New Mexico State University Carlsbad announced today that it was selected to participate in the first offering of the Higher Learning Commission’s Academy for Student Persistence and Completion. This first cohort of 20 was selected from over 2000 institutions that comprise HLC colleges and universities.
The Academy on Persistence and Completion (APC), an initiative of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), is a national committee focused on retention and graduation of the nation’s college students. From preliminary information provided by HLC, the Academy on Persistence and Completion is designed to create a “Culture of Completion” which is designed to help participating colleges develop an institutional culture and increase institutional commitment on the issue.
“We are extremely pleased to be selected to the first cohort of the Academy. This shows that the HLC recognizes that we are adapting to the dynamic changes taking place today in higher education.” said NMSU Carlsbad President Dr. John Gratton. “The four year initiative will greatly benefit our mission of serving the educational needs for Southeast New Mexico.” He added.
Persistence and completion have emerged in the last decade as widespread concerns on many campuses as students choose to leave college and move into the workforce before completing either a certificate or degree program.
The primary focus of the academy will be on identifying critical issues, potentially useful approaches, and institutional cultural and demographic concerns that have an effect on retention. The Academy, during its three-day events, will coach teams from individual colleges on how to help students stay in school and graduate. Participants will also link efforts with other organizations and institutions to test and compare strategies as well as accelerate current efforts underway.
Gratton expects the college’s participation to help develop innovative ideas that keep students in class and on route to complete their education in a timely manner.
About the Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.
About NMSU Carlsbad
NMSU Carlsbad is a two-year branch community college of New Mexico State University and is independently accredited by the North Central Association. For 1998, 1999, and 2000, NMSU Carlsbad was the only two-year college in the state to be recognized consecutively by Quality New Mexico. NMSU Carlsbad has a student population of approximately 2,000 students, approximately 41 full-time faculty members, 63 part-time faculty members and 72 full-time staff members.