Summit provides opportunity for system conversations
Keeping the lines of communication open is an inherent challenge for all organizations, a challenge that is increased when the organization has multiple locations and structural variations at each location. This is especially true for our New Mexico State University System with four community colleges, the Las Cruces main research campus, and the many locations we have across the state. Now in its eighth year, the Spring System Summit has provided a vehicle for faculty and staff from all campuses to come together for a day of presentations and discussions.
The 2013 Summit was held March 8th at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum. The day consisted of three main parts – Presidential Updates, Breakout Sessions, and Round Tables. The Presidential updates gave attendees an opportunity to hear from each campus President about recent and emerging activities. The Breakout Sessions included: Data Matters: updates from Institutional Analysis; P & T and the Allocation of Effort; NM HED and Developmental Ed, Campus to Campus: New ways to function as a system for enrollment planning; and the State of NM K-12 Common Core. Each presentation was offered twice giving participants the opportunity to attend at least two. Although feedback data is still being processed, it is clear that more conversation on the P & T process is desired.
Fifteen small group roundtable discussions rounded out the day on a wide range of topics that included Student Services, International Opportunities, and What does it mean to be a system? With over 200 registrants, this was the largest attendance of the eight years and we hope the beginning of many productive conversations.