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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog
2011-2012

COLLEGE of EXTENDED LEARNING

Interim Dean and Associate Vice Provost • Roberta Derlin

Academic Program Coordinator• Kelley S. Hestir

Bachelor of Applied Studies

Bachelor of Individualized Studies

The College of Extended Learning extends New Mexico State University's reach beyond traditional campuses, classrooms, and academic programs to provide a wide range of educational opportunities for students to meet their academic, professional, and personal learning goals. The College of Extended Learning also provides educational and partnership opportunities for faculty and staff in the University community through training, networking, and mentoring.

The College of Extended Learning offers:

  • Flexible degree programs in the Bachelor of Applied Studies and the Bachelor of Individualized Studies, giving students the opportunity to develop their own interdisciplinary studies program, appropriate to their unique educational and career goals
  • Distance education degree programs and courses for students unable to attend an NMSU campus
  • Weekend courses for students unable to attend Las Cruces campus classes during the week
  • Media Technology communication services for administrators, faculty, staff, and students

The College of Extended Learning is located in Milton Hall, room 185. Contact by calling (575) 646-8231 or (800) 821-1574, or http://extended.nmsu.edu/contact. For current information visit http://extended.nmsu.edu/

DEGREE: Bachelor of Applied Studies

The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree promotes the mission and purpose of NMSU by making available flexible degree options and by providing a pathway of study for community college graduates with Associate of Applied Science (AAS,) or equivalent degree, from an accredited institution. It also helps minimize credit loss for associate degree graduates when they want to pursue a baccalaureate degree at NMSU. The student population targeted for this program differs significantly from traditional degree programs at NMSU. The BAS offers new opportunities for current and prospective students, and welcomes those who are employed full-time, completing their degree at a distance, veterans, active duty military personnel or active duty family, transfers from other institutions, or returning to college after time away.

BAS Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the BAS program must have an Associate of Applied Science or similar degree from a regionally accredited institution and must clearly identify their career or educational goals. For admission to the BAS program, you must:

  • Have an Associate of Applied Science or a similar degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above
  • Demonstrate basic academic skills in English and mathematics at NMSU (see Regulations - Basic Academic Skills)
  • Have not yet completed the requirements for, or simultaneously be a candidate for, another baccalaureate degree or a graduate degree
  • Develop, in consultation with a BAS advisor, a Program of Study that builds on existing coursework and meets the stated education or career goals
  • Submit the application, which requires well written, clearly articulated, education and/or career goals, and a proposed Program of Study, by the 30 day deadline as designated by the academic advisor

Additional information and the BAS application are available on the CEL website at http://extended.nmsu.edu/. Applications are accepted throughout the year and may be submitted by students from any major, or college within the NMSU system. Students are accepted to the program by the college associate dean, only upon approval of their application. Students may not declare the BAS major prior to being accepted to the program.

Degree Requirements

Once admitted into the program, you must:

  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average
  • Complete total number of credits as determined during application process.
  • Pass all courses approved with a grade of C or higher

To graduate from the Bachelor of Applied Studies program, you must:

  • Complete a minimum of 128 credit hours (or more, depending on your program of study)
  • Complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of upper-division courses (#300-499) including six hours of Viewing a Wider World
  • Complete the university's general education core requirements (at least 35 credit of approved New Mexico Common Core courses)

DEGREE: Bachelor of Individualized Studies

The Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS) program is ideal for students with academic and career aspirations that require inter- or multi-disciplinary study. The program attracts motivated and self-directed students who feel constrained by the specialized nature of traditional degree programs and want to design their own, personalized plan of study. Other students, particularly those returning to the university after years away, or those with full-time jobs, choose the BIS degree because they have specific personal or job-related academic needs that can be met most efficiently through the BIS.

BIS Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the BIS program must:

  • Demonstrate basic academic skills in English and mathematics at NMSU (see Regulations - Basic Academic Skills)
  • Have a minimum of 28 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above
  • Have not yet completed the requirements for, or simultaneously be a candidate for, another baccalaureate degree or a graduate degree
  • Develop, in consultation with a BIS advisor, a Program of Study that builds on the applicant's existing coursework and meets the stated education or career goals
  • Submit the application, which requires well written, clearly articulated, education and/or career goals, and a proposed Program of Study, by the 30 day deadline as designated by the academic advisor.

Additional information and the BIS application are available on the CEL website at http://extended.nmsu.edu/. Applications are accepted throughout the year and may be submitted by students from any major, or college within the NMSU system. Students are accepted to the program by the college associate dean, only upon approval of their application. Students may not declare the BIS major prior to being accepted to the program.

Degree Requirements

Once admitted into the BIS program, you must:

  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Pass all courses approved with a grade of C or higher

To graduate from the Bachelor of Individualized Studies program, you must:

  • Complete a minimum of 128 credit hours (or more, depending on the Program of Study)
  • Complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of upper-division courses (#300-499) including six hours of Viewing a Wider World
  • Complete the University's general education core requirements (at least 35 hours of approved hours of New Mexico Common Core courses)

Focused Studies

The College of Extended Learning works closely with other NMSU Colleges, and the NMSU Community College academic departments and advisory boards, to establish focused studies for associate degree graduates seeking a BAS degree. Students who are studying and/or working in any of the focus areas should consider the respective course recommendations, concentrations, and minors when applying to, and continuing study in the BAS degree program. Students who have not completed an associates degree, but are studying and/or working in any of the focus areas, should consider the respective course recommendations, concentrations, and minors when applying to, and continuing study in the BIS degree program.

Concentrations

Students seeking either the Bachelor of Applied Studies or the Bachelor of Individualized Studies may elect to complete a concentration, which is designated on their transcript and consists of a minimum of 24 credits, at least 12 of which must be upper-division. A concentration may be in a single subject or may be interdisciplinary. Courses required to complete concentrations are offered through various NMSU colleges and departments and are subject to availability. Concentrations will not be acknowledged after the degree has been conferred. For information and specific requirements on concentrations, see the College of Extended Learning website at http://extended.nmsu.edu/academics/bas/focused-study.html

Minors

Students seeking a Bachelor of Applied Studies or Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree are encouraged to complete one or more minors offered through various NMSU colleges. A minor will be designated on a transcript and consists of a minimum of 18 credits, at least nine of which must be upper-division. Courses required to complete a minor may be in a single department or interdepartmental, are offered through various NMSU colleges, and are subject to availability. Students seeking to complete a minor must have the minor verified, prior to graduation, by the respective college academic department. Specific requirements for minors are available in printed form in departmental and college deans' offices, and may also be found in the college departmental listings of this catalog.

DISTANCE EDUCATION

The College of Extended Learning provides comprehensive distance learning opportunities to meet diverse educational and professional needs anytime, anywhere. Distance education courses from NMSU are delivered using the most innovative technology and methods available, including web-based technologies, ITV (Interactive Television), faculty exchanges, and off-site classes. Degree programs include bachelor degree completion, masters' degrees, and doctorates.

Programs Offered Through Distance Education

NMSU's distance education programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means and include bachelor degree completion programs, masters' and doctoral programs. In some cases, brief residencies on the NMSU Las Cruces campus may be a requirement of the program. For more information, visit http://distance.nmsu.edu/ and contact the respective college or academic department.

Teaching Academy

The Teaching Academy supports teachers, enhances learning, and builds community by providing training, networking, and mentoring to all NMSU educators. The Academy provides workshops and short courses on teaching, time management, mentoring, scholarly writing, and other topics, as well as trips to teaching conferences. The Teaching Academy is located in room 50, Milton Hall. Detailed information is available at http://www.teaching.nmsu.edu, by telephone at (575) 646-2204, or through email at teaching@nmsu.edu.

Online Course Improvement Program

The Online Course Improvement Program provides main campus faculty teaching with a variety of free faculty services and options for discounted external services. These services focus on improving the quality of online teaching and learning. This program compliments services currently available through The Teaching Academy and Center for Learning and Professional Development. Services include online course consultations and reviews, workshops and webinars, a resource center for online teaching and learning, and a professional development program for faculty who want to commit to a one-year facilitated program.

Media Technologies

Media Technologies facilitates two-way video conferencing for meetings and distance education courses. In addition, services are available for voice-over IP, audio and video duplication, standards conversions, field and studio videotaping, editing, and course delivery through cable television, satellite, teleconferencing, and more. Courses at NMSU may use a blended approach to instruction that integrates two or more types of these technologies to promote engaging and effective learning.

Weekend Courses

For students who find it difficult or impossible to take classes during the week because of work or family responsibilities, the College of Extended Learning offers regular, full-credit courses taught weekly on Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday at the Las Cruces campus. Courses are available for anyone wanting to start or return to college and for those wishing to take courses for personal enrichment. Detailed information is available at http://www.nmsu.edu/weekend or by telephone at (575) 646-5837 or (800) 821-1574.

NMSU Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Students enrolled in the College of Extended Learning will participate in NMSU's Student Learning Outcomes Assessment program as required.