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Newly elected NMC chairman to focus on accreditation

ALTHOUGH they have several goals for Northern Marianas College, maintaining its accreditation is the top priority of the board of regents, its newly elected chairman Frank Rabauliman said.

“I believe that there has been a tremendous amount of progress that the institution has made in meeting and perhaps even exceeding accreditation standards and recommendations,” said Rabauliman, who lauded his predecessor, Juan T. Lizama’s leadership.

Frank Rabauliman
“The key objective now is to sustain those efforts to enhance the educational quality provided by Northern Marianas College and the effectiveness of the programs and services that are offered,” said Rabauliman in an email interview.

The board, he added, will also maintain its focus on the policy level at NMC and leave the day-to-day operations of the college to NMC President Sharon Y. Hart.

“Former board chair[man] Lizama was instrumental in ensuring that the regents focused on maintaining its momentum in reviewing and updating policies,” Rabaliman said.

As a result, he added, they completed a “meticulous review of policies that involved all areas of the college, including academics, student services, human resources, and finance.”

Rabauliman said the board will continue to step up its advocacy efforts on behalf of the college.

“Our aim is to meet regularly with the governor and members of the Legislature to communicate the college’s progress in responding to workforce needs and expanding learning opportunities for the students of the CNMI,” he added.

“We will also be emphasizing the resource needs of the college during our meetings with commonwealth leaders.”

After his election as the chairman of the board, Regent Elizabeth Rechebei was designated chairwoman of the program committee; Regent William Torres, chairman of the fiscal committee; and Regent Juan T. Lizama, chairman of the personnel committee.

“These individuals are great leaders in their own right and I am confident they will do a great job heading these important committees,” Rabauliman said.

“The NMC board of regents will continue to work as a highly effective team to maintain the college’s important role in training our students and providing them with a springboard to better opportunities in life,” he added.