Notes from the Sept. 13, 2004 Regents Meeting
by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., September 14, 2004 – The New Mexico Tech Board of Regents was informed at its monthly meeting that a preliminary census of this fall semester’s student enrollment at the state-supported research university is showing a two percent increase over last year’s record enrollment figure of 1,806 undergraduates and graduate students.
New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López also told the university’s governing board at its September 13 meeting that even though regular registration for fall semester classes had just ended, the final enrollment figures for this semester may still increase more once numbers for enrollment in special graduate courses and distance education classes offered by Tech are posted.
With this academic year’s increase, student enrollment at New Mexico Tech has experienced modest growth for three consecutive years, López said.
This fall semester’s slight increase can be largely attributed to the number of graduate students taking courses at the university, which has risen by about five percent, the Tech President added.
In other matters considered at the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents meeting, regents attending approved the following measures:
- an annual resolution to comply with the New Mexico Open Meetings Act;
- an annual resolution excluding members of the Board of Regents from authority to obtain details or view classified documents concerning any high-security contracts the university’s various research divisions may have entered into;
- the appointment of Ashok Kumar Ghosh to the full-time, tenure-track position of assistant professor of mechanical engineering with the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering;
- a $267,000 contract to EWA Services, Inc. to provide the university’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center with specialized professional services; and
- a funding request for an Information Technology (IT) project that will provide high-speed IT services to university researchers and faculty, which will now be forwarded to the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education for its assessment.