The evaluation team from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities concluded on Thursday their visit to the Northern Marianas College.
The team visit to the college was part of the overall institutional self-evaluation process that helps NMC consider the quality of its programs and services and its effectiveness in producing competent graduates.
During its visit that started Monday, the team held interviews and verified the information provided in the self-evaluation report that NMC submitted to WASC in August.
Team members met with faculty, students, staff, administrators, and members of the Board of Regents. It also conducted open meetings with members of the campus community.
NMC, in a statement, said the visit was organized by NMC's new accreditation liaison officer, Amanda Allen, who is also the Distance Learning Education director.
The visiting team will now draft its evaluation report and, once finalized, will submit it to commission members who will decide NMC's accreditation status at their January 2013 meeting.
“Over the past several months, members of the college community had been working in teams to prepare the institutional self-evaluation report and to ensure that its contents accurately reflect the college's progress in meeting accreditation standards and eligibility requirements,” said NMC president Sharon Y. Hart, Ph.D., adding that the college had looked forward to this visit to further demonstrate NMC's compliance with accreditation standards and team recommendations.
“Although the visit has now concluded, there is still much to be done. We will now be preparing our supplemental report that will be submitted to the commission before its meeting in January,” added Hart.
According to her, students, staff, faculty and members of the board have contributed significantly to the college's accreditation efforts. “We will continue to engage them, our legislative and executive leaders, and the members of the community to continue our momentum to accreditation reaffirmation,” she said.
NMC was placed on continued probation status last year due to standards and recommendations that have yet to be met.
The visiting team was headed by Dr. Gari Browning, and included Jill Ferguson, Kathleen Mendelsohn, James Keller, Jeff Shimizu, Dr. Christopher Villa, Roger Welt, Eddie West, Chui Tsang, Clyde Sakamoto, Gilbert Rodriguez, and Dr. Patricia Prado.