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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 8:50 am, Fri Apr 18, 2014.

Northern New Mexico College faculty, in a vote Wednesday, expressed no confidence in five leaders at the Española school.

The action comes on the heels of a faculty letter charging President Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo and others with fostering a state of “financial chaos, doubt, uncertainty, and fear of retaliation” and citing concerns about declining enrollment, overspending, a lack of pay raises and management of the budget.

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9 comments:

  • Steven posted at 6:05 pm on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    Steven Posts: 3

    El Rito is the main campus. There is where the land grant is and there is where the money goes through. Just one of the things this administration has done; disregarding the people and the communities it serves and apparently not knowing how to run a college. BRING BACK NNMCC!!!! Community College.

     
  • Heather Winterer posted at 4:51 pm on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    wintra2 Posts: 1

    Twenty three people is not a "handful" and should be taken seriously. Also if one is in lock step with the current administration why would one fear retaliation for speaking out against this vote? In fact, in a system that values favoritism over merit, one might actually expect reward. As for third grade games, mine were a lot more fun, and I voted for the sake of my students who deserve much better and for the sake of my colleagues who have been living under a cloud of misinformation for years. Those of us who voted do not fear accountability. We crave it.

    Heather Winterer, Associate Professor, Northern New Mexico College.

     
  • juan Diaz posted at 4:36 pm on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    jcd Posts: 1

    really Mathew. Student senators didn't solicit students input?

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:52 pm on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 874

    Northern has been, at best, a community college. Maybe NMHU, or UNM should use Northern as a branch college.

     
  • John Jamison posted at 12:31 pm on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    JJamison Posts: 1

    I wonder if one of the Administrators is Domingo Sanchez III??? He left a financial mess everywhere he's been. Just look into Santa Fe County when he was County Manager, Highlands University, NMAC, and I think he even messed up the finances for St. Micheal's High School. And now he is on Mayor Gonzales' transition team. I wonder is the Mayor knows this. Maybe the New Mexican should start digging!

     
  • Patricio R. Downs posted at 10:33 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    Patricio Downs Posts: 41

    I thought of something while I was writing my previous post. Perhaps, as an idea, Northern could do as three of the universities in NM do: have a branch community college attached that offers certificates and associate degrees. NMSU has branch community colleges in Grants, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, and the Dona Ana branch in Las Cruces. UNM has branches in Gallup, Los Alamos, Valencia County, and Taos. The "closest-to-their-size" example I can think of is Eastern NM University. ENMU has branch campuses in Roswell and Ruidoso. Northern has two sites already - one in El Rito, and one in Espanola - so it wouldn't be a stretch to think it could be done.

     
  • deerdancer posted at 10:29 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    deerdancer Posts: 2

    A whopping 23 faculty voted No Confidence (not close to a majority of all faculty) and 4-5 student senators (who did not solicit any student input). As an Assistant Professor at Northern, I along with several other faculty members, chose not to vote and engage in these 3rd grade games. We are public about saying so and fear no retaliation. I'm concerned about the misinformation that continues to be fueled by a handful of disgruntled employees who are afraid of accountability. I hope if you continue to cover Northern stories that you can include other faculty voices. Thanks! Matthew J. Martinez

     
  • Patricio R. Downs posted at 10:25 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    Patricio Downs Posts: 41

    Three things I observe as a whole about NNMC:

    1) People still view it as a local, community-type college. Local kids used to go there to get their "garbage" courses out of the way (how many engineers need "US History From 1877" in their everyday work?) to transfer out to UNM, NMSU, etc., since it was cheaper to go to Northern and get half of your coursework out of the way. Yes, it's still cheaper ($114.50 per credit hour vs NMSU's $247.90) than other places, but it's no bargain. (By way of comparison, an Espanola student who attends Santa Fe Community College pays $51.50 per hour)

    2) Even though the school has expanded to grant bachelor's degrees, the pickings are pretty slim if you want to "stay local" and get one from NNMC. While I think it's great that they offer engineering degrees and are trying to get ABET accreditation, would you rather hire an engineering student from UNM/NMSU/NM Tech, or one from Northern to design that new bridge or electrical substation?

    3) It would appear that the current NNMC administration is trying to "play with the big boys" on a community-college budget. It won't work. Essentially, you'll get students attending that can't get into a larger college, or that don't want to leave home to go to college. Mr. Crone, et.al., seem justified in that the administration isn't taking care of business. (Full Disclosure: I know a couple of people cited in this story. I do not work for NNMC, however.)

     
  • CM Williams posted at 7:07 am on Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

    CMB Posts: 1

    I remember Ricky Serna when he was at New Mexico Highlands University during the Manny Aragon reign. He basically said the same thing today as he said back then. When students approached him on several issues, including tenure, housing, tuition, and the loss of needed classes, he told us not to be stinkers. He also promoted a bill through Student Senate that no one could talk badly about NMHU, even though there were so many problems. That bill got shot down because many students saw it as censorship.

     

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