American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Marine Science instructor Jameson Ka’eo Newtson joined faculty in the same field from the College of the Marshall Islands, College of the Federated States of Micronesia, and Northern Marianas College at the Climate Change Science workshop held in Palau earlier this summer, and hosted by the Palau Community College (PCC) and the Pacific Island Coral Reef Center (PICRC). The workshop focused on content and tools to monitor ocean acidification (OA), a troublesome consequence of climate change, and discussions of the scientific tools to monitor OA with world-renowned coral reef experts Dr. Robert Richmond (University of Hawaii) and Dr. Robert Dunbar (Stanford University).
At its meeting on Friday, July 18th, the Board of Higher Education (BHE) gave its approval to a document the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has spent the better part of eight months preparing. With the Board’s approval, ASCC may now submit its Self-Study to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. A team representing the ACCJC will review the ASCC Self-Study in advance of making a site visit to the College in September of this year as part of the WASC accreditation renewal process.