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NMMI head touts recent accomplishments

Lisa Dunlap Photo Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, superintendent and president of the New Mexico Military Institute, discusses some of the school's achievements at a Thursday Roswell Rotary luncheon.

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New Mexico Military Institute is reporting increased enrollment this fall and recently passed its accreditation for its high school programs by receiving 23 “exceeds expectations” findings.

Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, superintendent and president of New Mexico Military Institute, also told people at the Roswell Rotary luncheon on Thursday that the institute employs 1,331 people, provides $33.1 million in salaries and wages, and had revenues of more than $43 million for 2016-17, with about $3 million coming from the state appropriations, $20 million from the New Mexico Land Grant Permanent Fund and the remaining derived from tuition, fees and other sources.

According to Grizzle, this year’s enrollment increased by 6 percent from the previous year and totals 912 cadets. The nine-year average enrollment stands at 919, which is 95 percent of capacity, he said. About 75 percent of cadets are from the United States, with the student body hailing from 35 foreign countries and territories as well.

Concerning the accreditation of its high school program, the Institute underwent an on-site review in early 2018 and recently learned that it had been accredited again for the longest possible period, five years. The review examined 31 categories across three domains and returned no findings of “needs improvement.” The review did find outstanding performance in 23 areas and also recommended the Institute for three “powerful practices.” Those included commitment to its strategic plan, an established system of adult support to enable student success and the effective use of resources.

Grizzle also said that the junior college program of the Institute is preparing now for a re-accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission. NMMI received a 10-year accreditation from the HLC in 2011.

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