Over 60 have applied for and are enrolled in Northern Marianas College’s new business bachelor’s program; however, a number of these students were not eligible to take the degree’s courses, with the college instead opening more lower-level courses to allow the students to finish prerequisites for the degree, according to information obtained during the program committee report at the college’s board meeting last week.
“Many of [the students] expect to have their prerequisites complete in order to enroll in the program come January,” college president Dr. Sharon Hart told the Board of Regents.
Because of the many students needing prerequisites, offering the upper-level courses would not get classes to their minimum number of students, according to Amanda Allen, director of Distance Learning.
According to her, a course needs 10 students to run.
A course schedule dated on Aug. 8 last month, provided by the college’s website, shows that out of the 12 courses listed for the new program, only two were not cancelled.
Chavel Green, department chair of the new business program, noted in an interview at the time that while the schedule did show classes to be cancelled, students were accommodated, with lower-level prerequisite courses opened.
“No students were turned away in the program,” Hart said at the board meeting.
Business courses run during the day and evening, with the feedback that the college has been getting from the program so far “looking for very good,” according to Hart.