Category Archives: Education

The Line: Higher Education in New Mexico

NMiF: Too Many Colleges and Universities in New Mexico?

July 21, 2017 –  Does New Mexico have too many public institutions of higher education? Some – including New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers – think so.  What would happen to the state’s rural communities if their small or branch campuses were to disappear?

And in other higher education news, the Science and Technology Corporation at the University of New Mexico saw a record number of startups formed with their partnership and technology – but of the 12 startups they were teamed with this year, eight chose to leave the state. How can New Mexico retain home-grown talent?

Host Gene Grant and our Line opinion panelists weigh in on these issues concerning the higher education landscape in our state.

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

Addressing Lower Graduation Rates For Young Men

NMiF: graduation rates

June 30, 2017 - New Mexico’s high school graduation rate rose last year, but there was a noticeable gap between male and female graduation rates, according to the Public Education Department of New Mexico.

The graduation rate for young women was 72.8 percent but for young men it was 64.8 percent. The overall state average is 71 percent.

Ezra Spitzer, from the New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks, works with disconnected kids. Lorilei Chavez is the Native American Liaison at Bernalillo High School, where she works with students and families from the nearby pueblos. And Ron Lucero is the Truancy Prevention manager for Albuquerque Public Schools. They all sat down this week with Producer Sarah Gustavus to discuss what can be done to identify students who are struggling and intervene to help them get back on track to graduate.