On Monday, February 26, I met with the NMSU General Education Taskforce to discuss the implementation of the new general education curriculum that will go into effect in New Mexico in the Fall of 2019. A lot of discussion focused on the nine flexible credits and how to organize these at NMSU. The decision was made to recommend three additional credits of communication, and to consider recommending three additional credits of science and a three credit first year seminar.
Later in the afternoon, I attended a faculty forum to discuss the Allied Faculty Program proposed by Team 6. Overall, the faculty at NMSU has been receptive to the idea, although some individuals have expressed concerns about the need for the program and the time it will take to implement the program.
On Thursday, I attended the monthly Faculty Senate meeting, where the major topic of conversation was the recommendation from the Athletic Review Committee to transfer $1.1 million from Instruction and General funds to Athletics. The Faculty Senate voted unanimously to oppose the transfer of funds, noting the years of budget cuts to academic programs and the lack of evidence that an infusion of money into Athletics would lead to enhanced recruitment of students.