CNM Set New Graduation Record for 2014-15

Dec. 14, 2015 -- CNM’s devoted efforts in recent years to help more students reach graduation has led to remarkable graduation gains, including recent numbers that show CNM set a new all-time record for the number of students graduating in the 2014-15 academic year – 6,232 students.
December 14, 2015

Over the last 10 years (from 2004-05 academic year to 2014-15 academic year), the number of students graduating at CNM has increased from 1,885 students to 6,232, a 230.6 percent increase.

In the recently concluded 2015 Fall Term, more than 1,700 students graduated.

Here are some more numbers comparing CNM’s gains in 2014-15 compared to the 2010-11 academic year:

  • 120 percent increase in the number of associate degrees awarded
  • 83 percent increase in associate degrees or certificates awarded to minorities (70 percent increase for Hispanics)
  • 17 percent increase in number of certificates awarded
  • 9 percent increase in number of awards in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Healthcare fields.

A combination of efforts focused on graduating more students have contributed to the increases. Here are some of them:

More Efficient Class Scheduling
CNM has worked hard to improve class scheduling in ways that help students get the classes they need to graduate at the time they need them. For the past three years, CNM has been using specialized scheduling software analytics to determine what classes students need in specific majors to progress toward graduation. CNM uses this information each term to determine the Schedule of Classes and to provide the classes students need to reach graduation in the most expedient manner.

Eliminating Credit Creep
Over the past seven years, CNM has been evaluating every major to try to “right-size” the credit requirements. For associate degrees, CNM has been shedding unnecessary course requirements to keep associate degree credit requirements to 60 credit hours whenever possible. Due to accreditation requirements, some programs require more than 60. If there are not accreditation requirements beyond the 60 hours, CNM has been reducing the credit requirement to 60 credit hours.

Monitoring Student Records to Notify Students When They’ve Earned Graduation Status
CNM has also instituted a practice of monitoring student progress. When a student has completed enough credits to earn an associate degree or certificate, the student is notified of their graduation status. Students are also notified when they are within a few classes of graduating.

CNM Eliminated Late Enrollment, Which Has Had Positive Effects
Two years ago, CNM eliminated late enrollment. Now, students have to be enrolled in classes by the first day the class meets. Previously, students could enroll and begin a class up to six business days after a class had started. CNM studies showed that students enrolling late in classes did not perform as well as students who were in the class from the first day, which prompted the change.

Early Alert Program
CNM has instituted an Early Alert Program. When faculty members notice that a student is struggling, there is a system in place for faculty to connect students with college services and resources that can help the student get back on track and get the support they need to persevere and graduate.