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NMC to come up with 5-year strategic plan

THE Northern Marianas College administration is set to present to the board of regents its five-year strategic plan this month, NMC President Sharon Y. Hart said.

One of the five areas they will address in the plan is “total accreditation.”

“We want accreditation to be always a part of us until it’ll be part of our culture,” she said.

Hart said NMC has been successful in its effort to comply with accreditation requirements and standards because “we made them a part of what we are and we will try to maintain the momentum.”

Now that the college’s accreditation has been reaffirmed, Hart said the NMC leadership is hoping to see more support from the CNMI government, including the legislative branch.

“We are expecting not only their vocal support. Let’s see what happens when the next budget comes around,” she added.

She said government leaders should “invest” in a good product such as the higher education that NMC offers.

“It’s clear now that NMC is going to succeed and we have succeeded,” she added.

With NMC’s show-cause status removed, Hart expects to see an increase in enrolment.

“Lot of things we wanted to do we were unable to because we were under sanction, but now were’ going full speed ahead as we try to meet the needs of the community, especially for an educated workforce.”

Board of Regents Chairman Frank Rabauliman said accreditation “is a continuous improvement process which we must sustain.”

He said funding remains a great challenge which is why they’re hoping that government leaders will consider education a top priority.