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Higher Learning Commission representatives will be on campus Nov. 6-7.


Higher Learning Commission visit

A team from peer institutions representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association will be at Colorado Mesa University Nov. 6-7 for a site visit as part of the process through which the university’s accreditation is re-affirmed.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Evaluation Team will interview students, faculty, staff and members of the CMU Board of Trustees as well as community members.

Accreditation by HLC is important because it:

    • Provides assurance to stakeholders that Colorado Mesa University offers a high quality educational experience through documented evidence of meeting HLC criteria;
    • Establishes CMU's eligibility to offer federal financial aid;
    • Is necessary to ensure transferability of credits to other institutions;
    • Fulfills a requirement for CMU programs that pursue specialized accreditation; and
    • Serves as a process of self-evaluation and continuous improvement.

Colorado Mesa University is on the Higher Learning Commission's Standard Pathway, which means that CMU has a comprehensive evaluation four years after its most recent reaffirmation. In general, HLC's only action in response to the Year 4 evaluation will be to determine if any, and if so, what type of follow-up monitoring will be required.  Based on the previous evaluation, HLC required a monitoring report on CMU's progress in the assessment of student learning to be incorporated into the current Assurance Argument.

Media Contact

David Ludlam, Director of Public Relations

970.248.1868 (o)

970.433.2178 (c)