Meetings Watch: ENM Board of Regents — July 23

The Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents approved the following Research and Public Service Projects funding requests for the 2015 fiscal year Monday. The requests need the approval of the Higher Education Department and state Legislature.

  • Athletics: $3.62 million

Supports athletes in 13 sports, providing grants-in-aid, training and competition equipment, and funding for travel to competition venues.

  • Blackwater Draw: $104,000

Preserves, protects and interprets the Blackwater Draw National Landmark.

  • KENW: $2.47 million

Partially funds full service public television, educational programming, and hands-on training for students.

  • Nursing program expansion: $198,000

Funds incentive scholarships for nurses pursuing a master’s degree and provides funding for instructional materials and salary stipends for doctorate-prepared nursing faculty.

  • Student success: $501,400

Funds several campus initiatives, including academic advising (face-to-face, online, via telephone and Skype) for freshmen and transfers, intervention to conditionally admitted students, freshmen learning communities and Freshmen Seminar, and support for several professional development opportunities for pre-service, in-service and practicing teachers.

  • At-risk students: $215,050

Supports supplemental instruction in courses that are “barrier” classes for students (high percentages of D, F, and W’s earned) and the offering of workshops in career selection, preparation and campus services relating to career exploration to freshman students.

  • Allied Health: $171,200

Support the ENMU clinic outreach and rehabilitation services as well as social work program’s outreach to students.

  • The also board approved changes to the faculty handbook.

Revisions included reordering and clarifying information regarding faculty appointments, assignments and overloads.

Also included were the critical processes of faculty review for retention, promotion, and tenure. These processes were reviewed and the steps were more clearly defined.

A section was added to the handbook that clarified the processes for reduction in force based on financial exigency, as well as the due process afforded to departments or faculty who may be subject to this process.

All revisions were reviewed by the vice president for Academic Affairs and the college deans for accuracy beforehand.

— Compiled by PNT staff writer Eric Norwood Jr.

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