The New Mexico State University Graduate School saw an 18% increase in new student numbers for the 2019 fall semester and the first overall enrollment gains for the graduate school during the last decade. A total of 2,621 students were enrolled in NMSU Graduate School this semester. The increase has played a significant role in stabilizing the university’s overall enrollment this year.
“Graduate students choose to come to NMSU because we offer programs that give them the training and experience necessary to land exciting, rewarding and well-paying jobs,” said the vice president of research and dean of the Graduate School Luis Cifuentes. âIn particular, I would like to highlight the work carried out by Associate Vice President Research Luis Vazquez and Associate Dean of the Graduate School Denise Esquibel. They are the ones who made it possible. “
âThe Graduate School has progressed in several areas and made strides in developing opportunities for change,â said Vazquez. âWe took an inventory of our current resources and partnerships, and restructured ourselves to better leverage these assets. “
Vazquez acknowledged the steps taken to work collaboratively with partners across campus and integrate the marketing of services provided by the Graduate School through digital and traditional media. He also highlighted the creation of a strategic plan for innovative development and success as the reason for the growth of the unit.
âThe combination of the use of 21st century recruiting tools and the growth of online master’s degree programs has made me optimistic about the continued growth and future of our school of study. superior, âCifuentes said. âThe reason we have more and more people is that we offer many different routes to jobs that require university level training. We have excellent programs at all levels, a diversity of programs with increased flexibility to take these courses. “
âWe are doing everything we can to help ensure the success of the graduate students who have chosen NMSU as their ‘University of choice for graduate study’,â said Vazquez.
NMSU’s new strategic plan, LEADS 2025, makes student success and social mobility its primary goal. The goals of this goal include diversification, optimization and increased enrollment system-wide. Increasing student learning, retention and graduation are also priorities. Another key goal is to ensure that the university is financially responsible while keeping costs affordable for students.