Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Looking Forward

Two weeks ago, I traveled with Associate Professor of Biology Michèle Shuster to Washington DC to attend the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Universities Looking Forward Meeting. HHMI has funded undergraduate science education programs at select research universities for many years and NMSU has been an HHMI university since 2004. At the meeting, we considered…
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Activity Report for Week of November 4 – November 10

On Monday, November 6, I attended a meeting of the Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Committee.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss governance recommendations for higher education from the Governance Subcommittee.  In short, after careful consideration of a variety of governance models the subcommittee recommended that we retain our current governance structure, but…
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HLC Review Team Visit Next Week

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Review Team will be on the Las Cruces campus next Monday and Tuesday (November 13 and 14) to meet with the faculty, staff, and administrators of NMSU as part of our reaffirmation of accreditation. Some of you have already received invitations to meetings on specific topics relevant to your responsibilities…
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Activity Report for Week of October 28 – November 3

I spent Monday at the New Mexico Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Governance Sub-Committee meeting. At the meeting we considered a variety of possible governance structures for New Mexico higher education. After a thorough discussion, the overwhelming sentiment of the subcommittee was that we should retain our current governance structure, but enhance the authority of…
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Homecoming 2017: A Tribute to Aggie Alumni and to Dutch

Homecoming at NMSU is always fun, but this year there seemed to be even more joy in the air than usual. Part of the charm of the week may have been the crispness and clarity of the air as the temperature dropped on Friday. Part may have been realizing anew the beauty of our campus…
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Activity Report for Week of October 21 – October 27

On Saturday, October 21, I had the honor of speaking at the Dr. James B. Williams Memorial Concert held in the auditorium of the Corbett Center Student Union. Dr. Williams was an extraordinary person: a Tuskegee Airman; a surgeon who, with his brothers and mother, opened the first medical clinic designed to serve the African…
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General Education Input Meetings

During the first weeks of October, Provost’s Office Chief of Staff Melody Munson-McGee and I traveled across the state to meet with faculty and receive their input on the new general education model being developed by the General Education Statewide Steering Committee. The eight stops on our tour of the state were: San Juan Community…
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Activity Report for Week of October 14 – October 20

Monday and Tuesday of the past week were dominated by four general education input sessions held in Carlsbad, Portales, Las Cruces, and Silver City. The dominant concern expressed at the Portales and Las Cruces sessions was the reduction in the number of required communication courses from three to two. Many faculty members who spoke underlined…
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NMSU: Who We Are

We finally locked down our HLC Assurance Argument last Saturday, making the argument available to the HLC Review team that will visit us on November 13 and 14. Although assembling the argument is a lot of work (thanks Shelly Stovall and dedicated team of faculty and staff), the process brings NMSU into focus, and with…
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Activity Report for Week of October 7 – October 13

At a Tuesday meeting with the community college presidents, the Chancellor, and others, we discussed the December System summit.  Among the topics that will be covered at the summit is dual credit. Perhaps the most pressing issue surrounding dual credit is how to fund it. The NM legislature is now paying serious attention to this…
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