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Eastern New Mexico University. Exemplars.

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This report describes efforts by Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) to recast its mission more narrowly while at the same time reducing the sense of remoteness and disconnection, as well as geographic isolation, between the main campus and its branch campuses. In the early 1980s, ENMU suffered from mission drift, in part as a result of its efforts to look like a research university at the expense of other programs. After a 1987 North Central Association accreditation visit, ENMU focused its mission by pruning nine undergraduate and six graduate programs that no longer served the students or the region; four programs more consistent with local demand were added. Subsequently, ENMU's mission was revised, and six strategic priorities (including significant investment in technology and distance education) were identified. Technology became the means for most of ENMU's ends, including curriculum reform and a commitment to serving the whole range of students' academic and co-curricular needs. The university's willingness to experiment has resulted in a string of successes in implementing new technology in distance and traditional instruction, including the use of interactive instructional television, email, listservs, multimedia presentations, and the Internet to deliver instructional material. Institutional statistics and a list of milestones on ENMU's path to reform are included. (MAB)

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Author:Iannozzi, Maria
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Author abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 1998
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