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Accreditation

Our Memberships

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University of the Southwest is an accredited member of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 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. 

 

University of the Southwest was granted accreditation in 1980, and has maintained continuous accreditation. The most recent HLC review took place during the 2013-2014 school year. 

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NMHED

University of the Southwest holds current approval from the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) as a regionally-accredited, private, post-secondary institution of higher education.

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NMPED

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) holds regular and on-going program reviews of degrees which lead to New Mexico teacher or education professional licensure. University of the Southwest holds current accreditation through NMPED for all licensure programs offered in the College of Education.

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The College of Business Administration at the University of the Southwest has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please view our IACBE Member status page

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USW’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling 60-hour fully online degree program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling Related Education Programs (CACREP).

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