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NMC Regents Adopt New Mission, Vision Statements (September 26, 2013)

A highly collaborative process that began close to a year ago has culminated in new mission and vision statements for the Northern Marianas College.

In its meeting held on Thursday, Sept., 26, 2013, the NMC Board of Regents adopted the College’s new mission statement, which was the product of community input, legislative backing, and voter support. The Regents’ approval is also part of NMC’s effort to reaffirm its accreditation, which requires that the College’s mission statement to be reviewed on a regular basis.

“This is a major accomplishment for the College, and major step toward the reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation,” said NMC President Dr. Sharon Y. Hart. “The new mission and vision statements eloquently communicate the College’s commitment to student learning and workforce development.”

The new mission statement is: “Northern Marianas College, through its commitment to student learning, provides high quality, affordable and accessible educational programs and services for the individual and people of the Commonwealth.” The new vision statement reads, “Northern Marianas College will serve as the engine to drive the economic growth and the social and cultural vitality of the Commonwealth.”

The journey to update NMC’s mission statement began last Fall with the passage of Legislative Initiative 17-12, which was passed overwhelmingly by the voters in the last election and paved the way for a constitutional amendment that would allow the College to establish its mission statement.

The constitutional amendment was needed because NMC’s mission statement was until then fixed in the CNMI Constitution, which precluded NMC from revisiting the mission statement and updating it from time to time. Further, in accordance with accreditation standards, the College needed to have a mission statement that defined the institution’s broad educational purposes, its intended student population, and its commitment to achieving student learning.

The voters’ approval of the constitutional amendment launched the collaborative process to update the mission statement. The mission revision team, consisting of NMC’s Strategic Planning Task Force and members of NMC’s Standard IA team, reached out to members of the college community: all faculty, staff, administrators, and students were strongly encouraged to provide feedback. Opportunities for review of the draft mission statement were also provided to various governance groups at the College.

The College also sought input from the greater CNMI community. Part of this outreach included a strategic planning roundtable that was held with leaders representing both the public and private sectors, and a retreat for all NMC employees with Mr. Dennis Jones of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). The result of these strategic planning activities was a report outlining suggestions for strategic priorities for the College that ultimately contributed to the development of the new mission statement.

“This is the culmination of a collective effort with the passage of Legislative Initiative 17-12, and we are grateful to everyone who participated in this year long process ”“ students, faculty, staff, regents and community members,” said Jackie Che, Co-Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Task Force and Director of Institutional Effectiveness. “Many have contributed, coming together with a collective effort that revealed pride for what NMC is today and passion about our future.”

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