College of Micronesia-FSM
The College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM), which began operation in 1963 as the Micronesian Teacher Education Center (MTEC), is a multi-campus institution in the Federated States of Micronesia.
The College of Micronesia has a state campus in each of the four states with its national campus in the capital city of Palikir, Pohnpei. The COM-FSM system also includes the Fisheries and Maritime Institute (FMI) on the Yap islands.
Programs and accreditation
The College awards associate degrees to students who complete a prescribed two-year program of study. The time is extended for students who need to complete preparation classes before beginning the degree program. The college has articulation agreements with several online and conventional institutions.
The College awards certificates of achievement to students who complete a prescribed one-year program of study. Other short-term certificate programs are offered at the State Campuses in response to expressed local needs.
The College of Micronesia is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Accreditation was awarded in 1978 and reaffirmed in 1982, 1987, 1992, 1998, and 2005.
In 2004, the College was placed on “Warning” by WASC on the basis of its self study report and visit. The warning status was removed in 2005.
- Dirk Ballendorf, historian of Micronesia, President of the College of Micronesia from 1977 to 1979.
- Iris Falcam, former First Lady and librarian for the Pacific collection from 1979 to 2010.
- "Fisheries and Maritime Institute". COM-FSM website.
- "Outline of the Fisheries Training Project in the Federated States of Micronesia". Japan International Cooperation Agency. "Partner Country's Implementing Organization: Fisheries and Maritime Institute (FMI), College of Micronesia (COM)"
- "COM-FSM Regains Accreditation". The Kaselehlie Press. 21 July 2005.
- White, Joy (2013-02-06). "Micronesia historian Ballendorf dies at 73". Marianas Variety. Retrieved 2013-02-17.