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NMSU wins national award for business practices

New Mexico State University has won a national award recognizing innovative work in implementing web-based hiring on the university's human resources management system.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Barnes & Noble College Bookstores selected NMSU to receive one of only six awards presented during the seventh annual Higher Education Awards Program. The awards recognize initiatives submitted by colleges and universities that have made achievements in improving the quality and reducing the cost of programs and services. NMSU's $2,500 award was for Process Improvement.

NMSU's new system transformed the entire human resources administrative process, according to James McDonough, NMSU vice president for business and finance. The system's design accommodates departments' varying needs, he said.

As a result, the number of steps for hiring an employee was reduced 20 percent and the entire hiring cycle time was improved by almost 90 percent. Customer satisfaction went up 25 percent. Annual cost savings is estimated at $450,000.

Members of the team who helped to develop this system represented the offices of Business and Finance, Computing and Networking, Institutional Research and Planning, Personnel, and the executive administration, along with end-user focus group members.

Sept. 11, 2000
Contact: Carol Flores, (505) 646-2431