The University of New Mexico Gallup campus, along with UNM Information Technologies (IT@UNM), Navajo Technical College (NTC) and the National Science Foundation's (NSF) New Mexico Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), have strengthened and increased the speed of the network connection between Albuquerque and all Gallup locations, including the UNM building on the Zuni Reservation.
"As part of UNM's commitment to student success, we are working to ensure that all students, across all our branches and locations, have access to the technology services they need in order to succeed today," said UNM President Robert G. Frank. "We have worked relentlessly on this implementation as part of our promise to provide access to an excellent education to students at the Gallup campus."
In the fall of 2011, UNM Gallup and IT@UNM agreed to address connectivity in the Gallup Branch region. Collaborations were established with the Navajo Nation and NTC who are implementing the Internet to the Hogan project which began in 2007. This program brings high-speed Internet access to many of the rural communities of the Eastern Navajo Nation for purposes of online education at a lower cost than private commodity internet. This connection also delivers advanced educational opportunities for UNM Gallup students, many of whom are from the Navajo Nation and the Zuni Reservation.
At the same time, planning began to improve both the local networking infrastructure at the Gallup campus, and increase bandwidth between Albuquerque and Gallup. This work is well underway, enabling reliable administrative transactions and increased availability of on-line and ITV courses for Gallup students. Provost Chaouki Abdallah affirmed, "Improved networking allows the effective delivery of on-line and interactive video curricula, engaging Gallup students with Albuquerque faculty and students."
UNM and the Navajo Technical College will be holding a press conference on Oct. 11, 2012, at the Zuni Pueblo location to discuss the collaboration and to also showcase the newly developed broadband network infrastructure.