Accreditor puts New Mexico Highlands University on probation

New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico Highlands University

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Highlands University has been placed on probation by an accreditation group.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits about 1,000 colleges in the country, placed the university on probation for what it says are a series of deficiencies.

Among the commission’s concerns are staffing, student assessments, student retention and completion rates, governance and planning. The commission’s public notice about Highlands states there is a problem with how the college supports student learning and formal teaching.

Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver says that some of the concerns include the size of the university’s financial reserves, the school’s mission statement and operational budgeting issues. He says the university is working on all the problems.

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