A team from the Accrediting Commission for Community Junior Colleges arrived over the weekend for a weeklong visit and inspection of the Northern Marianas College.
Saipan Tribune learned that the group is composed of 12 members, many of them new to the island and are either current or past presidents of other community colleges and universities.
Yesterday was the supposed the start of their four-day inspection but sources privy to the issue disclosed that the official campus visit was moved to today. They will be meeting with various governance councils of the college, including the faculty and staff senates, and the Associated Students of NMC.
A one-on-one interview with members of the NMC Board of Regents is also slated to begin today and the first three regents will be interviewed.
The team will be here until Thursday.
Saipan Tribune tried to obtain more details about the team visit but the NMC President's Office has yet to issue a statement.
Sources disclosed yesterday that the 12-member team this year is so far the largest delegation from the commission.
The commission placed NMC on continued probation status due to remaining standards and recommendations that have not been fixed yet by the college.
NMC submitted its 2012 self-evaluation report to the commission in August this year. The commission will decide on the college's accreditation fate in January next year.
The visiting team is expected to provide the college its observations and exit report at the end of the visit.
In an earlier statement, NMC stated that the accrediting commission is visiting the college to interview and verify the information provided in the self-evaluation report submitted in August.
The self-evaluation report will be made public after the commission acts on it during its January 2013 meeting.