This semester marks the beginning of my sixth yr because the dean of the School of Enterprise at New Mexico State College. It has been a privilege to guide this school and advance its mission to rework lives by offering extremely revered applications, instruction and scholarly actions that drive financial, social, academic and neighborhood improvement for New Mexico’s numerous inhabitants.
Pupil success stays on the core of our mission. One in every of my prime priorities since becoming a member of the School of Enterprise in 2014 has been to enhance the social mobility of scholars who pursue levels in our faculty. To attain this and additional our mission of reworking the lives of our college students, we have now carried out a number of initiatives that interact in our main areas of curiosity: recruiting, retaining, educating, graduating and inserting our present and future college students.
A part of making certain pupil success means partaking with college students earlier than they enter faculty. For the previous two years, the School of Enterprise has hosted a summer time camp for highschool college students in partnership with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative that gives a firsthand faculty expertise and delivers an introduction to the ideas of principle-based ethics in a enterprise context. As of this yr, 80 highschool college students have participated within the camp and a associated competitors.
Over my time as dean, the School of Enterprise has labored to take care of and broaden lots of our student-centered applications which have gained regional and nationwide recognition. These applications embrace PGA Golf Administration, Insurance coverage, and Physician of Financial Growth, which is the primary program of its form in the US and gives advanced-applied coaching for financial improvement professionals, a few of whom has gone on to develop into metropolis managers, state leaders and professors after graduating from this system.
On the identical time, we have now additionally established a preferred entrepreneurship minor program that has enabled the School of Enterprise to interact with college students from everywhere in the college. We’re within the course of of making a brand new bachelor’s program in vitality economics, which can give college students a sensible understanding of the oil and fuel trade and prepares them for jobs on this booming trade.
As I look towards the long run, we’ll work to take care of the rigorous accreditation requirements required by the Affiliation to Advance Collegiate Faculties of Enterprise, the premier accrediting company and repair group for enterprise colleges worldwide, and align the faculty’s mission with that of the college’s strategic plan, NMSU LEADS 2025.
I welcome you to our faculty. Whether or not you’re searching for a spot to begin your enterprise training or pursue a graduate diploma, the School of Enterprise at NMSU gives you distinctive alternatives for enterprise discovery.
James J. Hoffman
Dean, School of Enterprise