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Activity Report, March 21

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya chats with the newest employees of SAEM at the New Employee Reception.

Dr. Montoya chats with the newest employees of SAEM at the New Employee Reception.

Dr. Montoya hosted a reception on Friday, March 21 to meet with SAEM’s newest employees. Molly Parker, Krystal Espinoza, Jacque Kennedy, Suzanne Price, and Cruzita Montoya enjoyed light refreshments while talking to Dr. Montoya. Continue reading »

NMHEAR 2014: Social media, student success, student retention

New Mexico High Education and Retention Conference
February 27-28, 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico

SAEM attendees included: Jeanelle Chavez, Claire Cortner, Ben Gabriel, Michael Jasek, Phillip Johnson, David Melendez, Melody Munson-McGee

Using Rubrics to Assess Social Media Assignment

A team of education and distance education instructors at ENMU presented their research on social media assignments, and the elements necessary to effectively assess them. Their findings suggest content, participation, and writing quality are the most common qualities instructors assess when using social media platforms as part of their assignments. Instructors continue to be interested in using this technology in the classroom, especially with students at a distance, but assessment still lags behind. In the future, this research team plans to create and test grading rubrics that incorporate many of the common elements they have found in their initial research.

Driving Student Success at UNM

At UNM, a cross-campus team from Student Services, the Provost’s Office, and Institutional Analytics showcased the efforts they have made to align the student outcomes data collected in pockets all over campus with institutional data in order to create a more seamless pipeline of student data that can be used for a number of assessment needs. This process benefits both students and staff as the data collected in disconnected student services units is centralized allowing for a case management style of student tracking. The system they have created is impressive, and judging from the questions and comments in the session other institutions in the state will be looking at ways to duplicate this concept.

Digital Natives’ Access to Technology and Implications for Retention

NMSU English Department doctoral students Cathilia Flores and Mais Al-Khateeb presented some interesting preliminary findings on their research into Millennial  (also known as Digital Natives) students use of and access to the technology necessary for the online research component of English 111 at NMSU. Their findings suggest that lack of access to computers, slow Internet connections in dorm rooms and off-campus housing, and lack of familiarity with Canvas (NMSU’s learning management system) negatively impacts English 111 passing rates, and in turn negatively impacts NMSU’s overall retention of students. The presenters suggested possible solutions, including the idea that Student Affairs and Enrollment Management add an orientation to the Canvas LMS as part of the new student orientation programming.

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NASPA 2014: Assessment and Accreditation

NASPA 2014 conference in Baltimore, Maryland

NASPA 2014 conference in Baltimore, Maryland

Strategic Planning and Accreditation

Andy Mauk, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

James Hunt, Florida State University

 

Commonalities for what accreditation agencies are seeking in student services are institutional effectiveness, student support learning, and quality enhancement.

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NM HEAR 2014: NM HED, Assessment Design, and Learning Outcomes

New Mexico High Education and Retention Conference

February 27-28, 2014

Albuquerque, New Mexico

SAEM attendees included: Jeanelle Chavez, Claire Cortner, Ben Gabriel, Michael Jasek, Phillip Johnson, David Melendez, Melody Munson-McGee

 

New Mexico Higher Education Department Update

Mark Chisholm of the HED spoke in detail about the funding formula, as well as changes to the Lottery Scholarship and its future. In terms of funding, he provided a good overview of the differences between HED’s model and the approach favored by New Mexico’s institutions of higher education. Over the next year, these entities will be looking to find consensus in their approaches to funding. Chisholm also talked about the HED’s perspective on legislature’s solution to the solvency of the Lottery Scholarship and what HED will need to do in the coming months to make it operational. Long term, it looks as if the Lottery Scholarship will need to continue to evolve in order to be sustainable.

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Activity Report, March 14

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

In collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services, University Admissions attended college fairs in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico.

In collaboration with International Student and Scholar Services, University Admissions attended college fairs in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico.

Dr. Montoya briefed the Board of Regents on Monday regarding the semester’s enrollment. Enrollment is down compared to spring semester last year, and we are addressing this through closer collaboration with regional school districts and new retention efforts.

With this week’s announcement of Dr. Renay Scott as DACC President, the DACC Presidential Search Committee completed its nearly year-long search. Dr. Montoya is grateful for the many hours search committee members dedicated to this task and to the support members of the NMSU–DACC community gave to this search.

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NM HEAR 2014: Assessment Mistakes and Retention

New Mexico High Education and Retention Conference

February 27-28, 2014

Albuquerque, New Mexico

SAEM attendees included: Jeanelle Chavez, Claire Cortner, Ben Gabriel, Michael Jasek, Phillip Johnson, David Melendez, Melody Munson-McGee

 

Seven Ways to Get Assessment Wrong and How to Get it Right

Presented by Tom Angelo

In Tom Angelo’s presentation, he asked three questions: Do I have the ability to make changes based on the assessment; If I could make changes, would I; and Is this information people want to know. The session provided me questions to see if the “cost” of the assessment outweighed the gains. The evaluation of cost should look at financial resources, extra work required, time required, number of people involved, potential loss of status, and amount of resistance. The benefits should look at financial benefits, improved learning, improved efficiencies, number of people who will benefit, potential rise in status and amount of good will.

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BOR Presentation, March 10, 2014

On Monday, March 10, Dr. Montoya presented an enrollment update at the Board of Regents meeting. Below is the slideshow.

You can also view her presentation at this link. Dr. Montoya begins at 00.40:18.

Activity Report, March 7

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

From Left to right: Tony Marin, Director of Student Affairs; Bernadette Montoya, VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; James Hall, Associate Athletic Director; Jordan Banegas, Student Regent; and Provost Howard celebrated TRiO Day of Service.

From Left to right: Tony Marin, Director of Student Affairs; Bernadette Montoya, VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; James Hall, Associate Athletic Director; Jordan Banegas, Student Regent; and Provost Howard celebrated TRiO Day of Service.

The three finalists for the President of Doña Ana Community College visited Las Cruces this week for day-long interviews.

Dr. Montoya spoke Saturday at the Trio Day of Service. She addressed the crowd about her personal experiences in pursuing her education and what prompted her educational choices. This year, TRiO participants, painted seats on the northeast side of Aggie Memorial Stadium with the help of NMSU Athletics and the Office of Facilities Services.

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Activity Report, February 28

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya (right) addresses the crowd at the DACC to NMSU Transfer Reception.

Dr. Montoya (right) addresses the crowd at the DACC to NMSU Transfer Reception.

Dr. Montoya emceed the graduate recognition events at the DACC to NMSU Transfer Reception on February 26. The event recognizes graduating DACC students interested in transferring to NMSU.

Dr. Montoya and Valerie Pickett of University Admissions discussed collaborating with Cooperative Extension Services on recruiting strategies. The Extension offices expand NMSU’s presence into all of New Mexico’s 33 counties.

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NM HEAR 2014: Institutional Dashboards

New Mexico High Education Assessment and Retention Conference

Albuquerque Old Town plaza. Photo by Richie Diesterheft

Albuquerque Old Town plaza. Photo by Richie Diesterheft

February 27–28, 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico

SAEM attendees included: Jeanelle Chavez, Claire Cortner, Ben Gabriel, Michael Jasek, Phillip Johnson, David Melendez, Melody Munson-McGee

Identifying Key Performance Indicators: The Foundation of an Institutional Dashboard

Jeffrey Seybert
National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute
Johnson County Community College

Dashboards communicate to non-technical audiences institutional progress towards strategic goals. They are a tool for communication, evaluation, and performance against benchmarks.

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Activity Report, February 21

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya attended a luncheon for high school counselors on Thursday. Dr. Montoya attended NMSU-Grants with Lora Coles (left) and was in Vicki Gonzales’ (right) Head Start class.

Dr. Montoya attended a luncheon for high school counselors on Thursday. Dr. Montoya attended NMSU-Grants with Lora Coles (left) and was in Vicki Gonzales’ (right) Head Start class.

The Legislative Session closed! SAEM staff supported the Office of Government Relations regarding the Lottery Scholarship, tuition waivers, high school diplomas, home schooling, and dual credit, among other issues. Governor Susana Martinez has until March 13 to sign bills. At that point, SAEM staff will begin implementing new legislation as needed.

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Activity Report, February 14

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya met new Student Engagement Staff. From left to right; Angie Martinez, Academic Advisor; Carmen Rogers, Director, Academic Support Programs-Athletics; Dr. Montoya; and Lin Mendoza, Learning Specialist.

Dr. Montoya met new Student Engagement Staff. From left to right; Angie Martinez, Academic Advisor; Carmen Rogers, Director, Academic Support Programs-Athletics; Dr. Montoya; and Lin Mendoza, Learning Specialist.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya and Melody Munson-McGee attended the Legislative Session in Santa Fe on Monday, where they discussed concerns on changes to the Lottery Scholarship with legislators. Dr. Montoya also addressed the Legislative Senate Education Committee. ASNMSU students were at the Roundhouse representing the coalition of student governments and returned later in the week to work on the Lottery issue again.
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Association of Student Conduct Administration Annual Conference 2014

Association of Student Conduct Administration Annual Conference 2014

Strong Foundations/New Horizons
February 5-9, 2014
St. Pete Beach, Florida

A view of the sunset at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

A view of the sunset at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

 

Conduct Officers as Facilitators/Educators or Compliance Administrators by Peter Lake

Mr. Lake discussed compliance issues in conduct offices. He stated that the field of student conduct is becoming more legalistic versus educational while trying to hold on to the spirit of student development. He indicated that this area must be seen as an academic discipline to continue to gain and maintain relevance. He reported more than ever, those with legal training are being sought to facilitate conduct programs on campuses.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Thank you for providing feedback on a recent survey about your interests in professional development opportunities. To continue providing professional development opportunities, two upcoming sessions will be offered. Everyone from Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is encouraged to attend!

“Yes, and ….”, Improving Customer Service and Collaboration
Friday, February 28, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Corbett Center Student Union
Senate Gallery, Room #304
Presenter: Tom Smith, NMSU Theatre Arts
This interactive session will focus on behaviors that support excellent customer service.

Building Hope
9:00 am to 10:00 am and 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Corbett Center Student Union
Senate Gallery, Room #304
Presenter: Michael Jasek, NMSU Dean of Students
This session will focus on bringing mental health issues to the forefront, and helping us to better understand those around us who may be dealing with mental health issues such as depression, suicidal tendencies, and anxiety.

 

 

Activity Report, February 7

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Sylvia Castillo, University Admissions (left), Adelina Rodriguez, College of Education, and other NMSU colleges and departments tabled at the Rotunda in Santa Fe for Las Cruces Days. Aggie giveaways were popular among legislators.

Sylvia Castillo, University Admissions (left), Adelina Rodriguez, College of Education, and other NMSU colleges and departments tabled at the Rotunda in Santa Fe for Las Cruces Days. Aggie giveaways were popular among legislators.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya had lunch with ASNMSU students in Santa Fe and was joined by ASUNM Student Government president (yes, we ate with a Lobo). Dr. Montoya was impressed with ASNMSU’s leadership and their work with other student governments around the state.

The SAEM Strategic Plan was released this week, showcasing SAEM accomplishments and milestones. The Leadership Team and Assessment Team will be working together this year on the next update. The plan is online at studentaffairs.nmsu.edu/plan.

By the end of the week, about a dozen new Legislative Lottery Scholarship bills had been introduced. SAEM continues to provide analysis and recommendations regarding these bills as the legislative session enters the second half.

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What is SAEM working on?

Here are some things we are working on.

Activity Report, January 31

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Alex Mendoza is sworn in as Chief Justice of ASNMU.

Alex Mendoza is sworn in as Chief Justice of ASNMU.

Dr. Montoya and the DACC Presidential Search Committee reviewed candidates in advance of campus interviews, which are tentatively scheduled for March 5 through 7. More information is at dabcc.nmsu.edu/ps.

Dr. Montoya attended Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe on February 1 through 3. She visited with elected officials and policy makers from around the state about legislative issues impacting NMSU and our students. In addition, she led the NMSU fight song at the end of the meeting of a reception hosted by the Santa Fe NMSU Alumni Chapter.

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Activity Report, January 24

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya attended the 40th Anniversary DACC President’s Legacy Dinner. It was a great opportunity to meet and visit with the student scholarship recipients in attendance.

A core team of SAEM staff and Judy Bosland from Institutional Analysis met with Provost Howard to discuss enrollment, recruiting, and scholarships for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Dr. Montoya and the DACC President Search Committee began reviewing candidates for the DACC President Search on January 24.

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Students have lunch with the NMSU President

Kaylene Womack, Guadalupe Saldivar, DeMeshanique Jefferson, Xavior Pedraza have lunch with Dr. Carruthers.

Kaylene Womack, Guadalupe Saldivar, DeMeshanique Jefferson, Xavior Pedraza have lunch with President Carruthers.

Four students from Student Engagement had lunch with President Carruthers on January 15, 2014.

During the 2013 Tough Enough to Wear Pink week auction held on campus, Dr. Terry Cook bid the highest on the “Lunch with the NMSU President” voucher. With the voucher, Dr. Cook was able to give four students the opportunity to have lunch with President Carruthers.

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Activity Report, January 10

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

SAEM is finalizing the update to our strategic plan. The update will be aligned with Vision 2020.

Dr. Bernadette Montoya met with NMSU staff and students to assess changes that will be proposed to the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship Lottery during the upcoming legislative session. ASNMSU is working with student governments from around the state on a proposal that will have the support of students from many colleges and universities.

SAEM staff discussed the current Lottery proposal with Legislative Finance Committee staff via a conference call. We gave our input to the proposal and gained a better understand of how their proposal will affect our students.

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