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November 30 , 2005


To:           All Concerned 

From:       President, COM-FSM 

Subject:     President’s Update #264


Mr. Joseph Saimon, Accreditation Liaison Officer at the College, has received an e-mail from Dr. Lilly Owyang, Associate Vice President for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), on November 18, 2005, saying that the Substantive Change Proposal on the Certificate of Achievement Program in Small Engine, Equipment, and Outboard Motor Repair from Pohnpei Campus has been approved by the Commission.

President James also received an official letter on November 28, 2005, from Dr. Barbara A. Beno, President, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, regarding the Commission’s action. The letter indicated that “the Committee on Substantive Change of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges reviewed the Substantive Change Proposal on the Certificate of Achievement Program on Small Engine, Outboard Motor, and Repair and approved the program. The Commission also wished to commend the College of Micronesia-FSM for responding to community needs. The clarifications provided by COM-FSM colleagues during the conference call were helpful.

The administration of the College would like to express its appreciation and gratitude to everyone that worked so hard in developing the proposal.

The Accreditation Working Group will be busy for the next 3 months gathering information and documents needed for the Progress Report which will be submitted to the Commission on March 15, 2005. The bulk of the report will be on the assessment of student learning outcomes, improvements made on communication among and within the six campuses, update on development of an integrated strategic plan, proof of delivery of programs and services consistently at all campuses, and documentations and proof of improvement of facilities at all sites; especially improvement of facilities at Chuuk Campus.

Board of Regents

The COM-FSM Board of Regents will be having its second regularly scheduled meeting in Pohnpei during the week of December 5-9, 2005. The Board of Regents will be acting on the following action items:

1.COM-FSM Operation Budget for 5 campuses for FY 2007
2.FSM-FMI Operational Budget for FY 2007
3.COM-FSM Bookstore Operational Budget for FY 2007
4.COM-FSM Cafeteria Operational Budget for FY 2007
5.COM-FSM Board of Regents Budget for FY 2007
6.Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts – Special Education
7.Third Year Certificate of Achievement in Teacher Education – Special Education
8.Revised Third Year Certificate of Achievement Program in Related Services
9.Policy on Student Services Programs Evaluation
10.Policy on Admission to Certificate of Achievement Programs
11.Salaries for Employees Who Have Been Frozen Prior to 1977 Salary Conversion.

The administration and key staff will also be updating the Board of Regents on accomplishments in their respective areas. The updates on the Chuuk Campus permanent and current sites will be provided by the Chuuk Campus Working Group.

Fiscal Year 2007 Budget

The Fiscal Year 2007 Budget has been completed by the component units of the College and the Finance Committee. The budget will be reviewed and acted on by the Board of Regents at its upcoming meeting during the week of December 5-9, 2005. The total operational budget for fiscal year 2007 that will be reviewed by the Board of Regents is at $11,025,524 for five campuses and $657,000 for FSM-FMI.

Chuuk Campus

The back-up generator at Chuuk Campus arrived there about a year ago. However, the back-up generator has not been hooked up since support services needed from the Chuuk Utility Corporation has not been put in place. Some of these support services are being worked on by the Chuuk Utility Corporation this week and next week (November 28-December 9, 2005). If plans of work will proceed as expected, the back-up generator at Chuuk Campus will be hooked up by December 12, 2005.

Thanks to Mr. Francisco Mendiola, Director of Maintenance, Mr. Joakim Peter, Director of Chuuk Campus, and maintenance crews at National and Chuuk Campuses for their hard work and efforts on this important project.

National Campus

The Working Group on Chuuk Campus permanent campus appeared before the FSM Congress’ Committee on Health, Education, and Social Affairs on November 17, 2005, at 3:00 p.m. at the Congress Hearing Chamber. The purpose of this oversight hearing was to provide responses to concerns and questions posed by the committee members. Matters relating to Chuuk Campus’ permanent site were covered and discussed to committee members’ satisfaction. Other concerns raised by HESA include hiring practices at the College, uses of the technology fee, and a request for the College to submit a personnel listing with number of years of service for each employee.

President James has sent a letter to the Chairman of the HESA committee with responses to the concerns and requests raised at the oversight hearing.

The President of the College and Director of Pohnpei Campus have been requested to appear before the Pohnpei State Legislature Committees on Finance, Resources and Development on November 29, 2005, at 10 a.m. in the committee’s hearing room. The hearing will be on the Small Business Development Training Center.

Final Exams Schedule at National Campus

The last day of instruction at the National Campus is on December 13, 2005. The final exams will take place during the week of December 14-16, 2005. The final exams schedule is attached for your information.

Mid-Year Graduation 2005 at National and Pohnpei Campuses

The 2005 Mid-Year Graduation at National and Pohnpei campuses has been scheduled to take place on December 23, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. in the FSM-China Friendship Sports Center. As of the date of this update, only 95 students have applied for graduation from National Campus and 10 students from Pohnpei campus. This is a small number of graduates as compared to the previous’ years graduation.

The Student Services Committee and the graduating students selected Mr. William Kostka, Executive Director of Conservation Society of Pohnpei, as the keynote speaker for the mid-year 2005 graduation.

Profile: American Higher Education

The College of Micronesia-FSM is a U.S accrediting institution as well as a recipient of the federal programs funds. As a recipient of the federal programs funds, the College is required to submit data to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). The following statistics were recently released by the (NCES):


-There are 17 million college students, with 25 million (or 86%) enrolled at the undergraduate level.
-4% of the undergraduates are enrolled in public 2-year; 36% in public 4-year; 2% in private 2-year; and 18% in private 4 year institutions.
-Forty percent of the undergraduates are enrolled part-time.
-Of all undergraduates, 37% are non-white.

Colleges and Universities

-4,200 colleges and universities offer degree granting programs.
-26% are public 2 year institutions.
-15% are public 4-year institutions.
-18% are private 2-year institutions.
-41% are private 4-year institutions.

State Support for Higher Education
-States contributed $48 billion in FY 1981, 58 billion in FY 1991, 67 billion in 2001, and most recently, $63 billion in FY 2005 (adjusted for inflation). State subsidies grew 32% from FY 1981 to FY 2005.
-State and local government support per student (adjusted for inflation) was $5,577 in FY 1993 and $5,616 in FY 2004.

The FSM and the Federal program support for higher education per student at the College of Micronesia-FSM campuses is at $1,832 during FY 2006. This is a clear indication that the College needs more support for providing quality educational programs and services at the same standards that the Community Colleges in America are providing. The Colleges in California, Hawaii, and FSM are accredited at the same standards at varied costs.

Fundraising Steering Committee

The Fundraising Subcommittee met on Tuesday, 11/29/05, at 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the President’s Conference Room and discussed the fundraising activities that will be undertaken by the Committee toward the end of Fall Semester 2005 and during Spring Semester 2006. The Committee members were reminded of the $100,000 that will be raised each year through fundraising activities organized by the Committee. The following fundraising activities are some of the activities to be undertaken by the Committee:

  • 50/50 Raffle – scheduled on December 5, 2005
  • Sale of College of Micronesia-FSM Christmas Cards. Sales commences on the first week of December 2005
  • Auction of used computers and computer accessories scheduled on March 4, 2006
  • King and Queen contest during the Founding Day on April 1, 2006

The Fundraising Committee also recommended that each State Campus should be given a certain amount of funds to raise annually. The amount recommended for each campus is given below:

Campus   Amount to be raised anually
Chuuk Campus   $10,000
Kosrae Campus   5,500
Pohnpei Campus   10,000
Yap and FSM-FMI Campuses   5,500
National Campus   69,000
  Total-------------- $100,000

The amount to be raised annually by the College community is a big amount, however, the Committee believes that if we all work together as a team we can accomplish the goal of raising $100,000 annually. The Committee felt that this is a good cause for faculty, staff, and administrators to support. We are doing it for the education of the young people of the FSM. Allotting $1.00 from your payroll check biweekly will help in achieving our goal.

Thank you.

Fall Semester 05