Roshni ’15 Festival of Lights
On Sunday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Roshni ’15 Festival of Lights which is an event organized by the Indian Students Association of NMSU to mark the Indian festival, Diwali. The event was wonderful, providing an opportunity for our students to share the traditions and culture of India with the NMSU community, while at the same time building a sense of community among our many Indian students. It was an honor to say a few words of welcome, and a distinct pleasure to witness some delightful dances by our talented students from India.
Instructional Innovation and Quality Annual Report
The IIQ team and I sat down to discuss the year in distance education. Among the items we discussed were: the increased focus of the Higher Learning Commission on distance education; the importance of ensuring that all distance education courses at NMSU are distance courses and not correspondence courses; and, the importance of assessing learning in distance education courses. The IIQ team is dedicated to ensuring that all faculty members at NMSU have access to the training and resources necessary to deliver and assess distance education courses. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this terrific resource.
Aggie Pathway Advisory Committee
The meeting of the Aggie Pathway Advisory Committee gave me, and others, an opportunity to remind the members of the committee that the purpose of the pathway is not to limit access to NMSU, but to provide a better pathway to an NMSU degree for many students. Combining a cohort model with smaller classes and learning communities, the Aggie Pathway should be attractive to students who need to improve their basic skills before attending NMSU Las Cruces, as well as to students who simply prefer smaller classes and the sense of community associated with the cohort model. One persistent misconception is that the program is limited to 24 credits. This is not true. Although students in the program are eligible to transfer to NMSU after fulfilling 24 credit hours, they are also free to remain in the program until finishing their associate’s degree. Students that do transfer before finishing a degree program will be encouraged to reverse transfer, once they have achieved the requisite number of credit hours on the Las Cruces campus. The reverse transfer will allow the community college, at which a student began, to receive credit for the student’s completion of the degree program.