New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference

NMHEAA 2020 Summer Retreat has been cancelled


Another successful conference. Thanks to all who participated, attended, and/or presented. Watch for info on NMHEAR 2021 in the coming months.

February 25 and 26, 2021 at the Hotel Albuquerque

2020 Keynote Speaker and Invited Presenters

Dr. Jillian Kinzie

Link to Keynote PowerPoint
Link to Pre-Conference PowerPoint

Dr. Jillian Kinzie is Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, Indiana University School of Education. She conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality, and serves as senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project. She is co-author of Assessment in Student Affairs (2016), Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015), Student Success in College (2005/2010), and One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (2008/2014). She is co-editor of New Directions in Higher Education and serves on the boards of the Washington Internship Institute, and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. She received the Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation by the Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network in 2005 and 2011. Kinzie earned her PhD from Indiana University in higher education with a minor in women’s studies. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of Indiana University and coordinated the master’s program in higher education and student affairs. She also worked in academic and student affairs at Miami University and Case Western Reserve University.

Keynote Address: Designing Teaching, Learning and Assessment with Student Success in Mind

Increasing the number of students who succeed in higher education is a critical 21st century goal. Campuses today are working hard to develop a clearer and more integrated, collective approach to this goal and to achieve equitable outcomes. This takes leadership, resources, good data, a willingness to try new things, and, above all, a sense of purpose—working toward shared goals for student success. In this session we will highlight what we know from research about what facilitates student success, including what works in the first college year, evidence about high-impact practices and guided pathways, among others. We will explore the current state, highlight a framework for advancing student success goals with a focus on retention and completion, and consider approaches to assessment to help better inform our work.

Dr. Mónica Torres

Mónica Torres is currently the president at Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has worked in higher education for over 30 years including serving in a wide range of academic roles: vice president for academic affairs; dean; department head; program coordinator; and as instructor, assistant, and associate professor. As both faculty member and administrator, she has been interested in institutional discourses—policies, procedures, practices—and the ways in which those discourses shape the way we think about knowledge, generally, and knowledge about race, class, and gender, more particularly.

Dr. Torres will facilitate a pre-conference workshop.


Pre- and Post-Conference Workshop Information

Poster Session Information


New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference