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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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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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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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Activity Report for Week of October 14 – October 20

Monday and Tuesday of the past week were dominated by four general education input sessions held in Carlsbad, Portales, Las Cruces, and Silver City. The dominant concern expressed at the Portales and Las Cruces sessions was the reduction in the number of required communication courses from three to two. Many faculty members who spoke underlined…
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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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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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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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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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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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Activity Report for Week of September 2 – September 8

On Wednesday, September 6, I met with a large group of faculty and staff to discuss the management of the Sunspot Observatory. This is an important initiative for NMSU and for our Department of Astronomy. Nevertheless, various concerns were raised that will need to be resolved through negotiations with the National Science Foundation before management…
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