PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Northern Maine Community College recently was approved for continued accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
The college learned of the decision late last week.
“Obviously we are very pleased with the decision,” NMCC President Tim Crowley said Monday. “This is a result of a great deal of hard work on the part of our entire campus community.”
The report comes on the heels of a two-year process that began on the campus in early 2007 with the naming of faculty members Betty Kent-Conant, chairwoman of the nursing and allied health department, and Ron Fitzgerald, chairman of the arts and sciences department, to lead work on a 100-page self-study.
The study examined 11 areas on campus, including mission and purpose; academic programs; faculty; students; human, physical and fiscal support for the institution; integrity; and public disclosure.
“The review was obviously very thorough and it showed us that we are doing very well, especially in the areas of student retention and academic support,” said Crowley.
After the self-study was written, NMCC welcomed a visiting team of administrators and faculty from similar institutions throughout New England.
The college was commended in several areas, according to Elsa Nunez, chairwoman of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
“We take favorable note of the college’s success in developing learning partnerships with other colleges and universities in the region,” wrote Nunez in her letter on behalf of the commission.
“The college has established an effective academic success center, and faculty and staff are clearly committed to student success.”
“The college is equally committed to service to the region, and the regard in which the institution is held in the region is evidenced in a concrete way by the college’s success in fundraising,” she wrote. “We concur … that the college’s planning processes are exemplary and, under the leadership of the president and his team, pro-vide a strong foundation for future development.”