NNMC board delays decision on program cuts

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:04 am, Fri Apr 25, 2014.

Faced with a tough decision Thursday on whether to cut three popular programs, the Board of Regents of the financially pressed Northern New Mexico College postponed approval of the school’s budget until Saturday. However, following a contentious six-hour meeting — half of it behind closed doors — the board did agree not to support a tuition increase next year, a move that represents a small victory for students.

The board listened to comments from about 30 students and staff members, many of whom expressed concerns and criticism over how the Española college is run and its proposed elimination of the automotive, radiology and construction programs — as well as the eventual cuts of positions for the five or six full-time employees who teach courses in those programs.

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  • Patricio R. Downs posted at 9:58 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    Patricio Downs Posts: 80

    Northern's only chance of survival is to get back to its community-college / state-school roots rather than to try to make it as a Comprehensive Institution. The history of this college is as a place to pick up a vocation, not as an institution of higher learning. That's NOT an insult; it's a pragmatic view of what this college has traditionally been used for.

    I've said that I commend Northern and its leadership for trying to branch out and offer more to the community. Be real about it though. Who is going to come to Northern for their Engineering program? What students are going to make Northern their first choice when applying to the six or seven schools that a senior typically applies to? Who is Northern really trying to serve, and are they able to do a good (not simply adequate) job at doing so?

  • Joe Montoya posted at 8:04 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 135

    The Administration is not in tune with desires, wishes, needs and wants of the students and institution. It is high time that the current leaders from the president on down to the inner circle surrounding Barcelo be evaluated from top to bottom and appropriate action be taken and those responsibly for the current down fall of the college be fired immediately if not sooner! This people do not have the foresight or the intelligence to run the institution. Unfortunately some members of the Board fall into the same category!

  • Julian R. Grace posted at 7:27 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 280

    "Big raises to top administrators." The problem with most, if not all, public institutions in New Mexico. The supply of tax money is finite and there is also a limit to students' ability to pay tuition increases. But not to cut costs at all levels is not fair. I'd sure like to get a peek at the proposed budget.


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