NMSU’s Mission

provost-dan-howardThis weekend I began the final review of our Assurance Argument, which will soon be locked down and made available for review by the Higher Learning Commission team that will visit us on November 13th and 14th. As I read the first part of the argument which focuses on the mission of NMSU, I had time to reflect on the simplicity and enduring value of NMSU’s mission statement:

“New Mexico State University is the state’s land-grant university, serving the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service.”

No high-flying language here, just straight talk about who we are and what we do.

The statement reminds us that, first and foremost, NMSU is an educational institution that is here to serve the diverse population of New Mexico. Moreover, research, extension education, and public service are not ancillary activities of our faculty and staff, they are central to who we are, and why the institution exists.

The mission statement resonates with me, and I suspect it resonates with most of you, as well. It is a good statement to keep in mind as we help a team from outside the university understand the value of NMSU and the important role it plays in the state.

Some good news on the accreditation front is that HLC has accepted our Quality Initiative “Writing Within the Discipline” and confirmed that the initiative was pursued with genuine effort. The Quality Initiative is an important part of the Open Pathway and the panel review of our report is the first part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process.

Congratulations to everyone at NMSU who actively participated in the Quality Initiative. Kudos and high fives especially to Shelly Stovall, Patty Wojahn, David Trafimow, Chris Burnham, Lauren Rosenberg, Kefaya Diab, and Joan Erben.

With all best wishes,


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