President's Report - February 2008
♦ CNM, UNM Sign Transfer Agreements: CNM and University of New Mexico representatives signed agreements in early February to officially begin offering “two-plus-two” programs that will make it easier for students to seamlessly transfer from CNM to UNM. One of the two-plus-two agreements that was signed will allow students who graduate from CNM with a two-year associate’s degree in pre-management to smoothly transfer their credits into UNM’s business administration bachelor’s degree program. The other two-plus-two that was signed will allow students who graduate from CNM with an associate’s degree in general studies to transfer into UNM’s university studies bachelor’s degree program. Another agreement, which is being called a “one-plus-three,” will allow students who earn a one-year certificate at CNM in general studies to transfer to UNM for the final three years of a university studies bachelor’s degree. There are more two-plus-two agreements being developed between the two institutions.
♦ Spring Term Enrollment on the Rise: On Jan. 31 – the official census date for the spring term – the number of credit hours that students had registered for was up 5.3 percent compared to the 2007 spring term. A little more than 21,600 CNM students have enrolled in college-credit classes for the spring term.
♦ CNM Charts Course With Strategic Direction: CNM’s new Strategic Direction was approved at the January Governing Board meeting. It provides the guiding principles that will lead CNM through the next five years and it sets the benchmarks that the college will strive to achieve through continuous and responsive strategic planning. The new Strategic Direction defines CNM’s mission as the following: “To create educational opportunities and community partnerships while pursuing a level of community college excellence that is worthy of local and national recognition.” The Strategic Direction’s five primary goals are:
- Expand CNM’s caring approach to student success
- Create and enhance a systemic approach to partnerships and community building
- Build on CNM’s multi-faceted diversity
- Strengthen CNM’s comprehensive identity
- Innovate to sustain CNM’s success for future generations
♦ Explora! Director to Discuss Joy of Learning at Montoya Campus: The next lecture in the Montoya Campus Speaker Series will be presented by Kristin Leigh, education director at Explora! Leigh will provide hands-on activities as part of Explora’s mission to create opportunities for inspirational discovery and to promote the joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology and art. The lecture will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Montoya Campus J Building, Room 124. Call (505) 224-5526 for more information.
♦ CNM Instructor Honored for `Keeping the Dream Alive’: J. Harold Washington, a retired CNM administrator and current instructor in the Emeritus Academy, was honored by Albuquerque’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council with the “2008 Keeping the Dream Alive” award on Jan. 21, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Washington was honored for his longtime devotion to volunteer service. He regularly volunteers at the University of New Mexico Hospital and for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council. He is also a past president for the UNM Service League, a fundraising arm of UNMH that has provided hundreds of scholarships to CNM health care students. Washington also serves on the board of advisors for the Communi-Culture Performing Arts Association and he has served on the City of Albuquerque’s Goals Commission.
♦ TAX HELP at New Mexico’s Service: CNM’s TAX HELP New Mexico – a free tax preparation service for those households earning $40,000 or less and for those who are age 65 and older – is open for its 33rd season with nearly 50 locations operating throughout the state. TAX HELP New Mexico volunteers, who are certified by the IRS, are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits, including the Earned income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. In 2007, TAX HELP served 25,000 customers and returned more than $20 million to the New Mexico economy. For more information, including locations and hours, call (505) 224-4TAX or visit http://cnm.edu/taxhelp.
♦ Leading the Way to Record Donations: CNM’s Leading the Way campaign, which operates in partnership with United Way of Central New Mexico, was a rousing success again this year. Every year, the amount of employees participating and the money they donate has continued to increase. The trend will continue again in 2008 as a total of 671 employees will donate $95,000 to Leading the Way, which will be a 12 percent increase in participation and a 20 percent increase in money donated compared to 2007. Employees had the option of donating to the CNM Foundation or other worthy charities. Almost $70,000 of the total amount raised will go to the Foundation, which led the campaign efforts.
♦ Donations Continue: CNM is grateful for the following donations to the CNM Foundation:
- $1,000 from Paul Sowards for the CNM Foundation Unrestricted Fund
- $1,000 from Smith Barney for the Foundation Donor Dinner
- $1,000 from Sharla Reinhart for the Rust Opportunity Fund and Unrestricted Fund
- $2,500 from Compass Bank for the Rust Opportunity Fund and Unrestricted Fund
- $3,000 from Lovelace Auxiliary for the Lovelace Auxiliary Opportunity Scholarship
- $3,500 from Janice Micali for the Micali Scholarship Endowment Fund
- $10,000 from Caterpillar, Inc., for the Caterpillar Excellence Diesel Technology Fund
- $35,000 from Citi Foundation for the Annie E. Casey Center for Working Families Fund
- $50,000 from Community Action NM for Center for Working Families Expansion Fund
Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd