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NMC to submit self-evaluation report this week

NORTHERN Marianas College expects to submit its self-evaluation report this week to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Northern Marianas College Dean of Student Services Leo Pangelinan, left, participates in a recent accreditation workshop held at the multi-purpose benter by NMC staff, faculty and administration members. Contributed PhotoNorthern Marianas College Dean of Student Services Leo Pangelinan, left, participates in a recent accreditation workshop held at the multi-purpose benter by NMC staff, faculty and administration members. Contributed PhotoNMC President Sharon Y, Hart said they are now finalizing the report.

“Over the past several months, members of the college community have been working in teams to prepare the institutional self-evaluation report and to ensure that its contents accurately reflect the college’s progress in meeting accreditation standards and eligibility requirements,” she said.

According to the ACCJC Manual for Self Evaluation, “The process of institutional self-evaluation provides an opportunity for an institution to conduct a thorough evaluation of its educational quality and institutional effectiveness against the Accreditation standards, including federal requirements, commission policies, eligibility requirements, and the institution’s own objectives.”

It added, “The process of self-evaluation allows the institution to consider the quality of its programs and services and its institutional effectiveness in support of student success. Although the standards are presented in four sections, the standards relate to the institution in its entirety. The standards should therefore be considered as a whole and the institution should present a holistic and comprehensive analysis of its compliance with the standards.”

Hart said students, staff, faculty and members of the board of regents have contributed significantly to NMC’s accreditation efforts.

“We will [also] continue to engage them, our legislative and executive leaders, and the members of the community to continue our momentum to accreditation reaffirmation,” she added.

As with previous reports submitted to ACCJC, Hart said members of the college’s management team and other employees led 12 different teams specifically aimed at addressing accreditation standards.

The teams are composed of staff, faculty and students.

Hart said the college held an accreditation workshop earlier this month to review and evaluate the highlights of the self-evaluation report.

An evaluation team from ACCJC will visit Northern Marianas College in October to conduct interviews and verify the information provided in the institutional self-evaluation report, she said.

During the visit, the evaluation team will typically expect to meet with the college president, administrators, department heads/program coordinators, members of the governing board, students and persons with substantial responsibility for producing the institutional self-evaluation report.