Category Archives: Activity Report

Activity Report for Week of December 2 – December 9

On Monday, December 4, I hosted the Westhafer Reception, which honored this year’s recipient of the Westhafer Award, Professor Kenny Stevens. This reception was especially appropriate because Professor Stevens had not been available to receive his award at convocation this year, because he was with a group of students from NMSU building a bridge in…
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Activity Report for Week of November 25 – December 1

At the Monday, November 27, meeting of the Regents Financial Strategic Performance and Budget Committee we discussed differential tuition for students taking nurse courses and raising tuition for out of state students who take six or fewer credits during any academic semester. The discussions about differential tuition for our nursing students centered on implementation and…
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Activity Report for Week of November 11 – November 17

The week’s events were dominated by the visit of the HLC review team, which was on campus November 13 and 14.  The review team was led by Dr. Patricia Dolly of Oakland University, who has been an HLC reviewer for 20 years.  In the exit interview, Dr. Dolly praised NMSU for the quality of the…
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Activity Report for Week of November 4 – November 10

On Monday, November 6, I attended a meeting of the Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Committee.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss governance recommendations for higher education from the Governance Subcommittee.  In short, after careful consideration of a variety of governance models the subcommittee recommended that we retain our current governance structure, but…
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Activity Report for Week of October 28 – November 3

I spent Monday at the New Mexico Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Governance Sub-Committee meeting. At the meeting we considered a variety of possible governance structures for New Mexico higher education. After a thorough discussion, the overwhelming sentiment of the subcommittee was that we should retain our current governance structure, but enhance the authority of…
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Activity Report for Week of October 21 – October 27

On Saturday, October 21, I had the honor of speaking at the Dr. James B. Williams Memorial Concert held in the auditorium of the Corbett Center Student Union. Dr. Williams was an extraordinary person: a Tuskegee Airman; a surgeon who, with his brothers and mother, opened the first medical clinic designed to serve the African…
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Activity Report for Week of October 14 – October 20

Monday and Tuesday of the past week were dominated by four general education input sessions held in Carlsbad, Portales, Las Cruces, and Silver City. The dominant concern expressed at the Portales and Las Cruces sessions was the reduction in the number of required communication courses from three to two. Many faculty members who spoke underlined…
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Activity Report for Week of October 7 – October 13

At a Tuesday meeting with the community college presidents, the Chancellor, and others, we discussed the December System summit.  Among the topics that will be covered at the summit is dual credit. Perhaps the most pressing issue surrounding dual credit is how to fund it. The NM legislature is now paying serious attention to this…
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Activity Report for Week of September 30 – October 6

I spent the beginning of the week on the road with Melody Munson-McGee, seeking input from faculty across the state on the changes to general education proposed by the Statewide General Education Steering Committee. The input sessions took place at San Juan Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Santa Fe Community College, and the University…
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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…
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