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Educators blast proposal to divert $1M from academics to athletics at NMSU

Chris Ramirez
March 06, 2018 05:24 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Buoyed by successful seasons from its football and basketball programs, the athletic department at New Mexico State is looking for ways to keep the momentum going – in the form of a proposal to divert more than a million dollars its way from academics.

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But the idea has led to NMSU regents getting an earful in Las Cruces. The idea is that funding athletics – which many universities view as the front porch to their institution – will help recruitment efforts.

Some faculty members call that idea phony.

"We work really hard to bring in high-quality faculty," said Julia Barello, a professor at NMSU. "They come and they realize there is no research support for them, there is no course relief. We teach a much heavier course load at NMSU. So I don't buy that whole thing about athletics at all, because it doesn't prove true at the ground where we interact with the students."

Earlier this month, NMSU's Faculty Senate unanimously passed a memorial stating its opposition to funds being moved from academics to athletics.

"What I've seen as a trajectory is a shrinking of departmental budgets, shrinking of funding for faculty, and as a result we end up with gaps in content matter that needs to be taught," Barello said.

 

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