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New Mexico Highlands University Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.0456 | Fax: 312.263.7462
Email:info@hlcommission.org

Probation disclosure: click here

NMHU Accreditation Status


School of Business, Media and Technology

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420
Overland Park, KS 66211
Accredited every 10 years, first accredited 1997, next accreditation 2017

Website
Approval Letter
Institutional Report


School of Education

Rehabilitation Counseling – Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Previously CORE
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.535.5990
Accredited every 8 years, first accredited 2017, next accreditation 2020

Website
Approval Letter
Institutional Report

State of New Mexico
New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED)
Higher Education Department (HED)

2048 Galisteo St
Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100
Phone: 505.476.8400
Accredited every 6 years, first accredited in 2012, next accreditation 2018

National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Previously NCATE
1140 19th St, Suite 400
Washington DC, 20036
Accredited every 6 years, first accredited in 2012, next accreditation 2018

Website
Approval Letter
Institutional Report


Chemistry Program

American Chemical Society
1155 Sixteenth Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202.452.2135
First Approved 1950, next approval 2021

Website
Approval Letter
Periodic Report


School of Social Work

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

1725 Duke St, Suite 500
Alexandria, VA 22314
BSW accredited every 8 years, first accredited in 1976, next accreditation 2020
MSW accredited every 8 years, first accredited in 1978, next accreditation 2020

Website
BSW Approval Letter
MSW Approval Letter


Nursing Program

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 502
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202.887.6791
Accredited every 10 years, first accredited in 2009, next accreditation 2019

Website
Approval Letter
Periodic Report


Psychology Masters Program, Clinical/Counseling Track

Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council

595 New Loudon Road, #265
Latham, NY  12110
Accredited every 10 years, first accredited in 2011, next accreditation 2021

Website
Approval Letter
Interim Report


Forestry Major, Management and Wildland Fire Concentrations

Society of American Foresters

10100 Laureate Way
Bethesda, MD 20814-2198
Phone: 301.897.8720
Accredited every 5 years, first accredited 2008, next accreditation 2019

Website
Approval Letter
Interim Report


Probation Disclosure

Effective August 31, 2016, New Mexico Highlands University was placed on probation by our accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This accreditation website will provide you with details about the HLC process, criteria for accreditation, and our plans to resolve each and every one of these probation areas. Highlands remains 100% committed to the accreditation process, and we look forward to working with the entire campus community to strengthen our University by resolving these issues.

About Probation

In their Public Disclosure letter, the HLC noted that Highlands has been placed on Probation because the HLC Board determined that the University was out of compliance with some of HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The Board took this action because of a number of concerns including those related to staffing and institutional support, assessment of student learning, student retention and completion rates, governance, and institutional planning. For more details, please see the HLC’s Action Letter and the Probation Areas section of this website.

Probation is a public status signifying that an accredited institution is no longer in compliance with one or more of HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The period of Probation is not more than two years from the date that the Board placed the institution on Probation. During the Probation period, the institution remains accredited and has the opportunity to remedy the concerns noted.

In most cases, because institutions on Probation remain accredited, other institutions of higher education will continue to accept the institution’s credits in transfer or for admission to a program at a higher degree level. However, students enrolled at an institution on Probation and interested in pursuing a higher degree or transferring should contact any institution they plan to attend in the future to confirm the institution’s admission and transfer policies.

Next Steps

The University is required to file an Assurance Filing no later than November 1, 2017 providing evidence that the University has resolved the concerns of the Board identified in the Probation action and evidence that it meets the Criteria for Accreditation.

The University will be required to host a comprehensive evaluation no later than December 2017 to determine whether the concerns of the Board identified in its action have been resolved and the Criteria for Accreditation have been met.

At its meeting in June 2018, the Board will review materials related to this evaluation and determine whether the University can be removed from Probation. If the University has not resolved the Board’s concerns that led to Probation, other action may be appropriate.

About 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 info@hlcommission.org or by phone at 312-263-0456.

For Highlands specific questions, please contact us at hlcinfo@nmhu.edu.