Silver City, NM, United States

Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM, United States

Western New Mexico University is a public university located in Silver City, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It has served the people of the state and its surrounding areas as a comprehensive, regional, rural, public coeducational university since 1893 and caters to a student body diverse in age, culture, language and ethnic background. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the best colleges in New Mexico for 2017. Of the 8 four-year schools that were included on the list, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico and University of the Southwest came in as the top five. Of the 14 two-year schools that qualified, San Juan College, Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico State University Alamogordo, Eastern New Mexico University—Roswell Campus and New Mexico Junior College were the top colleges. A full list of schools is included below. “A certificate or degree can go a long way when it comes to career advancement or making a career change,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “These New Mexico schools have a proven track record of helping students maximize their employment potential by offering outstanding career services and degree programs.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in New Mexico” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also evaluated on additional metrics including the number of degree programs offered, career resources, academic counseling, financial aid availability, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in New Mexico” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in New Mexico for 2017 include: Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus New Mexico Highlands University New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology New Mexico State University Northern New Mexico College University of New Mexico University of the Southwest Western New Mexico University The Best Two-Year Colleges in New Mexico for 2017 include: Central New Mexico Community College Clovis Community College Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Campus Luna Community College Mesalands Community College New Mexico Junior College New Mexico State University - Alamogordo New Mexico State University - Carlsbad New Mexico State University - Dona Ana San Juan College Santa Fe Community College Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute University of New Mexico - Valencia County Campus About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

News Article | June 12, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. UBTech Booth #301, June 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With multiple rural satellite campuses for a distributed student body -- including a high percentage of non-traditional students -- Western New Mexico University relies heavily on video and web conferencing for instruction. Using Mediasite Join by Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO) the trusted global leader for video creation and management solutions, the university cost-effectively connects its instructors and students in real time, capturing collaborative classrooms and turning them into rich, searchable video on-demand. Building on the market-leading Mediasite Video Platform, Mediasite Join extends the value of unified communications by seamlessly integrating with leading conference services. The university has been using Mediasite since 2010 and added Mediasite Join to its suite of solutions two years ago. Now, Mediasite Join is available campus-wide. Faculty report better student pass rates since implementing Mediasite Join and the university reaps the benefits of being able to integrate its existing Polycom and Zoom video conferencing systems into the solution. “We provide instruction to a very rural area, covering a vast area of New Mexico. Because we need to meet synchronously with students, regardless of location, our video conferencing program is very big, and lecture capture is important. That’s where Mediasite Join came in,” said April Hanson, Video Communications Manager, WNMU IT. “We are already paying a lot of money for our video conferencing systems, and I needed a way to leverage what we already had. Being able to plug in Polycom and Zoom into our existing Mediasite Video Platform was huge.” Courses that use video conference are considered face-to-face. For on-site students physically in classrooms, the university uses Mediasite for automated lecture capture. Students attend the traditional classroom, and the on-demand Mediasite recordings are available as a study tool in the university’s Canvas learning management system. Students enrolled in WNMU’s online program work on their own time, and faculty either record their lectures via Mediasite in their classrooms or from their desktops. Those lectures are immediately uploaded to Canvas and available for review on-demand. “Ever since professors started using Mediasite for lecture capture, they’ve reported increased improvement on student grades. The Mediasite analytics are important to faculty members, because they are able to see what students are watching and what portions of the video are most popular. They’re able to tailor their teaching accordingly,” Hanson said. “Mediasite Join has been very easy to implement and introduce to faculty, and there is a great demand for it. They don’t even know they’re using Mediasite in classrooms with recorders – they just click a button, and their class is recorded,” she continued. “Using video during collaborative classes and meetings is extremely valuable, and students love it. At first, like any new technology, faculty worried they’d be replaced by the recordings. They quickly found that course quality improved with Mediasite, and students asked for the video recordings.” “A recent Wainhouse Research report, State of Collaborative Education and eLearning 2017 – in which Sonic Foundry is recognized as a leader-- cites that the convergence of distance and online education, brick-and-mortar education and consumerization of educational technology is resulting in a great demand from both faculty and students for the use of collaborative classroom technology,” said Gary Weis, CEO, Sonic Foundry. “Western New Mexico University is ahead of the curve, recognizing the importance of capturing and preserving the collaboration that occurs over video conferencing.” Trusted by more than 1,500 colleges and universities, the Mediasite Video Platform quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand videos for campus events, lecture capture and flipped learning. About Western New Mexico University Western New Mexico University has served the people of the state of New Mexico and its surrounding areas as a comprehensive, regional, rural, public coeducational university since 1893 and serves a student body diverse in age, culture, language and ethnic background. Sonic Foundry is the trusted global leader for video capture, management and streaming solutions. Trusted by educational institutions, corporations and government entities, Mediasite Video Platform quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand streaming videos and rich media. Mediasite transforms communications, training, education and events for more than 4,300 customers in over 65 countries. Leading analyst  research firms Aragon, Forrester, Wainhouse and Frost & Sullivan recognize Sonic Foundry as a leader in enterprise video, webcasting and lecture capture. © 2017 Sonic Foundry, Inc. Product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of Sonic Foundry, Inc. or their respective owners. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

News Article | October 28, 2016

A list of the nation’s Best Electrician Programs for 2016-2017 has been released by the Community for Accredited Online Schools ( As a leader in higher education information and resources for students, the site ranked schools offering on-campus or online electrician programs to find those providing the best overall value for students. Top finishers include Idaho State University, Great Basin College, Jackson College, Montana State University Northern and the College of Southern Nevada among four-year schools and East Mississippi Community College, Hinds Community College, Rockingham Community College, Augusta Technical College and Beaufort County Community College among two-year schools. “The need for qualified electricians is growing, and the programs on our list represent the best training opportunities for this in-demand trade,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Our analysis shows students where to find the best combination of quality and affordability when it comes to earning an electrician degree.” The Community for Accredited Online Schools weighs over a dozen different data points, including statistics on cost, program features, graduation rates and more to determine a score for each electrician program in the country. To qualify for the Best Electrician Program lists, schools must also meet specific minimum requirements: institutions must be accredited public or private not-for-profit entities and must provide career placement assistance to students. A complete list of schools included on the Best Electrician Programs list is included below. To learn where each school ranks and for more information on the data analysis and methodology used, visit: Recognized as the Best Electrician Programs among two-year schools: Recognized as the Best Electrician Programs among four-year schools: Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Bismarck State College Bluefield State College Brazosport College Capitol College College of Southern Nevada Daytona State College Dunwoody College of Technology Fairmont State University Florida State College at Jacksonville Great Basin College Gulf Coast State College Idaho State University Indian River State College Jackson College Kentucky State University Lake Washington Institute of Technology Lake-Sumter State College Lawrence Technological University LeTourneau University Missouri Western State University Montana State University-Northern New England Institute of Technology Northern Michigan University Northern New Mexico College Northwestern Michigan College Northwestern State University of Louisiana Palm Beach State College Pennsylvania College of Technology Pensacola State College Pittsburg State University Point Park University Rochester Institute of Technology Seattle Community College - North Campus Seminole State College of Florida South Florida State College State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota SUNY College of Technology at Alfred SUNY College of Technology at Canton SUNY College of Technology at Delhi University of Akron Main Campus University of Arkansas - Fort Smith University of Cincinnati - Main Campus University of Hartford Utah Valley University Valencia College Wayne State University West Virginia University at Parkersburg West Virginia University Institute of Technology Western New Mexico University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools ( was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.

News Article | November 27, 2016

Colleges with the Best Online Social Work Degree Programs are being honored in a new ranking released by leading higher education information and resource provider The 2016-2017 list pinpoints 43 schools with social work degree programs online that offer the best overall combination of quality and value for students. Schools at the top of the list include the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alabama, Goodwin College, Northern Arizona University, Washburn University and Washington State University. "Aspiring social work students have more options than ever when it comes to finding the right school,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of “These colleges are offering students added flexibility by taking their social work programs online, and are the best in the nation when it comes to affordability, quality and overall student success.” To qualify for a spot on the ranking, schools must meet several specific baseline quality standards. All schools chosen are accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions, and each must offer in-state tuition at or below $25,000 or less annually to qualify. All eligible colleges are scored based on more than a dozen unique data points and statistics, including financial aid offerings and graduation rates. Each school’s ranking is determined based on their final school-specific score. All schools recognized on the 2016-2017 Best Online Social Work Degrees ranking can be found listed alphabetically below. Full details on school scores and the data and methodology used to rank colleges are available at: The Best Colleges to earn an Online Social Work Degree for 2016-2017: Amridge University Bemidji State University Brandman University Brescia University Brigham Young University - Idaho California State University - East Bay Colorado State University - Fort Collins Goodwin College Hannibal-LaGrange University Indiana Wesleyan University Mayville State University Mercy College Metropolitan State University of Denver Mid-Atlantic Christian University Missouri State University - Springfield North Dakota State University - Main Campus Northern Arizona University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Pennsylvania State University - Altoona Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine Pennsylvania State University - Shenango Pennsylvania State University - Worthington Scranton Pennsylvania State University - York Prairie View A & M University Presentation College Salisbury University Spring Arbor University The University of Alabama The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Thomas University Union Institute & University University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Arizona University of North Alabama University of Utah University of Wisconsin - Stout Utah State University Viterbo University Washburn University Washington State University Wayne State University Western New Mexico University began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

News Article | November 24, 2016
Site:, a leading higher education information resource provider, has released its picks for the Best Colleges in the U.S. to earn an Online Teaching Degree from in 2016-2017. Comparing data on affordability and student success from thousands of schools with online teaching programs, the rankings list the top 100 two-year and four-year schools respectively. Schools topping the four-year list include Dickinson State University, Fort Hays State University, North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University and University of Southern Mississippi; schools topping the two-year list include East Mississippi Community College, Arizona Western College, Holmes Community College, Northeast Community College and Odessa College. "There were 3.5 million teachers working in elementary and secondary education in the U.S. in 2014,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of “It’s important for us to help aspiring teachers and those looking to advance their career in education find the best opportunities to earn an affordable, quality online teaching degree.” Schools who earn a spot on the Best Online Teaching Degrees lists must qualify by meeting certain baseline requirements. requires all schools to be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions to be eligible. Colleges must also meet minimum affordability standards, offering in-state tuition under $5,000 per year at two-year schools and under $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Final scoring and ranks are determined by comparing data on more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative measures, such as financial aid availability and graduation rates. All schools on the 2016-2017 Best Online Teaching Degrees list can be found below. The attached map shows how many schools were honored by state. The full rankings can be found along with data and methodology details at: Allen County Community College Amarillo College Arizona Western College Arkansas Northeastern College Arkansas State University - Mountain Home Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Baltimore City Community College Bay Mills Community College Bluegrass Community and Technical College Casper College Central Texas College Coconino Community College College of Southern Idaho Collin College Colorado Northwestern Community College Dakota College at Bottineau Dawson Community College East Mississippi Community College Eastern Wyoming College Edgecombe Community College El Paso Community College Front Range Community College Gateway Community and Technical College Haywood Community College Henry Ford Community College Holmes Community College Kilgore College Lenoir Community College Lone Star College Mitchell Community College Montgomery Community College Navarro College Nebraska Indian Community College North Central Missouri College Northeast Community College Northwest Mississippi Community College Odessa College Ozarks Technical Community College Pamlico Community College Panola College Pima Community College Shoreline Community College Stanly Community College Tri-County Community College Truckee Meadows Community College Tulsa Community College Tyler Junior College Washtenaw Community College Western Oklahoma State College Yavapai College Appalachian State University Arkansas Tech University Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Chadron State College Chaminade University of Honolulu Concordia University - Saint Paul Dickinson State University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus Ferris State University Fort Hays State University Granite State College Great Basin College Hobe Sound Bible College Indiana State University Judson College Lesley University Liberty University Mayville State University Minot State University Newman University North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University Northeastern State University Northern Arizona University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Southwestern College Sterling College SUNY College at Oswego The University of West Florida University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast University of Central Missouri University of Louisiana at Monroe University of Missouri - Columbia University of Nebraska at Kearney University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Northern Colorado University of South Dakota University of Southern Mississippi University of the Southwest University of West Alabama Wayland Baptist University Western Carolina University Western Kentucky University Western New Mexico University Wilmington University Winston-Salem State University began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: FED CYBER SERV: SCHLAR FOR SER | Award Amount: 142.62K | Year: 2013

Upon award of a proposal, the Abstract is available in the Award Search application and via FastLane.
This project is establishing a permanent digital forensics program at Western New Mexico University (WNMU) in collaboration with Auburn University. It is providing a statewide digital forensics resource that currently does not exist in New Mexico. WNMU?s unique combined mission of regional community college as well as regional university provides unique opportunities to explore program integration with New Mexico 2-year law enforcement programs. Deliverables from this project include:

1. Establish an 18-hour minor in digital forensics as part of the WNMU undergraduate and graduate Criminal Justice programs.
2. Establish an 18-hour graduate certificate program in digital forensics as part of the WNMU Criminal Justice program.
3. Establish an advanced digital forensics training program for New Mexico law enforcement.
4. Conduct Regional workshops for diverse audiences drawn from New Mexico state and local law enforcement agencies as well as students from other campuses.

The intellectual challenge for this project is to determine how a small university in a remote corner of a large state can develop, deliver and sustain a technically challenging digital forensics program across a large state. The project is assessing courses learning outcomes as well as elements such as the practicality of course contents, the way the contents is delivered, the lab environment and setup, the effectiveness of projects and assignments, lab assistance quality and inclusion/exclusion suggestions for course contents and projects.

This first of its kind program in New Mexico enjoys broad support from the state government. This ensures a broad impact across the state. This program could serve as a model for other underserved states, particularly large, rural states.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 75.00K | Year: 2015

Western New Mexico University (WMNU) has received a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Capacity Building grant to 1) develop and strengthen the teacher preparation network and pipeline from high school to college; 2) strengthen collaboration between the School of Education (SOE) and the STEM Departments at WNMU to more efficiently and effectively produce STEM teachers; and, 3) recruit high school and undergraduate students to consider STEM and STEM teaching careers through a focused effort to engage prospective STEM students in active teaching experiences early in their career. Through these activities, the PI team will build the critical capacity to effectively recruit high school and university students into the STEM teacher preparation program. Such a robust recruitment pathway will allow WMNU to have an impact on the national need to increase the number of STEM teachers and, in particular, to increase the number of Hispanic students who go into STEM teaching.

The WMNU PI team will develop an innovative workshop, the Mustang Science & Education Academy (MSEA), which will focus on developing collaborative relationships among the SOE, STEM departments and regional school districts. MSEA will also provide the needed active learning experiences for our students who express an interest in becoming STEM teachers. The project also is building connections to industry partners and regional educational agencies. These connections will help facilitate the recruitment, support, and induction of future STEM teachers. The evaluation of the project will provide an understanding of the effectiveness of the recruitment strategies that will inform the recruitment practices of teacher preparation programs across the country.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: POP & COMMUNITY ECOL PROG | Award Amount: 232.56K | Year: 2015

Climate models project higher temperatures, more variability in precipitation, and more extreme weather events in the future. Under such changing environments, foundation plant species, which promote stable conditions for other species and support fundamental ecosystem processes, may benefit from microbial partners that enhance plant survival during climate extremes. However, whether microbial partners can help buffer ecosystems against climate change remains unknown. This research investigates a widespread, but poorly known, group of fungi that commonly grow in the roots of dominant forage grasses. The project determines how the benefits of these fungi vary along gradients of drought and heat stress, differ among grass species, and shift across geographic regions. This work has high promise for identifying fungi that help plants survive and grow in stressful climates. Together, this team will integrate research activities into a new high school teacher training program that focuses on underserved communities and a set of laboratory modules for middle school workshops. Results will shed new light on the functions of microbial partners in maintaining grassland and rangeland productivity, improving the ability to conserve, manage, and restore these important areas in future climates.

Deeper insight into the biology of root endophytes has the potential to transform understanding of how plants respond to drought and heat in the same way that studies on mycorrhizal fungi overturned paradigms about how plants acquire nutrients. This project tests whether root-associated fungi benefit dominant grassland plant species, which may moderate the loss of net primary production during droughts and heat waves. The work addresses the following questions: (1) What is the relative importance of host species identity versus geographic and climatic gradients in explaining variation in symbiont abundance and composition? (2) How strongly do host species identity and geographic origin influence the magnitude of symbiont benefits across gradients of heat and drought stress? (3) Can symbiont-mediated amelioration of stress be generalized from laboratory settings to predict outcomes in the field? Activities include field surveys along latitudinal gradients, next-generation high-throughput sequencing of root fungi, development of a large fungal culture collection, multi-factor greenhouse trials that manipulate drought and heat, and field tests that leverage existing, large, cross-site rainfall experiments. Novel aspects of this project include characterizing root-associated fungal composition along latitudinal gradients, testing the hypothesis that symbioses become more beneficial to plants under increased abiotic stress, and determining how endophytic root fungi affect plant hosts under field conditions.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 349.75K | Year: 2016

Western New Mexico University (WNMU) is constructing a robust, faster and more contemporary fiber network that supports research and educational initiatives. The enhanced network allows for 10Gbps speeds between research-intensive network segments for internal transfers, and provides critical redundant fiber paths for the WNMU network. The network enhances the regional research capacity and contributes to improving data sharing capabilities needed by emerging research initiatives at WNMU. These projects include examining variables that affect retention of at risk STEM students and helping STEM students participate in biology and chemistry research projects that require technologically modern online tools. The network improvements also increase capacity and enable the network to scale up to meet WNMUs evolving bandwidth needs. By removing old multimode fiber, WNMU is taking the foundational steps of establishing the essential infrastructure to competitively contribute to more complex and scalable projects, such as the Science DMZ.

WNMU has long-standing collaborations with other educational institutions and these collaborations are leveraged fully in this project; WNMUs partner, CHECS-Net (New Mexicos multi-institutional collaboration for sharing technology, expertise, and pricing information), provides guidance and experience. Moreover, as a rural, open-enrollment, Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with a mission to serve students who are considered at risk, the network is providing these students access and practice with contemporary science skills enhanced by practicing with modern cybertools and cyberinfrastructure. The changes are providing these students the opportunity for them to effectively contribute to the scientific capital and workforce needs of the region.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: Integrative Ecologi Physiology | Award Amount: 272.78K | Year: 2012

Biologists and chemists from the Department of Natural Sciences at Western New Mexico University will collaborate on an investigation of the molecular interactions between predatory spider wasps (family Pompilidae) and the spiders they sting and paralyze to use as living food provisions for their own parasitic larvae. Beyond gathering data that will describe the biology and evolutionary history of this particular system, the project also addresses key questions about molecular adaptation, the molecular physiology of predator/prey and parasite/host interactions, and the mechanisms that help generate biodiversity - such as antagonistic coevolution. About 200 species of spider wasps are known to occur in the United States. The venoms of these solitary insects are known to be relatively simple, consisting mainly of short peptides such as pompilidotoxins (PMTXs). PMTXs are neurotoxins that bind to a known site on voltage-gated sodium channel proteins, inhibiting their inactivation and disrupting the functions of the nervous system. This project will characterize venom peptides from a diverse sample of spider wasps using mass spectrometry and venom gland transcriptome sequencing; and examine the DNA sequence diversity of targeted spider sodium channels, particularly at sites critical for PMTX binding. Since survival and reproduction of spider wasps depends on the potency of their venoms, while survival and reproduction of targeted spiders depends on their genetic sensitivity (or possible resistance) to the toxins, this project will also use phylogenetic trees of species relationships to describe the evolutionary histories of these molecules and their interactions, which are likely to evolve via natural selection.

Animal neurotoxins are of broad interest due to their potential medical value in treating human health conditions including pain, epilepsy, stroke, and some cardiovascular disorders. Additionally, seminal discoveries in neuroscience emerged from structure/function studies of nervous system proteins such as sodium channels, and how they are affected by natural neurotoxins. For the grantee institution, this project will enhance research infrastructure via partial funding for shared-use molecular biology instrumentation and provide new opportunities for undergraduate participants to gain experience and training in research techniques used in molecular biology and analytical chemistry. Data generated by the project will be deposited into public databases including NCBI/GenBank, UniProt, and PRIDE (EMBL-EBI). Voucher specimens used in the characterizations of wasp venoms and spider sodium channels will be deposited into the permanent collections of the Gila Center for Natural History at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM.

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