New Mexico Higher Education Outcomes Assessment Information

The 2005 New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention (NMHEAR) Conference was held Feb. 24–25 in Albuquerque, N.M.

This was the 12th such conference in New Mexico. The first few were staged by people charged with coordinating assessment efforts in their institutions. That group evolved into the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association, Inc., (NMHEAA) a nonprofit corporation. As a result of efforts by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education in 1999, “retention” was added as a subject matter.

The NMHEAA has no paid employees. It is operated by elected officers and directors. The conferences are planned and operated by a Conference Planning Committee that includes the officers/directors of the NMHEAA and volunteers from New Mexico institutions of higher education.

These conferences have always featured not only presentations from people from New Mexico, but also special guest presenters who are among the most influential in the nation in the fields of assessment and retention.

In 2005 the special guest presenters were Peter Ewell of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) and Douglas Eder of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

In addition to their workshops, Drs. Ewell and Eder held a panel discussion at the concurrent session.

This year New Mexico institutions presented four workshops related to their best assessment and retention practices.

For additional conference information, contact Fred Lillibridge at 575.527.7728 or visit

The N.M.H.E.A.D.Line (New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Directors Line) is a bi-annual newsletter discussing outcomes assessment activities in the state. Follow this link if you would like to review the previous editions.

Copy of the Association By-Laws

Links to New Mexico Higher Education Institutions Assessment Pages:

Eastern New Mexico University

New Mexico State University: Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Outcomes Assessment

The New Mexico Higher Education Department