PRESS RELEASE - March 19, 2004
Governor Bill Richardson Appoints Task Force to Evaluate and Improve Higher Education in New MexicoSanta Fe - Governor Bill Richardson today announced the formation of the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education, a diverse group of 30 New Mexicans who will tackle a tough agenda to help improve higher education in New Mexico.
“My charge to this task force is direct and daunting,” said Governor Richardson. “The task force will help me ensure New Mexico’s college and university students are receiving the best possible education, and help me ensure the one point five billion dollars New Mexico spends annually on higher education is being spent efficiently and effectively.”
The goal of the task force is to extend the Governor’s education reform initiatives to higher education - New Mexico’s colleges and universities - and create a seamless, comprehensive education system, with a strategy for students from K through 16, and ultimately early childhood through graduate school.
Former Governor Toney Anaya will Chair The Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education, which includes educators, representatives from the business community, students, and other concerned, committed New Mexicans.
· Task force members will evaluate and expand on the recommendations
of the Governor’s Progress Agenda (GPA),
“This is a bold, broad agenda,” Governor Richardson added. “But it is absolutely necessary if we are to create a system of education, and higher education that is able to make sure graduating high school students are prepared for college, make sure that every student has the opportunity to attend college, and make sure that every college student has the best possible opportunity to graduate.”
The Task Force will report their findings and recommendations to the Governor by December 1.
Governor’s Task Force in Higher Education
Governor Toney Anaya - Chairman