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 CNM Prepares for 2008 Legislature: When the 2008 State Legislature convenes on Jan. 15, CNM and its New Mexico Independent Community Colleges partners will be seeking state support on several fronts. In line with CNM’s mission of affordability, the NMICC is recommending a zero percent tuition increase or a maximum increase of tuition and fees that can be no more than five percent. As the state leader in dual-credit enrollment, CNM is also supporting an initiative for better recognition of dual-credit enrollment in the funding formula. High school students in dual-credit programs get free tuition from CNM, but those students are currently lumped into the enrollment figures with tuition-paying students. The Legislature will also consider an adjustment to the higher education funding formula that would provide performance incentives for graduation rates, retention rates and job-placement rates. The NMICC is requesting a six-percent salary increase for faculty and staff to bring New Mexico community college employees more in line with other community colleges around the Rocky Mountain region. CNM will also be supporting an initiative from the New Mexico Higher Education Department that requests $4 million in new money for Adult Basic Education programs.

 CNM Day at the Roundhouse: CNM will put its services on display for the Legislature on Feb. 7. CNM’s academic schools will host tables near the Rotunda to discuss and showcase CNM’s programs and partnerships. Culinary arts students will treat legislators to a delicious brunch of green chile stew and tortillas. Baking students will add their own touch with special pastries that will be delivered to legislators on the House and Senate floor.

 High School Counselors Will Visit CNM: High school counselors from around the state will get a chance to learn more about CNM at the High School Counselors Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 25. The luncheon will take place at the Workforce Training Center from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Counselors will learn more about CNM’s college programs, high school-aged programs, financial aid, career development and options for transferring from CNM to four-year schools. For more information, e-mail debrag@cnm.edu.

 Still Time to Register for Spring Term: The spring term begins Jan. 14 and registration for full-term classes will be available through Jan. 22. Class schedules are free and available in the admissions area at all campuses, on the CNM website at www.cnm.edu and in the Marketing and Communications Office (224-4680) on Main Campus. CNM continues to offer a variety of scheduling options to accommodate as many different student needs as possible. Choices include evening, night, weekend and distance-learning classes, as well as many condensed schedules with different start and end dates. For more information, call 224-3160 or 224-4321.

 Montoya Campus Speaker Series Continues: Internationally acclaimed author and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca will host the Jan. 31 edition of the Montoya Campus Speaker Series. The event will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the J-Building (Room 122) on the Montoya Campus. Miguel Algarin and Tony Spiller, internationally published authors and poets, will read from their works of poetry. Santiago Baca will also read from his works.

 Federal Funding for TRiO Remains Level: In December, both chambers of the U.S. Congress passed an appropriations bill to fund 15 federal agencies, including the Department of Education. TRiO was one of several higher education programs that will continue to be funded at 2007 levels. CNM’s TRiO program provides support services for students in their efforts to graduate from CNM. TRiO’s support services include: one-on-one academic and career guidance; English, math, chemistry and biology tutoring; college success workshops; and other educational activities.

 Find Answers on CNM’s Website: Visitors to the CNM website (www.cnm.edu) can now get the answers to their questions quicker than ever before. A new product on the front page of the site, branded as “Ask CNM!” allows visitors to ask questions in natural language and get one right answer, regardless of the hundreds of possible variations in which the question might be asked. Other search tools can provide many pages of possible answers. The “Ask CNM!” engine, provided by IntelliResponse, delivers one concise answer that is guaranteed by the company to be correct at least 80 percent of the time. The system also captures every question that is asked. If questions are being asked that weren’t anticipated, those questions and their answers can continuously be added to the system.

 Strategic Plan Nearing Completion: CNM’s Strategic Plan, which will provide the guiding principles that will lead the college through the next five years, is nearing completion. The CNM Governing Board is in the process of finalizing the plan. The comprehensive plan has been honed through input gathered from 15 different strategic planning forums attended by 274 participants. Participants included CNM faculty, staff and students; program advisory board members; K-through-12 representatives; community and business leaders; and higher education partners.

 Annual Report/Calendar Available: CNM recently published its 2006-07 Annual Report, which doubles as a 2008 calendar. The report summarizes the past year’s activities and accomplishments at CNM, and it provides charts of CNM budget and enrollment figures. The report also offers a variety of puzzles and brain teasers that allow you to put your problem-solving skills to work while learning more about CNM. The Annual Report is available in the Marketing and Communications Office. To contact MCO about obtaining a copy, call 224-4680.

Thanks for Your Support of CNM and Happy New Year!
Kathie W. Winograd
President