Central New Mexico Community College

With an enrollment of approximately 29,000, Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is currently the largest postsecondary institution in New Mexico with multiple campuses throughout the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho area. Minority students represent almost 60 percent of the college’s enrollment, with Hispanic students counting for almost 50 percent of the student population and Native American students counting for approximately 8 percent. Women are in majority at CNM, accounting for about 56 percent of enrollment, and the average age of the total student body is 28 years old.

A competency-based associate degree in Business Administration was launched in October 2014, and it is housed at the CNM STEMulus Center. The format was designed by full-time faculty who will work as a team to integrate and teach the curriculum using a competency-based education approach. Students will enter and progress through the program as a cohort. Classes are offered in seven-and-a-half week blocks and students take a total of three classes per block. This schedule allows students to complete the degree program in less than two years. Each student is paired with a faculty mentor throughout the program; in addition, students also have access to achievement coaches who provide additional support to student success, including career and academic coaching, referrals to CNM resources, and referrals to community resources.

Additionally, an associate degree in the liberal arts program was launched in Fall, 2015. This program is completely online and follows the competency-based education framework.  Built with future transfer students in mind, this degree route covers the curriculum of the first two years of school at the baccalaureate level.