Proposed Reductions in Science Funding

A singular success of American science is the partnership between the federal government and research universities.  It is a hard-won partnership that was generations in the making.  The federal government has been a major player in the funding of agricultural research at universities since the Morrill Act of 1862.  However, federal funding for research in…
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Centralized Advising Update

Progress on centralized advising has been swift since the last time I covered it in my Provost’s Post, so an update to the NMSU community seems timely.    Leadership for the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support is in good hands with the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Hodges as Interim Director and Ms. Marissa…
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Activity Report for Week of March 4 – March 10

At the Board of Regents Meeting on Monday, March 6, I reported on the marketing budget for NMSU and current application and admissions data. The good news with regard to our marketing efforts is that applications and admissions have increased over last year, particularly in El Paso and Arizona.  An area where we are running…
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Marketing NMSU

NMSU has a long tradition of reaching out to high school juniors and seniors in our region, who have demonstrated an interest in going to college by taking the ACT or SAT, and sending them information about the university via mail and email. However, it is only over the course of the past three years…
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Activity Report for Week of February 25 – March 3

I spent all day Monday and part of Tuesday with the members of the Search Committee for Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance. We interviewed via Skype 10 candidates with the goal of identifying 3-5 to bring to campus for face-to-face interviews with the Chancellor and other members of the NMSU community. A major…
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Tenure and Promotion at NMSU

In February and March of each year the Provost’s Office receives tenure and promotion files from the Las Cruces, Dona Ana, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, and Grants campuses. The files fill the office of Melody Munson-McGee who checks them to ensure that all required elements are present. The next challenge falls to Kim Altamirano, who carves out enough…
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Activity Report for Week of February 18 – February 24

On Monday, I had the honor of welcoming National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars (and their families) to NMSU. Dean Miriam Chaiken and the Honors College brought the students to campus as part of our Conroy Scholars recruiting effort.  This is the third recruitment class and the size of the cohort grows every year. …
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Team 6

The Transforming NMSU Process, a re-structuring of our administrative units and processes designed to improve efficiency and reduce costs, has been underway for more than a year. Some of the most important work done during the course of this process has emanated from Team 1, which has concentrated on administrative units outside the colleges and…
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Activity Report for Week of February 11 – February 17

On Wednesday, I attended the Economic Development Summit hosted by the City of Las Cruces. We talked about issues ranging from workforce development to supply chains and how to develop businesses that can support the rapid industrial growth around Santa Teresa.  There was a lot of good will in the room and a great willingness…
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Enrollment and Retention Update

Earlier this week, the Chancellor provided some good news with regard to the retention of students in the Aggie Pathway Program.  Continuing this focus on good news, I thought I would share the most up-to-date information on NMSU’s recruiting, admission, and retention efforts.   On the recruiting and admissions front, undergraduate applications to NMSU Las…
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