NMSU Assurance Argument Review Feedback

NMSU’s Assurance Argument (formerly called the self-study)  for re-affirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is available for review by Criterion. This document applies to the Las Cruces and Grants campuses only, as the Alamogordo, Carlsbad and Doña Ana community colleges are each independently accredited by HLC. 

In total, there are 5 Criteria, and a 6th section that specifically addresses Federal Compliance. As each draft Criteria is ready for review and feedback by the NMSU-Las Cruces and Grants communities, they will be posted on this website. 


  1. Click the “DOWNLOAD” button next to the Core Component
  2. Open the downloaded word doc, and turn on “Track Changes”
  3. Using “Track Changes” include your edits directly into the word document. 
  4. Use the comment tool to insert comments linked to specific places in the text.
  5. Upload your edited file and any supporting documents using the File Upload button. 

If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Shelly Stovall at sstovall@nmsu.edu or 646-5095 or Laura Grant at lgrant@nmsu.edu.

Criterion 3 – NMSU provides high quality education, wherever and however our offerings are delivered.


A. NMSU’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.

B. NMSU demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application, and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to our educational programs.

C. NMSU has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.

D. NMSU provides support for student learning and effective teaching.

E. NMSU fulfills the claims we make for an enriched educational environment.

Criterion 4 – NMSU demonstrates responsibility for the quality of our educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and we evaluate their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.


A. NMSU demonstrates responsibility for the quality of our educational programs.

B. NMSU demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.

C. NMSU demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in our degree and certificate programs.