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New Mexico State Alamogordo Reaccredited

August 27, 2013

Faculty and staff of New Mexico State University-Alamogordo gathered for a celebratory luncheon in honor of the college's renewed accreditation at the Tays Special Events Center on Friday.

Faculty and staff normally gather at the beginning of the semester for a general meeting. However, this semester's meeting was special since the college renewed its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission late last semester.

"We are really happy about being accredited for another 10 years," Cheri Jimeno NMSU-A president said.

Debra Teachman, vice president for academic affairs, said the school received no sanctions during its review with the HLC, but a few reports of revisit will need to be submitted in the areas of student assessment and distance education.

"They want to see more consistency in our processes in distance education and for student learning assessment," Teachman said. "It's really about the consistency in our progress. Student assessment means the way we are teaching and looking at classes across the board. How we can tell that students are learning and how we use the experience of the student to help improve the courses."

Teachman said the reports on student learning assessment will not be due until December and the reports for distance learning is not due until 2014 with another visit from

HLC in 2015.

"We are working on the things they said we need to work on," Jimeno said.

Teachman said if reports are not done, then it would be possible for HLC to sanction the college.

"It is a time for celebration, but it's also a time to make sure we are doing what we need to move forward," Teachman said.

Dr. Juan Garcia, vice president of student success, said there will be a paradigm shift in student success to include proactive advising where he said students will already be contacted and issued a degree and graduation plans before they begin school.

Garcia added that the college is also in talks with local school districts to begin a program called "college connections" to help enroll graduating seniors in the area.

"Basically, everything we do in student services for students, admissions, testing, financial aid, advising and career assessment -- all those services for students -- we are going to physically do at the high schools," he said. "So we are taking our services to the community."

The school was reviewed in February and received news of its re-accreditation in May. The college will not have to renew its accreditation until 2022-23.

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