In 1960, the Carlsbad community and New Mexico State University partnered to establish a branch of the university in the growing southeast New Mexico city.
During that time, New Mexico State University Carlsbad served to bolster the local economy, now employing over 100 people, and providing degrees and certifications to students that aligned best with local industry. Similarly, NMSU benefited from the arrangement, as the branch campus provided a stepping stone for students seeking a four-year degree from the main campus in Las Cruces.
Now, that relationship appears fractured and Carlsbad leaders say no longer benefits staff, students and the community. The New Mexico Legislature is considering a pair of bills which would provide a framework to sever from the NMSU system and transition to an independent community college.
Listen in as panelist discuss just what a transition to an independent college might entail and weigh the benefits of a community college against remaining under the brand of one of New Mexico’s largest universities.
The one-hour panel discussion will be streamed live at 8 a.m. MT Monday, March 15. A recording will be available to view following the event.
The panelists include New Mexico Rep. Cathrynn Brown, New Mexico State University Carlsbad Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Buckholz and Craig Stephens chair of the Carlsbad Higher Education Task Force.
The discussion will be moderated by Carlsbad Current-Argus News Director Jessica Onsurez.
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Jessica Onsurez can be reached at [email protected], @JussGREAT on Twitter at by phone at 575-628-5531.