The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved a joint grant of $2 million to increase the number of students pursuing associate and bachelor’s degrees in the humanities and to support the transfer of humanities students from Central New Mexico Community College to the University of New Mexico.
UNM will receive $1.2 million of the three-year grant and CNM will receive $800,000 in the joint effort to increase graduates from the humanities.
Funding from the grant will be utilized in numerous capacities, including jointly planned events and outreach activities to stimulate student interest in the humanities; a summer academy for CNM students in the humanities who are considering a transfer to UNM; and providing a stipend for graduate assistants who will act as student navigators to help CNM students successfully transfer to UNM.
The grant will also allow for sharing data and aligning courses between UNM and CNM and hiring a transfer specialist in the UNM Arts and Sciences advisement office.
“Students who earn degrees in the humanities enrich our community and state in so many ways,” CNM President Katharine Winograd said in a statement. “Graduates of the humanities are critical to a healthy society and often become outstanding leaders in business and industry.”
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