Category Archives: Provost’s Post

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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HLC Assurance Argument

With the questions surrounding the Chancellor’s contract now settled, it is important that both he and I focus our attention on the next 10 months and do everything possible to ensure the continued advancement of NMSU. Of the various issues and initiatives that continue to call for our attention, none is more important than the…
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NMSU’s Quality Initiative

Four years ago, NMSU Las Cruces and NMSU Grants began to fulfill one of the requirements of the Higher Learning Commission’s Open Pathway by launching a Quality Initiative. The focus of the Quality Initiative was to improve undergraduate student writing within the disciplines by comprehensively reviewing undergraduate student writing at NMSU and providing an evidence-based…
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The Critical First Few Weeks of a Semester

As we complete the first full week of classes, I want to thank everyone in the NMSU system for your good work in helping students, especially first-year students, feel welcome on campus. The small kindnesses that are so characteristic of NMSU, such as offers of help and walking students to offices and classes, have been…
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Welcome to the Fall 2017 Semester

Yesterday, students in the largest first-year class since 2012 began their NMSU journey on the Las Cruces campus. It is a journey that will be similar, in many respects, to the journeys of past classes, but with some distinctive differences this year. More of these students will be living on campus, due to the implementation…
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The Generosity of Aggies

Last Saturday, I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the 2017 Sandra M. and Denton V. Holmes Endowed Scholarship Dinner, an annual fundraiser for the scholarship, which supports students in the MSN program in the School of Nursing at NMSU.  Denton Holmes established the scholarship in memory of his wife, Sandy, who…
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Transforming Lives

A question I have been asked for almost 30 years is, “What sets NMSU apart from other universities?”  During this period of time, my answer has not wavered.  NMSU has a faculty of world-class researchers that cares about undergraduate teaching and is committed to involving students in cutting edge research programs.  There are few other…
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An Ode to Southern New Mexico and Efren Yturralde

As I eat my first salad of the season with greens exclusively from the garden at my home, I cannot help but reflect on the things I like best about living in southern New Mexico. Near the top of the list, of course, is the weather.  The wind blows hard every now and then, but…
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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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