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New Mexico Highlands University Accreditation

Accreditation Overview

Highlands University is fully accredited and in good standing with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). To check NMHU’s accreditation status, please see the NMHU Institutional Accreditation on the official HLC web page.

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 on HLC, please contact Dr. Keith Tucker at

HLC accredits approximately 1,000 colleges and universities in 19 states. HLC is a private, nonprofit regional accrediting agency that reports to the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

HLC’s mission is to assure and advance the quality of higher learning. HLC accredits include public, private not-for-profit, and proprietary institutions from the associate through the doctoral degree level and from small, specialized institutions through large research universities.

Specialized Program accreditation:

Separate from the HLC, several specific programs at NMHU are accredited by their own specialized accrediting agencies.

School of Business, Media and Technology

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Accredited every 10 years; first accredited 1997; next accreditation 2027

Approval Letter
Institutional Report

School of Education

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
Rehabilitation Counseling
School Counseling

Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-535-5990
Accredited every 8 years; first accredited 2017; next accreditation 2029

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

120 S Federal PI STE 105
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505-476-8400
Accredited every 6 years, first accredited in 2012, next accreditation 2022

TITLE II REPORTS: National Teacher Preparation Data


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 2026

Approval Letter

Chemistry Program

American Chemical Society (ACS)
1155 Sixteenth Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 800-333-9511
First approved 1950, next 2029 ACS Chemistry 2023 2029 reaffirm

Periodic Report

School of Social Work

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
BSW accredited every 8 years; first accredited in 1976; next accreditation 2028
MSW accredited every 8 years; first accredited in 1978; next accreditation 2028

BSW Approval Letter
MSW Approval Letter

Nursing Program

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

655 K Street, NW Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
P 202-887-6791
F 202-887-8476
Accredited every 10 years; first accredited in 2009; next accreditation 2024

Approval Letter
Periodic Report

Psychology Masters Program, Clinical/Counseling Track

Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)

595 New Loudon Road, #265
Latham, NY  12110
Accredited every 8 years; first accredited in 2011; next accreditation May 2030

Forestry Major, Management and Wildland Fire Concentrations

Society of American Foresters (SAF)

2121 K Street, NW, Suite 315
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 301.897.8720
First accredited 2014, last site visit and accreditation review 2019, next accreditation 2030 Accredited Degree Program Forestry 2030

SAF Committee on Forestry Accreditation Actions 2022 Final