Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the CIPR

FAQs on the CIPR including involvement, data used, program elimination and transition, and more.

For Students

What if my program is identified to be discontinued?

The effective date for the discontinuation of a program takes into consideration all declared majors in the program and the timeframe required for them to complete the program in a timely manner. Additionally, the academic school where the program resides will communicate directly with the students affected and academic advisors will support the students in their academic planning.

If I'm a student that was interested in a program that is being discontinued, will I still be able to take related classes?

When the college transitions programs to other modes of delivery, the information will be publicly available for students and the community to access.

What happens if a program is transitioned to CNM Ingenuity as a non-credit, workforce training program? 

Programs transitioned to CNM Ingenuity (CNMI) as non-credit, workforce training offerings will continue to be offered. Programs at CNMI have the opportunity to be grown, reconfigured, or improved based upon the most relevant and timely information outside of the College’s curriculum and accreditation standard timelines. This allows programs transitioned to CNMI to be more responsive, flexible, and accommodating to the demands of both students and employers. 

Also, skills and competencies learned in a CNM Ingenuity program may also qualify for college credit through CNM's Credit for Prior Learning.

For Faculty and Staff

Who is involved in the CIPR process? 

The CIPR process involves a broad mix of people that represent a holistic view of staff, faculty, and community concerns. Without the input of representatives from throughout CNM, the CIPR process would not have a complete view of the information needed to make decisions about program offerings. 

As has always been the case, the program review process for credit programs starts within the academic schools with school administration and faculty reviewing data and providing insight and context regarding program performance. CIPR has added the additional feedback and insight from  the Office of Data Strategy, CNM Ingenuity, Workforce & Community Success, Finance & Operations, and Enrollment Management & Student Success teams based upon the data sheets and academic school input.  

Is the program review process new to CNM? Is CIPR new? 

CNM has always performed an annual review of our program offerings and the local economy’s needs for new programming to determine if programs should be created, grown, maintained at current levels, or deactivated. Programs are deactivated virtually every year when it is determined they are no longer viable.  

CIPR is an evolution of the review process that encompasses more data and more options when making decisions about programs. Enrollment trends and shifting employer and workforce needs have required us to sharpen our focus on the programs we offer and how and when we offer them. As part of the CNM 2025 initiatives launched in 2021, CNM has implemented the new CIPR process, which incorporates student and employer demand, student and graduate outcome goals, program economics, and of course, academic standards.  

What data is used during the CIPR process? 

The CIPR process leverages data that has recently become more accessible to CNM, providing an opportunity to be more comprehensive and more thorough in the evaluation of market demand, student demand, and program economics. Important data related to programs and their career clusters such as number of jobs currently available and projected job growth, pay rates, student interest, degree fit, and workforce and economic factors in New Mexico are now fundamental components for helping CNM determine what, how, and when programs are offered.  

How are programs evaluated during the CIPR process? 

All CNM and CNMI programs are evaluated as part of the CIPR process each year. At its core, the CIPR process uses the following criteria: 

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For more detail on the CIPR process, please see CNM Process for CIPR webpage. 

Does the CIPR process only eliminate programs from CNM and CNMI? 

No. CIPR identifies programs that have a multitude of different future pathways. CIPR uses six different statuses to identify how best to consider programs under review: 

  • Development – creation of new programs based on identified needs 
  • Grow – expansion of existing programs 
  • Sustain – continue successful operation of existing programs
  • Fix – redesign, improve and update existing programs with future potential 
  • Transition – identify programs that are more likely to be successful as non-credit offerings 
  • Sunset – identify programs that no longer support workforce and community demand, based on comprehensive student, market and financial data. 

What happens if a program is transitioned to CNM Ingenuity as a non-credit, workforce training program? 

Programs transitioned to CNM Ingenuity (CNMI) as non-credit, workforce training offerings will continue to be offered. Programs at CNMI have the opportunity to be grown, reconfigured, or improved based upon the most relevant and timely information outside of the College’s curriculum and accreditation standard timelines. This allows programs transitioned to CNMI to be more responsive, flexible, and accommodating to the demands of both students and employers. 

Also, skills and competencies learned in a CNM Ingenuity program may also qualify for college credit through CNM's Credit for Prior Learning.

Is financial assistance/funding or other support available for students interested in programs at CNMI? 

Yes. Many programs have a wide variety of financial support available to help students afford the cost of tuition. For more information about CNMI’s financial support opportunities, please visit this page: Funding Resources | CNM Ingenuity, Inc 

If a program is sunset by CIPR, what happens to staff & faculty supporting that program? 

Should a program be identified for sunset by CIPR, CNM makes every effort to ensure that staff and faculty supporting those programs are reassigned to similar positions throughout the College, in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement. This may include assigning staff and  faculty to teach non-credit versions of those programs through CNMI if applicable.