Accreditation Updates – April, 2013
A number of recent activities highlight NMSU’s commitment to quality in higher education through accreditation as it develops a system-wide accreditation function:
A meet and greet occasion was held in Albuquerque in conjunction with the NMHEAR meeting to give Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation liaison officers, outcomes assessment leaders and institutional researchers from all the NMSU System campuses an opportunity to discuss roles on their own campuses and begin to envision how a system-wide perspective can support accreditations.
The NMSU Liaison at the HLC, Dr. Tim Gallimore, visited NMSU Las Cruces in February 2013. Dr. Gallimore was appointed Vice President for Accreditation Relations at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in April 2012 and serves as the HLC Liaison for New Mexico State University at both the Las Cruces and Grants campuses, and Dona Ana Community College. Dr. Gallimore is an expert in higher education policy and international communication with a Ph.D. in mass communications from Indiana University‐‐Bloomington.
During the visit with NMSU, Dr. Gallimore was able to meet with each of the NMSU Presidents, Academic Officers, Academic Deans, ADAC and Accreditation Liaison Officers and Outcomes Assessment personnel. As a result of information gathered through his interactions with us, Dr. Gallimore has encouraged us to be particularly mindful as we examine further development of distance and international academic program initiatives, the implementation of HLC Pathways reporting processes and create clarity about the system-wide accreditation function.
Several accreditation visits and reviews have been completed recently with positive outcomes (reaccreditations) reported or with outcomes reported in the near future:
American Psychological Association (Counseling and Educational Psychology)
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (NMSU Wellness Center)
Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (College of Engineering)
Higher Learning Commission Comprehensive Reaccreditation (NMSU-Alamogordo)
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs & Administration (Department of Government)
New Mexico Board of Nursing (Dona Ana Community College)
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (College of Business)
In accord with the final report (12/12) of the Commission on Nursing Accreditation Oversight, a system-wide Nursing Council is being formed. The work group presently includes Jan Starr, Nursing Director at NMSU-Alamogordo, Dianna Johnston, Nursing Director at NMSU-Carlsbad, Tracey Lopez, Nursing Director at Dona Ana Community College, and Pam Schultz, Nursing Director at NMSU Las Cruces. Bobbie Derlin, Associate Provost, also serves on the Nursing Council. The Council governs the nursing programs in the NMSU system and coordinates curriculum reviews, establishes shared positions, monitors and assists with accreditation and shares instructional expertise. When the Nursing Council is formalized (anticipated 4/13), various recommendations to support nursing curriculum development and nursing accreditations system-wide are expected by fall 2013.
Institutional Research, Financial Services, and Accreditation Liaison Officers at all the campuses are presently engaged in providing necessary information to the Higher Learning Commission for the Annual Institutional Update.