President's Report - May 2013

May 01, 2013

CNM Offering 8-Week Fast-Track Courses for Summer Term

For the summer term, CNM will be offering about 20 percent of its course sections in an 8-week format, allowing students to reduce the length of a course by about a month and extend their summer break. A normal summer term course at CNM runs 12 weeks. There will be the same amount of coursework as a 12-week class, so there will be slightly more coursework and class time hours per week. Summer term begins May 20. Open registration is under way. For more information, visit or call 224-3000.

CNM Wins National Student Success Award

When it comes to helping students succeed, no community college in the country does it better than CNM. The American Association of Community Colleges, which represents nearly 1,200 community colleges nationwide, announced on April 26 that CNM was the winner of its coveted award, the Student Success Award. CNM was named as one of five finalists for the award in February – the winner was announced at the AACC’s annual convention in San Francisco, Calif. CNM set itself apart from the competition primarily through its fast-rising graduation numbers and its innovative CNM Connect student-support model, which has been emulated at other community colleges around the country. According to the AACC, the Student Success Award “recognizes a community college that has demonstrated, through evidence, a sustained commitment to, and proactively advanced, the cause of student success.” Criteria for the award included: developing a comprehensive, bold and strategic completion (graduation) plan; achieving measurable and significant increases in on-time associate degree completion, certificate completion and transfer from 2-year to 4-year institutions; developing innovative programs that support student success in areas such as student support services and K-12 partnerships/collaboration; substantially contributing to the integration of completion goals and principles across the institution; and developing scalable, promising practices to advance student success. Some of the factors that contributed to CNM winning the award included:

Graduation Increases – 972 certificates and 1,357 associate degrees were awarded in 2007-08. In 2011-12, 5,398 certificates and 3,009 associate degrees were awarded. In 2008-09, 2,329 CNM students graduated with a degree or certificate. In 2011-12, 6,169 students graduated with a degree or certificate;

Transfer Increases – in 2005-06, 35.2 percent of CNM graduates with Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degrees transferred to a university. In 2009-10, 43.3 percent of those graduates transferred to a university. In 2009-10 (most recent transfer data), a total of 4,055 CNM students transferred to a university;

Dual Credit Student Increases – in fall 2007, CNM had 660 high school students taking CNM dual credit classes, which count for both high school and college credit. In spring 2013, there are nearly 2,000 high school students taking dual credit classes at CNM;

CNM Connect – the innovative student-support model was established at CNM in February 2011. It provides students with a one-stop location at every campus to access all kinds of services, including Achievement Coaches, financial coaching and workshops, on-site access to public benefits screenings, access to scholarship applications, stress management and study skills workshops, access to legal services, free tax preparation, referrals to external services in the community for things like childcare and housing, as well as access to all the traditional student support services within CNM.

Record Number of Students Cross Graduation Finish Line

More than 2,155 associate degrees and certificates were presented to students at the end of the recently concluded spring term, including 545 Associate of Arts (AA) degrees, 614 Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, 51 Associate of Science (AS) degrees and 945 certificates. It was a new record of awards for a spring term, surpassing the spring 2011 mark of 2,104 awards. Of the 2013 spring-term grads, about 600 students participated in the Spring Graduation Ceremony on May 4 at Tingley Coliseum. Delivering the keynote speech was native-born New Mexican John M. Garcia, who was appointed by the White House in 2011 to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining the VA, he was appointed by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the first Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. He served as president of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (1985-91), and he’s a founding member of the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans of America.

CNM Enactus Team Named Regional Champ

The CNM Enactus team was recently named Regional Champion and Rookie of the Year at the Enactus United States Regional Competition held in Seattle, Wash., in late April. Enactus is an international nonprofit organization that encourages students to apply business concepts to community outreach projects. The event was one of several Enactus USA regional competitions conducted across the United States in March and April. The CNM team will advance to the national level of Enactus competition at the Enactus USA National Exposition May 21-24 in Kansas City, Mo. CNM students participating were Jill Silverthorne, Jesse Siebach, Javier Serna, ErinMarie Wester, Charlotte Tierney and Hugh (Crow) Mohon. Other team members included Kim Wong, faculty advisor, and Marty Epstein and Rob Stone, faculty support members.

CNM Earns Two National Awards for Online Learning

CNM’s Distance Learning program, including faculty member Brian Sailer, have earned national awards for innovative online learning practices from Blackboard Inc., which serves millions of online students and educators around the world. Blackboard announced that its Catalyst Award for Teaching and Learning will go to CNM instructor Brian Sailer, Ph.D., and the Exemplary Course award will go to CNM for “Introduction to Teaching and Learning Online” (TLOL-1010), an online course that prepares instructors to become certified online instructors. Sailer, a full-time biology instructor at CNM since 2004, is being honored for creating an online teaching environment for his students that rivals the social and collegial interaction they would experience in a traditional classroom.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:

  • Blue River Productions, LLC
  • The Estate of Kathleen Gilmore
  • Intel Corporation
  • Janice Micali
  • TriCore Reference Laboratories
  • U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union
  • Erica Volkers


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