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Idea Exchange continues…

Missed your chance to get a snazzy polo shirt at the Open Forum? Contribute to the Idea Exchange through the comments below and a polo shirt can be yours (until we run out)!

The 2014 Open Forum included an opportunity to talk with colleagues about our shared work in promoting student retention and success. If you missed the Open Forum, you can still share your great ideas. Continue reading »

2014 Open Forum Presentation

Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Bernadette Montoya attended the Legislative Finance Committee Reception and Dinner on June 12. Visits by members of the Legislative Finance Committee are a welcome opportunity to demonstrate that NMSU is a valuable access point to higher education NMSU for the citizens of New Mexico and for our region.

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Webinar: College Completion Rates

AACRAO Webinar
Douglas Shapiro, Executive Research Director
National Clearinghouse Research Center

Dr. Shapiro based his discussion on the recent publication Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2007 Cohort.

Graduation rates that are reported nationally count students who change institutions as drop outs, but NCES data suggests that students often go on to complete degrees at other universities. Put another way, about 25% of student success is counted as institutional failure.

National Student Clearinghouse data shows that one in 6 students who are retained in college from their first to second fall change colleges.  Screenshot from an AACRAO webinar on college completion rate.

National Student Clearinghouse data shows that one in 6 students who are retained in college from their first to second fall change colleges.
Screenshot from an AACRAO webinar on college completion rate.

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American College Health Association

sanantonioriverAmerican College Health Association
May 27th -May 30th in San Antonio, TX
Envisioning, Building, Achieving

The Education-Health Connection: Fostering Student Success by Reducing Health-Risk Behaviors

The University of Maryland presented findings on their updated Lifestyle Study that has been going since 2003. This session included topics addressing excessive drinking, illicit and nonmedical drug use and mental health problems among college students. Continue reading »

Open Forum is coming on June 26!

DSCN1943This year’s Open Forum will be June 26, in the Doña Ana Room of the Corbett Center Student Union.  This event will have 2 parts: the first will feature Bernadette’s address to SAEM, as before, and the second part will be new — the SAEM Idea Exchange. This exchange will provide an opportunity for staff to learn about other SAEM offices and how we can collaborate to improve student recruitment, retention and success. And as before, refreshments will be served. Continue reading »

Get to know the new NSR Program Specialist for Student Engagement!

marianaortegaMariana Ortega is the new NSR program specialist for the Department of Student Engagement, and she is very excited to be working in her area of passion in Student Affairs! Continue reading »

Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

During lunch, participants in SAEM’s first Assessment Day discuss how to better interact with students.

During lunch, participants in SAEM’s first Assessment Day discuss how to better interact with students.

On May 19, Dr. Bernadette Montoya and Janie Merchant, Director, University Financial Aid, attended a hearing in Santa Fe at the Higher Education Department regarding upcoming changes to the NewMexico Administrative Code for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. The Administrative Code for the scholarship was re-written to align with legislation passed during this year’s legislative session.

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The Marvelous Millennials: Keynote from Dr. Terry Cook

Dr. Terry Cook’s keynote presentation on Millennial students started the day with good discussion about meeting the needs of our students.

SAEM Assessment Day

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Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Health and Wellness Rocks! Campus Health Center staff decorated rocks with something that inspires them at work and shared them at the end-of-the-semester luncheon.

Health and Wellness Rocks! Campus Health Center staff decorated rocks with something that inspires them at work and shared them at the end-of-the-semester luncheon.

This week Dr. Montoya and the Commencement Committee debriefed following the Spring 2014 Commencement ceremonies. This semester’s ceremonies ran smoothly, and staff had a lot of ideas to implement for the future ceremonies.

The Enrollment Strike Force met this week. Recently, staff have been working on revisions for communications to prospective students, updating of the scholarship list for the Viewbook, and ways to collect contact information for student groups who visit campus through means other than the Admissions Office. We are also seeking input on the Applied–Admit–Enroll reports, which list students who have been admitted but have not yet enrolled.

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Learning Outcomes in SAEM

“We are just as much a part of the teaching-learning process as any discipline. We have to see ourselves as that and not as paperwork processors.”

Dr. Bernadette Montoya
Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Everybody understands that learning takes place in university classrooms and laboratories. But students learn through interacting with student affairs and enrollment management staff as well. Continue reading »

What you need to know about the Lottery Scholarship

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For Fall 2014 semester, students will see some changes to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship as the result of legislation passed during this year’s Legislative Session. In short, students will still qualify if they earn a 2.5 GPA the first semester, and they need to earn that GPA based on 15 credits rather than 12. In addition, the amount and duration of the scholarship will decrease.

Qualified students will be awarded the scholarship in the second semester of their freshman year. To qualify, students must: Continue reading »

Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Start of the morning Commencement Ceremony.

Start of the morning Commencement Ceremony.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya introduced incoming ASNMSU elected leadership at the Board of Regents meeting on May 9. The Board of Regents welcomed Wesley Jackson, incoming President and Jeremy Witte, incoming Vice President.

NMSU campus welcomed over 1,600 graduates plus their friends and family on May 10 at morning and afternoon commencement ceremonies. Staff from Colleges, Facilities and Services, the President’s Office, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and many other offices helped make the ceremonies a big success.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya with Hondo at the NMSU Alumni Ring Ceremony.

Dr. Montoya with Hondo at the NMSU Alumni Ring Ceremony.

At this week’s meeting about changing admissions standards with the Provost and the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Caucus, Dr. Bernadette Montoya represented SAEM. These meetings have provided insight into ways to serve at-risk students and help them realize their educational goals.

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What’s happening on Assessment Day?

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management will hold our first Assessment Day on May 19 from 8:15 until 1:30. This day will include:

  • A talk from the incredibly dynamic Terry Cook on The Marvelous Millenials: A Novella on the Las Cruces Campus, NMSU
  • Presentations from your colleagues about how they are  using assessment to improve their practices.
  • Informal discussions about how to start your own assessment project.
  • Poster presentations about assessment work.
  • Lunch will be in the Colfax Room at Corbett Center Student Union.

SAEM staff are invited to stop by for a session or for the whole morning, if your schedule permits. The whole schedule is at the “Continue reading” link.

Register for Assessment Day 

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya at Myrna’s Children’s Village.

Dr. Montoya at Myrna’s Children’s Village.

The SaVE Act Team, which included SAEM staff, introduced both online and face-to-face versions of NMSU Respects this week. Both versions emphasize personal responsibility as a member of a caring community while covering content required about sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Both versions include a quiz on content, and new students will have to complete one version before they sign up for classes. The online version will be used system-wide.

Dr. Montoya spoke to HR liaisons and staff about organizational change management. Dr. Montoya also sang to preschoolers at Myrna’s Children’s Village this week.

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Activity Report

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya took part in the discussions regarding changing standards for admission to NMSU this week with LULAC and NMSU students. These discussions point to the importance of ensuring that students on the Guaranteed Pathway be well served regarding advising.

SAEM Service Awards Reception honored the service milestones for our staff of about 250 employees. This spring, 31 employees are celebrating anniversaries from 5 years to 20 years. We are also celebrating this year’s graduation of 18 staff: 3 staff are graduating with associate’s degrees, 5 with bachelor’s degrees, 7 with master’s degrees, and one with a doctoral degrees. Two SAEM staff also earned certificates.

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This week features the Salute Military Honor Society and the J. Paul Taylor Symposium.

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Bernadette Montoya and Provost Dan Howard participated in the first of several listening sessions regarding changing admissions standards and ways to address low retention and graduation rates among students who enter NMSU with low GPAs. This session was with staff from the Office of Student Diversity.

Gadsden Roadrunners provide opportunities for students to become involved with extracurricular activities and to interact with the educational and business communities.

Gadsden Roadrunners provide opportunities for students to become involved with extracurricular activities and to interact with the educational and business communities.

Dr. Montoya spoke to the DACC’S Gadsden Roadrunners about continuing their education at a luncheon on Friday. The Gadsden Roadrunners is an organization for students in Business and Office Technology that provides students with opportunities to become involved in campus activities.

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Read about GLBQT week, Risk Management, and Degree Audit changes.

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Bernadette Montoya and Valerie Pickett attended the Balfour Ring Workshop hosted by the Alumni Office. They learned about proactive measures to focus on why students come to NMSU and how we can support their affinity toward the institution.  We look forward to our continued partnership with Alumni.

Dr. Montoya also attended the Crimson and White Banquet. It was a wonderful celebration of the academic accomplishments of student athletes in this past year.  It was a pleasure to visit with students about their dreams and plans and their passion for NMSU.

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