Activity Report for Week of February 11 – February 17

  • On Wednesday, I attended the Economic Development Summit hosted by the City of Las Cruces. We talked about issues ranging from workforce development to supply chains and how to develop businesses that can support the rapid industrial growth around Santa Teresa.  There was a lot of good will in the room and a great willingness to seek ways in which the university and the city can cooperate with private business to improve the economy of southern New Mexico.  Promoting the beauty of the region, quality of life, and the presence of NMSU was seen as important in reviving Las Cruces as a retirement destination.
  • At the Strategic Enrollment Planning Council we discussed the development of a questionnaire to better understand the recruitment activities of our departments and colleges. We also reviewed our current recruitment activities and discussed how to better connect with local students and their families.  There is a lot of outreach going on, but even so, the message about the First-Year Residential Experience is not cutting through the clutter and being absorbed by prospective students.  We will step up our local recruiting efforts by re-directing some marketing money.
  • The Chancellor and I met with a small group at the University Residence to discuss Vision 2020 and how it might be updated. The strategic plan has served us well over the course of the past three years, but periodic reviews and updates are critical for keeping the document relevant and fresh.

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