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Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Colorado Mesa University Achieves Accreditation Milestone

Colorado Mesa University's commitment to higher education has been reflected by its recent Reaffirmation of Accreditation given by the Higher Learning Commission's Institutional Actions Council. This decision, made January 2024, affirms CMU for the next decade with no additional reporting required. This underscores the strength and integrity of CMU's academic and administrative practices.

Looking forward, CMU has outlined its accreditation timeline, with the next reaffirmation scheduled for Fall 2033 and a Mid-Cycle Review in Fall 2027. This commitment aligns with the HLC's Five Criteria for Accreditation, covering (1) Mission, (2) Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct, (3) Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support, (4) Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement and (5) Institutional Effectiveness.

The accreditation not only recognizes CMU's adherence to standards but also ensures eligibility for Title IV funds and compliance with U.S. Department of Education regulations. As CMU approaches its centennial birthday, this reaffirmation adds significance to the celebrations.

"I’ve been through several institutional accreditation cycles in my higher education career, and by far this has been the most inclusive of faculty, staff and student voice and participation" said Academic Affairs Vice President Cher Hendricks, PhD. "I am grateful for the leadership of Dr. Morgan Bridge, associate vice president of assessment and accreditation, and Dr. Justin Gollob, academic department head for social and behavioral sciences, who led this effort and encouraged broad participation of our campus community."

Learn more about CMU's HLC Accreditation.


Written by Madelynn Fellet