ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The state’s largest community college more than doubled the number of certificates and degrees it issued in just one year, a spike driven primarily by new awards meant to keep students on the graduation track.
Central New Mexico Community College granted 13,777 degrees and certificates in 2016-17 – up from 6,699 in 2015-16, according to numbers provided by the school.
While there was a significant jump in associate’s degrees, certificates accounted for the bulk of the increase.
That includes two certificate options added for the 2016-17 academic year: General Studies and Health, Wellness & Public Safety. Each is considered a “stackable” certificate that helps mark progress toward larger goals, according to a CNM spokesman.
President Kathie Winograd said the new certificates also reflect the statewide effort to ease transfers among New Mexico’s public higher education institutions.