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April 18, 2005

To: All Concerned

From: President, COM-FSM

Subject: Update from the President's Office - No. 249


The Accreditation Team that visited the College of Micronesia-FSM on April 11-15, 2005, to validate and verify the content of the two Progress Reports submitted Western Association of Schools and Colleges as responses to six recommendations by the visiting team on March 1-5, 2004, presented their findings to faculty, staff, and students in an exit interview on the last day of the visit. The Administration of the College would like to express its appreciation and gratitude to the team members for their openness in meetings they had with faculty, staff, and students at the College. The draft summary of findings from visiting team on each of the six recommendations is attached for your information. The team’s final report will be send to WASC and President, COM-FSM, thirty days after the visit.

The final report will be reviewed by the Accrediting Commission at its June 2005 to determine if the COM-FSM will be removed from “Warning Status”.

Facilities Construction at the College:

The representatives of the College of Micronesia-FSM met with the Economic Planning and Implementation Council (EPIC)

on March 16-18, 2005, and follow up on a request to the leaders of the National and State Government relating to setting aside $1.0 million set aside for Infrastructure Development under Compact II. The EPIC approved a resolution at its March 16-18, 2005, to assist the College on funding construction of facilities at the College campuses. The copy of the resolution is attached for your information.

Reminder to Administrators, Faculty, Staff, and Students on Policy Relating to Payment of Registration Fees and Promissory Note:

The President’s Office has received numerous complaints from parents regarding payment of registration fees and promissory notes. The current policy stipulates that all registration fees must be paid upon registration. These fees are not part of the promissory notes. If a student cannot pay the fees, the student is not allowed to register. College’s policy (Bus. 10.2) on payment of registration fees and promissory note is attached for information.