For much of its existence, it was known as Northern New Mexico Community College. Then, with the backing of a powerful state lawmaker, it morphed into Northern New Mexico College. Now it’s calling itself Northern New Mexico University.
The metamorphosis of the Española-based institution from a two-year community college to a “university” is the epitome of what’s wrong with New Mexico’s higher education system. And, frankly, it’s time for state officials to step in and put an end to the insanity.