I spent Monday at the New Mexico Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Governance Sub-Committee meeting. At the meeting we considered a variety of possible governance structures for New Mexico higher education. After a thorough discussion, the overwhelming sentiment of the subcommittee was that we should retain our current governance structure, but enhance the authority of the Secretary of Higher Education. Just how much to enhance the authority is an ongoing topic of discussion.
On Wednesday, I traveled with Associate Professor Michele Shuster to Washington, DC, where we attended a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Universities Looking Forward Meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss sustainability of efforts to improve STEM education programs. There were many take away lessons for me, but perhaps none more important than the understanding that investments in improving our STEM education courses, especially with regard to student success, will be more than paid for by improved retention.