Provost Howard reported on strides made in the area of research grant processes. An NMSU task force has worked on the issue with streamlining how much administrative work a principal investigator (PI) may have to perform on grants and contracts. Provost Howard also reported on the status of course alignment within the NMSU system and articulation with other institutions. NMSU has 27 common core courses completed with 13 additional courses in discussion. The goal is to move to a common 4 digit taxonomy mirrored after the States of Texas and Oklahoma.