The nation's only Carnegie I Research Land Grant Institution designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Classified as a Minority Institution under Title III and a member of the Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU). One of the nation's major sources of minority professionals entering the job market.
NMSU's College of Education
The College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction has had a long term commitment to multicultural and bilingual education and has specialists in Bilingual Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Learning Technologies. The College has also made significant investments in computer-based technologies for teaching and learning. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers a software evaluation center (including Spanish software), and up to date technology teaching laboratories, and direct access to the Internet. The Project Director, Carmen Gonzales has an extensive background in educational technology, telecommunications, and multicultural education. The Co-PI, Karin Wiburg is a nationally recognized leader in educational technology.
NMSU's College of Agriculture & Home Economics
The College of Agriculture and Home Economics has an international reputation for environmental research and education programs, especially in the area of Arid Lands Ecology. The Center for Arid Lands Studies is currently under construction within the College, and the Agricultural Experiment Station projects, especially those through the International Arid Lands Consortium, give this project links into cutting edge desert research around the world. Through the Cooperative Extension Service, the College conducts extensive 4-H and youth development programs, including in school and after school programming. The College's Academic Programs include comprehensive studies in all areas of agriculture, home economics, and natural resources issues at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The department of Agricultural Communications is a one-stop-shop for all media needs, particularly related to arid lands issues. The Department's Electronic Media Studio, lead by Co-PI Jeanne Gleason, is a state-of-the-art video and multimedia unit with full computer graphics and design capabilities and Beta SP and non-linear video editing. The Unit is internationally recognized for its educational video and educational materials. With leadership from Barbara Chamberlin, CC Chamberlin, and Patrick Holian, the unit has produced numerous educational videos, CD-ROMs and World Wide Web Sites to support educational efforts. Resources of special interest to teachers include:
- Survivors in the Sand (a video look at global environmental desert issues, especially in the US, Israel and Australia)
- White Sands, White Wilderness (a breath-taking tour of a mysterious and unique desert ecosystem)
- Birds of the Bosque (a visit to the wintering grounds of some of the nation's largest and most interesting cranes)
- Seeds of Change Garden: here you'll find classroom garden tips and tricks, lesson plans involving gardens, food histories, and multicultural activities.
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
A faculty member of the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture, Dr. Norm Lownds, lead the first year of the DDL project, and remains a Co-PI from his post as the curator of the 4-H Children's Garden at the Michigan State University. Faculty of the Department continue to provide scientific support for the DDL project, with research and degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, Soil Science, Recreational Areas Management and Forestry.