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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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Activity Report

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

lottery-card

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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Activity Report

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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Activity Report

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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Activity Report: Spring Break Version

Office of the Vice President, Dr. Bernadette Montoya

Dr. Montoya convened the Enrollment Strike Force this week consisting of staff from Admissions, Financial Aid, the Vice President’s Office, and Student Information Management. This group is examining and updating all of our enrollment practices.

Dr. Montoya began working with the staff of the University Registrar’s Office to ensure a smooth transition following the retirement of Mike Zimmerman.

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NASPA 2014: USD’s process for program review

Demonstrating Excellence in Student Affairs
Margaret Leary
University of San Diego, Associate Dean of Students

A string band marched in Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sunday, March 16, 2014.

A string band marched in Baltimore’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the day before NASPA opened, Sunday, March 16, 2014.

 

Interest in this program review process was sparked by a leadership program from their accreditation agency.

A continuum of assessment  starts at usage tracking and ends with strategic planning, in which data informs planning. Steps include: Continue reading »

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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