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NMSU programs support more than 100,000 K12 students and teachers per year

More than 100,000 New Mexico K12 students and teachers benefit directly from programs or support from New Mexico State University in a typical year, according to a report commissioned by College of Education Dean Michael Morehead.

Middle-school students standing in a classroom working on a project.
Sixth-graders Jeremy Shelby, left, and Arlan Dawdy work on their market projects at Camp Innoventure this summer. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)
Middle-school students playing instruments.
Students participate in a jazz studies workshop during a middle school band camp hosted by New Mexico State University this summer. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The report identifies the educational support efforts NMSU provides to K12 students and teachers across the state and includes more than 100 programs that are supported with more than $15 million in grants and contributions.

"NMSU is committed to supporting our educational partners, this report reflects the K20 process in action," Morehead said.

The report findings reflect data gathered from deans, department heads and program directors across campus throughout 2012 and reflect programs from several disciplines. NMSU outreach programs assist more than 15,000 teachers with professional development and have a direct impact on 100,000 K12 students and an indirect impact on more than 200,000 students throughout the state.

"New Mexico State University is a great land-grant university and the philosophy and purpose of founding land-grant universities was to extend the knowledge and resources of the university to the entire state and as a consequence it's just in our DNA at New Mexico State University," said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. "We spend a good share of our time, a lot of our energy and and most of our leadership in extending this university to the people of New Mexico."

This report is an update to similar reports issued in 2001 and 1994.

"It was time to review our impact and make people aware," Morehead said. "The variety and breadth of these programs have a huge impact on our citizenry."

The College of Education is a leader in providing outreach programs to students and teachers statewide, especially in the areas of science and math. Programs such as Mathematically Connected Communities and Scientifically Connected Communities, which are partnerships with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, provide teacher development on the most effective methods to teach these subjects. The College of Education also has outreach programs in literacy, dance and many other areas of development.

Other colleges also are well represented in the report. The College of Engineering offers many STEM-based outreach programs, including the PREP and NM BEST, to name a couple. The College of Business offers entrepreneurship programs for students interested in innovation. The College of Health and Social Services even reaches out to K12 students by placing social work students in practicums in the public schools to help children in need of social services.

In addition to its many STEM initiatives, the College of Arts and Sciences also offers outreach progams in the arts and humanities, including media and writing workshops, theater camps and many music programs.

Through its Cooperative Extension Service, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has programing for K12 students and teachers in every county in New Mexico. The 4-H program alone offers a variety of programs to students on many subjects, including everything from food safety and healthy living to water resource management.

"There is a broad variety of commitment across this campus to supporting K12 education," Morehead said. "One of the things that impressed me when I first started at New Mexico State University 20 years ago and impresses me to this day is the commitment that we have to working with our K12 partners to try and provide a better opportunity for education in the state of New Mexico."