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College of Agriculture and Home Economics proposes new name to university

A proposed name change for the New Mexico State University College of Agriculture and Home Economics has been forwarded to the university for approval.


The name "College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences" will be formally introduced to the Associate Deans Academic Council Feb. 11, which will officially begin the university approval process.

The final steps in the process include approval by the Faculty Senate and the Board of Regents. The entire approval process is expected to take about eight to 12 months.

The need for a name change arose shortly after Lowell Catlett became dean. Faculty and staff indicated that the name did not represent everything the college was doing.

"The name of the college did not reflect all the activities the college has evolved with, such as the Family and Consumer Sciences Department and the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management," Catlett said.

In response, Catlett appointed a committee composed of alumni, faculty, staff and stakeholders to take a look at the issue. Over the past year, the committee conducted three on-line surveys to give anyone with an interest an opportunity to voice their opinion.

Held in December, the third survey asked students, faculty, staff, alumni and stakeholders to vote on the final two choices for a new name. Based upon the answers received in the other surveys, both choices were felt to reflect the broad mission of the college, but the name "College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences" won with 65 percent of the vote.

After the survey, the college's Department Heads' Council supported forwarding the winning name on for approval.