NMSU sees enrollment rise

NMSU sees enrollment rise

There are 20 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Aug 14, 2010, titled NMSU sees enrollment rise. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

New Mexico State University recorded a 5.8 percent increase in fall 2010 enrollment across all campuses, the school reported this week.

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ooo

Rio Rancho, NM

#1 Aug 15, 2010
Enrollment rates are one thing. Retention and 4 year graduation rates (or even 6 year) are something else. No matter how many kids you pour into the system, the ones that leak out do no one any good.

Since: Mar 10

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Aug 15, 2010
What is interesting and has yet to appear in the Las Cruces Sun News in the front page article in Saturday's Albuquerque Journal where it is reported Copyright 2010 Albuquerque Journal
Journal Southern Bureau

LAS CRUCES New Mexico State University this year will divert $4.1 million in academic money to prop up its athletics program, which still will have a deficit of $8.4 million.
The Athletic Department, which is supposed to be essentially self-supporting, has accumulated the deficit over several years.
kinz

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Aug 15, 2010
Enrollment goes up, number of professors in core academic departments goes down, pay for professors stays flat year after year meaning the best leave.

The best high school students leave the state in droves. There are reasons for this. Students with low SAT/ACT scores fill the incoming classes. Little is done to improve quality at the university and attract students with higher scores, and much happens to decrease quality. The university winds up with a poor 4 year graduation rate.

It is not too late to start to fix things, but the day will come when it becomes very difficult, and that day is not so far away. The $4.1 million per year for athletics instead being used to hire quality faculty in English, Stats, CS, History, Chemistry, etc would be a start. Honors classes in core subject areas and scholarships for high achieving entering students would help.

The people of the state deserve good quality universities.

“Your DQCC Limit is Maxed!”

Since: Sep 08

In Utero (originally)

#4 Aug 15, 2010
Good grief, that isn't the only thing rising at NMSU. Tuition is getting ridiculous as are all the other fees. I am floored by how much a parking sticker cost these days, especially for faculty & employees...yet, the administration looks for reasons to withhold pay raises or to reduce salaries for everyone other than themselves.

With as much as tuition has increased, one would think that all the programs wouldn't be lacking in funding. Oh that's right, the sports programs and coaches deserve to make out like bandits. The coaches' salaries are ridiculous for the performance. Worse are their severance packages, if terminated. Even worse, is how much they still take away if they choose to leave State.

All the points already stated are very valid concerns and observations. Until this university truly make the academia priority and quits cutting funding to their strongest colleges/departments, NMSU will not be seen as capable as some of the more prestigious schools. Case in point, the engineering department is constantly being cut in terms of funding; yet, they bring big money into NMSU and even work in conjunction with many Ivy League Colleges and prestigious polytechnic institutes. Yet, the administration seems to slight the Engineering programs at NMSU. Instead of throwing so much at the sports programs, bring in some more diverse instructors (with an array engineering talents and experience) that would further enhance an already good program to make it even better. Too much of the time there are situations where it is the blind leading the blind now with regard to the students doing research for their thesis and to publish works. Fresh proven instructors are needed to keep up with today's technological advances, if NMSU is going to remain competitive.
aggiefansince83

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Aug 15, 2010
Of course enrollment is going up. Nobody can find a job. It happens with every university in the country. Enrollment increases during a bad economy and decreases during a good economy.

With that said I do enjoy all the Aggie sports teams. It is great entertainment and a great way to hang out and meet people. But that is all it is. Entertainment. I hope the Athletic budget can be balanced and turn a profit, but never at the expense of academics. That is the number one priority of the university. To have its graduates equipped and well prepared for an increasingly competitive job market.
Judas

Farmington, NM

#6 Aug 15, 2010
It seems like not only can't the Sun-News staff manage to do any investigative reporting of their own, they can't even manage to read the Albuquerque Journal and report on the diversion of instructional monies to the sports teams!
spooky

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Aug 15, 2010
Enrollment is up..funny, how can one explain a student with a low GPA be qualified to get a hefty scholarship and isn't qualified. Who is approving this crap?? Looks like someone should be auding these scholarships, students are being cheated when this money could assist them!
NMSU Student

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Aug 15, 2010
Great! Maybe they can rescind that approx 10% hike in tuition and fees they just approved.(Not holding my breath)
On a different note, a new building for the bookstore??? In the middle of one of the few remaining parking lots? Didn't they just renovate Corbett Center a while back and enlarge the bookstore there?
True

Calgary, Canada

#9 Aug 15, 2010
spooky wrote:
Enrollment is up..funny, how can one explain a student with a low GPA be qualified to get a hefty scholarship and isn't qualified. Who is approving this crap?? Looks like someone should be auding these scholarships, students are being cheated when this money could assist them!
Agree. Students are admitted to NMSU just so the enrollment numbers "look" good but the low qualifying low GPA low ACT/SAT score students end up taking their remedial classes at the Dona Ana Branch. It is common practice at NMSU.
olan

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Aug 15, 2010
Nice to see so many who can see beyond the smoke and mirrors.

Where is the advertising budget for Mrs. C's inauguration coming from? For a month full color quarter page ads in the Sun, Bulletin & Journal. The whole pomp and circumstance wasted on this whole day is appalling in these economic times. I for one would like a financial break down on this event.

AND that is why the lot was cleared?!? For a Bigger bookstore? Unbelievable! Master Plan? Hah.
pik

Bernalillo, NM

#11 Aug 15, 2010
what about parking spaces? last year was horrible, they keep increasing tuition, for what? to pay the coaches? n e ways, we never win.
Art

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Aug 15, 2010
NMSU should thank DABCC for the number of students because of it's lack of student support, financial aid staff and nursing advisor. Way to go DABCC!!!
DBC

Rowlett, TX

#13 Aug 15, 2010
In spite of all the negativity here, it seems to me NMSU is doing something right. Enrollments are increasing in a demographic population (NM) that is declining in the target age group.

Where would Las Cruces be without NMSU? The school has many of the same problems colleges around the country have - but is still a quality school at a bargain price.
kinz

Las Cruces, NM

#14 Aug 15, 2010
DBC wrote:
In spite of all the negativity here, it seems to me NMSU is doing something right. Enrollments are increasing in a demographic population (NM) that is declining in the target age group.
Where would Las Cruces be without NMSU? The school has many of the same problems colleges around the country have - but is still a quality school at a bargain price.
"but is still a quality school at a bargain price."

The point is that we would all like very much for you to be able to say the same thing in 10 years. This is not a given.
lol

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Aug 15, 2010
kinz wrote:
Enrollment goes up, number of professors in core academic departments goes down, pay for professors stays flat year after year meaning the best leave.
The best high school students leave the state in droves. There are reasons for this. Students with low SAT/ACT scores fill the incoming classes. Little is done to improve quality at the university and attract students with higher scores, and much happens to decrease quality. The university winds up with a poor 4 year graduation rate.
It is not too late to start to fix things, but the day will come when it becomes very difficult, and that day is not so far away. The $4.1 million per year for athletics instead being used to hire quality faculty in English, Stats, CS, History, Chemistry, etc would be a start. Honors classes in core subject areas and scholarships for high achieving entering students would help.
The people of the state deserve good quality universities.
lol. our enrollment is up because of mexicans.. sweet. that should really up the employment pool in a few years.. er... wait.. guess not...

“Your DQCC Limit is Maxed!”

Since: Sep 08

In Utero (originally)

#16 Aug 15, 2010
DBC wrote:
In spite of all the negativity here, it seems to me NMSU is doing something right. Enrollments are increasing in a demographic population (NM) that is declining in the target age group.
Where would Las Cruces be without NMSU? The school has many of the same problems colleges around the country have - but is still a quality school at a bargain price.
In now way was I implying that NMSU isn't a quality institution; however, I'm not one to give into complacency either. NMSU can be so much better, if the administration would get their priorities straight. By not doing so, they do all the students and profs a great disservice.

“Your DQCC Limit is Maxed!”

Since: Sep 08

In Utero (originally)

#17 Aug 15, 2010
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
lol. our enrollment is up because of mexicans.. sweet. that should really up the employment pool in a few years.. er... wait.. guess not...
Seriously, if this is all you can contribute to the discussion...maybe you should go enroll for classes.
olan

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Aug 16, 2010
www.whatwilltheylearn.com gives NMSU a big fat C

UTEP gets a B. The value is not in NM Public Universities.
Check check

Las Cruces, NM

#19 Aug 16, 2010
Judas wrote:
It seems like not only can't the Sun-News staff manage to do any investigative reporting of their own, they can't even manage to read the Albuquerque Journal and report on the diversion of instructional monies to the sports teams!
Didn't they have an article about this at the beginning of the year, about the money being diverted to sports?
Judas

Las Cruces, NM

#20 Aug 16, 2010
Not that I recall.

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