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NMC’s new business degree accredited by senior accrediting body

NORTHERN Marianas College now offers a bachelor’s degree in business management that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges-Senior College and University Commission, NMC announced in a press conference yesterday.

NMC said it was granted initial accreditation for a period of six years or until June 2020.

NMC’s other bachelor’s degree program is in education.

According to the college, its new four-year business management program is part of their five-year strategic plan to help the islands’ economy by creating a skilled local workforce.

Based on NMC’s research, the local demand for business management personnel outnumbered other professional needs.

The new program will be available by the start of the semester next month.

NMC said it will no longer be accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges or ACCJC.

NMC’s accreditation will now be handled by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges-Senior College and University Commission or WSCUC.

Under the regulations of the U.S. Department of Education, schools under ACCJC accreditation are only allowed to offer one bachelor’s degree.

NMC said that was the reason they needed to seek accreditation with WSCUC instead.

But the college said it remains grateful for the help ACCJC offered NMC that improved the college as a whole.

“The college acknowledges and is grateful for the guidance from ACCJC and its president, Dr. Barbara Beno — the college has grown to where it is today because of their support.”

The Northern Marianas College leadership led by acting president Jackie Che, director of institutional effectiveness; Board of Regents Chairman Frank Rabauliman; and  college accreditation liaison officer Amanda Allen join department heads and instructors in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon concerning NMC’s new four-year degree program.  Photo by Junhan B. TodinoThe Northern Marianas College leadership led by acting president Jackie Che, director of institutional effectiveness; Board of Regents Chairman Frank Rabauliman; and college accreditation liaison officer Amanda Allen join department heads and instructors in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon concerning NMC’s new four-year degree program. Photo by Junhan B. Todino

More to do

According to the college, WSCUC directed NMC to prepare a comprehensive self-study report.

NMC said the major recommendations were related to faculty roles and development, research and data-supported decision making, assessment of learning and student success.

Student success means NMC should have initiatives designed to increase the number of students who complete degree programs at the college.

NMC said it is already looking forward to offering more bachelor’s degree programs in the future based on the needs of the islands.

But to fulfill all that is required of NMC, requires “a step-by-step process and a lot of hard work.”

NMC said the government through appropriate and increased funding allotments could help the college.

But the college noted that from fiscal years 2007 to 2013, the total CNMI appropriations to NMC decreased by 21 percent even though there was increase in the number of students.

Compared to other U.S. institutions, NMC said, the budget allocation for the college decreased at a faster rate.

NMC said it is at the bottom of the list in terms of percent of funds it receives from state/local appropriations.

NMC is again urging the government to increase its budget for fiscal year 2015. Its current funding level is $4.8 million and its budget request amounts to $7.8 million.

“We need it,” NMC officials said during the press conference yesterday.