Accreditation

University of the Southwest is an accredited member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, one of the six regional agencies that evaluate educational institutions.  The accreditation process assesses such characteristics as governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, institutional resources, student academic achievement, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with constituencies outside the institution. This voluntary accreditation function has two fundamental purposes: quality assurance and institutional and program improvement.

The North Central Association's accrediting process for institutions of higher education is accomplished through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Southwest was granted accreditation in 1980, and has maintained continuous accreditation. The next HLC review is scheduled in academic year 2013-2014.

The School of Education at University of the Southwest operates under the auspices of the New Mexico Public Education Department.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

USW is seeking comments from the public.

 

University of the Southwest is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit March 31 – April 2, 2014, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. University of the Southwest has been accredited by the Commission since 1980. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

 

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college:

Third Party Comment on University of the Southwest

The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Web site at www.ncahlc.org.

 

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by March 15, 2014.

 


Southwest is a member of the following organizations:


INVITATION TO THIRD PARTY COMMENT

From March 31, 2014, through April 2, 2014, the University of the Southwest is hosting an accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of undergraduate and graduate programs offered, and the statements should specify the party's relationship to USW (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, etc.).

Comments on University of the Southwest are due in the Commission office no later than one month before the date the visit is scheduled to begin. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered.

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

Send mail to the Commission:


Third-Party Comment on University of the Southwest

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411


Or by e-mail to:
LicensureUnit@state.nm.us

 

For more information on Third-Party Comment on an Upcoming Visit, you may use the following link:

http://www.ncahlc.org/Information-for-the-Public/third-party-comment.html