To fulfill its mission, UNM-Valencia offers four types of educational programs:
- Certificates and/or Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees are offered in the fields of art studio, business administration, criminology, criminal justice, early childhood education, education, general science, health education, integrative studies, liberal arts, mathematics, nursing, and pre-engineering. Credits in the general science program can be applied to bachelor degree programs in nursing, dental hygiene, radiography, nuclear medicine imaging, physical therapy, and physician’s assistant at UNM-Main. Most of the credits earned for these degrees can be transferred to UNM-Main or to most other four-year colleges and universities.
- Career technical education programs are offered in: 3D printing, automotive technology, computational mathematics, computer-aided drafting, digital media arts, emergency medical services, film technology, game design and simulation, health information technology, information technology, networking and Linux, manufacturing, medical assistant, nursing assistant, personal care attendant, PC operating systems, phlebotomy, VMware, and welding. Certificates and/or two year associate of applied science degrees are available in each of these career- based fields. While these are not designed as transfer programs, some or all credits earned through these programs may be eligible for transfer.
- Basic skills assistance is offered so that students who are not adequately prepared for admission for college level study can work to improve their skills and meet their educational goals. Developmental skills courses are offered in English, math, and study skills. Services for free basic skills instruction are provided by the Next Steps: Adult Education Program that houses a complete learning center. Tutorial services are available to all students on campus as well as services for students with special needs through the Learning Commons.
- The Small Business Development Center Program, established as a service to the county’s small businesses, provides individual counseling, training workshops, and seminars, a resource center with books and computer databases, and a referral service for professional support. This program also offers certification to businesses and individuals upon completion of entrepreneurship courses.
As a branch community college of UNM-Main, UNM-Valencia is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The institution’s last comprehensive review occurred in March 2019, and resulted in the reaffirmation of accreditation.
Operating Agreement and Funding
UNM-Valencia was established under the provisions of the Branch Community College Act, New Mexico Statutes 1978, implemented in an operating agreement between the UNM-Valencia Advisory Board and the Regents of The University of New Mexico. An elected body of five representatives, the Advisory Board approves UNM-Valencia’s annual budget and calls elections for local tax levies and capital outlay general obligation bonds on behalf of UNM-Valencia. UNM-Main retains administrative and academic control of UNM-Valencia. The Chancellor of UNM-Valencia reports to the provost/vice president for Academic Affairs at UNM-Main. Funding for UNM-Valencia Campus is derived from direct State appropriations, tax levies, special grants, and student tuition and fees.
Equal Educational Opportunity Policy
UNM-Valencia is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and forbids unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, ancestry, medical condition, or spousal affiliation. Equal educational opportunity includes: admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, facilities, access to course offerings, testing, financial assistance, and employment. In keeping with this policy of equal educational opportunity, UNM is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment.