All of us hit the ground running on our return from the holiday break. I wanted to give you a brief update on some of the things that are currently at the forefront for our area:
- Enrollment: We are still working on our campaign to call students who are not registered for classes for spring term. Volunteers have made hundreds of calls, but enrollment numbers suggest that students could use some help in signing up for classes.
- Loan default: Following last fall’s news about NMSU’s loan default rate, we will continue to work on how to best address this issue and decrease the number of our students who default on their loans. We are exploring options for getting some outside assitance in this effort.
- Recruitment and retention (HED Funding Formula): The state has changed how money for universities is distributed from the former model, which emphasized student credit hours. This change is expected to shift more focus toward recruitment, retention and graduation. This is also part of the Building the Vision Goal for NMSU!
- Legislative Session: This year’s Legislative Session starts January 17 and will last for 30 days. The Legislative Session can seem like a remote event, but decisions made in the Legislature can have a tremendous effect on our students and their access to higher education, as well as how we might approach the work we do.
- Transfer Students: There will be a lot of focus in the coming year in recruiting of transfer students to NMSU, both from within our NMSU system Community Colleges as well as from other two-year institutions in our State. Our Transfer Center is now open, and we will share more details about that office with you soon!
Because of our role in serving students, every employee in SAEM is a part of these efforts, especially those involving recruitment, retention and graduation. Our emphasis on serving student helps make NMSU a welcoming place to learn. I know that each of you will do your utmost best to ensure the highest level of service!