Faculty Fellows Program

An important component of our ongoing efforts to improve the undergraduate experience at NMSU is our Faculty Fellows Program within the Housing and Residential Life unit.  Currently, we still have openings for many of the 29 Faculty Fellows.  I am writing to alert you to these openings and encourage faculty members to consider becoming a…
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Activity Report for Week of April 8 – April 14

The week began with fundraising training for deans and department heads. I provided a welcome, noting that our alumni are increasingly interested in supporting programs rather than bricks and mortar.  Deans and department heads play a critical role in fundraising, helping donors peek under the hood of the university and providing them with insight into…
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A Thanks to the Faculty of NMSU

I have now reviewed all 77 promotion and tenure files submitted this year by the faculty in the NMSU system.  As has been true every year since I became Provost, I come to the end of this process with a keen appreciation for the good work of our faculty and deep gratitude for their dedication…
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Activity Report for Week of April 1 – April 7

At the Regents meeting on Monday, April 3, the Regents voted to postpone voting on a tuition increase, hoping that the next several weeks would lead to greater clarity regarding the state budget for higher education. In my report to the Regents, I focused on centralized advising, noting that leadership is in place and Garcia…
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NMSU’s Quality Initiative

Every university on the Higher Learning Commission’s Open Pathway must plan and implement a Quality Initiative.  NMSU’s Quality Initiative is “Expert Insider Prose: Developing Students’ Disciplinary Expertise in Writing” or more simply “Writing Within the Discipline”, a comprehensive effort to improve student writing.  One focus of the initiative, which has been underway for several years,…
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Activity Report for Week of March 25 – March 31

On Monday, I met with the search committee for the Vice President for Research. In giving the charge to the committee, I emphasized the importance of hiring someone with the credentials necessary to have credibility with our faculty; experience in dealing with funding agencies; and a vision for how to help NMSU grow its research…
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HLC Review Team Visit November 13-14, 2017

New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is on the Open Pathway, a pathway reserved for the strongest institutions of higher education in the United States.  As part of its reaffirmation of accreditation, NMSU will be visited by an HLC Review Team on November 13-14 of this year.  Prior to…
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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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