by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., July 1, 2004 – As part of an ongoing re-accreditation process, New Mexico Tech is scheduled to undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit on October 4-6, 2004, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

New Mexico Tech has been accredited by NCA since 1914. The university’s current accreditation is up to the doctoral-degree level.

For the past year and a half, New Mexico Tech has been engaged in a process of self study, addressing the NCA Commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation.

The NCA evaluation team plans to make a campus visit at the university in early October to gather evidence that New Mexico Tech’s self study is thorough and accurate.

The team will then forward its recommendations to the NCA Commission concerning continuing status for the university. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take final action on granting or denying re-accreditation.

In the meanwhile, the general public is invited to submit general or specific comments regarding New Mexico Tech to:

Public Comment on New Mexico Tech
Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Written comments regarding New Mexico Tech must address substantive matters related to the university or its academic programs. Comments must be signed, and must be received by August 4, 2004. The NCA Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered.

Submitted comments should also include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the observations. Third-party comments cannot be treated as confidential.

Also, please note that individuals with a specific dispute or grievance against New Mexico Tech should request the separate “Policy on Complaints” document from the NCA Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission, however, cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions. Furthermore, complaints that are filed with NCA will not be considered third-party comments.

For more information about the NCA accreditation process, visit the organization’s website at http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/, e-mail info@hlcommission.org, or call 1.800.621.7440.