Author Archives: Daniel J. Howard

Fall 2017 Commencement

Over the course of the next two days, over 1,800 students will graduate from the NMSU system with certificates, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, and doctoral degrees. The instruction and training they have received from NMSU will prepare them for the workforce, for further learning, and to be leaders in their communities. Although some…
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Activity Report for Week of November 25 – December 1

At the Monday, November 27, meeting of the Regents Financial Strategic Performance and Budget Committee we discussed differential tuition for students taking nurse courses and raising tuition for out of state students who take six or fewer credits during any academic semester. The discussions about differential tuition for our nursing students centered on implementation and…
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Post-Thanksgiving Thanks

With its focus on family, fellowship, and food, Thanksgiving is, for many of us, our favorite holiday of the year. An unpretentious holiday, it quietly opens the holiday season, and provides university communities with a much-needed break before the sprint to the end of the fall semester. The uncharacteristic quiet of NMSU during the week…
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Activity Report for Week of November 11 – November 17

The week’s events were dominated by the visit of the HLC review team, which was on campus November 13 and 14.  The review team was led by Dr. Patricia Dolly of Oakland University, who has been an HLC reviewer for 20 years.  In the exit interview, Dr. Dolly praised NMSU for the quality of the…
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Looking Forward

Two weeks ago, I traveled with Associate Professor of Biology Michèle Shuster to Washington DC to attend the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Universities Looking Forward Meeting. HHMI has funded undergraduate science education programs at select research universities for many years and NMSU has been an HHMI university since 2004. At the meeting, we considered…
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Activity Report for Week of November 4 – November 10

On Monday, November 6, I attended a meeting of the Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Committee.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss governance recommendations for higher education from the Governance Subcommittee.  In short, after careful consideration of a variety of governance models the subcommittee recommended that we retain our current governance structure, but…
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HLC Review Team Visit Next Week

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Review Team will be on the Las Cruces campus next Monday and Tuesday (November 13 and 14) to meet with the faculty, staff, and administrators of NMSU as part of our reaffirmation of accreditation. Some of you have already received invitations to meetings on specific topics relevant to your responsibilities…
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Activity Report for Week of October 28 – November 3

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…
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Homecoming 2017: A Tribute to Aggie Alumni and to Dutch

Homecoming at NMSU is always fun, but this year there seemed to be even more joy in the air than usual. Part of the charm of the week may have been the crispness and clarity of the air as the temperature dropped on Friday. Part may have been realizing anew the beauty of our campus…
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Activity Report for Week of October 21 – October 27

On Saturday, October 21, I had the honor of speaking at the Dr. James B. Williams Memorial Concert held in the auditorium of the Corbett Center Student Union. Dr. Williams was an extraordinary person: a Tuskegee Airman; a surgeon who, with his brothers and mother, opened the first medical clinic designed to serve the African…
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