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Working Mission-Vision 2023

Additions from feedback since 6/6/23 highlighted in red.


Current: The mission of Northern New Mexico College is to ensure student success by providing access to affordable, community-based learning opportunities that meet the educational, cultural, and economic needs of the region.

Proposed: Northern New Mexico College is a student-centered, inclusive, teaching and learning community dedicated to excellence, empowering students and transforming lives.


Current: Northern New Mexico College is a Hispanic and Native American-serving comprehensive institution that will be recognized nationally for cultural sustainability, quality student learning and developing economically strong communities among diverse populations.

Proposed: Northern is a leading higher education institution that ignites minds and interweaves our unique cultures with innovation to create vibrant futures.


Student-Centered: We honor every student as a unique individual and prioritize student needs in all decision making.

Integrity: We value honesty, trust, transparency, and equity.

Excellence: We are committed to continuous improvement and strive for academic and operational excellence in all that we accomplish together.

Servant Leadership:  We prioritize the growth, well-being, and empowerment of students, faculty, and staff, and are good stewards of our resources and people.

Mutual Respect: As a Hispanic and Indigenous serving institution, we respect and honor the differences of all people by valuing collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging with everyone we interact with.


  1. Transform the student experience and become partners in their dreams.
  2. Commit to academic excellence.
  3. Commit to organizational excellence.
  4. Strengthen strategic college partnerships that enhance student success.
Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.