UNM Signs STEM Articles of Agreement with CNM

June 13, 2012 - Dorene DiNaro

Abdallah and CalabroThe University of New Mexico and the Central New Mexico College met on Tuesday, June 12 on the UNM campus to sign three cooperative agreements: a Biology Transfer Degree Agreement, a Data Analyst Agreement, and an Articulation Analyst Agreement. The agreements are part the UNM/CNM STEM Undergraduate Pathway (STEM UP) project, and signify an important collaboration between the two institutions formalizing their commitment to increasing the numbers of Hispanic students from low-income backgrounds enrolled in and graduating with STEM degrees.

“The signing ceremony marks an important recognition of the efforts that have been made to help students transfer to UNM from CNM, “says Carolina Aguirre, Director, UNM Title V STEM UP.  “More importantly it revitalizes those efforts towards creating clear pathways and support for students to earn both associates degrees at CNM and Bachelor’s degrees at UNM in the STEM fields,”

The Biology Transfer Degree Agreement provides CNM students earning an associate’s degree in biology with a clear pathway and admission directly into the UNM Arts and Sciences Biology Department.  UNM representatives signing the agreement included Provost Chaouki Abdallah, Mark Ondrias from Arts and Sciences, and Terry Babbitt, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.  CNM was represented by Richard Calabro, Dean of Math Science and Engineering and Eugene Padilla, Associate Vice President for Enrollment services. (Abdallah and Calabro pictured above)

The Data Analyst Agreement was signed by Abdallah and Babbit of UNM, and Calabro and Vice President for Student Services, Phillip Bustos from TVI.  “This agreement will give students who declare in the STEM fields a quicker and more directed pathway between CNM and UNM,” Bustos says.  “The agreement can help us help the students stay on track.”

The Articulation Analyst Agreement will ensure more comprehensive data sharing through a data analyst in the CNM research department dedicated to gathering and reporting data on STEM UP initiatives and progress towards meeting the grant goals of increasing STEM enrollment and graduation for Hispanic and low income students at both institutions.  The agreement was signed by UNM’s Abdallah, Padilla, and CNM/UNM STEM Up Cooperative Principle Investigator, Tim Gutierrez; and Kathy Ulibarri, the VP for Finance and Operations at CNM. 

In October 2011, the Office of Student Services and Central New Mexico College were awarded funding under a Title V grant in the amount of $3,473,005 by the U.S. Department of Education and authorized under Title Ill, Part F, section 371 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended, Hispanic-Serving institutions (HSI) STEM and Articulation Program Cooperative.

The STEM UP project partners UNM with CNM to improve systemic pathways and increase student transfers from two-year to four-year institutions in STEM technical education opportunities that adequately prepare Hispanic and low-income students for STEM careers.