12 Feb 2009

Marshalls college regains US accreditation

3:52 pm on 12 February 2009

A United States education agency has removed sanctions against the College of the Marshall Islands, giving it full academic accreditation for the first time in seven years.

While the two-year Majuro college fared well in its review by the U.S. Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission, other two-year colleges in U.S.-affiliated islands did not.

The Northern Marianas College in Saipan remains on show cause, the harshest sanction imposed and the final step before termination of accreditation.

American Samoa Community College was placed on probation, while the College of Micronesia in Pohnpei had its follow up assessment rejected by the commission.

The College of the Marshall Islands was one of seven institutions that were removed from warning status and had their accreditation reaffirmed.

Since the college's former business manager was charged in 2002 with embezzling more than 600-thousand US dollars, the Majuro college has been under sanction by agency.