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Accrediting Body Praises NMC School of Education’s Accomplishments and Progress (March 27, 2008)

The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (ACSCU), in its meeting held on February 21, 2008, resolved to continue the accreditation of the Northern Marianas College’s Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Elementary Education.

ACSCU President and Executive Director Ralph A. Wolff, in a February 29, 2008, letter (attached) to Dr. Carmen Fernandez, indicated that the move was based on a series of accomplishments that the NMC School of Education has achieved, including:

  • The School of Education has made curricular changes based on assessment findings and will be the first program at NMC to submit a complete assessment report.
  • The School of Education has become engaged as a partner in campus-wide assessment efforts, and in this way, has become less isolated from the rest of the campus community.
  • A new director of the! School of Education has been installed and previously overwhelming workloads are being redistributed.
  • The School of Education’s relations with the CNMI Public School System have improved.

Furthermore, during a site visit conducted in November 2007, ACSCU representative Karen R. Graham, PhD, noted that the School of Education has made significant progress in addressing the recommendations from earlier accreditation reports.

“We are extremely proud of the significant progress that the School of Education has made and the recognition it has received from the accrediting commission,” NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez said. “We will continue to build on this progress to ensure that our bachelor’s degree program remains one of the most competitive in the region.”

“In addition to the hard work of the School of Education’s students, staff, and faculty, the recognition from ACSCU can also be credited to NMC’s heightened efforts to use inst! itutional data and a coordinated, systematic process to guide decision -making.” Fernandez added.

The accreditation from the Senior College Commission for the bachelor’s program relies on the underlying institutional accreditation from ACCJC, and is therefore conditional upon an accreditation reaffirmation from ACCJC.



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