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NMMI regents approve agreement with Mexican state

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New Mexico Military Institute has more than 100 years of history enrolling students from Mexico, says Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, president and superintendent. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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New Mexico Military Institute has entered an agreement with the state of Sinaloa in Mexico regarding exchange of academic credits and tuition discounts, following a vote by the Board of Regents.

“We are finding ourselves a global military school in leadership development,” said Gen. Douglas Murray, chief academic officer of the school.

The Board of Regents voted to approve the agreement during its Friday morning meeting on campus during Homecoming Weekend.

The meeting also included staff presentations about proposed changes to admission policies and plans to conduct internal audits of various units of the school as requested by staff or regents.

Murray explained that the institute has four current ways to achieve its aim to develop leaders across the world. One is by developing the international student body of NMMI cadets into leaders, another is through study abroad opportunities and a third is through curriculum offerings.

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“The fourth piece of that is this idea of formal agreements between New Mexico Military Institute and other educational institutions and/or governments or organizations,” Murray said.

He said the memorandum of agreement with Sinaloa is only the latest compact developed between the school and states in Mexico. Previously agreements have been forged with the states of Sonora and Coahuila, Murray said.

“It is to ensure transferability of credits from NMMI to schools in Mexico,” he said. “The other piece is financial.”

Under the agreement, students accepted into NMMI will pay the same tuition rates as New Mexico residents, although they will continue to pay the full rates for room, meals and other fees.

In response to a regent’s question about what would happen to eligible U.S. students should NMMI reach full capacity, Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, NMMI president and superintendent, said that the institute aims to have no more than 25 percent of its corps of cadets of about 915 come from foreign countries. But he said that NMMI generally excludes Mexico students from that percentage.

“We have kind of put Mexico by itself because of our 100-plus-year relationship and we are in the fourth-generation of legacy cadets with that country,” said Grizzle. “So we kind of put Mexico aside and look at the global countries … But even including both of those right now, we are at less than 30 percent” of the student body coming from foreign nations.