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NMC’s Program Review Activities Now Tracked Electronically (January 13, 2010)

To further strengthen its commitment to program review and assessment, the Northern Marianas College has acquired TracDat, a software that will help the institution track program review and assessment activities electronically. Designed by Nuventive out of Pennsylvania, TRACDAT, is widely used throughout the nation by educational institutions.

Prior to the purchase of TRACDAT, NMC staff and faculty had to manually transmit and develop program review reports for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE), a division under NMC that handles and controls data for the Planning Program Review and Outcomes Assessment Committee(PROAC).

Galvin Deleon Guerrero, Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and chair of PROAC, noted, “It was very tedious and time consuming having to administratively control and organize the reports. TRACDAT will not only improve efficiency and use less paper, but it will also improve the accuracy and precision of reports used for the College's assessment activities.”

After the final implementation of TracDat, Deleon Guerrero expects the software to help manage institutional assessment processes, including the assessment of student learning outcomes, by providing a structured framework for continuous quality improvement at the college. A web-based application, its templates assure uniform reporting that simplifies collection, review, management, and use of data.

TracDat includes programmed reports that enable users to track and review problems and solutions, relate goals and objectives to the institutional mission, and review courses by objectives and assorted data summaries. In addition, it helps track quarterly updates from NMC’s Operational Plan or Annual Implementation Plan and relates them to NMC’s Key Performance Indicators and other benchmarks.

“Our use of Nuventive’s TRACDAT is just one of the many important investments we have made and will continue to make in order to continually improve the quality of the College's programs,” said NMC Interim President Lorraine Cabrera.

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