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NMMI given ‘highest possible’ accreditation rating

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The New Mexico Military Institute received word Wednesday that its junior college program has earned its second 10-year accreditation affirmation from the Higher Learning Commission.

“It is just an extensive look,” Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, president and superintendent of the Institute said about the evaluation process. “We are very pleased that for two times in a row now we have come through that with the highest possible rating.”

He said the 2010-11 academic year was the first time the junior college program received a 10-year accreditation without the requirement to undergo subsequent visits or reports until the reaccreditation process at the end of the 10-year cycle.

The next accreditation evaluation is scheduled to occur during the 2030-31 academic year.

The Higher Learning Commission, based in Chicago, Illinois, is the accreditation body for colleges and universities in 19 U.S. states

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During the accreditation process, institutions submit information to the commission and also undergo intensive site visits by peer reviewers and, during the coronavirus pandemic, virtual visits.

Colleges and universities are evaluated on such factors as compliance with federal policies, admissions practices, student outcomes, human resource policies activities, the autonomy and effectiveness of its governing board, the rigor of academic programs and learning resources, financial stability and practices, student support and learning resources, the ability to monitor and evaluate their own effectiveness, and their long-term planning processes and financial growth capabilities.

New Mexico Military Institute is a state-supported school that also has a college-preparatory high school program accredited by Cognia based in Georgia. It also is certified and licensed by other agencies, including the New Mexico Public Education Department.

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