New Mexico State University-Alamogordo on Friday received a 10-year
accreditation from a regional higher learning commission.
Dr. Cheri Jimeno, president of NMSU-A, said the accreditation was granted by the Higher Learning Commission, based in Chicago.
According to its website, the Higher Learning Commission accredits institutions in New Mexico and 18 other states.
The commission could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday, but its website lists the last NMSU-A accreditation as being in 2002-03.
Jimeno said with its latest accreditation, the school won't have to be re-accredited until 2022 or 2023.
She said accreditation is important because it allows students to transfer credits to other colleges and universities, and accredited schools are more likely to be recognized by employers.
"It's very important to us," Jimeno said.
Jimeno said the school conducted a "self study report," which is available online, and the school was then visited by a team from the commission.
She said a school is either accredited by the commission or not accredited, but there are no degrees of accreditation.
"You either get it or you don't," she said.
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