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M E M O R A N D U M
To: All Regents, Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni,Community Patrons,
and our Valued College Friends & Supporters
From: Acting President
Subject: Update from the President's Office - No. 233
Summer Session 2004: Registration at National Campus commenced
on June 1, 2004, and will continue until June 4, 2004. Four hundred
six (406) students course selected for the Summer Session 2004. Twenty-eight
(28) instructors will be teaching fifty-one (51) sections/courses
during Summer Session 2004, and first day of instruction for the Summer
Session 2004 is on Monday, June 7, 2004.
Discussion Paper on the Future Direction of COM-FSM: In October 2003, President Urusemal invited the administration of the College of Micronesia-FSM to prepare a statement of the needs of the College over the next twenty years. On May 24 the Interim President and Board of Regents responded with a discussion paper outlining the issues for the College during the period of Compact II. The following is a summary of the contents of the discussion paper:
Planning Process: Beginning immediately, the College is gathering data, seeking community input, exploring all available funding options and seeking advice from leaders in order to prepare a long-term strategic plan. The College appreciates that beginning immediately, funding should come from both the National and State governments to meet the needs of the students. The College acknowledges the difficulty of the competing needs for limited resources and will be realistic and attempt to reduce costs by operating as efficiently as possible. The College also has an ongoing goal of meeting the requirements of the Accrediting Commission, which recently reminded the College that it must provide equal, quality instruction and services at all sites.
Difficult Questions: The College has identified numerous difficult and interesting questions surrounding the funding of post secondary education. Some of the most challenging questions are:
Projections: The College projected three enrollment scenarios: high, medium and enrollment capped at current levels. In each projection five percent was added for inflationary costs and government contributions were assumed to remain at FY05 levels. In five years, the high enrollment scenario would result in 3,412 students enrolled and a $744,581 deficit even with a $10 tuition increase. Without the tuition increase, the deficit would rise to $1,768,181 in five years.
The medium enrollment scenario results in 2,903 students in 2009
and a deficit of $714,588 with a small increase in tuition and again,
without the increase, the deficit would be $1,584,488. Capping enrollment
at the current level of 2,579 students results in a smaller deficit
of $597,094 or $1,607,167 without any tuition increase.
Cooperative Extension Service (CES): Pohnpei conducted a
two-day training workshop in Salapwuk, Kitti on May 13-14, 2004.
Topics presented were on black pepper and banana practices and management,
livestock waste management and swine health. The first day covered
lecture/presentations; second day included demonstrations and hands-on
activities. Extension agents involved in the training workshop were
Marcelino Martin, Engly Ioanis, Augustine Primo and Alpenster Henry.
Years of Service Award
39th Commencement Exercises: The College of Micronesia-FSM National and Pohnpei Campuses held a joint Spring Semester commencement exercise on May 20, 2004, at the FSM China Friendship Sports Center in Palikir with over 700 people in attendance. His Excellency, Joseph J. Urusemal presented the keynote address and Ms. Gina Tobin gave the valedictorian address for the class of Spring 2004. Approximately 86 graduates received their certificates and degrees. Following is the breakdown on number of students receiving their certificates and degrees in different areas of studies: Third Year Certificate of Achievement in Teacher Preparation (2 students), Third Year Certificate of Achievement in Accounting (5), Associate of Science Degree in Accounting (6 students), Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration (8 students), Associate of Science Degree in Computer Information System (13 students), Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts (13 students), Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts/Health Career Opportunity Program (15 students), Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts/Education (7 students), Associate of Arts Degree in Micronesia Studies (5 students), Associate of Science Degree in Marine Science (2 students), Associate of Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management (4 students from Pohnpei Campus), and Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (1 student). Of the 86 graduates, 51 are from Pohnpei State, 15 from Kosrae State, 11 from Yap State, 8 from Chuuk State, and 1 from Republic of the Marshalls. The Interim President, Spensin James gave the welcoming remarks while Chairman of the Board of Regents, Mr. Podis Pedrus, did the conferring of degrees to the graduates.
A word of thanks to the members of the Student Services Committee,
staff from Recreation Division, Admissions and Records, Maintenance
for decorating and setting up the FSM-China Friendship Sports Center.
Many thanks to the cafeteria staff for the sandwiches and drinks
served after the graduation.
Personnel: On May 11, 2004 Murphy Paulus began working as a clerk in the National Campus Bookstore.