Notes from the Sept. 26, 2006 Regents Meeting

by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., Sept. 28, 2006 – The New Mexico Tech Board of Regents was informed at its monthly meeting on Sept. 26 that this fall semester’s student enrollment at the state-supported research university is showing a less than one percent decrease over last year’s record enrollment figure of slightly more than 1,900 undergraduates and graduate students.

New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López also told the university’s governing board at its September 26 meeting that even though regular registration for fall semester classes has ended, the final enrollment figures for this semester won’t be officially tallied until numbers for enrollment in graduate courses and distance education classes offered by Tech are posted next week.

Despite this fall semester’s slight decrease in overall enrollment, graduate student enrollment at the university continues to increase, due largely to sustained growth in distance education course offerings, the Tech President added.

The Board of Regents also was informed that university administrators were recently notified by the U.S. Department of Education that New Mexico Tech has been designated an eligible institution under Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, thereby entitling the university to apply for special federal funds, grants, and waivers.

In other matters considered at the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents meeting, regents attending approved the following measures:

In addition, the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents also was notified during its regular monthly meeting that sabbatical leaves had recently been granted to Tech faculty members Snezna Rogelj and T. David Burleigh. Rogelj is a professor of biology and Burleigh is an associate professor of materials engineering at the university.

The university regents also were informed that six recent expenditures of more than $100,000 were made by New Mexico Tech, including: