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Mon June 25, 2012
Martinez urges administrators to fix colleges
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.
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.