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Planned ENMU-R program changes discussed

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell plans to add a couple of degree programs and delete some certificate programs in upcoming semesters.

The programs that are planned as new additions are an associate degree in elementary education and an associate degree in secondary education, Annemarie Oldfield, interim vice president for academic affairs, informed Community College Board members during their Tuesday meeting on the ENMU-R campus.

The certificates that would be deleted would be medical coding and computer and network cybersecurity. Oldfield said that medical coding is not in high demand by employers and that most students earning those certificates become employed as medical assistants. ENMU-R also offers medical assisting programs. The computer and network cybersecurity certificate of achievement will be offered by the Ruidoso campus of ENMU instead.

The board is expected to vote on the changes at a future meeting.

ENMU-R currently offers a teacher education degree, but the changes reflect that there are differences in the courses needed for elementary and secondary degrees at four-year colleges, Oldfield said. She explained that the changes are to ensure that ENMU-R students can transfer all their credits to ENMU if they continue their studies for bachelor’s degrees. They might lose some credits if transferring to other four-year degree schools, she said, which is why they need to receive academic advising to mitigate against that possibility.

“At one time, we had it all lumped together, and then it ended up that some elementary people had to take some things that the secondary did not,” Oldfield said.

Oldfield said that teacher education courses are “maxed” out in terms of student enrollment.

ENMU-R President Shawn Powell also told board members that spring 2020 enrollment is up about 4% so far compared to spring 2019. Enrollment for spring 2019 at this point was 447, but for spring 2020 enrollment, it is 463 so far. Classes begin Jan. 13, and enrollment can occur until Jan. 17.

Powell also shared the results of the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey. On a scale of 0 to 7 and judging on 12 different factors, students ranked ENMU-R from a low of 6.29 (for admissions and financial aid) to a high of 6.44 (for academic services). In each category, ENMU-R received a higher score than the national average score of community colleges.