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NMC Placed on Continued Show Cause (February 2, 2011)

In a letter dated January 31, 2011, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) President Dr. Barbara Beno informed Northern Marianas College Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera that the Commission has acted to continue the College on Show Cause status.

The accredited status of the NMC continues during the Show Cause period.

Dr. Beno indicated that the action to place NMC on continued Show Cause was made during the Commission’s meeting held January 11-13, 2011. During the meeting, the Commission reviewed the Show Cause Report submitted by the College, as well as the report of the evaluation team which visited NMC in October, 2010. The Commission also received a supplemental report from the College and heard comments from Board of Regents Chairperson Paz Younis and Interim President Lorraine Cabrera.

“While we are disappointed with the news about the recent Commission action, our resolve in meeting accreditation standards has not been shaken,” said Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera. “The College is prepared to do whatever is necessary to gain accreditation reaffirmation during the Commission’s next meeting.”

The College is now required to submit a Show Cause Report by March 15, 2011.

“I also want to emphasize, especially to students, that the College remains accredited during the show cause period,” said Interim President Lorraine Cabrera “Academic classes, federal financial aid, and student services will not be affected.”

The College’s Show Cause status was continued, according to Dr. Beno, for the following reasons: NMC is not in compliance with Commission eligibility requirements and standards in three key areas: institutional autonomy from outside interference, institutional financial management and integrity, and institutional governance and accountability.

In a campus assembly held Wednesday morning to announce the continued show cause status, Interim President Cabrera indicated that she was proud of all the work that has already been done to comply with accreditation eligibility requirements and meet accreditation standards.

“The evaluation team that visited NMC last October noted in its report many of the accomplishments that the College has made to meet accreditation requirements,” said Interim President Lorraine T. Cabrera. “We will continue to build on the progress and report our achievements in the Show Cause Report due in March.”

“As we’ve always done, we will continue to regularly update students, staff, faculty and community members about our accreditation efforts,” added Cabrera.

The College has posted copies of the WASC-ACCJC action letter, the Show Cause Report, and other documents on its website at . The community is invited to download and review these reports.

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