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Ag College Enrollment Continues to Climb

LAS CRUCES -- Declining enrollment at New Mexico State University continues to be bucked by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences . Undergraduate enrollment in the college climbed nearly 4 percent, to 1,320 students, even while the university as a whole suffered its third straight fall enrollment decline.

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences ' undergraduate enrollment increased every fall since 1991 and has risen 47 percent since 1988. The latest increase gave the college its highest undergraduate enrollment since 1982.

Both NMSU and the college increased the numbers of new students this fall. The college had 15.2 percent more first-time freshmen and 18.9 percent more transfer students. The college faculty and staff have worked hard to attract both groups, said John Owens, the college's dean and chief administrative officer. "I just returned from the state fair to visit potential students, and we have faculty, staff, and friends recruiting at high schools, county fairs, and elsewhere in the communities across New Mexico."

To make transfer of credits a sure thing, more than 100 articulation agreements were struck between two-year colleges in New Mexico and surrounding states and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences . All agreements are available to browsers on the world-wide web.

Owens said the future looks bright for his college's enrollment. "We have 15 undergraduate majors, like hospitality and tourism services and wildlife science, that aren't offered anywhere else in New Mexico or El Paso," he said. "If students want to earn degrees in these fields, we're the place to get them."

Keeping the students who already are enrolled is the major challenge for both NMSU and the college. This year, students who want some extra attention are being assigned mentors from among NMSU faculty and staff to help guide students through the college experience. "Our college always has had the advantage of offering a personal touch for our students," Owens said. "That's one reason we're so popular among students from New Mexico's small towns and villages."

Those interested in reviewing articulation agreements between the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and two-year institutions may view them on the world-wide web at http://elroy.nmsu.edu/articulation/