Mission, Values, and Learning Objectives

Our Mission

New Mexico Tech is an institute of higher learning that serves the diverse population of New Mexico by integrating education, research, public service, and economic development through emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, natural resources, communication, and cultural awareness. Our mission is to:

1.  help students learn creative approaches to addressing complex issues;

2.  acknowledge state and national diversity by developing an inclusive learning environment;

3.  create and communicate knowledge;

4.  solve technical and scientific problems.


Institute-Wide Student Learning Outcomes:

New Mexico Tech bases its curricula and its co‐curricular activities on the following student learning outcomes; we continuously assess the level of achievement our students demonstrate in these outcomes. NMT students will:

1.         learn to reason well and to evaluate and apply information;

2.         develop analytical and quantitative skills for competence in science and math;

3.         communicate to different audiences in multiple forms;

4.         exercise their role as members of diverse societies and cultures;

5.         learn responsible values and ethics for their professional lives;

6.         gain expertise in their chosen field of study.


Institutional Values

New Mexico Tech is a community of people who are guided by certain values as they perform their professional tasks and develop initiatives. More than operating procedures as they are fundamental to our endeavors, our institutional values are: Creativity, excellence, integrity, collegiality and citizenship, service, leadership, and commitment to economic prosperity and technological development.

• Creativity

Creativity is integral in virtually all endeavors. It calls for curiosity, adaptability, resourcefulness, and requires imagination, vision, and diligence. Whether the task being performed is by a NMT carpenter, secretary, graduate student, or regent, our institution encourages, and expects, creativity. Creativity is demonstrated by faculty, staff, and administrators in our various student learning initiatives.

• Excellence

Excellence speaks for itself. New Mexico Tech is known for the high quality of its education and research but we aspire to an apex of excellence in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. At this level, excellence is rewarded at New Mexico Tech.

• Integrity

Integrity is honored as a fundamental value at New Mexico Tech. Dishonesty cheating, and plagiarism have no place in a respected institution of higher education. But real integrity goes further than these negatives; integrity means having the courage to defend the truth, to act fairly and honestly in all our endeavors, and to be responsible members of the community.

• Collegiality and Citizenship

New Mexico Tech is a place where people care about each other and demonstrate social responsibility. That sense of caring and responsibility we call collegiality and citizenship. Demonstrating collegiality and citizenship means being open with others, sharing with them, and collaborating with them for the good of the Institution. Practicing collegiality and citizenship also means mentoring: acting as a guide and advisor to a colleague, a student, an associate, a coworker. Collegiality and citizenship includes caring about and contributing to the community—the campus community, the community of Socorro, the larger community of the State of New Mexico, and the global community. Collegiality and citizenship means valuing the diversity of race, gender, ethnicity, and nationality that creates our community.

• Service

As a community of learners, New Mexico Tech also acknowledges a responsibility to serving society, especially since learning helps meet not only individual needs, but also those of the larger community. Service is a source of motivation and inspiration to those who practice it, reflecting both a capacity for relating to others, as well as deep‐level concern for the quality of human life. The social benefits of service are further fulfilled through the expansion of knowledge by teaching, scientific investigation, technology transfer, economic development, and outreach programs.

• Leadership

New Mexico Tech has been, is, and will continue to be at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and communication research, design, and education. Creating an open environment that also develops and fosters tomorrow’s leaders is of paramount importance. Leadership involves motivational methods that influences others to share a vision of our university’s mission and outcomes – toward a common understanding of where New Mexico Tech is now and where it is heading and toward an increased commitment to a continuous achievement of those visionary ends. By inspiring, engaging, enabling, and empowering others throughout the university, members at all levels and in the variety of disciplines, areas, and programs can take on leadership roles. Strong, effective leadership is best exemplified not through methods of control, but through positive influence.

• Commitment to Economic Prosperity and Technological Development

New Mexico Tech promotes regional and state economic prosperity and technology development through its academic and resources. In addition to preparing the workforce of tomorrow through academic rigor and practical research experience, the university provides strategic support, technical assistance, technology transfer, And development and implementation of bold new research initiatives, enabling technologies and training programs to bolster both public and private sector success and competitiveness. Furthermore, New Mexico Tech is committed to integrating diversity into all facets of its work since the intrinsic value of understanding and respecting similarities and differences among all groups is central to fully achieving the university’s comprehensive academic, research, and outreach goals and objectives.