Category Archives: Provost’s Post

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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Signature Programs

On Tuesday of last week, the College Deans of NMSU Las Cruces and I spent all day together discussing the signature strengths and programs of NMSU Las Cruces and how to work together to further develop these strengths.  It was a good meeting characterized by a strong spirit of cooperation and community, and focusing on possibilities…
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A Tradition of Excellence and Caring

Although American universities have come under fire from some quarters in recent years for limited learning in the classroom, high tuition costs, and low graduation rates, they remain the gold standard of the world for quality of education, research and discovery activities, and intellectual achievement.  According to the Times Higher Education World University rankings, 17…
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First-Year Residential Experience

In the Fall of 2017, first-year students at New Mexico State University will be required to live on campus. The move to a first-year residency requirement is part of a more comprehensive effort to improve retention at NMSU and is motivated by research demonstrating that students who live on campus in their first year are…
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Centralizing Advising at NMSU

As most of you are aware, NMSU is in the process of implementing a predictive analytics system, CRM Advise, designed to enhance student success by updating student profiles on a daily basis and providing alerts when students show signs of distress. Signs of distress include behaviors such as not attending class, performing poorly in class,…
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Accreditation on My Mind: Continued

In last week’s Provost’s Post, I focused on the Criteria for Accreditation and the areas in which shortcomings are most frequently found. In addition to the five criteria for accreditation and their core components, the site visit team will review Assumed Practices and will review NMSU’s compliance with federal regulations.   Assumed Practices are foundational to…
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Accreditation on My Mind

For me, as for many people, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I see it as a time to be with family and friends and to give thanks for the small blessings that occur every day and for which we are all too often oblivious as we fret over the next lecture that needs to be…
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