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Voters urged to support NMC initiative

NORTHERN Marianas College is asking voters to approve Senate Legislative Initiative 17-12 which will allow NMC to establish and periodically revisit its mission statement to meet the needs of the students and the community.

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Frankie Eliptico
NMC director for external relations Frankie M. Eliptico, who was one of the speakers at the Rotary Club meeting at the Hyatt yesterday, said the NMC mission statement is embedded in the CNMI Constitution and has not been revised for the past 25 years.

“NMC’s ability...to make necessary adjustments to its mission statement to address evolving community needs is limited, but the passage of S.L.I. 17-12 will give the college the flexibility it needs to establish the college’s mission statement,” Eliptico said.

He cited, for example, the inclusion of online classes and courses, possibilities that were not available 25 years ago.

Eliptico said NMC asked lawmakers to pass the legislative initiative so it could be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot.

“We need the support of the NMC staff, board members, faculty, students, the community, and the business sectors to help give the college the flexibility it needs to revisit its mission statement to meet the needs of the students,” he added.

Eliptico said S.L.I. 17-12 can also help NMC meet accreditation standards which require the college to “have a mission statement that defines the institution’s broad educational purposes, its intended student population and it’s commitment to achieving student learning.”

Accreditation standards also require that the mission statement should be reviewed on a regular basis and revised when necessary.

But Eliptico said no radical changes will be made to the mission statement.

S.L.I 17-12 is a proposal to amend the CNMI Constitution.

Eliptico said due to NMC’s limited resources, they are doing the best they can to disseminate information regarding the legislative initiative.

For more information, go to www.nmcnet.edu, or http://www.votecnmi.gov.mp/.