UNM-LA Spring Enrollment Up 12 Percent

The UNM-LA Advisory Board, from left, Micheline Devaurs, David Sutton, Michael DiRosa, Stephen Boerigter and Michele Hall share a laugh at Monday night’s meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Daily Post

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board met Monday in the Student Center Lecture Hall on the UNM-LA campus. UNM-LA Dean of Instruction Cindy Rooney had good news to share on enrollment.

Dean of Instruction Cindy Rooney. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Enrollment for the Spring Semester increased 12 percent over Spring 2014, Rooney said. On the census date three weeks ago, enrollment was 1,009 vs. 900 on the same date in 2014, Rooney said. Since the census date, enrollment has increased to 1,020, she said. This is the first time since 2008 that spring enrollment has risen above 1,000.

UNM-LA Research and Information Manager Valida Akhadov Dushdurova shared more good news. Minority enrollment is up to 54 percent compared to 48 percent last year. This moves UNM-LA closer to receiving funds as a Minority Serving Institution, she said.

“There is no more important metric than increased enrollment,” Advisory Board Chair Stephen Boerigter said.

Rooney said that the new associate degree program, Public Safety, has been approved by UNM-Albuquerque. The new degree will have three concentrations:

  • Police Science;
  • Emergency Response; and
  • Security.

“We want to brand ourselves as the place to go for a public safety degree,” UNM-LA CEO Wynn Goering said.

In other business, the Advisory Board unanimously approved the 2016 UNM-LA Budget.

The date of UNM-LA Graduation was announced as 6 p.m., May 7 at the First Baptist Church in Los Alamos. Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos will be the keynote speaker.



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