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NMC Postpones Start Date of Some Classes (August 19, 2013)

The Northern Marianas College has announced that it has postponed the start date of some of its courses.

According to Barbara Merfalen, Dean of Academic Programs and Services, approximately 20 percent of the Fall 2013 courses will have a start date of September 16, 2013.

The postponement of some of the courses was due to several factors, according to Merfalen. One of the reasons is the College requires additional time to complete the hiring process for new instructors who meet the minimum qualifications policy that was approved earlier this month.

The new policy was adopted in response to the recommendations made by the External Evaluation Team of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) that visited the Northern Marianas College last October.

“The postponement of courses allows the College additional time and flexibility to recruit and hire full time and adjunct instructors,” said Merfalen. “It also provides students additional time to register for these classes since registration for classes has also been extended.”

Although some courses have been postponed, Merfalen emphasized that the minimum required contact hours will not be impacted. Contact hours refer to the amount of time that a student spends interacting directly with a faculty in the classroom.

The College has reported that it has enrolled 1,119 full time equivalent (FTE) students as of the last Friday. This figure is expected to change during “add / drop week” as students are adding courses or removing them from their class schedule. Full Time Equivalency (FTE) is calculated by taking the total number of credits that students have registered for and dividing that figure by 12 (minimum number needed to be a full time student).

Student Services Dean Leo Pangelinan announced that registration for Fall 2013 will be extended, so students who are interested in registering for NMC courses that begin the week of Aug. 19-23 must submit an admission application form and take the English and Math Placement test by August 22, 2013.

Students who are interested in registering for courses that begin the week of Sept. 16-20 must submit an admission application form and take the English and Math placement test by Sept. 12, 2013.

For more information about changes to the course schedule, please contact the Office of the Dean of Academic Programs & Services at 237-6706, or email: [email protected].

For English and Math Placement Testing, contact the Testing Center at 237-6774, or email: [email protected].



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