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 of the first-year residency requirement.
Many more than in the past will be part of living-learning communities, a result of the expansion and popularity of this residency option. For the first time, all first-year students will be advised by advisors associated with the Center for Academic Advising and Student Success. What will not be different is that these students, and the students on our community college campuses, will find themselves part of a caring community of faculty and staff who are committed to their success and who will have their backs when they need help.
Although not as exciting as more than 2,000 first-year students, other important people coming to campus this year include members of a review team from the Higher Learning Commission (on November 13 and 14). The review team will be here as part of our 10 year Assurance Review. The Assurance Report associated with the visit is now available for public comment on the Provost’s website. I encourage all faculty and staff to read and comment on the report – by September 1, if possible. Given the late date, criticisms are less helpful than corrections and re-writes of sections.
Finally, I want to congratulate all of our faculty and staff for your good work. NMSU would not be ranked number one by the National Science Foundation for science and engineering funding among minority serving institutions, nor recognized by the Brookings Institution as one of the 70 “leaders” among public research universities, without your outstanding accomplishments. You make us proud and you are the central reason why so many students have chosen to attend NMSU.
Thank you and have a great semester.
With all best wishes,