Activity Report for Week of September 23 – September 29

On Wednesday, September 27, I met with members of the Statewide General Education Steering Committee to discuss the feedback we have been receiving on the general education curriculum model and the learning outcomes rubrics. We also discussed how the general education course certification process will work and the schedule for implementing the curriculum model.  Given the realities of when course schedules are constructed, the earliest implementation will be fall of 2019, with the most likely scenario involving a gradual rollout of the new general education courses over three years.  In other words, existing general education courses will have three years to be re-certified as general education, and during this period they will retain their “G” status.

On Thursday morning, I met with the members of Team 6 who visited Arizona State University the previous week.  Our discussion focused on what we learned as a result of the visit, and which of the many changes in the academic enterprise made at Arizona State University would improve NMSU and could be successfully implemented here.

On Friday, I traveled with Regents Vela and Hicks, and Associate Vice President Ricardo Rel to Albuquerque for the Governor’s Third Annual Summit on higher education.  The major take away message for me was the importance of understanding your own students and the particular problems they face in pursuing higher education when designing retention programs.

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