The University of New Mexico is seeking public comment from third-party constituencies, including students, alumni and community members, about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

The public comment period is part the process for re-accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. The open public comment period is required prior to any review process that involves evaluating whether an institution is in compliance with certain federal requirements.

Submit comments to HLC at or mail them to the address below. All comments must be received by Feb. 4, 2019.

Public Comment on The University of New Mexico
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

HLC forwards these comments to the evaluation team members and the institution. Questions about submitting a comment should be directed to

For more information and to submit comments, visit HLC Third Party Comment.

UNM has been continuously accredited through the HLC since 1922. Accreditation of institutions of higher education is an evaluation and certification process that establishes whether a college or university meets formal official requirements for quality. There are six nationally-recognized regional associations that conduct reviews of schools and colleges.

The HLC accreditation covers all of UNM’s campuses and programs. The institution’s last comprehensive review occurred in April 2009, resulting in a full 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation. The next site visit will take place in the 2018-19 academic year.

UNM will host visits from the HLC’s accreditation team on UNM’s main campus on March 4-5, as well as UNM-Gallup and UNM-Taos on March 1, 2019. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

Additionally, three events, open to the public, will be held during the site visit and moderated by the HLC review team. These “university conversations” will be organized around the criteria for accreditation and will provide more information and clarity to the reviewers. UNM is also seeking community participation in these events. Details on times and locations will be announced soon.

More information about the HLC can be accessed on the Commission’s website.