Programs of Promise

The College of Education supports numerous academic, research, and outreach programs that offer promise for improving education for students at all levels. Here we highlight those of particular current interest.

Image of children at campChildren with autism find ‘New Amigos’ at camp
Children with autism often face challenges when it comes to communication and social skills. At New Mexico State University, Camp New Amigos provides children with autism spectrum disorders a safe, structured environment where their challenges won’t stop them from having summer fun. Read more…

Image of DancersNMSU Dance Program receives recognition
The Dance Program receives recognition at annual festival. Twenty-five New Mexico State University dance students traveled to the American College Dance Festival Conference at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, earlier this month to learn from national and international dance educators and performers. Read more…

Image of DeniseNMSU students, faculty, staff volunteer in local schools
Students, faculty and staff from the New Mexico State University College of Education and Service Learning for Educational Distinction Program partnered with the Las Cruces Public Schools and the Children’s Reading Foundation of Dona Ana County to read books to children Tuesday at Fairacres Elementary School and Myrna’s Children’s Village as part of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Read more

chun iconProfessors Evaluate Influences on Student Success
Ginger Dickson and Heejung Chun, have been exploring what environment factors at home and in school contribute to the academic success of Hispanic students. Read more …


semaa iconSummer Camps Inspire Young Scientists
The College of Education’s Southern New Mexico Science Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) program sponsored 11 camps this past summer with support from NASA and the Johnson Space Center. Read more …

service learning iconService Learning Grows Exponentially
The number of participants in the College’s Service Learning Program has grown exponentially in the past 4 years—a total of 632 students have participated in the program and have completed more than 10,000 hours of service. Read more…

ivalisse-iconNMSU Professor Working to Combat Bullying
Ivelisse Torres Fernandez and Lisa Grayshield are working hard to decrease bullying among schoolchildren and to create better school environments through the Strong Kids program. Read more …

Kinesiology Program Redefines KineticImage of lab girls
Kinesiology (with independent track options in Exercise Science, Sports Marketing, Sport Psychology, Gerontology, and Business) is one of the fastest growing undergraduate academic majors in the country, due in large part to the high demand for professionals in allied health sciences. Read more ….

Image of Amalia LudekePartnership with Cobre Schools Builds Leadership Capacity
Associate Professor of Educational Management and Development Amalia Ludeke has forged a unique relationship with the Cobre School District. Her goal was to build capacity for school improvement by working with all the district principals. Read more

Image of dancersPan American Dance Institute Preserves Heritage
The Pan American Dance Institute (PADI) serves as a locus for the study and promotion of dance in response to the educational and cultural needs of New Mexico while incorporating elements from national and international traditions. Read more

Image of strong kids logoStrong Kids Program Builds Resiliency
For the past two years, Ivelisse Torres-Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Education and Counseling Psychology, has been implementing the Strong Kids/Strong Start curricula in the Las Cruces Public Schools and in other parts of the state. Read more …