COLLEGE OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS FORCED TO CLOSE KWAJALEIN CAMPUS

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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (April 19, 2002 – The Marshall Islands Journal)---The rapidly deteriorating condition of the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) facilities at its Gugeegue Island campus has forced the Board of Regents to temporarily suspend all academic programs for the coming year.

As soon as classes end next month, CMI will halt classes at the Kwajalein campus until August 2003, according to a board decision reached on Monday.

"We recognize that the suspension of all our Gugeegue-based academic programs will represent a real hardship for the many students who have come to rely on us there," said Interim President John Tuthill.

"We are already working on a number of plans to accommodate as many Gugeegue students as possible on the Majuro campus, and to provide other education opportunities for those who have to remain on Kwajalein."

Motivating the CMI board’s decision to close the Gugeegue campus for one year is the fact that it is "not currently up to U.S. accreditation standards," Tuthill said. CMI is facing three primary problems at its campus that was established in 1996:

"For us to continue to offer academic programs under the circumstances would, I believe, be unfair to our students, and could potentially jeopardize our accreditation and our right to administer U.S. Federal student financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant," Tuthill said.

 

COLLEGE OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS TO REBUILD KWAJALEIN CAMPUS

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (April 19, 2002 – The Marshall Islands Journal)---CMI is going to "devote all our energy and effort into rebuilding the campus" in the coming year, Interim President John Tuthill told the Journal this week.

Specific actions include:

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