Brush Up on Changes at CNM Before Fall Term Rush

As you prepare for the start of another very busy fall term, take a couple moments to brush up on some of the most impactful changes taking place around the college, before another potentially record-setting amount of students start filling classrooms at every campus.
August 30, 2016

August 2011

As you prepare for the start of another very busy fall term, take a couple moments to brush up on some of the most impactful changes taking place around the college, before another potentially record-setting amount of students start filling classrooms at every campus.

Following is a quick rundown of some of the far-reaching, most impactful changes to be aware of in advance of the fall term.

  • New Parking Rules for Free Lots: Beginning with the fall term, all vehicles using the free general parking lots must register their vehicles and obtain a parking decal that must be displayed on vehicles parking in the free lots. The permit process will remain the same for paid lots. Stickers for the free lots can be obtained at the Student ID offices at each campus and are required to be displayed by October 1. For more information, call Parking Services at (505) 224-4637.
  • Printing Limits for Students Enacted: As CNM continues on it path toward creating a more sustainable college community, the college will introduce a "PaperCut" program that will limit the number of free pages a student can print to 150. Once the 150-limit is reached, students can purchase more printed pages at a cost of 5 cents per page by obtaining a printing card at the Cashier's Office at Main and Montoya campuses. The cards can be used at kiosks that are located at all campuses. Visit for more info and locations of kiosks.
  • Course Catalog/Schedule of Classes: A new online version of the CNM Course Catalog has been launched for the fall term. A very limited number of versions have been printed. A new online version of the Schedule of Classes has also been launched for the fall term. It includes up-to-date information on availability of classes, instructors, dates, times and locations.
  • Computers to be Upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010: All CNM computers will be gradually upgraded throughout the fall term to Windows 7 and Office 2010. More information about the upgrades will be communicated in upcoming editions of News Link.
  • Montoya Campus Closed Aug. 13-25 – No Facilities Open: Due to safety concerns related to construction projects, the Montoya Campus will be completely closed Aug. 13-25. Staff will be temporarily relocated until the campus reopens Aug. 24.
  • Jeannette Stromberg Hall Renovation: The first phase of a major renovation project for Jeannette Stromberg Hall on Main Campus is in process. JS can only be accessed from the south and west via the ramp at the southwest corner of the building. From the north, JS can be accessed from the pedestrian bridge between JS and the S Building. Classes will be held in fall on the second and third floors. The first and fourth floors are closed.
  • Montoya Campus Student Service Relocations: All student services at the Montoya Campus have been temporarily relocated in preparation of the renovation of Tom Wiley Hall. Financial Aid, Advisement, CNM Connect, Records, Admissions, Registration, the Student ID Office and the Cashier's Office have been relocated in the K Building, Room 103. Assessment has moved to J Building, Room 103, and Special Services and the Achievement Coaches have moved to the K Building, Room 211. When the renovation of Tom Wiley Hall is complete, all student services will return to that building. Call 224-5551 for more info.
  • New Major Declaration Process: Students will no longer be able to declare majors in programs that require an application/petition process to officially enter the program until the student has successfully completed the application/petition process. The programs currently affected by this new policy are in the health sciences. A new Pre-Health Sciences major is being offered as a pathway for students seeking to enter a limited entry program. For more info, visit the Office of Limited Entry website.
  • New Federal Regulations for Financial Aid Eligibility: New federal regulations regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) mandated by the U.S. Department of Education will go into effect after the summer term. Every student applying for financial aid will be expected to cumulatively meet SAP standards to continue receiving financial aid. At the end of the summer term, the cumulative SAP standards that students applying for financial aid must meet include: Qualitative Progress – Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; Quantitative Progress – Students must cumulatively be completing at least 66.67 percent of all attempted credit hours; Maximum Time Frame – Students must complete their program within 150 percent of the hours required to graduate from their declared program If students don't meet all of these standards by the end of the summer term, they will be suspended from receiving financial aid. Suspended students will have the option of appealing their status if an extenuating circumstance impeded their progress.
  • CHSS Has New Leadership: Former interim dean of CHSS, Richard Borthwick, retired in June. Xeturah Woodley, associate vice president of Academic Affairs, is now also serving as acting dean of CHSS. Erica Volkers is now an interim associate dean in CHSS. Zachary Shank, Associate Dean in CHSS, is also supervising the Scheduling Department.
  • HWPS Employees in Temporary Locations During JS Renovation: During the remodeling of Jeannette Stromberg Hall on Main Campus, many staff and faculty from the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety are in temporary locations. To view specific locations for HWPS employees, go to and click on "Relocations."
  • Seven Programs Moving to Advanced Technology Center on Alameda Blvd.: The following programs are in the process of moving into the new Advanced Technology Center: Film, Landscaping, Truck Driving, Aviation Maintenance, Architectural Drafting, Construction Management and Geographic Information Technology. These programs will begin offering late-start classes at the ATC on Sept. 19.
  • New Distance Learning Blackboard System: Beginning this fall, the online learning management system at CNM, Blackboard, will be migrating to a new version: Blackboard Learn. Faculty members are encouraged to take a workshop to familiarize themselves with the new Blackboard system. The migration will happen in two phases. Phase one includes all classes offered through the Schools of Business & Information Technology; Math, Science & Engineering; and the School of Adult & General Education. Phase two will take place in the spring term and the remaining schools: Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences; Applied Technologies; and Health, Wellness & Public Safety will move to the upgraded system. To register, visit, click on the calendar links at the bottom of the page and click the yellow 'register' button. For more information on the Blackboard migration, visit
  • Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program Has Led to Many Recent Retirements: CNM's Voluntary Retirement Incentive has led to more than 40 retirements since April 2011. To see a list of recent retirees, visit and click on "Retirements."

There are many other changes at CNM. The CNM website – -- is available as an ongoing resource for the CNM community to check on the various changes that are occurring at the college in 2011 and 2012 as a result of the Budget Reduction Plan and various construction projects. Changes are listed on the web page in five categories – Reorganizations, Relocations, Construction, Retirements, and New Processes.