Branch campus/state news
Retreat goal: Unify UNM education
By Karen Wentworth
UNM Provost Brian Foster continues to push for a completely integrated university. He presided over a recent two-day retreat with branch campus administrators to address some of the tough operational problems that go with delivering a full range of higher educational services.
Administrators tackled the problem of how to successfully blend Extended University courses (offered through interactive television, Web or U.S. mail) with old fashioned classroom instruction. The goal is seamless educational programs stemming from branch campuses and Extended University.
Hiring appropriate faculty is an issue. A task force, including members of the provost’s office, Jeronimo Dominguez, vice provost for Extended University, David Stuart, faculty and former associate provost of Evening and Weekend Degree Programs, Peter White, dean of University College, and other key deans and department chairs will create a model to work through the complex issues of faculty hiring, compensation and workload.
Participants examined ways to provide one-stop financial aid, admissions, advisement, disability and other services similar to main campus.
Another major area of discussion addressed creating a process to align educational programs with human resource needs of branch communities.
“This retreat worked because we are directly facing some of our major issues,” Foster said. “This has been an effective way to begin solving the technical problems of running a large, diverse institution so that our students and, at the same time, communities have enhanced resources for economic development, social services, healthcare and other elements of a high quality of life. But there is a lot of work left.
UNM Gallup hosts National Deliberation Day
UNM Gallup, with local partner organizations Seeking Wisdom and KGLP, held National Deliberation Day in mid-October.
Part of a larger series of public forums intended to focus attention on the fundamental questions of meaning and value behind current public policy debate, discussion focused on the question “Does the United States have a special calling in the world?”
Speakers included Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, Lynne Canning, national organizer for the Tikkun Community, and Professor Harry Walters of Diné College.
Citizens deliberated in small groups.
National Deliberation Day is part of a program titled “By the People: America in the World” organized by MacNeil-Lehrer Productions with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Public Broadcasting Service, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The project is nonpartisan and nonsectarian.