Creating a New College and Research Center at New Mexico State University

Goal:  Repositioning Health, Education, Social Services, and Social Sciences disciplines for Maximum Impact and Future Growth.

Proposal:  Administratively combine the separately administered colleges of Education, Health and Social Services, and potentially some of the Social Sciences, into a single, new college.  The current placeholder name for the proposed college is:  The College of Health, Education and Social Transformation (HES).  Several separately administered academic departments within these units could also be combined to create thematic schools.  A complementary research institute would also be established. 

A new college and research institute which supports these disciplines has the potential for increasing collaboration when related disciplines are organized together and may provide a promising structure for interdisciplinary work. This re-organization could be designed with the intent to break any existing silos and encourage groups of similar interests to identify additional and more in-depth opportunities. A properly designed organizational structure that emphasizes new processes and resources could be more effective than existing organizations in recognizing and rewarding interdisciplinary work. There is potential for the hiring of new faculty.  Students could more clearly see how they are able to work across disciplinary divides. More faculty working together in an environment that magnifies and supports similar discipline subject areas, research interests, and specializations could lead to additional outreach.

The establishment of schools with an underlying thematic element could consolidate disciplines that are currently fragmented across multiple smaller units, providing them with a stronger voice, a greater potential of having an influence on institution-wide priorities, and greater potential to secure resources (internally and externally). This could also improve visibility of work performed within such schools.

Frequently Asked Questions Faculty Town Hall

Ranked Choice Ballot Options

Faculty and Staff in the College of Education, and Health and Social Services, and the Department of Sociology, are invited to vote on the proposal.  The ballot will be available January 14-22, 2021.   Ranked Choice Voting will be used, i.e., voters may rank up to four options from among those presented below.  Voters do not have to exercise all four ranking options; however, no single option may be repeatedly ranked to attempt to weight it more heavily than other options.   

A. The following academic units should be administratively combined as quickly as possible to establish a new college, to be named the College of Health, Education and Social Transformation. Eligibility to Rank this Option: All Groups

Communications Disorders (EDU)
Counseling and Educational Psychology (EDU)
Kinesiology (EDU)
Nursing (HSS)
Public Health (HSS)
Social Work (HSS)
Sociology (A&S)
Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership (EDU)

B. The following academic units should be administratively combined as quickly as possible to establish a new college, named the College of Health and Education.  Eligibility to Rank this Option:  All but Sociology

Communications Disorders (EDU)
Counseling and Educational Psychology (EDU)
Kinesiology (EDU)
Nursing (HSS)
Public Health (HSS)
Social Work (HSS)
Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership (EDU)

 

C. The following academic units should be administratively combined as quickly as possible into the preexisting College of Health and Social Services, i.e., the current College of Health and Social Services becomes larger; the current College of Education continues but becomes smaller. Eligibility to Rank this Option:  All but Sociology
Communications Disorders (EDU)
Counseling and Educational Psychology (EDU)
Kinesiology (EDU)
Nursing (HSS)
Public Health (HSS)
Social Work (HSS)

D. The following College of Health and Social Services and Education academic units should be administratively combined as quickly as possible to establish a new college to be named the College of Health, Education and Social Transformation (Phase I), and Sociology should have up to one year to join (Phase II).  Eligibility to Rank this Option:  All Groups

Communications Disorders (EDU)
Counseling and Educational Psychology (EDU)
Kinesiology (EDU)
Nursing (HSS)
Public Health (HSS)
Social Work (HSS)
Sociology (A&S)
Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership (EDU)

E. All current college administrative structures should remain unchanged. Eligibility to Rank this Option: All Groups

Evaluation Process

Provost Parker will use a variety of strategies to obtain input and assure robust participation from the academic units involved in the process of evaluating the proposal.

A task force was charged with collecting input from the NMSU Community with respect to the suggestion that NMSU administratively combine several academic units within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Social Services division; Education; and Health and Social Services, in order to create a new College. Feedback was collected using small working groups, listening sessions, surveys, etc. and included: Input on the opportunities and challenges the proposal presents; potential names of the new college; and ideas for how to improve upon the concept if possible. The Task Force's report is available in the Supporting Materials section. 

A Faculty Town Hall, jointly sponsored by the Provost's Office and Faculty Senate, was held on November 5, 2020. 

Prior to submitting the Bill, the Provost will ask the faculty from the academic units involved to vote on various aspects of the proposal. This will be accomplished via a Ranked Choice Voting process, with all employees in the involved academic units invited to vote. 

To formally launch the final review and approval seeking process, a formal Bill will be submitted to the Faculty Senate seeking its review and recommendation, per ARP 2.15. The sole authority to ultimately approve this organizational structure rests with the NMSU Board of Regents (RPM 4.0, C.). Its anticipated this will occur in early 2021. 

Supporting Materials