The University of New Mexico campus in Rio Rancho, UNM West, recorded a record 858 students in classes on the first day of the Spring 2014 semester, according to campus CEO Wynn Goering. The figure represents a 22 percent increase over the same time last year.

Goering attributes the surge to better curriculum development at the campus, which opened in its current location in January 2010.

“We’ve been working hard to offer a range of classes that students really need and want to succeed in their programs at UNM,” he said. “These numbers certainly suggest we’re on the right track.”

UNM West plans to double its enrollment within the next two years, Goering said, through a combination of increased prerequisite courses and degree completion offerings.

“We hope to have at least ten programs in place that students can finish right here in Rio Rancho by the time summer and fall registration begins in April,” he said. “This is just the start of the institution we’re going to be.”