Prior to 1973, San Juan Campus had been accredited with its parent institution, New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The institution was first accepted into membership in the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools as a separately accredited branch in July 1973. Following a comprehensive evaluation in 1977-78, the institution’s accreditation was continued. The next comprehensive evaluation was scheduled in six years, 1983-84.
However, prior to that scheduled visit, San Juan Campus separated from its parent institution, and on July 1, 1982, an independent community college known as the Junior College District of San Juan County came into being. Prior to the separation’s effective date, the College applied for and received a transfer of accreditation. The policies and procedures of the North Central Association’s commission call for an on-site evaluation to confirm a transfer of accreditation. However, it was noted that since the institution would continue to serve as a comprehensive community college and since the self-study process for the 1983-84 evaluation was already underway, it would be appropriate to make confirmation of the transfer of accreditation as part of the comprehensive evaluation in 1983-84.
In March, 1984 the College received a comprehensive evaluation from the Commission for the purpose of continuing its accreditation at the associate’s degree-granting level and for confirming the transfer of accreditation from New Mexico State University, San Juan Campus to San Juan College. As a result of this visit, the evaluating team confirmed the transfer of accreditation and recommended continued accreditation of San Juan College for ten years, the longest period any college or university can attain. This again speaks well of the significant contributions of the faculty and staff, as well as of the support the College receives from the community it serves. In 1994, San Juan College again received accreditation from the North Central Association for a subsequent ten- year period.
As evidence of its commitment to quality improvement, San Juan College received the 2000 Zia Award for Quality New Mexico. The only educational institution in the state to receive its highest quality award, San Juan College continues to improve its processes and procedures through the application of quality criteria and practices.
In 2000, San Juan College was selected by North Central Association to participate in the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP). The AQIP model is a systematic, on-going approach to institutional accreditation based on continuous quality improvement principles and processes. Unlike the traditional accreditation cycle which reaffirms institutional accreditation every ten years, the AQIP program is structured around a sequence of goal setting, performance, and accountability events in a 7-year cycle. In 2007, the College completed its first full AQIP cycle and its accreditation was reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The College is currently engaged in a number of AQIP activities, including the implementation of institutional Action Projects designed to focus and organize quality initiatives, and the development of its third Systems Portfolio due to the HLC in June, 2012. The Systems Portfolio is used by the College to take stock of its overall systems and processes for ensuring quality programs and services; the Portfolio will inform institutional decisions regarding future Action Projects and strategic planning. Following a visit by the HLC in academic year 2013-14, a determination will be made to reaffirm the College’s accreditation in 2014.
The North Central Association accreditation allows an institution to select either the traditional accreditation or continuous improvement through the AQIP process. San Juan College has elected to participate in the AQIP program and has completed two System Portfolios to date, both of which have been reviewed by external readers who recommended full accreditation on both occasions.
AQIP REAFFIRMATION OF ACCREDITATION
CURRENT AQIP ACTION PROJECTS AND UPDATES
AQIP 2012 SYSTEMS PORTFOLIO AND RELATED DOCUMENTS
AQIP 2007 SYSTEMS PORTFOLIO AND RELATED DOCUMENTS
AQIP 2003 SYSTEMS PORTFOLIO AND RELATED DOCUMENTS
► AQIP ACTION PROJECTS LIBRARY
► 2010 AQIP Action Projects
► 2008 AQIP Action Projects
► 2007 AQIP Action Projects
► 2006 AQIP Action Projects
► 2005 AQIP Action Projects
► 2002 AQIP Action Projects