26 Jul 2010

Calls for investigation into alleged government interference in Northern Mariana college

11:25 am on 26 July 2010

A lawmaker in the Northern Marianas is calling for an investigation into what he describes as a damaging status placed on the Northern Marianas College.

After a recent review by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the school was placed on the show-cause sanction and is at risk of losing its accreditation.

Our correspondent in the CNMI, Mark Rabago, says the accreditation body has accused the college of letting the government meddle in its affairs it when it's supposed to be autonomous.

He says Representative Stanley Torres is endorsing a resolution asking the U.S. Department of Education and top officials to investigate the actions of the Association's president, Dr Barbara Beno.

"Stanley Torres is questioning the motives of WASC, saying that Dr Beno is a good friend of Dr Carmen Fernandez, who is the former president of NMC. And is saying that because Fernandez was fired, Stanley's saying that this is Beno's way of trying to get back at NMC."