CHEA Mark of Affiliation
Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

NMSU’s Office of Accreditation provides oversight and support for accreditation activities on the Las Cruces campus and across our NMSU-system two-year campuses. Specific functions include:

  • Serving as Las Cruces campus liaison to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This includes ensuring NMSU’s compliance with HLC requirements and facilitating HLC approval of program and institutional changes as required.
  • Assisting colleges and academic programs in their efforts to achieve and sustain accreditation by specialized accrediting agencies.

Participate in NMSU’s Writing to Think Conference – Friday, April 6, 2018

The Conference is the culmination of NMSU’s Quality Initiative for HLC accreditation, to improve student writing. The Conference focuses on introduction of Writing to Learn techniques into courses in all disciplines. Writing to Learn techniques use writing as a tool to foster deep learning and critical thinking. The Conference will spotlight faculty who have implemented Writing to Learn techniques in their courses, which has resulted in increased meta-cognition, improved student engagement, enriched classroom discussions, improved application of course material, improved grades and pass rates, improved writing, and more satisfactory teaching experiences by faculty.

Beginning fall 2018, NMSU will launch the Writing to Think! program, which is based on a scaled model of the successful Writing to Learn program. The Writing to Think! program includes departmental participation. More information about applying for the Writing to Think program will be posted soon.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a process that evaluates the quality of an institution’s academic programs, operations, and support services and provides a road map for improvement. At NMSU many units, including colleges and programs, are accredited by specialized accreditation agencies. As a whole, NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). For more information about the HLC, you can go to the HLC website at or call 800.621.7440.

NMSU’s relationship with the HLC goes back a long time and as a result of the last successful review and subsequent reaffirmation of accreditation the Las Cruces campus was put on the Open Pathways option. Open Pathways has many benefits, including the independence to engage in a project geared toward campus needs and aspirations, referred to by the HLC as the Quality Initiative. Through some reflection, the decision was made to focus on student writing as NMSU’s project, which increased efforts and placed a greater focus on existing resources that had a positive impact on student writing.

In the United States, the accreditation process is organized through regional accrediting commissions and member institutions. Accreditation is critical not only to the institution, but also to our students. Information about accreditation in the United States and other avenues for institutions to receive Title IV funding can be found on the following websites.

Read the HLC’s Final Report on NMSU’s Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Read NMSU’s Final Report

Read NMSU’s HLC Assurance Argument

In preparation for NMSU’s reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), over the past couple of years many individuals have spent time creating an “Assurance Argument” (formerly known as a self-study), that provides evidence that NMSU meets the accreditation criteria of the HLC. NMSU submitted the Argument on Oct. 14, and it will be reviewed by a group of peer reviewers from seven different higher education institutions, who will spend time on the Las Cruces and Grants campuses on Nov. 13-14.

Read NMSU’s Assurance Argument Read NMSU’s Branch Campus Report – NMSU Grants


Protocol for Communicating NMSU’s Affiliation with HLC

  • The NMSU website ( is compliant with HLC requirements to reflect our current accreditation status.
  • NMSU is not required to reference our affiliation or accreditation status on published marketing or promotional material, or on websites other than the one identified above.
  • IF and WHEN NMSU’s affiliation and accreditation status is referenced on published materials, we must also include HLC’s website address and telephone number. In doing so, we must ensure that placement of this information does not confuse the public about how to contact HLC as opposed to how to obtain information from NMSU. Such statements should read as follows:

NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

HLC website:

HLC phone:  800.621.7440

  • NMSU may not use HLC’s logos for promotional or advertising purposes.


For information about Accreditation at other NMSU-System campuses:

NMSU Carlsbad

NMSU Grants

NMSU Doña Ana Community College

NMSU Alamogordo

US Department of Educations renews HLC’s Recognition as a National Accrediting Agency