St. John’s College has received a ten-year re-accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This designation is the most positive endorsement from the Commission with the next regular re-evaluation during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Initial accreditation and then regular re-evaluation is the process by which education institutions are examined against criteria designed to ensure the college is achieving its goals meeting the norms of higher education more broadly.
“St. John’s College, Santa Fe is pleased to receive this strong endorsement and re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. It is testament to the integrity of our liberal arts program and to the dedication and hard work of the faculty, staff, students, and board members of St. John’s College over many years,” said President Michael P. Peters.
The Higher Learning Commission, based in Chicago, is one of two independent accrediting bodies affiliated with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its accreditation criteria are designed to be broad enough to encompass diversity in higher education programs and support innovation, but also clear enough to ensure quality. The Commission not only assesses formal educational activities, but also evaluates governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student services, institutional resources, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with internal and external constituencies. The evaluation itself encompasses a self-study process undertaken by the college or university and a comprehensive visit by an evaluation team.
A small, independent, four-year liberal arts college in Santa Fe, New Mexico, St. John’s with over 500 undergraduate and graduate students. The college strives to give students the tools to understand the human condition through sustained interaction with the great minds of Western civilization. Undergraduates study a comprehensive, all-required curriculum based on the Great Books. There are no majors and no departments; all students study the same program, which includes extensive discussion, reflection, and writing on the classics of literature, philosophy, theology, psychology, political science, economics, history, mathematics, laboratory sciences, and music. In addition, the faculty, referred to as tutors, teach across the entire curriculum.
St. John’s also offers two graduate degree programs, based on a similar integrated curriculum, through the Graduate Institute in Liberal Education -- the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and the Master of Arts in Eastern Classics.
St. John’s College with its commitment to true liberal arts education is proud to be a vital part of the higher education community of New Mexico.