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NMSU degree completion program to be offered to NMMI students

Students who earn associate's degrees from the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell will have the opportunity to further their education without leaving the area.

ico State University and NMMI recently signed a memorandum of understanding to offer a degree completion program administered by NMSU's College of Business Administration and Economics.

"Some of the courses will be offered via the Web, others will be taught by NMSU faculty who will travel to Roswell and yet other classes will be given by NMMI faculty hired by NMSU," said Kathleen Brook, associate dean and distance education coordinator for the business college. Students will be able to utilize resources at NMMI.

Students will major in management and receive a bachelor's degree in business administration. The program is set to start in fall 2005.

Retired Rear Adm. David R. Ellison, superintendent of NMMI, said the program is a step toward where the institution wants to be in five and 10 years.

"It's a great beginning, and we are already talking to the College of Arts and Sciences to hopefully do a second one in the future," said Ellison.

The program, also known as a "2-plus-2" program, is pending accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is the second such program that the business college has partnered in. Partnerships with the Acoma Pueblo and Clovis Community College are expected in the future.

New Mexico State University, founded in 1888, is a comprehensive institution dedicated to teaching, research and service at the graduate and undergraduate level. It is the only land-grant institution that is also classified as Hispanic-serving by the federal government and classified by the Carnegie Foundation in the top research category, Research-Extensive.

NMMI, founded in 1891, is a co-educational four-year high school and two-year university parallel junior college.