New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association

 

The New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association is organized and incorporated under the laws of the State of New Mexico as a non-profit corporation for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, without profit to any officer or director.

The mission of NMHEAA is:

·         To promote improvement in New Mexico higher education through outcomes assessment

·         To increase communication, cooperation, and sharing of resources and ideas on outcomes assessment in higher education

·         To advance the efficiency of outcomes assessment in higher education in the State of New Mexico;

The NMHEAA accomplishes its mission in the following ways:

·         Holding an open, cost effective annual gathering in New Mexico dedicated to assessment and retention in higher education:  The New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference

·         Maintaining World Wide Web pages

·         Providing networking opportunities for higher education professionals

·         Maintaining an electronic listserv

·         Sponsoring an annual Summer Retreat in Ruidoso

Current Officers

President Richard Kestner (New Mexico Military Institute)

President Elect Shelly Stovall (New Mexico State University)

Past President Pat Boyer (University of New Mexico-Los Alamos)

Executive Secretary Patrice Caldwell (Eastern New Mexico University)

Conference Director Susan Wood (Doña Ana Community College)

Summer Retreat Director Pierre Laroche (Doña Ana Community College)

 

Past-Presidents

 

1997 Lovina Mack (Clovis Community College)

1998 Alec Testa (Eastern New Mexico University)

1999 Fred Lillibridge (Doña Ana Community College)

2000 Richard Gentile (Central New Mexico Community College)

2001 Larry N. Smith (Eastern New Mexico University)

2002 Richard Rindone (Santa Fe Community College)

2003 Pierre Laroche (Doña Ana Community College)

2004 Phyllis Mingus-Pepin (University of New Mexico-Los Alamos)

2005 Dann Brown (Eastern New Mexico University)

2006 Roberta Derlin (New Mexico State University)

2007 Kayleigh Carabajal (Central New Mexico Community College)

2008 Susan Wood (Doña Ana Community College)

2009 Barbara Taylor (Western New Mexico University)

2010 Bruce Martin (New Mexico State University-Alamogordo)

2011 Pat Boyer (University of New Mexico-Los Alamos)


Since 2004 the NMHEAA has recognized New Mexico institutions of higher learning for their critical financial support of the Annual NMHEAR Conference and the Summer Retreat program.

 

 Memberships are still available.

 

Platinum Sustaining Members

Central New Mexico Community College

Doña Ana Community College

Eastern New Mexico University

New Mexico State University

University of New Mexico

New Mexico Military Institute

 

Gold Sustaining Members

New Mexico Higher Education Department

NMSU Office of Institutional Research and Planning

 

Silver Sustaining Members

Clovis Community College

Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell

New Mexico Highlands University

University of New Mexico – Gallup

Crownpoint Institute of Technology

New Mexico Junior College

Santa Fe Community College

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Western New Mexico University

 

 

 

 

NMHEAA Outstanding Service Award Winners

1999 Deborah Bentley (Eastern New Mexico University)

2004 Tom L. Root (New Mexico Commission on Higher Education)

2006 Larry N. Smith (Eastern New Mexico University – Retired)

2009 Fred Lillibridge (Dona Ana Community College)

 

 

 

Of special note are Eastern New Mexico University and Dona Ana Community College for their continuing support of the NMHEAA, the Annual NMHEAR Conference, and the Summer Retreat.  If the NMHEAA has a physical ‘home’, it is on the campuses of these two New Mexico institutions of higher learning.  Dr. Patrice Caldwell and her colleagues at ENMU continue to provide outstanding operational support to the NMHEAA.

 

History of the NMHEAA

The New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association was established in 1997 by a dedicated group of professionals in higher education.  Over the years the Association has included members and leaders from almost all the institutions of higher learning in the state of New Mexico, as noted in the listings above.

 

The New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference

The New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association annually sponsors a conference on assessment and retention. These conferences began in 1995, before the formal establishment of the Association in 1997.  The first few Conferences were staged by people charged with coordination of assessment efforts in their institutions. That group evolved into the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association, Inc., (NMHEAA) a New Mexico nonprofit corporation. As a result of efforts by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education (CHE) in 1999, "retention" as added as a subject matter of the conference. 

The 2011 conference was held on Feb. 24-25, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

The NMHEAA has no paid employees. It is operated by officers and a board of directors elected each year at its annual meeting during the NMHEAR Conference. The annual conferences are planned and operated by a Conference Planning Committee that includes the officers of the NMHEAA and volunteers from various New Mexico institutions of higher education.

Beginning in its early years and continuing to this day, these conferences have featured not only presentations from New Mexico higher education professionals, but also special guest presenters who are among the most influential in the nation in the fields of assessment and retention.

Conference Locations

1995 Four Seasons – Albuquerque

1996 Las Posada de Albuquerque

1997 Las Cruces Hilton Hotel

1998 Albuquerque Hilton Hotel

1999 Albuquerque Hilton Hotel

2000 Las Cruces Hilton Hotel

2001 Albuquerque Hilton Hotel

2002 Crowne Plaza – Pyramid – Albuquerque

2003 Las Cruces Hilton Hotel

2004 Marriott Pyramid North – Albuquerque

2005 Sheraton Old Town – Albuquerque

2006 Las Cruces Hilton Hotel

2007 Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

2008 Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

2009 Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

2010 Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town (February 25-26)

2011 Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town (February 24-25)

 

 


 

Bylaws of New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association, Inc.
A New Mexico Non-Profit Corporation

 

Article I
Purpose and Objectives

The Corporation is organized and incorporated under the laws of the State of New Mexico as a non-profit corporation for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, without profit to any officer or director. The purposes of this organization shall be:

To promote improvement in New Mexico higher education through outcomes assessment;

To increase communication, cooperation, and sharing of resources and ideas on outcomes assessment in higher education;

To advance the efficiency of outcomes assessment in higher education in the State of New Mexico; and

To receive, maintain and accept, as assets of the Corporation, any property whether real, personal or mixed, by way of gift, bequest, device or purchase from any person, firm, trust or corporation, to be held, administered and disposed of in accordance with and pursuant to the provisions of these bylaws; provided same shall not be accepted if it is conditioned or limited in any such manner as shall require the disposition of income or principal to any organization other than an "educational organization" or for any purpose other than "educational purposes" which would jeopardize the Federal Income Tax exemption of the Corporation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as now in force or acts in amendment thereof or substitution therefore.

The above shall not be considered to restrict in any way the carrying on of any lawful activities of the corporation, so long as such activities are not in contravention of the purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation.

Article II
Name, Location of Office, Membership, Annual Meeting

Section 1. Name and Location. The name of this corporation is New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association (hereinafter “Corporation”). The principal office of the Corporation shall be located at Eastern New Mexico University, South U.S. 70, Mail Station #2, Portales, Roosevelt County, State of New Mexico, 88130. The Corporation may have such other offices either within or without the state of New Mexico, as the business of the corporation may require from time to time.

Section 2. Membership. The initial membership shall consist of all New Mexico residents who attended a New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference in 1995 through 1997. Thereafter, any person may become a member by annually either (1) paying registration fees and attending the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference or (2) submitting an application and paying a ten dollar ($10.00) membership fee. Membership must be renewed annually in either of the above ways.

Section 3. Annual Meeting. An annual meeting shall be held each year at the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference. Written notice of the meeting shall be given at least two weeks before the date of the meeting.

Article III
Board of Directors

Section 1. Management. The Board of Directors (hereinafter “Board”) shall have the general management and control of the activities and affairs of the Corporation and shall exercise the powers that may be exercised or performed by the Corporation under the laws of the State of New Mexico and the United States, these bylaws, and the Articles of Incorporation.

Section 2. Number. The Board shall consist of the seven officers (President, President Elect, Immediate Past President, Executive Secretary, Conference Director, Summer Retreat Director and Program Director) plus the two prior presidents before the immediate Past President, a total of nine members. If any person holds two or more of any of the above positions the number of Board members shall be reduced accordingly for that term.

Section 3. Meetings. Regularly scheduled meeting of the Board shall be held at least once per year at the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference, and more often if necessary, at a time and place agreed upon by a majority of the members of the Board.

Section 4. Quorum. A majority of the members of the Board in office shall constitute a quorum. In the absence of a quorum at any scheduled meeting of the Board, the majority of the members of the Board present may adjourn the meeting.

Section 5. Salaries. Members of the Board shall serve without remuneration.

Section 6. Removal from Office. Any member of the Board may be removed at any time by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the remaining members of the Board. A member of the Board who fails to attend three (3) consecutive regular meeting of the Board may be removed by a majority vote of the remaining Board members.


Article IV
Committees of the Board of Directors

Section 1. Committees. Committees may be appointed by the President, subject to approval of the Board, as may be deemed desirable for the proper administration and operation of the Corporation. Each such committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. Each committee shall be chaired by a member of the Board.

Section 2. Provisions Relating to All Committees. All actions by any committee authorized or established by this Article IV shall be subject to revision and alteration by the Board. Any such committee may act by the majority of its members at a meeting (which shall constitute a quorum). Members of any such committee need not, but may be members of the Board. The chairperson of each such committee shall be appointed by the President, with the consent of the Board.

Article V
Officers of the Corporation

Section 1. Election of Officers and Tenure. All officers of the Corporation shall be members of the Board. The officers shall consist of the President, the President Elect, the Immediate Past President, the Executive Secretary, the Conference Director, the Summer Retreat Director and the Program Director. The President Elect shall be elected at each year at the annual meeting of the Corporation and shall be elected for a three-year term, serving first as President Elect, next as President, and finally as Past President. The Executive Secretary, the Conference Director, the Summer Retreat Director, and the Program Director shall be elected by the Board at any of its meetings and shall serve terms at the pleasure of the Board.

Section 2. Powers and Duties. The powers and duties of the officers shall be as follows:

A. President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation. He or she shall preside at all meetings, and shall have general and active management of the business of the Corporation. He or she shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

B. President Elect. The President Elect shall perform such duties and possess such powers as from time to time may be assigned by the Board or by the President. In the absence of the President, the President Elect shall perform the duties of the President.

C. Past President. The Past President shall perform such duties as may from time to time be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.

D. Executive Secretary. The Executive Secretary shall: (a) keep the minutes of the meetings of the Corporation and the Board meetings in one or more books provided for that purpose; (b) see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws; (c) be custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the corporation and see that the seal of the corporation is affixed to all documents, the execution of which on behalf of the Corporation under its seal, is duly authorized; (d) have custody of all monies and securities of the Corporation; (e) keep books of accounts; and shall submit them, together with all vouchers, receipts, records and other papers, to the Board for its examination and approval as often as it may require; and (f) in general perform all duties incident to the office of secretary and treasurer of a corporation and such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Board.

E. Conference Director. The Conference Director shall make all arrangements and agreements necessary to promote and conduct the annual NMHEAR conferences and shall be responsible for management of each of such conferences. The duties and responsibilities of the Conference Director shall be subject to the general policy decisions of the Board.

F. Summer Retreat Director. The Summer Retreat Director shall make all arrangements and agreements necessary to promote and conduct the annual NMHEAA Summer Retreats and shall be responsible for management of each of such Retreats. The duties and responsibilities of the Summer Retreat Director shall be subject to the general policy decisions of the Board.

G. Program Director. The Program Director shall be responsible for the preparation and dissemination of the NMHEAR Conference program and shall be the manager of the NMHEAA web site. The duties and responsibilities of the Program Director shall be subject to the general policy decisions of the Board.

H. Other Subordinate Officers and Agents. The Board may appoint or may authorize the President to appoint any other subordinate officers and agents who shall have such powers as may be prescribed by the Board.

I. Vacancies. Any vacancy which may occur in any of the elective offices shall be filled by majority vote of the Board to serve until the next annual meeting of the Board or until a successor shall have been otherwise duly elected and qualified.

G. Salaries. Officers and other members of the Board shall serve without remuneration.

Article VI
Dissolution

Upon dissolution of the Corporation, the Board, after paying and making provision for the payment from Corporation assets of all liabilities of the Corporation, dispose of all the remaining assets of the Corporation, exclusively for the purposes of the Corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, as shall at that time qualify as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal laws, as the Board shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a court of competent jurisdiction exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

Article VII
General Provisions

Section 1. Contracts and Checks. The persons authorized to sign contracts and to sign, endorse and otherwise execute checks, drafts, notes, orders or other instruments for the payment of money issued by or to the Corporation shall be designated by appropriate resolutions of the Board.

Section 2. Loans. No loans shall be contracted on behalf of the Corporation unless authorized by the Board.

Section 3. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be the twelve-month period ending December 31 of each year.

Article VIII
Indemnification

The Corporation shall indemnify any and all of its Board members or officers, or former Board members or officers, or any person who may have served at its request as a Board member or officer, against expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in connection with the defense of any action, suit or proceeding in which they, or any of them are made parties, or a party by reason of their being or having been Board members or officers of the Corporation, except in relation to matters as to which any such Board member or officer or former Board member or officer shall be adjudged in such action or proceeding to be liable for negligence or misconduct in the performance of such duty. Such indemnification shall not be deemed exclusive of any rights to which those indemnified may be entitled, under any bylaws, agreement, or vote of members or otherwise.

 

 

Article IX
Amendments

All bylaws of the Corporation shall be subject to alteration, amendment or repeal, and new bylaws may be added, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Board at, or by mail or email following any regular or special meeting of the Board.

 


 

 

 

2011-12 NMHEAA Board

Mr. Richard Kestner
President, NMHEAA

Institute Research Officer
New Mexico Military Institute
101 W. College Blvd
Roswell, NM  88201

Dr. Shelly Stovall

President Elect, NMHEAA

Director of Assessment

Office of the Associate Provost

MSC 3CEL New Mexico State University

PO Box 30001

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

 

Dr. Patricia Boyer
Past President, NMHEAA
Director, Students Services
UNM-Los Alamos
4000 University Drive
Los Alamos, NM  87544

Dr. Bruce Martin
Past President, NMHEAA
Coordinator, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
NMSU-Alamogordo
2400 N. Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310

 

Ms. Susan Wood
Director, NMHEAR Conference and Program
Department of English
Dona Ana Community College
MSC 3 DA, PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-3001

 

Mr. Pierre Laroche
Director, NMHEAA Summer Retreat
Associate Professor of English
Dona Ana Community College
MSC 3DA, PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001


Dr. Fred Lillibridge
Director Emeritus, NMHEAA Conference
Director, Institutional Effectiveness & Information Services
NMSU-Dona Ana Branch Community College
Box 30001, MSC 3DA
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

Dr. Patrice Caldwell
Executive Secretary, NMHEAA
Executive Director, Planning and Analysis
Eastern New Mexico University
Station 2, 1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference

 

 

The 2012 New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention (NMHEAR) Conference will be held Feb. 23-24, 2012 in Albuquerque, N.M.

This will be the 19th such conference in New Mexico. The first few were staged by people charged with coordinating assessment efforts in their institutions. That group evolved into the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association, Inc., (NMHEAA) a nonprofit corporation. As a result of efforts by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education in 1999, “retention” was added as a subject matter.

These conferences have always featured not only presentations from people from New Mexico, but also special guest presenters who are among the most influential in the nation in the fields of assessment and retention.  Planning for the 2012 is currently underway, including the recruitment of national level professionals to headline the Conference.