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NMSU arts and sciences college, student affairs partner for high-impact workshop

The College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University has teamed up with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to attend the Association of American Colleges and Universities 2013 summer institute on "High-Impact Practices and Student Success."

"The focus in New Mexico and across the country is expanding from first-year retention to end-to-end degree completion," said Christa Slaton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "Our college is joining forces with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at this summer institute to do some hands-on work that will help us integrate the technologies and best practices necessary to support academic progress toward graduation for our students."

The five-member team from NMSU is among 122 colleges and universities selected to attend the conference June 11-14, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Studies have shown that college students who participate in high-impact programs such as study abroad, service learning and research with faculty are more likely to be successful.

"Students are much more likely to be successful in their educational endeavors when everyone with whom they work identifies with the same mission and goals," said Lisa Bond-Maupin, College of Arts and Sciences associate dean. "In addition, the most proven high-impact practices in higher education involve curricular and co-curricular integration."

The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is designed to help campuses and systems develop institution-wide change strategies for the benefit of all students. It seeks to help institutions meet ambitious goals for improving both completion rates and the quality of student learning. Participant teams address barriers to student success and devise integrative plans to strengthen student learning.

During the workshop, the group will create a plan and bring it back to help students at NMSU.

"By working together we can create experiences for students which blur the lines of learning that have traditionally been drawn between inside and outside the classroom; thus, learning is continuous for the student," said NMSU Dean of Students Michael Jasek, one of the five who will attend the conference. "Through this collaboration we can have a direct and positive impact on a large portion of our student's college experience."

Representing the College of Arts and Sciences are Bond-Maupin, Beth Pollack, associate dean, and Jodie Kenney, acting associate director of Academic Advising and Student Retention. Terry Cook, assistant vice-president student engagement, and Jasek, are from Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

"We will not only have the opportunity to learn from the excellent faculty at the institute but will also learn from our colleagues," Bond-Maupin said.

"Student Affairs and Enrollment Management collaborates with various colleges across campus at many levels," said Bernadette Montoya, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. "When we were presented with the opportunity to work with the College of Arts and Sciences, we knew we would make a strong team to send to this conference. One reason it is so important is that the College of Arts and Sciences serves every student at NMSU. Our team was selected to attend the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success and we expect this very talented group of people to develop a unique plan that will help the university to meet our retention and completion goals."

At the conference, the NMSU team will be paired with UW-Madison, Texas Tech, and Waterloo University. They will work to create sustainable programs targeted to first-year and first-generation students.

"Once the action plan is created and implemented, we hope to see an increase in our student retention from first to second year and performing at a higher level, both academically and engagement in the university community," Jasek said.