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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog
2012-2013

COLLEGE of EXTENDED LEARNING

Interim Dean and Associate 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 academic programs to provide educational opportunities for students to meet their academic, professional, and personal learning goals. 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.

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 the total number of credits as determined during the application process (Note: a maximum of 30 credit hours in course subjects offered by the NMSU College of Business may be counted towards the degree.)
  • 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 level) including six hours of Viewing a Wider World
  • Complete the university's general education core requirements (at least 35 credit hours of approved New Mexico Common Core courses)
  • Not have completed the requirements for, or be a candidate for another baccalaureate degree

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
  • Complete the total number of credits as determined during the application process (Note: a maximum of 30 credit hours in course subjects offered by the NMSU College of Business may be counted towards the degree).
  • 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 New Mexico Common Core courses)
  • Not have completed the requirements for, or be a candidate for another baccalaureate degree

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. (Note: the College of Business offers only the Business Administration minor to BAS and BIS majors.)

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

The College of Extended Learning extends New Mexico State University's reach beyond traditional campuses, classrooms, and academic programs. The college also provides educational and partnership opportunities for faculty and staff in the University community through professional development, networking, and mentoring. The College of Extended Learning offers:

  • Technology Assisted and Off-site (TAOS) education, designed to serve students who live a significant distance away from the main campus or have scheduling conflicts due to family or work obligations, and find technology-assisted learning the best solution to educational advancement
  • Instructional Media Services provides course delivery through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous technologies
  • Professional development through the Teaching Academy, the Online Course Improvement Program, and the Instructional Innovation and Quality unit
  • Weekend courses for those who find it difficult or impossible to take classes during the week because of work or family responsibilities. Regular, full-credit courses are taught weekly on Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday at the Las Cruces campus

TECHNOLOGY-ASSISTED AND OFF-SITE EDUCATION (TAOS)

The College of Extended Learning provides comprehensive distance learning opportunities to meet diverse educational and professional needs anytime, anywhere. Technology-Assisted and Off-Site (TAOS) 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.

Programs Offered Through TAOS

NMSU's TAOS programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means, and include certificate and licensure programs, undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs. In some cases, brief residencies on the NMSU Las Cruces campus may be a requirement of the program. Visit http://distance.nmsu.edu/degrees/ for a complete listing of programs.

Technology-Based Programs

Distance Education TAOS- programs listed under this category are delivered primarily using distance learning technologies. In some cases, programs may require brief residencies on the main campus for orientation, assessment, or other activities. Technologies used to deliver distance education at NMSU include:

  • Instructure Canvas - enables instructors to utilize the Internet in the delivery of a course
  • Adobe Connect - A synchronous Web delivery solution for conducting virtual or "live" classroom events through the Web
  • Instructional Media Services - provides course delivery through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Courses may use a "blended approach" to instruction by integrating two or more types of technologies shown above to promote engaging and effective learning

Instructional Media Services (IMS)

Instructional Media Services (IMS) coordinates and facilitates live, interactive, and two-way video conferencing; Media Site video streaming and voiceover IP (Adobe Connect) for distance education course delivery/reception; dissertation defenses; meetings, conferences and job interviews worldwide. Three classrooms, one conference room and a portable desktop video conference unit are available. IMS also provides video duplication, format and standard conversations, and VHS, DVD, CD and game disk refurbishing. Courses at NMSU may use a 'blended' approach to instruction that integrates two or more types of these technologies including face-to-face teaching to promote engaging and effective learning.

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://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 faculty with a variety of free 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 Instructional Innovation and Quality. Services include online course consultations and reviews, workshops and webinars, a resource center for online teaching and learning, and a professional development program for main campus faculty who want to commit to a one-year facilitated program.

Instructional Innovation and Quality (IIQ)

The Instructional Innovation and Quality (IIQ) unit provides support for learning technologies to the NMSU community. Instructional Innovation services include professional development for the learning management system, technology integration tools and strategies, and consistency in high quality course design and delivery on the NMSU campuses and at a distance.

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.