Micronesia: Where Exactly IS the College of Micronesia?


I’m traveling to Micronesia to chair the accreditation External Evaluation Team for the College of Micronesia. I hope you’ll share my journey as I post daily updates and photos from what promises to be a very exciting trip. So – where exactly IS Micronesia? It’s far far away. About 5,400 miles from Folsom, as the crow flies (if a crow could fly it) in the western Pacific Ocean.  Micronesia refers to a widely scatted archipelago made up of over 2,000 islands and encompasses sovereign countries such a Guam, Palau, Marshall Islands, and Northern Marianas, and the Federated States of Micronesia, to name a few.

Federated States of Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia

Four of the eastern islands (Pohnpei, Yap, Kosrae, and Chuuk) chose to become the Federated State of Micronesia following World War II. The College of Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia (COM-FSM) primary campus is on Pohnpei, but offers classes on all four islands.

Where I'm headed.