NMC turns in report to ACCJC

Posted on Oct 19 2011
By Moneth Deposa

The Northern Marianas College met the Oct. 15 deadline to submit a follow-up report on its accreditation required by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, according to a statement from the college yesterday.

NMC said yesterday that the document presents evidence of its continuing efforts to comply with ACCJC eligibility requirements and that it met its standards.

The report, NMC said, was developed with considerable input and participation by the college community. A visit commission team is expected to visit NMC later to validate the report.

NMC declined to further comment on the report’s content because, as per commission policy on public disclosure, it “must maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality” with ACCJC in the accreditation process.

In the statement, it assured that the college will make the follow-up report and the visiting team report and related documents accessible on the NMC website once the commission indicates that it is appropriate to do so.

NMC disclosed on July 1 the commission’s decision to lift the college’s show-cause status and place it under a less severe sanction of probation. This was due to the still unaddressed recommendations made by the visiting team.

NMC was required to submit a follow-up report due Oct. 15, 2011, that should address all issues from the previous show-cause order, which cited deficiencies in three areas: institutional autonomy from outside interference, institutional financial management and integrity, and institutional governance and accountability.

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