Acronym Glossary


Associate Deans Academic Council
Advocates for Scholarly Teaching – committee made up of faculty representatives from each academic college that supports scholarly teaching and learning and course-level assessment
Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning across the Baccalaureate Experience – the outgrowth of NMSU’s participation in the HLC Assessment Academy, a group of faculty representatives from each academic college and the Office of Institutional Analysis and is responsible for institution-wide assessment of learning across the baccalaureate experience
Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning in General Education – is responsible for institution-wide assessment of learning across the general education (GE) curriculum (program-level general education outcomes). Assessment of GE must be reported to the state of New Mexico Higher Education Department annually
CHampioning Assessment Mentors to Promote Institutional Outcomes Networks – a faculty and staff/administrator development program in assessment that begins with course-level or employee-level assessment, and works up through program- and institutional-level assessment
General Education Course Certification Committee – is responsible for certifying and recertifying NMSU lower-level GE courses and Viewing a Wider World (VWW) courses
GE Liaisons
General Education Liaisons – faculty representatives in each academic department that serve as liaisons between the CASL-GE committee and their respective departments – they are charged with attending CASL-GE sponsored open forum each fall, and participate in the GE scoring session each spring
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access – grants established to give members of the campus community an opportunity to develop and implement ideas that extend our mission and bring better focus to our diversity goals
Outcomes Assessment Committee for Co-Curriculum, Administration & Operations – is responsible for overseeing assessment in co-curricular, administrative and operational units on campus
Power of 5
NMSU system-wide discipline teams that were developed to address issues in teaching and learning across campuses in specific GE courses
Peer Review Network – an online network that allows faculty to participate in peer review of materials related to teaching and learning; documents created as part of participation can be used as evidence of teaching effectiveness and engagement in scholarly teaching activities in teaching portfolios such as Digital Measures
Provost’s Research Scholars – undergraduate designation for students enrolled in a service-learning research methods course; students in the course create and administer, in collaboration with the Director of Assessment and the CASL_BE, an assessment of the baccalaureate experience
Quality Initiative – a broad, institutional improvement project that must be approved by the HLC to meet Open Pathways requirements for institutional accreditation
University Outcomes Assessment Council – NMSU’s umbrella assessment ‘committee’ that brings together representatives from all of the assessment committees (usually the chairs) and representatives from the Graduate Council, Office of the Provost, Teaching Academy, Associate Deans, Institutional Analysis, ASNMSU and others


Academic Program Assessment – assessment that occurs at the program/departmental level in academic units; annual reporting process includes 2 phases – Phase 1 includes a plan for assessment and Phase 2 includes reporting on assessment findings and resultant actions
NMSU’s learning management system
Collegiate Learning Assessment – a nationally standardized assessment that measures value added from freshman to senior year in analytic reasoning & evaluation, writing effectiveness, writing mechanics and problem solving
Digital Measures Activity Insight System – a web-based tool with which faculty collect, manage and report their teaching, research, and service activities, along with their accomplishments and professional activities
Learning Management System – a software application used to deliver online and blended/hybrid courses or to augment on-campus (face-to-face) courses over the internet, including features for online collaboration; includes administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses or training programs
National Survey of Student Engagement – a nationally standardized survey used to measure student participation in institution-provided programs and activities for learning and personal development
Outcomes Assessment – assessment of the degree of achievement obtained in reaching desired results
Office of the Associate Provost – houses offices of Accreditation, Outcomes Assessment and Academic Planning
Office of Assessment –responsible for institutional efforts in assessment and assessment reporting
State Common Core (New Mexico State Common Core) – courses that include agreed-upon learning objectives (criteria) and that are approved by statewide committees for articulation for GE course credit at all institutions of higher education across the state.
Teaching Academy –serves NMSU educators through training, mentoring, and networking


Associated Students of New Mexico State University – the student government organization for NMSU
Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditor for New Mexico State University
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Assessment Academy (also referred to as “the Academy) – hosted by the HLC; institutions make a 4-5 year commitment and identify a campus team to develop and implement an assessment initiative on their campus; NMSU participated in the Academy from 2009-2013, and their initiative was the Baccalaureate Experience assessment – the CASL-BE and our QI project are both outgrowths of our Academy project
North Central Association – prior name of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), NMSU’s regional accrediting body (now often referred to as the HLC of the NCA)
North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission
National Institute for Learning Outcome Assessment – organization established “to discover and disseminate ways that academic programs and institutions can productively use assessment data internally to inform and strengthen undergraduate education, and externally to communicate with policy makers, families and other stakeholders”
New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association – New Mexico’s non-profit association that supports assessment; the association hosts an annual conference in Feb. of each year (NMHEAR), and an assessment retreat in Ruidoso, NM each summer
NMHEAA Summer Retreat
New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association – summer retreat sponsored annually in Ruidoso, NM wherein institutions can take teams to develop an assessment initiative for their home campus
New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention annual conference – conference hosted annually by the NMHEAA (usually last Thurs-Fri in February)
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces campus
Pathways are a systematic process that all institution of higher learning accredited by the HLC are required to complete to demonstrate broad institutional efforts toward improvement.

  • “OPEN” pathway institutions propose a project to the HLC, and if accepted, are then obligated to complete the effort proposed – project focus can vary greatly by institution. Approved projects become the “Quality Initiative” (QI) for the institution.
  • “STANDARD” pathway institutions are those whose pathway is determined by the HLC in response to areas identified for improvement that are required criterion for accreditation, based on accreditation reviews.