NMSU LEADS 2025 Refresh

With the pandemic easing and a difficult year behind us, this summer provides an opportunity to rest and recharge, and maybe even take a vacation. Travel in a pandemic poses additional challenges, but these challenges can be met through asking the right questions like where you are going, how you will get there, and how will everybody on the journey contribute (Strategic planning: As simple as 1-2-3).

The destination for us is NMSU LEADS 2025, and this summer we will be preparing for the next steps in that journey. We have made good progress on our goals. In addition, we have learned much about what metrics are the most influential in moving us forward, and what tactics we can use to get us there. Informed by our experiences from the past 2–3 years, we can now revise NMSU LEADS 2025 to reflect our learnings.

We are calling on campus leadership to create a plan to make NMSU LEADS 2025 relevant to everybody at the university. By October, every faculty and staff member should understand that they have a role – and a stake — in achieving NMSU’s vision. Below is the timeline that does just that. It will allow us to present an updated plan to the Regents by the end of January 2022, so we can secure the resources needed to implement our highest priorities.

Summer 2021

  • NMSU administration (deans, vice presidents, etc.) will develop a plan with their leadership teams to ensure that all faculty and staff participate in the discussion and are aware of how they can contribute to NMSU LEADS 2025.
August and September 2021
  • Units will hold a series of meetings to bring NMSU LEADS 2025 to all employees. At the end of this process, you should know:
    • Where your unit can impact the NMSU LEADS 2025 metrics.
    • The tactics your unit will use to move these metrics.
    • What tactics can be implemented without additional funds and what resources are needed to implement other tactics.
  • Employees will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on NMSU Leads 2025. Feedback will be due in time to publish a new revision.
October and November 2021
  • At a well-publicized event, probably in October, leaders (deans, vice president, and others) will report on:
    • Where your unit can impact the NMSU LEADS 2025 metrics.
    • The tactics your unit will use to move these metrics.
    • What tactics can be implemented without additional funds and what resources are needed to implement other tactics.
  • Faculty, staff and students will be invited to discussion sessions about NMSU LEADS 2025, featuring members of the goal teams.
December 2021 to January 2022
  • Goal teams will revise NMSU LEADS 2025 based on discussion sessions and other feedback to develop a final revision, to include prioritized metrics and tactics in addition to resources needed.
January 2022
  • The refreshed NMSU LEADS 2025 will be presented to NMSU Regents with a list of resources needed to achieve the NMSU LEADS 2025 vision.

In addition, this summer, look for improved web support for NMSU LEADS 2025. And here are some other notes from the week:

Mask update: People who are fully vaccinated can now go without a mask in most campus settings, consistent with guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While this news is welcome to many, it may be unsettling for others to go without a mask in public and to see others without a mask. There are two very effective ways you can keep yourself safe, regardless of the vaccination and mask status of those around you:

  • Get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in preventing illness and transmission of COVID-19, and getting vaccinated protects not just you but also your friends, family, and community members, especially those who have weakened immune responses.
  • Even if you have been vaccinated, you are free to continue wearing your mask.

Summer communication: in an effort to lighten expectations over the summer, Chancellor Arvizu and I will reduce the frequency of our communications for June and July so that you are hearing from each of us only monthly.

Enjoy your summer and take time to relax and refresh.

Feedback is always welcomed at President.Floros@nmsu.edu.

Be Bold. Be Kind. Be Safe.

Go Aggies!


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