ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The agency that grants the University of New Mexico its accreditation says it has “concerns regarding the University’s financial oversight” in light of an ongoing special audit by the state Auditor’s Office, and it wants an explanation from UNM.
In an Aug. 15 letter to interim President Chaouki Abdallah, Robert Rucker of the Higher Learning Commission asked UNM to describe why it is being audited, what actions it faces from the state auditor and other state agencies, how the audit impacts the school and any corrective action UNM has taken in response.
The audit raised questions about UNM’s compliance with accreditation criteria, Rucker wrote. He requested a UNM response by Sept. 14.
State Auditor Tim Keller alerted the university on May 31 that his office had designated “UNM and its component units” for a special audit due to questions about athletic fundraising and expenses. UNM had acknowledged the previous week that it used about $25,000 in public funds to pay booster expenses on a 2015 golf junket to Scotland.