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The New Mexico Higher Education Department establishes financial aid programs, reviews academic policies for New Mexican institutions and reports on the state of higher education in New Mexico. The New Mexico Higher Education Department’s Master Plan for Higher Education has set recommendations and goals for improving higher education within the state of New Mexico, including the increase of need-based aid for low-income students, funding of the College Affordability Endowment, reduction of student loan debt, improve teacher quality through communication, cooperation, and collaboration, and unify curricula across two-year institutions for state-identified priority programs. Baccalaureate colleges and universities in New Mexico include Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico State University, Northern New Mexico College, University of New Mexico, and Western New Mexico University.
The University of New Mexico was founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution. U.S. News & World Report ranks University of New Mexico No. 181 in National Universities in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. The University of New Mexico offers online bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, dental hygiene, medical laboratory science, nursing, communication, radiologic sciences and university studies. Online master’s degrees are available through the University of New Mexico in dental hygiene, language, literacy, and sociocultural studies, organizational learning and instructional technology, engineering, and nursing. The University of New Mexico also offers an online doctoral degree in nursing.
New Mexico State University opened as Las Cruces College in 1888, and became New Mexico State University in 1960. The university today comprises campuses in Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Carlsbad, and Dona Ana. Its main campus in Las Cruces, N.M. has a student population 18,024, according to College Navigator. New Mexico State University offers online bachelor’s degree programs in sociology, business administration, criminal justice, information and communication technology, and nursing. Online master’s degree programs are available in agriculture, education, sociology, Spanish, and teaching, and online doctoral degree programs are available in education and nursing.
Western New Mexico University was established in 1893 in Silver City, N.M. The four-year, public institution has a student population of 3,360, and a student-to-faculty-ratio of 13 to 1, according to College Navigator. Western New Mexico University offers online bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, nursing, and rehabilitation services, and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. Online students have access to library resources and online tutoring through Western New Mexico University, and all WNMU online courses are delivered through the Canvas learning management system.