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NMSU vice provost named to accrediting association's board

Carmen L. Gonzales, vice provost for distance education at New Mexico State University, has been elected to a four-year term on the board of trustees of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.



Carmen Gonzales, vice provost for distance education at NMSU, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (NMSU photo)


The North Central Association, based in Chicago, is one of six regional associations for accrediting educational institutions in the United States. The association's Higher Learning Commission focuses on higher education institutions. The board of trustees includes 15 members elected by the member institutions to serve as the policy-making body of the commission.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the board of trustees of this organization and potentially have some influence on future policies especially regarding accreditation of distance education programs," Gonzales said.

A member of the NMSU faculty since 1995, Gonzales has been vice provost for distance education since April 2002. She also is project director for the Regional Educational Technology Assistance (RETA) Program, a statewide technology development program for educators funded by the U.S. Department of Education. She received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in multicultural teacher education at the University of New Mexico.

Her term on the board of trustees of the Higher Learning Commission begins Sept. 1.