New Mexicans invited to voice opinions on higher education

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By Special to the Monitor

State Master Plan for Higher Education Town Hall meetings are being held across the state and the public is invited to attend.

A town hall meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the CNM Workforce Training Center in Albuquerque followed by a second meeting from                   2-4 p.m. Tuesday at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute,                                                    Hogan in Albuquerque.

Additionally, meetings are being in Roswell, Santa Fe, Farmington, Silver City, Las Vegas, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Clovis, Portales and Gallup this month.

“The development of a State Master Plan for Higher Education requires input from all facets of New Mexico’s diverse communities and its outcome will impact all aspects of our society – business and industry, education, social services, law enforcement, government, economic, etc.,” said Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Vi Florez.

 “That’s why I encourage everyone to attend the local town hall meetings and participate in the conversation, share their concerns and help craft recommendations.”

Florez has launched a strategically planned initiative to create a master plan for high education.

Also, an on-line survey was created and New Mexicans submitted their responses to the survey.

As a result of the survey, along with additional research, the New Mexico Higher Education Department identified issues of concern from which staff drafted issue papers to generate discussion around matters that impact higher education in the state.

To take the State Master Plan survey and review the issue papers, visit www.hed.state.nm.us.