Message from the Dean
Retaining students and ensuring that they graduate on time requires concerted efforts from all campus constituencies. NMSU’s central administration has made centralized advising efforts one of its key priorities for this year. At the college level, we want to augment these efforts and make them engineering-specific by designing Learning Communities of Engineers. This effort will go beyond retention, advising and timely graduation, helping students acquire professional training necessary to get jobs and be successful in their chosen careers. Specifically, these communities will provide to students:
- Small-group tutoring environments focused on subjects known to be difficult in freshmen and sophomore curricula.
- Designated space for peer mentoring.
- Industry contacts and alumni-mentoring in a live or virtual/on-line mode.
- Structured opportunities for interpersonal, intrapersonal and entrepreneurial skill development.
- Structured mechanisms for faculty mentors/counselors to help students with academic or personal difficulties.
- Space for interdisciplinary capstone design communities engaged in engineering design.
I look forward to implementing these initiatives and extending our efforts to support student success.
Lakshmi N. Reddi
College of Engineering Dean
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