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NMC ‘full speed ahead’

STAFF, students, faculty and stakeholders of Northern Marianas College have finally seen the fruit of their hard work, commitment and dedication.

Last week, the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges released its official decision removing the college from “show cause status” and reaffirming its accreditation.

Since then, people have continued to send their congratulations and gratitude to NMC for such a “great success.”

An online commenter said: “Good — now don’t ever fall into that again…constant and continual improvement.”

The NMC leadership now has a new motto — “Full Speed Ahead” — to help sustain the college’s accreditation.

The decision to reaffirm the college’s accreditation was made during the January 2014 meeting of the ACCJC.

“This is a great day for Northern Marianas College and for the commonwealth,” NMC President Sharon Hart said as she expressed her gratitude in the presence of government officials led by Gov. Eloy S. Inos, students, faculty, and community members in a jam-packed room D1.

ACCJC President Barbara A. Beno said NMC was able to resolve the deficiencies identified in the Feb. 11, 2013 action letter and meet the accreditation standards.

“On behalf of the commission, I wish to express continuing interest in the institution’s educational programs and services. Professional self-regulation is the most effective means of assuring integrity, effectiveness, and educational quality,” she said.

Beno also congratulated the college for the successful resolution of its prior deficiencies. She encourages the college to maintain its quality through continuous self-assessment and analysis so that the new policies and practices become institutionalized at NMC.

Hart expressed her gratitude to the NMC board of regents led by Frank Rabaulima, Governor Inos, Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider, legislators, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan and community members for their unrelenting support.

NMC complied with its supplemental report to the ACCJC — which added to the Show Cause Report that the college submitted on Oct. 15, 2013 — to provide updates to the college’s continuing accreditation efforts.

The Supplemental Report focused on the college’s effort to sustain the progress that was reported in the October 15, 2013 Show Cause Report, and addressed recommendations that were made in the 2012 External Evaluation Team Report.

“The supplemental report emphasizes the college’s efforts to sustain its accreditation momentum, and even goes further to describe other activities we have undertaken to address accreditation recommendations,” according to Amanda Allen, NMC distance learning director and accreditation liaison officer.

The commission said its substantive change committee now allows NMC to offer a baccalaureate degree in education.

Prior to the reaffirmation, NMC’s proposal to have its School of Education’s four-year baccalaureate degree program included in its primary accrediting body was approved by ACCJC’s Committee on Substantive Change.