The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has approved "in principle," the expansion of the Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science, AIMS@UNM, to the UNM West campus in Rio Rancho. AIMS and UNM West personnel have been asked to engage area stakeholders, and present a detailed plan for expansion and facilities usage at the May meeting of the board.

"We think this is a great strategic opportunity for both institutions," said UNM West CEO, Wynn Goering, "but there's still a lot of work to be done, especially on the ground in Rio Rancho."

AIMS@UNM is a highly successful charter school currently located on UNM's south campus. Affiliated with UNM since 2007, AIMS features a rigorous curriculum in math and science, and extensive dual credit enrollment for its juniors and seniors. Its principal, Kathy Sandoval-Snider, is an award-winning educator with extensive experience in high school/college collaborations.

"This would be a wonderful opportunity for the students in the classrooms of Sandoval County," Snider said. "For those parents looking for a school of choice, AIMS offers a reform committed opportunity with a proven program of success.  Additionally, with its long history of offering Dual Credit, AIMS hopes to offer Dual Credit support for those students in the Greater Sandoval County area wishing to start their college career while attending their high school."