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NMSU professor named to national review panel

New Mexico State University assistant professor Mario Martinez is one of 12 board members named to the national Advisory Panel for the State Report Card.

The advisory panel, chosen by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, will examine all 50 states and grade them on their higher education performance. States will be given letter grades in four categories: student preparation for higher education, in-state opportunities for higher education, retention rates and long-term benefits from a college education.

Martinez said the group plans to draft a report that is easy to understand. "Information and numbers will be an important part of the report card," he said. "Our job will be to help make sense of the grades so that states can improve their higher education performance."

The grades and report will be published this fall.

Martinez is an assistant professor in NMSU's educational management and development department.

He earned his master's degree in business from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at Arizona State University in 1996. Prior to coming to NMSU in 1997, Martinez worked in strategic planning for the governor's office of Arizona.

Maria Lucero
May 3, 2000