530-6601.

Student Complaints

Students who have complaints relating to issues that are covered by the student code of conduct should follow the institution's process for filing a complaint. The student code of conduct is found at http://www.neumont.edu/cmsdocuments/Current_Student_Handbook.pdf, see Appendix Two, Article IV.

If Neumont does not resolve the complaint, distance education students may file a complaint with the Utah Board of Regents at www.higheredutah.org/sara. The Board of Regents will only consider complaints that were previously unresolved by the institution and may refer a complaint to another agency for investigation.

Students who have complaints against the school relating to fraud, false advertising, or other deceptive practices can file a complaint with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, 160 East 300 East, 2nd Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, Telephone No. 801-530-6601, Toll Free in Utah at 1-800-721-SAFE or online at www.dcp.utah.gov/complaints/index.html.

If a student believes that the school has not adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting ACICS at 750 First Street, N.E., Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241, (202)336-6780. Students may also contact the U.S. Department of Education if they have concerns appropriate for an accreditor. Students can contact the Department of Education online at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/hotline.html.

In addition, students involved with distance and correspondence education can file a complaint with their state's enforcement authority, found at http://www.sheeo.org/node/434. Scroll through and click the “Student Complaint Process by State” link.