Although the pandemic is not over, we are delighted to see COVID-19 cases continue to fall across New Mexico and in Doña Ana County. This, coupled with an increase in vaccine distributions in our community and around the country, gives us hope that the coronavirus may soon be at a level where we can begin to work toward establishing a post-COVID normal for our university.
The plan for NMSU’s main campus for fall 2021 semester is to provide as much of a conventional semester as we can, while using the public health precautions that allow us to resume shared campus experiences. This means that more classes will feature in-person instruction. We also expect to see an increased number of on-campus activities for students this fall, including athletics and other events traditionally associated with the college experience.
What do we mean by a “conventional semester?”
NMSU has offered high-quality online courses and programs for many years and we will continue to do so for students who find this method of course delivery more accessible. For our fall 2021 semester, however, we will offer a much higher percentage of in-person classes – closer to what was traditionally offered by NMSU before the pandemic – for students who would rather take courses through this method.
What happens if COVID-19 cases begin to spike again?
NMSU monitors COVID-19 cases in our community and in our state on a daily basis. We also watch positivity rates, vaccinations and other metrics that provide us with a well-rounded perspective on infection rates. Further, we work closely with the New Mexico Department of Health regarding the pandemic. Should we need to pivot back to online instruction, we will do so.
What about NMSU’s branch campuses?
NMSU has campuses around the state and each campus will make their own decisions based on conditions in their communities and the needs of their students. Please look for announcements from NMSU-Alamogordo, NMSU-Carlsbad, NMSU-Grants and Doña Ana Community College in the coming days.
While we must continue to use COVID-safe practices, we are optimistic for the future. You can help us by registering for a vaccination at the New Mexico Department of Health (online or by phone at 1-855-600-3453). We’re also very excited for the opportunity to see our students, faculty and staff in-person, in Las Cruces this fall. Please visit now.nmsu.edu for additional updates. Go Aggies!