NNMC COVID-19 Information   [Learn More]

Comprehensive Quality Review

Agenda for April 25-27, 2016

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducts a Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR) as part of our reaffirmation of accreditation process. The CQR is a visit by three "peer reviewers" who engage the college in discussions about its Action Projects, initiatives featured in the Systems Portfolio, and strategies designed through the Strategy Forum.

The CQR team also will review results from any concerns or issues raised in the last Systems Appraisal, particularly in relation to the Criteria for Accreditation and Core Components. The team may also handle a review of multi-campuses, distance education, and federal documentation.

A key feature of the visit is the requirement for NNMC to publish basic information about the visit in appropriate publications and invite the public to provide written comments to HLC which are forwarded to the visit reviewers.

The final report of the CQR visit team and the documentation that informs the report (e.g., past Systems Portfolios and Appraisals, Action Projects Updates/Review information, federal documentation, etc.) serve as the basis for reaffirming NNMC's accreditation.


  • Affirming accuracy of NNMC's Systems Portfolio
  • Reviewing Action Projects
  • Addressing NNMC's response to the Systems Appraisal feedback report
  • Assuring continuing organizational quality improvement commitment
  • Confirming NNMC's compliance with accreditation expectations
  • Counseling NNMC concerning issues that require immediate attention
  • Reviewing and updating the relationship between NNMC and HLC

Supporting materials

The next CQR is scheduled for April 25-27, 2016. The Comprehensive Quality Review is two and one-half days and replaces the Quality Checkup visit. NNMC has prepared the following materials for the CQR:

Additionally, a student survey was given by the HLC in February, 2016 in preparation for the CQR visit: Results

Systems Portfolio

The Systems Portfolios cover the nine (now six) AQIP Categories, describing processes, results, and improvement in each system, and shows evidence that the college continues to meet HLC's five Criteria for Accreditation. 

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.