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Accreditation

Northern Marianas College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

The College posts regular updates about accreditation related news and activities on the main page of our website. To view copies of the of accreditation related documents (including institutional reports, WASC Action Letters, etc.) please visit NMC’s Resource Documents page.

NMC’s Accreditation History

In June 1985, NMC received its initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This accreditation was reaffirmed in 1990, 1996, and again in 2001. In 2001, NMC was given initial accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (ACSCU), now known as WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a rare distinction among U.S. community colleges. This accreditation allowed the College to offer its Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.

Northern Marianas College’s accreditation was evaluated again in 2006 – 2007 and reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Colleges and Junior Colleges. The institution underwent a six year comprehensive evaluation in 2012 by ACCJC and WSCUC. The College was placed on Show Cause status in February 2013 and a visit was scheduled for October 2013. Accreditation was Reaffirmed in the February 7th, 2014 Action Letter. Immediately afterwards NMC applied for accreditation fully under WSCUC and was granted Initial Accreditation in the July 7th, 2014 Action Letter.

In the spring of 2014 NMC also completed Substantive Change to offer a Bachelors of Science in Business Management, which was approved in the summer of 2014. NMC now offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Business Management.


Per CFR 1.2, institutions are required to regularly generate, evaluate, and make public data about student achievement, including measures of retention and graduation and evidence of student learning outcomes.

In conformance with WSCUC standards, the College is making the following information about student achievement and other institutional data available in the links below.

NMC Student Retention and Graduation Rates

Complete List of Learning Support Services SLOs Form 1 combined 2013

Liberal Arts - Indicators of Student Learning
Liberal Arts - Program Review Form 1- 2012
Liberal Arts - Program Review Form 1- 2013
Liberal Arts - Program Review Form 1- 2014
School of Education - Indicators of Student Learning
School of Education Program Review Form 1 -2011
School of Education Program Review Form 1- 2012
School of Education Program Review Form 1 -2013
School of Education Program Review Form 1 -2013b
Business Department - Indicators of Student Learning
Hospitality Management Program Review Form 1 - 2011
Hospitality Management Program Review Form 1 - 2014
Criminal Justice Program - Indicators of Student Learning
Criminal Justice Program Review Form 1- 2012
Criminal Justice Program Review Form 1- 2014
Natural Resource Management - Indicators of Student Learning
Natural Resource Management Program Review Form 1 – 2011
Natural Resource Management Program Review Form 1 - 2013
Natural Resource Management Program Review Form 1 - 2014
Nursing Program - Indicators of Student Learning
Nursing Program Review Form 1- 2011
Nursing Program Review Form 1- 2012


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