On Monday, May 8, Team 6 met to learn about the College of Health and Social Services from Dean Donna Wagner and about the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences from Dean Rolando Flores. During the course of the meeting, the committee agreed to continue meeting over the summer.
On Tuesday, the Administrative Council approved several important rules, including the new tenure and promotion rules approved by the Faculty Senate and the new distance education rules also approved by the Faculty Senate.
Later that morning, I led a meeting of the community college presidents where we discussed the tenure and promotion process and a raise in the service charge community colleges pay to NMSU to cover the costs of shared services.
Later that day, I met with the Deans. The major focus of our discussion was the budget situation in the state and at the university.
Tuesday evening, I attended the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus Academic Leadership Graduation Stole Ceremony. It was an uplifting event, with the highlights being the brief comments each student gave. The heartfelt thanks to family, faculty, and staff who helped them achieve their degrees were moving and inspiring.
At the NMSU General Education Taskforce meeting we went over the new curriculum guidelines proposed by the Statewide Steering Committee and how to implement a pilot program of first year seminars in the fall of 2018.
I attended the Regents Meeting on Friday, May 12, at which the Regents approved a Geography Ph.D. program that will be joint effort between the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. At the end of the meeting, I presented an overview of the first year of the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate. The first year can be categorized as a success. More than 280 students participated in the program at NMSU Doña Ana and these students were retained at a higher rate than students not on the Pathway.
Friday evening, we celebrated the hooding of our doctoral students. Our honorary degree recipients, Kevin Johnson and Laree Perez, both gave stirring talks.
On Saturday, we celebrated Commencement in morning and afternoon ceremonies. As always, it was a happy day with smiles and good cheer all around. A special congratulations to Vice President Bernadette Montoya and her team for organizing these huge, complicated events and making them seem effortless.