Author Archives: Daniel J. Howard

NMSU: Who We Are

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…
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Activity Report for Week of October 7 – October 13

At a Tuesday meeting with the community college presidents, the Chancellor, and others, we discussed the December System summit.  Among the topics that will be covered at the summit is dual credit. Perhaps the most pressing issue surrounding dual credit is how to fund it. The NM legislature is now paying serious attention to this…
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Academic Reorganization

Arizona State University has become known as the most innovative university in the United States and proudly touts its academic reorganization, which it claims has broken down silos, encouraged collaboration, and served as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research. To better understand this reorganization, six members of Team Six (Kathy Stoner, Tom Dormody, Rebecca Palacios, Chris…
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Activity Report for Week of September 30 – October 6

I spent the beginning of the week on the road with Melody Munson-McGee, seeking input from faculty across the state on the changes to general education proposed by the Statewide General Education Steering Committee. The input sessions took place at San Juan Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Santa Fe Community College, and the University…
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NMSU’s Mission

This weekend I began the final review of our Assurance Argument, which will soon be locked down and made available for review by the Higher Learning Commission team that will visit us on November 13th and 14th. As I read the first part of the argument which focuses on the mission of NMSU, I had…
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Activity Report for Week of September 23 – September 29

On Wednesday, September 27, I met with members of the Statewide General Education Steering Committee to discuss the feedback we have been receiving on the general education curriculum model and the learning outcomes rubrics. We also discussed how the general education course certification process will work and the schedule for implementing the curriculum model.  Given…
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NMSU’s Extension Mission

Recently, I met with the faculty and staff of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. During the course of our discussion one of the faculty members expressed bemusement at the lack of attention the Cooperative Extension Service receives at NMSU, noting that many faculty, staff, and students seem unaware that Extension is an important…
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Activity Report for Week of September 16 – September 22

On Tuesday, September 19, I met with the NMSU General Education Taskforce to discuss the revised general education curriculum proposed by the Statewide General Education Steering Committee.  Concern was expressed about the need to associate three essential skills with each course, which was seen by some as too many to be taught well in a…
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Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate

Four years ago, the NMSU system began planning the Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate. The program was intended to provide a pathway to a baccalaureate degree for students who did not meet the admission requirements of NMSU Las Cruces, by having students start their four-year degree program at one of the NMSU system community colleges….
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Activity Report for Week of September 9 – September 15

On Monday, September 11, I joined the Chancellor, the Vice President for Research, and the Vice President for Advancement at a dinner welcoming visitors from Sandia National Laboratory. During the course of the dinner we discussed partnership opportunities, including ways in which we might work together on cyber security issues. On Tuesday, I met with…
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