The U.S. Department of Education has awarded UNM-Valencia Campus a Title V grant, the “Next Generation Project,” as a Hispanic Serving Institution. UNM-Valencia has been awarded $2,120,914 over five years. The main focus of the project is to assist students through the challenging freshman composition and developmental math courses that directly lead to new programs of study such as the Integrated Information Technology (IIT) Certificates and associate degree.

“UNM-Valencia is pleased to have been awarded the ‘Next Generation Project’ grant. Our IT program will be transformed with the aid of this funding allowing students to enter the workforce while continuing their studies in industry recognized IT certifications,” said Rosa Auletta, UNM-Valencia Campus Title V Program manager. “This ‘stacking’ process gives students learning and earning flexibility.”

The creation of a Writing Center and a Math Center both supported by highly trained faculty and tutors will bolster student success. Faculty will pilot new teaching methodologies such as gamification that motivate and engage students in learning.

Five new online/hybrid programs will be developed over the next 5 years. “Our online offerings will be strengthened by providing training to faculty through the nationally recognized ‘Quality Matters’ benchmarks,” Auletta said. “This goal is tied to our campus Strategic Plan to increase the number of fully online programs and courses of high quality.”