Category Archives: Provost’s Post

Faculty Fellows Program

An important component of our ongoing efforts to improve the undergraduate experience at NMSU is our Faculty Fellows Program within the Housing and Residential Life unit.  Currently, we still have openings for many of the 29 Faculty Fellows.  I am writing to alert you to these openings and encourage faculty members to consider becoming a…
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A Thanks to the Faculty of NMSU

I have now reviewed all 77 promotion and tenure files submitted this year by the faculty in the NMSU system.  As has been true every year since I became Provost, I come to the end of this process with a keen appreciation for the good work of our faculty and deep gratitude for their dedication…
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NMSU’s Quality Initiative

Every university on the Higher Learning Commission’s Open Pathway must plan and implement a Quality Initiative.  NMSU’s Quality Initiative is “Expert Insider Prose: Developing Students’ Disciplinary Expertise in Writing” or more simply “Writing Within the Discipline”, a comprehensive effort to improve student writing.  One focus of the initiative, which has been underway for several years,…
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HLC Review Team Visit November 13-14, 2017

New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is on the Open Pathway, a pathway reserved for the strongest institutions of higher education in the United States.  As part of its reaffirmation of accreditation, NMSU will be visited by an HLC Review Team on November 13-14 of this year.  Prior to…
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Proposed Reductions in Science Funding

A singular success of American science is the partnership between the federal government and research universities.  It is a hard-won partnership that was generations in the making.  The federal government has been a major player in the funding of agricultural research at universities since the Morrill Act of 1862.  However, federal funding for research in…
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Centralized Advising Update

Progress on centralized advising has been swift since the last time I covered it in my Provost’s Post, so an update to the NMSU community seems timely.    Leadership for the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support is in good hands with the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Hodges as Interim Director and Ms. Marissa…
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Marketing NMSU

NMSU has a long tradition of reaching out to high school juniors and seniors in our region, who have demonstrated an interest in going to college by taking the ACT or SAT, and sending them information about the university via mail and email. However, it is only over the course of the past three years…
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Tenure and Promotion at NMSU

In February and March of each year the Provost’s Office receives tenure and promotion files from the Las Cruces, Dona Ana, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, and Grants campuses. The files fill the office of Melody Munson-McGee who checks them to ensure that all required elements are present. The next challenge falls to Kim Altamirano, who carves out enough…
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Team 6

The Transforming NMSU Process, a re-structuring of our administrative units and processes designed to improve efficiency and reduce costs, has been underway for more than a year. Some of the most important work done during the course of this process has emanated from Team 1, which has concentrated on administrative units outside the colleges and…
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Enrollment and Retention Update

Earlier this week, the Chancellor provided some good news with regard to the retention of students in the Aggie Pathway Program.  Continuing this focus on good news, I thought I would share the most up-to-date information on NMSU’s recruiting, admission, and retention efforts.   On the recruiting and admissions front, undergraduate applications to NMSU Las…
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