An accreditation team will visit New Mexico Military Institute early next month as the college seeks to keep its accreditation status. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will evaluate NMMI April 4-6.
The schoolâ€ˆhas been preparing for the visit for a year and a half through a self-study process, according to Carl Hansen, marketing director and public information officer.
â€œItâ€™s quite a big thing â€” schools that lose their accreditation, they have to go through inordinate hoops to get it back,â€â€ˆHansen said, though he added, â€œWe arenâ€™t worried about that.â€
Hansen says the Instituteâ€ˆhas been accredited, or certified as credible, since 1932 to offer associate degrees in arts or science. The two-year NMMIâ€ˆcollege must seek re-accreditation every 10 years.
Hansen says the school is ready for the visit and is eager for the results of the review.
â€œIt validates your academic credentials both as a faculty and as a curriculum-based learning environment,â€â€ˆhe said. â€œIt also validates the goals and the mission at the school.â€
The visiting accreditation team will make its recommendation to approve or deny a continuing status for NMMI to the Commission. Then, following a review process, the Commission will make its decision.