We finally locked down our HLC Assurance Argument last Saturday, making the argument available to the HLC Review team that will visit us on November 13 and 14. Although assembling the argument is a lot of work (thanks Shelly Stovall and dedicated team of faculty and staff), the process brings NMSU into focus, and with that focus comes a keen appreciation that NMSU is, as the Chancellor is fond of saying, “a great institution”.
Just a few of the many things that make NMSU special, include:
- We have statewide influence through our system of branch campuses, research stations, and cooperative extension service offices
- All of our campuses are Hispanic-serving, while the Grants campus is both Hispanic-serving and Native American-serving
- We are classified by Carnegie as a Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity and as a Community Engagement institution
- We are one of only 70 public research universities (out of 342) that a Brookings Institution study classifies as a “leader”, an institution that both does high quality research and provides social mobility to its students
- Among those 70 leader universities, we are ranked second for accessibility; in other words, we provide a very large number of low-income students with a high-quality education
- We are ranked number 1 by the National Science Foundation for science and engineering funding among minority-serving institutions
- We were the first university in New Mexico to open an Honors College
- We are a NASA Space Grant College
- No university knows chile like NMSU and the Chile Pepper Institute
I could go on, but when all is said and done, the reality of NMSU is that through the good work of our faculty and staff, we transform lives every day. It is a reality we should all be proud of, and we should all share with others.
With all best wishes,