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NMC ready for next step after passage of Initiative 17-12

NORTHERN Marianas College President Sharon Y. Hart said they are extremely pleased with the community’s overwhelming support for House Legislative Initiative 17-12 which will give NMC the authority and flexibility to establish its mission statement.

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NMC’s next step is to review its current mission statement and update it, she added.

More than 10,000 voters said “yes” to the initiative, or over 88 percent, while 1,300 voted “no.”

“We are very thankful for the result,” Hart said.

She thanked the NMC faculty, students, staff and community members who helped raise awareness about the initiative in many events preceding the election.

NMC set up an information booth at the Sabalu Market, the Tuesday Market, the Thursday Garapan Street Market, and also made short presentations at the Saipan Rotary Club and at the other forums regarding the initiative, she said.

During those outreach activities, the college shared information about how Initiative 17-12 could help NMC.

Hart said universities and community colleges across the nation typically have a mission statement that indicates the institution’s aims, values, and reason for existing.

In order to remain effective, she added, these institutions of higher learning revisit their mission statements periodically to ensure that the statements are relevant, appropriate, and reflective of the community that the colleges and universities serve.

As it stands now, she said NMC’s mission statement — established more than 25 years ago — is currently fixed and embedded in the CNMI Constitution.

“Because it is written into the CNMI Constitution, the college is limited in its ability to revisit the mission statement on a periodic basis to make necessary adjustments to reflect evolving community needs,” she said.

Hart said accreditation standards state that NMC should have a mission statement that defines the institution’s broad educational purposes, its intended student population, and its commitment to achieving student learning.

Equally important, she added, accreditation standards require that the mission statement of NMC should be reviewed on a regular basis using the institution’s governance and decision-making processes and should be revised when necessary

Without Initiative 17-12, the college will not be able to review its mission statement on a regular basis nor will it be able to make any revisions without undergoing a constitutional amendment, which can be a lengthy and difficult process, Hart said.

“The next step now…will be to use the college’s governance and decision-making process, which includes faculty, staff, and students, to review the mission statement to see if it should be updated in any way,” Hart added.