Activity Report for Week of March 4 – March 10

  • At the Board of Regents Meeting on Monday, March 6, I reported on the marketing budget for NMSU and current application and admissions data. The good news with regard to our marketing efforts is that applications and admissions have increased over last year, particularly in El Paso and Arizona.  An area where we are running behind in applications compared to last year is the Doña Ana County area.  The factors responsible for the local downturn in applications are not clear, but possibilities include successful marketing of NMSU Doña Ana as a good place to start a four-year degree program at NMSU and misunderstandings about the first-year on campus residency requirement that will begin in fall of 2017.  We are pleased by the success of the Aggie Pathway Program at NMSU Doña Ana and will continue to promote that option, recognizing that students who begin in the program will eventually transfer to the NMSU Las Cruces campus. To help local residents understand that first-year students at NMSU can still live at home, we are stepping up communications about the First-Year Residential Experience on local radio programs, in newspapers, and in social media.
  • At the meeting of the Statewide General Education Steering Committee on Tuesday, March 7, we re-visited the general education curriculum model in light of comments received from faculty and advisors across the state and decided that we would re-cast our general education model from an essential skills framework into a content area distribution framework. The purpose is not to de-emphasize essential skills, but to make the model easier to understand and to implement. The concern is that the importance of essential skills in general education will be lost in a curriculum that seems to be focused on content areas.  In implementing the curriculum model, it will be important to require that instructors build courses that teach and assess essential skills.

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