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2016-2018 Academic Catalog

About this catalog

The 2016-2018 UNM-Valencia Campus Catalog is the student’s guide to the programs and regulations of The University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus. Students are expected to become familiar with the regulations and to assume their proper responsibility in connection with them. This catalog is intended to provide a summary of the available programs, courses of instruction, and academic regulations, as well as a guide to policies and services affecting students. While providing information to students about the curricula and policies of UNM-Valencia, the provisions of the catalog are not intended to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and the campus. The campus reserves the right to withdraw or change any provisions or requirements at any time within the student’s term of enrollment. For information about specific programs and policies not included in this catalog, please contact individual departments or administrative offices. Note: The University of New Mexico and UNM-Valencia reserve the right to change prerequisites, course, and degree requirements without notice. It should be understood that it is the student’s responsibility to seek appropriate advisement with respect to all university requirements. All questions regarding such requirements can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at 505.925.8560.

About UNM-Valencia

UNM-Valencia, which is composed of nine buildings, is located in Tomé, N.M., between Belen and Los Lunas, the two most populated areas in Valencia County. The campus consists of 150 acres of rural land with scenics vistas of the Rio Grande Valley to the West, the Manzano Mountains to the East, and historic Tomé Hill to the north.

History of UNM-Valencia

The University of New Mexico began serving the educational needs of Valencia County in August 1978 with the establishment of the UNM-Eastern Valencia County Satellite Center. The creation of this Satellite Center ended nearly two decades of work by members of the Los Lunas and Belen School districts to provide a stable source of post-secondary education and vocational training in Valencia County. A total of $93,000 in seed money was raised to help open the facility. In 1979, the State Legislative Finance Committee indicated that expanding satellite centers, such as the one in Belen, should be established as branch campuses campuses to be supported by an ongoing mil levy as well as with student tuition and general fund appropriations. The local community indicated its continued support by voting overwhelmingly in favor of creating a branch campus. Additional assistance came from the Board of Educational Finance, the New Mexico State Legislature, and the Eastern Valencia County Higher Education Committee, Inc. As a result, a formal proposal to establish the branch was accepted by UNM in March 1981. Classes began in August of that year. Technical certificates and associate degrees could now be completed locally for the first time in Valencia County history. Continued growth in enrollment and program offerings soon created a pressing need for additional space and new facilities. A new campus in Tomé was built in response, opening its doors in the Summer 1986. A library and Learning Resource Center were added in 1994, extensive renovations in Spring 1995 provided additional classroom and office space, and the completion of the Student/Community Center in the Spring 2000 added additional classrooms, office space, and a wellness/fitness center and child care facility. A Health Sciences Building was added in Fall 2005, and a Career Technical Center was added in Fall 2006.

Role and function of UNM branch colleges

The university has established branch colleges to serve the citizens of New Mexico more fully and to provide the highest quality of education for students pursuing post-secondary education at different locations throughout the state. Branch colleges respond specifically to the unique needs and multi-cultural backgrounds of their respective communities by offering community education programs, career education, including certificate and associate degree programs, and transfer programs that prepare students for upper division entry into colleges and universities. Branch colleges utilize many resources in their service districts and therefore function as integral parts of their surrounding communities. They are thoroughly committed to assisting in the economic development of their service areas. The branch campuses of UNM are considered fully integrated component colleges. They are committed to serving the needs of their respective communities in the manner of a comprehensive community college, offering a variety of academic, career, and community service programs. The branch colleges pledge themselves to protect the quality and integrity of all academic curricula, and the main campus pledges its resources, whenever appropriate and practical, to the fulfillment of the varied missions of the branches. UNM’s Office of the Provost has responsibility for establishing policies and procedures relative to all branch operations.