One of the most important student success initiatives undertaken by NMSU this year is the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate. The original purpose of the Aggie Pathway was to provide students who do not meet our admission requirements with an alternative pathway to a four-year degree from NMSU. That purpose remains front and center, but the Aggie Pathway is available to any student who decides to begin his/her four-year journey toward a baccalaureate degree at one of our community colleges. Here students have the advantage of small classes, learning community cohorts, and intensive advising from peer mentors as well as from professional advisors associated with both the community college and the Las Cruces campus. Students in the Aggie Pathway can transfer to the Las Cruces campus after completing 24 credits of coursework, not counting developmental courses, with a GPA of 2.5 or above.
The capacity of the program in the first year was set at 300, but we did not expect to have more than 100 students enroll in the program. As of the first day of classes, Aggie Pathway enrollment on the NMSU-Doña Ana Community College campus stood at more than 270, far exceeding our expectations. The initial success of the program can be attributed to the good work of the Aggie Pathway team both on the Las Cruces campus and at NMSU-DACC. Kudos to Greg Fant, Dacia Sedillo, Danielle Staley, Delia De Leon, Monica Torres, Brad Mazdra, David Burleson, and Michelle Guzman-Armijo for helping a wide range of students understand the advantages of the Aggie Pathway Program for anyone interested in a four-year degree.
If you would like to become involved in the Aggie Pathway Program, I encourage you to contact Danielle Staley (firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-646-1879). She is looking for faculty mentors on the Las Cruces campus for Aggie Pathway students, and she is trying to identify some academic events on the Las Cruces campus that would be appropriate for Aggie Pathway students to attend.
With all best wishes,