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Institutional Accreditation

HLC Blog

NMHU Accreditation Status

Recent News

“New Mexico Highlands University was formally removed from probationary status from the Higher Learning Commission July 9, 2018. I can’t express how pleased I am that the entire university and community came together to make Highlands a stronger institution in the eyes of the HLC. I would like to thank Dr. Brandon Kempner for his leadership in guiding our accreditation efforts and Drs. Lee Allard and Ian Williamson for ensuring we continue to not only maintain our accreditation but exceed HLC’s expectations. Highlands will not put itself in danger of probation again during my leadership. Period. 

 The work of moving New Mexico Highlands forward has just begun. Now that we are off probation, I have tasked the vice-presidents, the dean of students and the director of athletics to identify areas where we can improve efficiencies, responsiveness, and service to our students. We have moved forward this summer on several initiatives and those that require discussion and vetting from the campus community will be presented this fall. We will be posting documents on with more information. I also encourage you to visit Highlands’ HLC blog (see link above) to follow our progress as we prepare for our next HLC visit.”

Sam Minner, Ph.D.

President, NMHU


Accreditation Overview

Highlands University is fully accredited by and in good standing with the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission accredits approximately 1,000 colleges and universities that have a home base in one of 19 states that stretch from West Virginia to Arizona. HLC is a private, nonprofit regional accrediting agency.

HLC’s mission is to assure and advance the quality of higher learning. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The institutions HLC accredits include public, private not-for-profit, and proprietary institutions at degree levels from the associate’s through the doctoral degree level and from small, specialized institutions through large research universities.

Faculty, staff, students, parents, and others from the general public with questions regarding HLC’s work should contact the Higher Learning Commission by email at or by phone at 312-263-0456.

For Highlands specific questions, please contact us at

For further information about prior accreditation activities, including our 2017-18 Assurance Argument, please click here.

For information about program level accreditation, please refer to the OIER website.