Activity Report for Week of April 1 – April 7

  • At the Regents meeting on Monday, April 3, the Regents voted to postpone voting on a tuition increase, hoping that the next several weeks would lead to greater clarity regarding the state budget for higher education. In my report to the Regents, I focused on centralized advising, noting that leadership is in place and Garcia Annex is in the process of being renovated to accommodate the centralized advising staff.  Staff being moved to the centralized advising office will be formally notified this month.
  • On Wednesday, I met with Michelle Shuster and Andrew Quong of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to discuss the sustainability of the various initiatives begun at NMSU as a result of HHMI funding. The most interesting part of the conversation focused on the movement toward involving all undergraduates in real research efforts by bringing the research of faculty members into undergraduate courses and laboratories. By more closely intertwining undergraduate instruction and faculty research, limited funding available for both functions can be combined, enriching both of them. When well done, these courses allow students to really understand how to pose and answer questions, how to think critically, and how to analyze and write up results. Faculty benefit by having their thinking examined and challenged by students and by the additional hands available to gather and process data.
  • At the Faculty Senate meeting on Thursday, I explained why the administration of NMSU endorsed a postponement of the vote on a tuition increase, and I promised to work with the leadership of the Faculty Senate to find a new home for the Senate.

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