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President's Report - January 2016

Jan 01, 2016

CNM Seeks Voter Approval of Bonds to Improve Learning Environments

CNM is seeking voter approval of $84 million in bonds that would allow the college to implement much-needed facility upgrades that would provide students with improved learning environments, helping CNM to produce a more prepared and skilled workforce for the region’s economy. The CNM Local Bond Election will take place on Feb. 2. The bond funds would be used for various facility upgrades that would be focused on improving student learning facilities, renovations that would support economic development, and projects that would improve safety and security at CNM. For the first time since CNM’s property tax mil levy was first introduced in 1996, the college is seeking a slight increase to the tax rate for property owners in the CNM District. If the CNM bond is passed, it would result in just a $29.10 property tax increase per year on a house with a market value of $200,000 (approximate average home value in the region). “The passage of the CNM Local Bond is very important for not only CNM, but our community, our economy and the thousands of students who come to CNM each semester with the hopes of getting the kind of 21st century education they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow,” CNM President Katharine Winograd said. “CNM has been so fortunate to have the devoted support of our community for 50 years. And we are asking for our community’s support on Feb. 2 in a time of need for CNM. CNM needs this Local Bond to pass to make various facility improvements that will help our students excel and graduate with the skills they need to strengthen our region’s workforce and economy. We believe that investing in the advancement of CNM and community college education is a wise decision for our community as a whole.”

CNM Set New Graduation Record for 2014-15

CNM’s devoted efforts in recent years to help more students reach graduation has led to remarkable graduation gains, including recent numbers that show CNM set a new all-time record for the number of students graduating in the 2014-15 academic year – 6,232 students. Over the last 10 years (from 2004-05 academic year to 2014-15 academic year), the number of students graduating at CNM has increased from 1,885 students to 6,232, a 230.6 percent increase. Here are some more numbers comparing CNM’s gains in 2014-15 compared to the 2010-11 academic year:

  • 120 percent increase in the number of associate degrees awarded
  • 83 percent increase in associate degrees or certificates awarded to minorities (70 percent increase for Hispanics)
  • 17 percent increase in number of certificates awarded
  • 9 percent increase in number of awards in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Healthcare fields.

A combination of efforts focused on graduating more students have contributed to the increase. Some of the efforts have included: more efficient class scheduling; reducing credit-hour requirements when possible; monitoring student progress and notifying students when they’ve earned graduation status; an early-alert program to help struggling students get the support they need; and eliminating later enrollment.

Open Registration for 2016 Spring Term Continues

Registration is open for anybody interested in taking classes in the 2016 Spring Term, which begins Jan. 19. Register now before classes fill. To view courses for the Spring Term, visit cnm.edu/schedules or call (505) 224-3000.

CNM Launches Global Education

CNM is a grant recipient for President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, which is the White House’s “signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere designed to foster region-wide prosperity through greater international exchange of students.” CNM will receive $40,000 to work with Colombia’s Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), or its National Training Service, which is Colombia’s largest public institution that provides free vocational and technical training to around nine million Colombians annually. The grant effort is a launching point for CNM’s new Global Education initiative. The goal of CNM’s Global Education program is to increase the global competence of CNM students and empower them with the ability to compete, connect, and collaborate on a global scale. CNM’s Global Education program will also provide the flexibility and support of a community college to learners worldwide. Components of the initiative include education abroad, international students on campus, English proficiency, workforce development, and internationalizing curriculum. The partnership between CNM and Colombia’s SENA will allow for an initial group of five students and one faculty member from each institution to participate in the academic and cultural exchange program that will take place over a two-month period.

Online Liberal Arts Degree Offers Fast-track to Graduation

Students can earn their Associate Degree in Liberal Arts in 16 months through a 100 percent online, fast-track program. The next cohort for the online program begins on Jan. 19. The intensive, full-time (24 dedicated hours per week) program is ideal for students who want a structured and supportive online learning environment. The 60-credit hour program is offered in seven integrated blocks, with students taking three courses per block. E-textbooks will be available for all courses, and financial aid is available for eligible students. CNM also has a Memorandum of Understanding with Western New Mexico University that allows students who obtain their associate degree in Liberal Arts online at CNM to transfer to the university to finish a bachelor’s degree all online. To apply, or for more information about the program, go to cnm.edu and search “online liberal arts.”

New Method of Reserving Event Space at CNM

SPACE Solutions powered by CNM Ingenuity has established a new method of reserving special event space at CNM. For community organizations seeking to reserve event space at any CNM location, visit cnm.edu/spacesolutions for information, resources and rates. SPACE Solutions offers several different venue types for special events, meetings, conferences and film locations, which may be licensed for short- and long-term use. For more information, contact or call (505) 224-5200.

First Cohort of Fast Track Business Degree Students Graduate

In just 15 months, nine students in the first cohort of CNM’s Fast Track Business Administration Associate Degree program graduated. The business program on average takes students two to three years to complete, but in the fast track mode it takes 15 months. Students followed the same curriculum as the traditional program, but in an accelerated format.

 

Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd
CNM President