CNM a Finalist for National Student Success Award

Feb. 18, 2013 -- CNM is one of five community colleges nationwide named as finalists for the American Association of Community Colleges’ Student Success Award.
July 16, 2015


CNM was selected as a finalist for its groundbreaking and innovative CNM Connect student-support model and its fast-rising graduation numbers. CNM Connect, which was established in 2011 as a major, college-wide initiative, has been emulated at other colleges around the country and was recently featured in the Community College Times.

More than 20 other colleges from around the country have consulted with CNM Connect leadership to implement similar models at their colleges. CNM Connect provides students with a one-stop location to access all kinds of services, including Achievement Coaches, financial coaching and workshops, on-site access to public benefits screenings, access to scholarship applications, stress management and study skills workshops, access to legal services, free tax preparation, referrals to external services in the community for things like childcare and housing, as well as access to all the traditional student support services within CNM.

Other factors for CNM being named a finalist are related to significant increases in graduation, transfer rates and dual credit increases.

Graduation Increases: 972 certificates and 1,357 associate degrees were awarded in 2007-08. In 2011-12, 5,398 certificates and 3,009 associate degrees were awarded. In 2008-09, 2,329 CNM students graduated with a degree or certificate. In 2011-12, 6,169 students graduated with a degree or certificate.

Transfer Increases: In 2005-06, 35.2 percent of CNM graduates with Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degrees transferred to a university. In 2009-10, 43.3 percent of those graduates transferred to a university. In 2009-10 (most recent transfer data), a total of 4,055 CNM students transferred to a university.

Dual Credit Student Increases: In fall 2007, CNM had 660 high school students taking CNM dual credit classes. In spring 2013, there are more than 2,000 high school students taking dual credit classes at CNM.

Twenty-five colleges were named as finalists in five different categories for the AACC Awards program, which “is designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges.” The winners will be announced at the AACC national convention in San Francisco on April 23.