I began the week on Monday by welcoming potential Conroy Scholars to NMSU. The Conroy Scholars Program is an initiative of the Honors College designed to attract National Merit Semi-Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars to NMSU. The program has been growing every year since it was initiated three years ago, a testament to the efforts of Honors College Dean Miriam Chaiken and her staff.
On Tuesday, I joined Chancellor Carruthers at the University Residence for a Town and Gown Meeting. Much of the meeting focused on the outcome of the 30-day legislative session and impacts on the university. Overall, the news was good–two percent increase in funding for higher education, two percent compensation increase, and four percent of the university budget dependent on performance. The good outcomes were due in no small part to the efforts of the Chancellor who spent much of the session in Santa Fe lobbying on behalf of higher education and NMSU.
On Thursday, I traveled to Albuquerque to present the new General Education curriculum model to the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference. The reception to the model was generally positive; faculty were particularly pleased that the model provided each institution of higher education with nine flexible general education credit hours.