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Spring in Las Cruces

As I walked with my two dogs through the fields and pecan orchards of Mesilla on Spring Holiday Friday, with the magnificent Organ Mountains in the background, I could not help but reflect on the wonderful quality of life we enjoy in the Las Cruces area. Part of the charm is the environment. Although not…
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Activity Report for Week of March 24 – March 29

At the NMSU General Education Taskforce meeting on Monday, March 26, we continued the discussion of how NMSU would respond to the new General Education guidelines from the state of New Mexico. At an earlier meeting, we had agreed that we would add a third communication course to the new state requirement for only two….
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If It’s March, My Office is Full of Boxes

Last Friday, I finished reading the last of 77 promotion and tenure files sent to me by the colleges and branch campuses of NMSU. Although it is always a relief to move the last box of files from my office to the office of Melody Munson-McGee, I do not begrudge the time I spend poring…
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Activity Report for Week of March 10 – March 16

On Tuesday, March 13, I had the pleasure of meeting our University Speaker, Luis Urrea, and his wife, Cindy. They are a delightful couple, and Luis gave a wonderfully engaging talk about the characters in his book, “Into the Beautiful North”, later in the evening. The book is the Big Read for NMSU this spring…
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NMSU San Luis Potosi

At the Board of Regents Meeting on March 6, the Board agreed to sign a letter of intent with a group of investors in Mexico to explore the possibility of opening an NMSU branch campus in San Luis Potosi City. As the Mexico economy continues to strengthen and Mexico emerges as a global economic force,…
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Activity Report for Week of March 3 – March 9

The Regents meeting on March 6th was most notable for the number of people who signed up for public comment and expressed their concerns about the proposal to transfer $1.1 million from the instruction and general budget to the Athletic Department. After listening patiently for 45 minutes, the Regents voted not to transfer the money,…
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Shared Governance

One of the unique characteristics of institutions of higher education is “shared governance,” a form of governance that must be in place to meet criteria for accreditation. This model divides governance responsibilities among three groups—the governing board, the administration, and the faculty—and expects each of them to honor the boundaries of their responsibilities, even as…
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Activity Report for Week of February 24 – March 2

On Monday, February 26, I met with the NMSU General Education Taskforce to discuss the implementation of the new general education curriculum that will go into effect in New Mexico in the Fall of 2019. A lot of discussion focused on the nine flexible credits and how to organize these at NMSU. The decision was…
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Reaffirmation of Accreditation

On February 20, NMSU received word from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that the Institutional Actions Council of HLC continued the accreditation of NMSU with the next reaffirmation of accreditation in 2027-28. In so doing, the Council accepted the report of the HLC review team that visited NMSU in November and concluded in a 111-page…
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Activity Report for Week of February 17 – February 23

I began the week on Monday by welcoming potential Conroy Scholars to NMSU. The Conroy Scholars Program is an initiative of the Honors College designed to attract National Merit Semi-Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars to NMSU. The program has been growing every year since it was initiated three years ago, a testament to the efforts…
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