February 15, 2019
I attended the second and last House Finance Committee workshop on higher education at the Roundhouse on Saturday, February 9. The chair fixed the committee recommendations for 2% new money and 2% base redistribution. While this is less than the adjusted 5% new money that our New Mexico Association of Community Colleges lobbying group wants, it puts UNM-Gallup in the black with a 0.23% increase to our annual state appropriation for our Instruction and General budget. Click the tables below to see which factors are being considered when determining funding formula calculations.
While in Santa Fe, I also had the opportunity to enjoy a delightful dinner at the Bull Ring with NMACC branch presidents/CEO’s and a group of legislators. I had the pleasure of being seated next to McKinley/San Juan County Senator John Pinto. We talked about his time in primary boarding school nearly a century ago, his time in the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific during World War II, his election to the State Senate in 1974 and his commitment to supporting both the annual Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial and the construction of the national Navajo Code Talkers Museum.
I understand no legislative session is complete without Senator Pinto serenading the chamber and gallery with the Navajo potato song. I wish I would have had the opportunity to hear him perform this tradition in person, but very much enjoyed my visit with Senator Pinto.
UNM-Gallup Draft Budget for FY 2020
The UNM-Gallup leadership team has published our 2019-2020 draft budget to the business operations web page for review. The budget will also be presented at both the faculty assembly and staff senate meetings scheduled for February 15. Please note page 3 of the document, Management Discussion and Analysis, which is new this year and provides an institution-wide perspective of what we are trying to accomplish together.
Nursing Accreditation Visit
The accreditation team from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) was on-campus this week to assess the UNM-Gallup nursing program. Their visit started on Tuesday with a welcome meeting which I was happy to attend, and ended Thursday with the campus exit interview. Many thanks to Sabrina Ezzell, nursing program director, for leading the accreditation proceedings.
This process represents the gold standard of academic program-level accreditations that inspires excellence across all of academic affairs at UNM-Gallup. Please take some time to read the program self-assessment below. (Two parts).
UNM-Gallup HLC 10-Year Reaccreditation Visit
Mr. David Cutri, Higher Learning Commission peer reviewer, has reached out to UNM-Gallup to help us construct the agenda for his visit on March 1. The main areas in which he will be seeking information include:
- History, planning and oversight
- Facilities and technology
- Human resources
- Student and faculty resources and support
- Educational programs and instructional oversight
- Evaluation and assessment
- Continuous improvement
Mr. Cutri will be meeting with key individuals in administration, academic affairs, student affairs and business operations. He will also be speaking with our local board members, faculty, staff and students. We welcome the chance to highlight our programs and people to HLC and are putting quite a bit of time and energy into preparing for the site visit.
We want everyone on campus to be ready for Mr. Cutri’s visit and able to share pride and knowledge about our campus. Towards that end, we have two short documents below for your reading pleasure that spotlight specific areas of campus operations and achievements. Please cruise through these at your leisure as part of the prep work for our accreditation process.
Higher Learning Commission Open Forums
In preparation for the main campus and branch campus HLC site visits, there will be three public forums March 4-5. These sessions will be structured around the HLC criteria for accreditation HLC criteria for accreditation. You can find more information here: https://news.unm.edu/news/unm-hosts-public-forums-on-hlcs-criteria-for-accreditation. Anyone can attend these forums through Zoom. More details will follow as we set up a conference space with Zoom capabilities on our UNM-Gallup campus. I encourage as many people as possible to attend these sessions in order to fully participate and engage in the open process.
UNM Faculty Petition to Unionize
As was reported this week in the Albuquerque Journal, University of New Mexico faculty have organized a bargaining unit under the title of United Academics of the University of New Mexico. An official petition for election has been filed as the next step in unionizing all faculty at main and branch campuses. I am very supportive of shared governance, institutional transparency and constituent relations. This sentiment, based on mutual respect and universal collegiality, is shared by all members of our leadership team and administrative units. We welcome the opportunity to work with any and all officially recognized bodies to further our pursuit of continued excellence in meeting our mission together.
Open Office Hours
The next Open Office Hours session will be on Friday, March 8 at 9:00 a.m. in the Student Services Technology Center, Room 120. Please feel free to attend and/or sign up to present to the leadership team.
Many thanks to Cecilia Stafford, faculty assembly president, and Dr. Shiame Okunor, retired faculty member from the department of language, literacy and sociocultural studies for joining us for today’s Open Office Hours.