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7:18 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Martinez urges administrators to fix colleges

UPDATE:

Gov. Susan Martinez has challenged leaders of the state's colleges and universities to develop a plan to fix schools' remedial programs.

Martinez made the challenge Monday to university leaders at the Central New Mexico Community College-Workforce Training Center just days after a new report said New Mexico colleges were some of the most underperforming nationwide.

Martinez said she wanted administrators to develop a new plan by the end of the year aimed at creating stronger remedial programs to prevent students from dropping out of college.

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Governor Susan Martinez is slated to address leaders of the state's colleges and universities just days after a new report said New Mexico colleges were some of the most underperforming nationwide.

Martinez is scheduled Monday to speak at the Central New Mexico Community College-Workforce Training Center, and is expected to urge regents and administrators to develop a new plan aimed at fixing state colleges.

Competitive Workforce, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate, named the state's two-year and four-year public institutions among the worst. According to the national study, the state's 19 community colleges and six public universities received D and F grades for student access and academic performance.

The study found that 70 percent of New Mexico college students receive federal aid but only 40 percent of them graduate.