Eastern New Mexico University, NM
(Clovis Community College), NM
Grant Type: Cooperative Development Grant
Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) is the lead institution in the Title V Cooperative project in partnership with Clovis Community College (CCC). While Eastern New Mexico University enrolls students from across the whole state and beyond, its primary catchment area overlaps substantially with Clovis Community College’s and comprises an isolated rural area of small towns surrounded by ranching and other agricultural enterprises, characterized by low educational attainment and poverty. While they offer different levels of education, Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College share a focus on meeting the educational needs of their students, the region, and the state. They also share similar challenges: high percentages of underprepared students (52.4 percent at Eastern New Mexico University, over 80 percent at Clovis Community College) and high failure rates in developmental courses, translating to low retention and completion rates.
Over the life of the grant, both strands of the project will address issues identified by the State of New Mexico as priority concerns for its institutions of higher education: providing effective remediation to increase retention of underprepared students and increasing the number of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-prepared nurses.
Strand 1: Enhancing Student Success in Developmental Education. Revise developmentalcurricula and supporting academic services, revise freshman seminar courses, develop Center for Reading and Writing at Clovis Community College and Math Learning Centers at both campuses, develop learning communities at Eastern New Mexico University.
Strand 2: Pipeline to Nursing Careers. Add capacity to Clovis Community College’s nursing programs (Licensed Practical Nursing and associate-degree Registered Nursing); develop services to increase transfer to Eastern New Mexico University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; improve preparation for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
For both strands, selected courses will be redesigned for online delivery, and faculty will learn how to use classroom technology (Smart Classrooms, etcetera.) to enhance student success.