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Sponsored Research for Student Success

New Mexico State University focuses on the success of its students and their pathways through their college journey. We have received multiple grants from APLU, NSF and others. Below are ongoing grants for research and fostering student success. 

Transforming Institutions to Increase Student Success

Building Capacity to Improve Transfer Success in Undergraduate Engineering

March 2021 — February 2022

Grant sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), in collaboration with NMSU, are testing the feasibility of using sets of lower-division student learning outcomes (SLOs) as the basis of block transfer into undergraduate engineering programs, radically shifting the transfer practices within the STEM disciplines. This is based on the Interstate Passport Program and contrasts with most institutions' current practice of accepting transfer credit based on specific courses completed. 

Because many STEM bachelor degree recipients now attend community college at some point in their career, NMSU will identify the SLOs that are critical for students in completing a four-year electrical engineering degree and mapping them to visually depict their prerequisite relationships and curricular sequencing. A lower-division SLO block will be identified and serve as input for SLO-based tools for analysis of curricular complexity development. 

Curricular complexity plays a critical role in determining STEM persistence and completion rates, particularly for students underrepresented in STEM disciplines. 

WICHE and NMSU's work will lay the foundation to: 

  1. Improve transfer efficiency in engineering disciplines.
  2. Improve curricular structures that result in improved student retention in engineering programs.
  3. Improve participation and persistence among underrepresented minorities in STEM, specifically in engineering.
  4. Increase numbers of engineering graduates to contribute to the economy.

Project Leads: 

David Smith, Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment

Tony Garcia, Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Laura Boucheron, Associate Professor, Klipsch School of Electrical & Computer Engineering 

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Transforming Institutions to Increase Student Success 

March 2021 — July 2022

Grant provided by APLU's Powered by Publics initiative and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

NMSU and other institutions will engage in an in-depth institutional needs assessment, share student success data, and receive targeted professional development and technical assistance based on needs in advising, college readiness policy and practice, and digital learning. 

Project Leads: 

David Smith, Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment

Patrick Turner, Director of First Year Initiatives

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This is a great opportunity for NMSU to collaborate and engage in robust work alongside other selected institutions to redefine the student experience, foster inclusive behavior and reimagine what is meant by student centerdness

-Patrick Turner, Director of First Year Initiatives


Transforming Institutions to Increase Student Success

Curricular Analytics and Equity 

The Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has awarded a $30,000 Powered by Publics grant to its Western Land-Grant cluster, a group of 11 regional institutions which includes NMSU. 
The proposal was selected from a pool of 17 high-quality cluster proposals with a total of $150,000 awarded. The grant will support a multi-institution, collaborative project with the goal of improving equity in student outcomes through skilled use of Curricular Analytics tools at the unit level. Specifically, the project will support an analysis of curricular complexity for numerous programs across all cluster institutions, with comparisons for similar programs being used to guide curricular reform efforts.

Institutions in the Western Land-Grant Cluster: 

  • Montana State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Utah State University
  • University of Wyoming

Project Leads:

David Smith, Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment

Patrick Turner, Director of First Year Initiative

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