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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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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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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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General Education Input Meetings

During the first weeks of October, Provost’s Office Chief of Staff Melody Munson-McGee and I traveled across the state to meet with faculty and receive their input on the new general education model being developed by the General Education Statewide Steering Committee. The eight stops on our tour of the state were: San Juan Community…
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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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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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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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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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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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General Education Feedback

As many of you know, a Statewide General Education Steering Committee has been meeting since February of 2016 to revitalize general education in New Mexico. About eight months ago, I wrote to the faculty of the NMSU system and asked you to review the curriculum model developed by the committee, as well as the learning…
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