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NMC to launch 5-year strategic plan

THE need for a local labor force and employment opportunities for residents is addressed by the strategic plan Northern Marianas College says it is developing.

“We’ll be working on this strategic plan against a backdrop of overwhelming economic challenges in the CNMI, so I can assure you that one of the most important discussions that we will be having with all parties is the college’s enhanced role as the commonwealth’s engine of economic growth,” NMC President Sharon Y. Hart said yesterday.

She said the college will  examine many sources of information including demographic data, and trends; peer comparative analysis; high school graduation/dropout date and trends; the Public School System’s high school graduating student performance; post-secondary enrollment; vocational training demand; enrollment trends and opportunities for alignment with four-year institutions of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education consortium.

She said NMC has been working with Dennis P. Jones, president of the nonprofit National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, to assist in the drafting of the strategic plan.

Its services will be funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

“We are extremely fortunate to be working with Dennis Jones,” Hart said, adding that Jones’s “extensive background” in helping other states and even countries set the direction for higher education will greatly benefit NMC.

Hart said Jones is widely recognized for his work in developing “public agendas” to guide higher education policymaking.

According to Hart, NMC is now preparing for its strategic planning activities, and will be working with faculty, staff, students, government leaders, private sector representatives, and other stakeholders to establish the general direction it will take over the next five years.

The college, she added, is now waiting for the CNMI’s detailed demographic data from the U.S. Census Office which has not yet been released to any of the U.S. territories.

The information will be critical to ensuring that the strategic plan is based on accurate, timely, and relevant information, she said.