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NMC Completes Review of Program Documents Key to Accreditation Efforts (August 3, 2008)

The Northern Marianas College recently completed a comprehensive review of program documents fundamental to the College’s efforts to meet accreditation requirements.

The review, led by the College’s Program Review and Outcomes Assessment Committee (PROAC), involved a meticulous and painstaking review and discussion of NMC’s key departments’ Form 2 documents. A Form 2 document provides information and analysis of a program’s history, specific services/activities; data/evidence used for planning and assessment purposes; human, physical, and technology resources, recommendations for improvement, etc.

To ensure extreme focus during the assessment, the PROAC members met over two separate weekends ” full day mee! tings were held on July 19-20 and 25-27.

PROAC is NMC’s official institutional assessment committee and is charged with facilitating the program review process. The committee reviewed submissions from all academic programs, academic support, and administrative units.

The Committee will be prepared to provide feedback to programs starting August 4 in the form of a composite report. The report covers a number of items including strengths and areas for improvement, findings and recommendations at the program and institutional levels, and next steps.

Dr. Carmen Fernandez, NMC President and ex-officio member of PROAC, participated in all the review sessions.

“The extensive deliberations that took place were so beneficial,” President Fernandez said. “It was so gratifying to see the results of the hard work from all levels of NMC and it will be more so when we begin to implement the improvements recommended by the program review pro! cess.”

“The program review process is a powerful exercise t hat leads to dialogue and engagement at all levels of the institution that is so healthy,” Fernandez added. “PROAC is to be commended for their sacrifice and dedication during the review period.”

The next step in the Program Review process is for PROAC to forward the Composite Report to College Council and the Planning, Budgeting, and Evaluation Committee (PBEC) for action. Results of program review will be linked to the strategic plan and budget allocation.

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