Tuesday, March 15, 2011
CNM Makes Transferring to UNM Easier
By James Monteleone
Journal Staff Writer
Central New Mexico Community College has reworked six of its popular degree programs so students can more easily transfer to the University of New Mexico without losing credit for completed courses.
CNM's governing board this month approved revised curricula for the college's associate degrees in anthropology, communication, English, history, political science and sociology.
The new degree tracks, which start in the fall, will outline a map of all courses a CNM student must take in the first two years to transfer to UNM as a junior in the degree program without losing credit for work already completed.
The intent is to give students a better direction on what's required, with the hope of improved graduation rates at both colleges, CNM President Katharine Winograd said.
CNM chose to start the effort with the most popular degrees among transfer students. It is working to align additional academic programs with UNM's graduation requirements.
The effort stems from an agreement the two schools signed three years ago to work toward improved transfer rates. The six revised majors are the result of that effort, Winograd said. Thirteen other transfer programs already have been established.
"We've had really great conversations between CNM administration and faculty and UNM administration and faculty. Those have gone really well and have led to many of these being put on the table first," she said.
Terry Babbitt, UNM associate vice president for enrollment management, said the transfer agreements help students.
"When the academic departments get together and work it out exactly, you know it's going to count for the degree. I think it's been really successful," Babbitt said.
CNM also is looking at programs at New Mexico State, New Mexico Tech and Highlands to improve transfer rates to those institutions.
In 2009, the most recent data available, nearly 1,700 CNM students transferred to UNM, according to a college spokesman. Three years earlier, the number was 524 students.
"What we're finding now is that students are much more determined," Winograd said.