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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Academic General Information

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Academic Affairs



Message from the Dean


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Since our founding in 1891, academic excellence, a distinguished faculty, and a heritage of preparing our students to become tomorrow’s leaders have been the centerpiece of New Mexico Military Institute. NMMI offers a unique learning experience built upon a curriculum that is mission directed, a comprehensive approach entailing education, training, and experience, and a totally integrated high school and college learning environment.

Academics at NMMI is founded upon teaching the fundamentals in English, Math, Science, language and communication, but enhanced by the knowledge and abilities required of leaders of the millennium generation. Our approach combines a traditional learning focused methodology with the most current state of the art and appropriate educational technologies. The cornerstone of learning at NMMI is a close all encompassing faculty student relationship enabled by morning, afternoon, and evening one on one and group tutoring opportunities.

Among America’s learning institutions, NMMI is unique because it integrates a four-year college preparatory high school curriculum with that of a two-year university parallel junior college. For this reason we do not think of NMMI as a collated high school and junior college but as a six year seamless learning experience in which each student progresses as fast and as far as their capability, potential, and vision permits. Academic resources and individually tailored programs provide a learning flexibility not common elsewhere providing the opportunity for exceptional students to achieve a high school diploma and an Associate Degree nearly concurrently.

At NMMI we seek and welcome a spectrum of students from across the nation, and the world, who while differing in abilities, have in common a potential and passion to learn. Our students and faculty engage one another as they examine new ideas and challenge old ones. We view education as a shared responsibility among our faculty, students and parents. Clearly defined learning outcomes are continually assessed through a rigorous process, based upon understanding, confirming, and improving our curriculum.

We invite and welcome you to be a part of our learning experience and to graduate prepared to lead your generation.

Academic Organization


Academic offerings are grouped into five divisions each headed by an Associate Dean who exercise close supervision over course content and instructional procedures. The divisions are Humanities (including art, English, foreign languages, communications, philosophy, and music); Natural Sciences and Mathematics (including biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and mathematics); Social Sciences, Business Administration, and Security Studies (including criminal justice, business, political science, history, sociology, psychology and computer concepts); Health, Physical Education and Physical Performance; and Leadership and Behavioral Sciences (including Junior and Senior ROTC - senior (college) ROTC programs are operated by active duty and non-commissioned officers of the Department of the Army while Junior ROTC offers leadership courses for the high school).

Courses are offered leading to the high school diploma, Associate in Science and the Associate in Arts degrees. Pre-professional curricula at the college level addresses concentration areas and specializations.

The Institute’s college programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The high school academic program is identified by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement as “College Preparatory.” The Institute does not offer vocational-technical programs. NMMI is proud to have been accepted as a member of the North Central Association Academy for Assessment of Student Learning (Assessment Academy).

Authority in Academic Affairs


The Board of Regents have final authority in all academic matters pertaining to high school and college cadets. The Dean is primarily responsible for addressing academic procedural matters.

The New Mexico Military Institute Board of Regents’ reserves the right to change or withdraw, without notice, courses, curricula, policies, tuition, fees, or any other matter contained in this catalog. Such changes are recorded in the Registrar’s Office.

An entering college cadet falls under the requirements stated in the catalog at the time of admission or the catalog in effect at the time of return. A college cadet may elect to change to the current catalog upon written request.

Academic Requirements and Policies


New Mexico Military Institute is first and foremost a strong academic institution. The policies in the academic area are designed to underscore this fact to maintain the strong reputation of the degrees and diplomas held by NMMI graduates. Failure to meet minimum academic standards can lead to suspension.

Honor Code/Academic Forgiveness

The normal repeat policy for NMMI is to grant credit only for the highest grade. However, if a cadet taking a college course is found in violation of the honor code by cheating, the cadet will receive a grade awarded by the instructor (normally an “F” grade) for that course. Any repeat of that course will be assigned both grades (no academic forgiveness) for the GPA. Thus a cadet may receive both the “F” and any subsequent letter grade earned.

Academic Resources


Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) offers programs, activities, and strategies to support and enable cadets to experience academic success, maximize learning potentials, produce high quality work, succeed in a multi-cultural world, and be prepared for a full range of options and opportunities. Cadets can get help with time management, reading and writing enhancement, math strategies, general study skills, ACT/SAT preparation, and seek information on how best to prepare for furthering their education. Formal courses, group seminars, individualized help, and intern programs are offered to assist cadets to reach academic and life goals.

Paul Horgan Library

The library offers cadets opportunities for intellectual growth and disciplined within a very comfortable and user-friendly environment. An educated person must locate, interpret, and apply information on many subjects in a variety of presentation formats. To be college-ready cadets must analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information from varied sources. In so doing, they will acquire knowledge and skills which will contribute to a life of learning with a global perspective

Organized using the Dewey Decimal System, the collection contains over 70,000 items including reference and circulating books, periodicals, and audio-visuals in DVD, CD, MP3, and VHS formats. Our Web page connects cadets to our on line library catalog, and access to thousands of electronic magazines and journals. It is also our gateway to World Catalog a union catalog of most of the academic and public library collections in the United States. It allows us to borrow resources from other libraries through inter-library loan.

College and Career Services Lab

The Career Lab has an extensive collection of college catalogs, view-books and brochures, college videos, testing information, test preparation programs and applications. Through Web connections, cadets may search information on colleges and universities and make on-line applications.

The College & Career Services Coordinator advises cadets at the college level and provides training and in-service for faculty advisors. Individual career counseling, skills assessment and interest inventories are also provided to both high school and junior college cadets.

The ACT/COMPASS computer-based test, and the DISCOVER on-line search programs are two of the resources available in the College & Career Services lab. The COMPASS program will assess reading, writing, math and English comprehension of students. The DISCOVER Program provides comprehensive career development.

Academic Advising and College Placement (High School)

Learning Lab

New Mexico Military Institute has a centralized advising system for high school cadets located in the High School Counseling Center in the Franklin Student Assistance Center (SAC), and a faculty advising system for college cadets. Each cadet is assigned an academic advisor upon enrollment at New Mexico Military Institute. Each high school advisor/counselor is responsible for one high school grade level, moving progressively with that class from sixth class to graduation. A system of developmental advising is implemented for high school cadets whereby the advisor assists the cadet through a series of advising classes and identifying educational and personal goals. Beginning in the Sixth Class year, advisors introduce cadets to time management and study skills, goal-setting and interest inventories, and introduced to standardized test taking. The Fifth Class educational expectations are guided by PLAN testing forming the foundation for setting long and short term goals. The Fourth Class begins the college planning process, identification of potential majors and search for appropriate colleges. Additionally, juniors take the PSAT, ACT, TOEFL and SAT, if desired. College plans and applications are finalized in the Third Class year culminating in final college choices, applications, scholarship searches and final testing.

High school counselors work closely with Troop Leadership Advisors to mentor, counsel, advise and advocate for the cadets, establishing a rapport and a caring attitude toward them and providing support for them as they learn to deal with the obligations in academics and in the Corps of Cadets, as well as the pressures of being away from home. High school counselors act as a resource person providing information on a myriad of topics such as course requirements, learning resources, job markets and selection of colleges after NMMI. They are a liaison between the parents and the teaching faculty, Commandant’s Office and Counseling Center to help assure that the cadet is given every avenue available to succeed. Finally, they coordinate preparation of the cadet’s graduation plans and provide guidance to the cadet in the achievement of individual academic goals.

Specialists in personal counseling and academic guidance and counseling are available to all cadets. They provide cadets with career and educational information as well as administer and interpret achievement tests and interest inventories. The New Mexico Military Institute serves as a regional test center for Educational Testing Service’s testing programs (PSAT, SAT I, SAT II, GRE, and CLEP) and the American College Testing Programs (EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT). The Student Assistance Center maintains these regularly updated materials for cadet use: general and specialized college guides and directories, a computerized “ACT’s DISCOVER” program on colleges, careers and financial aid; college catalogs and view books, books and pamphlets; videos; general and specialized financial aid guides and directories; college admissions and recruiting materials; admission application materials for schools regularly attended by New Mexico Military Institute graduates; and specialized guidance materials for preparation for careers.

NMMI Assessment Statement


At NMMI assessment is an embedded continuous process for understanding confirming and improving cadet success.  NMMI’s commitment to assessment is being realized by the Institute’s involvement in the North Central Association’s Assessment Academy. The Institute has created an Assessment Academy Task Force to guide and lead assessment activities across all mission elements.

NM General Education Transfer Module (College)


During the 2005 New Mexico Legislative session, Senate Bill 161, consistent with the requirements of state law, was signed into law to further enhance and facilitate the articulation of general education courses among New Mexico’s colleges and universities. Designated general education core course, successfully completed at any regionally accredited public institution of higher education in New Mexico are guaranteed to transfer to any New Mexico public institution.

The New Mexico Common Course Number (NMCCN) is a four alpha prefix that identifies the subject area and then four digits each having a specific meaning. The first digit represents the course level (1 - freshman, 2 - sophomore etc.), the next two represent the sequence of the course, while the last represents the credit hours assigned to the course.

For example: ENGL 1113 is the general freshmen composition course required at all schools, 1 (College Freshman) 11 (sequence number) 3 (credit value). A course of ENGL 1093 would be a lower level college level course, while ENGL 0113 would be a developmental English course. ENGL 1123 - sequence 12 or Freshman Composition II; ENGL 2113 - 2 (College Sophomore) - 11 (sequence at the sophomore level) - 3 (credits).

Lower Division General Education Transfer - Junior College

Area I: Communications 9 semester hours
College level English Composition 3-4 hrs
College level Writing (2nd course) 3 hrs
Public Speaking 3 hrs
Area II: Mathematics 3 semester hours
College Algebra (or higher) 3 hrs
Calculus 3 hrs
Other College-Level Mathematics 3 hrs
Area III: Laboratory Science (class and lab) 8 semester hours
General Biology 4-8 hrs
General Chemistry 4-8 hrs
General Physics 4-8 hrs
Geology/Earth Science 4-8 hrs
Astronomy 4-8 hrs
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences 6-9 semester hours
Economics (Macro/Micro) 3 hrs
Introductory Political Science 3 hrs
Introductory Psychology 3 hrs
Introductory Sociology 3 hrs
Introductory Anthropology 3 hrs
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts 6-9 semester hours
Introductory History (Survey) 3 hrs
Philosophy 3 hrs
Introductory course in History, Theory, Arts (Aesthetics), Literature 3 hrs
  Total: 35 Hours

Superintendent’s List


To qualify for the Superintendent’s List a cadet must earn a minimum GPA of 3.50 (both high school and college). The high school cadet must be carrying a load of five solid subjects and the college cadet a minimum of 14 semester hours. Additionally, the cadet’s deportment grade must be an “A.” Cadets who take grades of Incomplete are not eligible for the Superintendent’s List in the semester in which the Incomplete is received. Credits from developmental courses will not apply.

Dean’s List


To qualify for the Dean’s List a cadet must earn a minimum GPA of 3.25 (both high school and college). The high school cadet must be carrying a load of five solid subjects and the college cadet a minimum of 14 semester hours. Additionally, the cadet’s deportment grade must be an “A.” Cadets who take grades of Incomplete are not eligible for the Dean’s List in the semester in which the Incomplete is received. Credits from developmental courses will not apply.

Commandant’s List


To qualify for the Commandant’s List a cadet must earn an “A” or “B” in deportment and have a GPA of 2.75 or higher during a semester (both high school and college).

Phi Theta Kappa (Junior College)


New Mexico Military Institute maintains a chapter of the junior college honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Election to the society rewards academic excellence and provides additional opportunities for leadership training. Junior college cadets carrying a full academic load, possessing recognized qualities of citizenship, and holding a 3.25 cumulative GPA in non-remedial courses will meet the minimum qualifications for membership. A or B in deportment.

National Honor Society (High School)


The National Honor Society Chapter enables the faculty to select and recognize those members of the 10th, 11th and 12th grades who are outstanding scholars and leaders. Each cadet chosen has demonstrated academic ability, leadership, character, and service to his/her peers. Naturally, the honor becomes more difficult to attain as the student matures and course work becomes more difficult. Thus, membership at the 12th grade level is a major criterion for acceptance by leading colleges. National Honor Society selection at NMMI requires a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA.

Graduation Awards/Honors


At the last formal grading period prior to graduation, the Registrar assess all graduating cadets to place the top cadets (at this grading period) in Highest Honors, High Honors and Honors.  The Registrar then publishes this listing for staff, faculty and cadets.  Faculty must ensure that all grades are in on cadets in these categories NLT Friday before graduation. When all grades are in, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian are determined based on final grades.  The actual final honor/award is not posted to the transcript until all grades are final, official and grading is closed.

US Academy Preparation (Prep) Program


NMMI participates as a receiving school for the service academy preparatory programs. The non-profit Foundations from the Air Force, US Military Academy, and the Naval Academy sponsor qualified students to attend NMMI for one year and participate fully in both the academic program and the Corps of Cadets. Additionally, the SEAGRITS program sponsors students to attend NMMI for a year prior to being appointed to the Coast Guard Academy. NMMI also supports a similar program with the Merchant Marine Academy. Following a successful year at NMMI, these cadets receive appointments to the academies.

Suspension, Withdrawal and/or Dismissal Policy


Class Attendance

Attendance at all scheduled classes is mandatory and considered essential to the discipline and education of each cadet. For each unexcused absence from class, the cadet will receive tours and demerits. A cadet with more than 10 unexcused absences in an academic year is subject to suspension.

Class Drop-Add Procedures

Cadets may add classes through the first two weeks of a semester.

Cadets who wish to drop a course must initiate the drop with the academic advisor. High school cadet drops are then routed through course instructor to the Associate Dean, the Principal and then forwarded to the Registrar.

The last day for cadets to drop a class with a (W) is the Friday of the 10th week of classes.

Grades/Grading System

NMMI’s grading system is a 4.0 system with no extra credit given for honors or college courses. Grades with a “T” or “D” prefix are special grades for either transfer work (TA, TB, etc.) or deportment (DA, DB, DC, etc.). Transfer grades will show on transcripts, however, deportment grades will only show on progress reports. “TR” grade is a special transfer grade, awards credits toward graduation, but will not affect the GPA directly.

A-, A, A+   Excellent (90-100)   4.00
B-, B, B+   Above Average (80-89)   3.00
C-, C, C+   Average (70-79)   2.00
D-, D, D+   Below Average (60-69)   1.00
F   Failing   0.00
W   Withdrawn    
WP   Withdrawn while passing (WP/WF used after the 10th week of school)    
WF   Withdrawn while failing and affects the GPA   0.00
I   Incomplete (semester grade)    
    (I) must be made up within one semester after awarded or it becomes a grade of “F”.    
S   Satisfactory    
P   Pass    
TR   Transfer grade counts towards total credits earned not GPA credits    
TA, TB, etc.   High School transfer grades used to indicate the grade transferred from another school and factored into GPA. Same as letter grade. Only used prior to first enrollment at NMMI.   Same as letter grade
DA, DB, etc.   Letter grade for deportment as in DA, DB, etc.    

Cadets may retake a course in an attempt to raise a grade. If a higher grade is made the second time the course is taken, the lower grade is removed from the overall GPA but remains on the transcript. However, credit hours may not be awarded twice for the same course. If taken outside of NMMI, a “TR” grade will not affect GPA (cumulative) unless the first grade is a failure.

Academic/Discipline status/standing

While in attendance at NMMI a grade point average of 2.00 is required of all cadets in order to maintain “good academic standing.” Any NMMI cadet whose GPA falls below 1.50 at the end of a semester may be suspended. Any NMMI cadet whose GPA falls below 1.75 at the end of a semester is placed on Academic Probation. The cadet then has one more semester in which to attain a GPA of 1.75 or better. Failing to do so, may result in academic suspension. Any cadet whose GPA falls below 1.75 will be reviewed by the Academic Review Board. For academic standing awards only, the deportment grade must be as follows: Superintendent/Dean Lists - A (DA); Commandant List - A/B (DA/DB); Good Standing - A/B/C (DA/DB/DC), no award, Academic Probation, Academic Suspension (any deportment grade). 

Suspended cadets (academic or deportment) may apply for readmission to the Institute after one full semester; however, dismissed cadets may not. A cadet who has been placed on suspension may apply for permission to enroll at NMMI after a break of at least one semester. The application for readmission must include evidence that the cadet’s record has improved to the extent that success at NMMI is highly probable. A cadet who is suspended (deportment) may regain good standing status (as shown elsewhere in the catalog) and if gained, may transfer work back (as specified in respective high school/college sections) to meet graduation requirements.

The Registrar will report a cadet’s conditional admission and enrollment or probationary status to the cadet, the cadet’s parents, advisor, and the Dean.

A cadet whose name has been published in the Daily Status Report under the category of Dismissed, Suspended, Withdrawn or “Drop From Rolls” is not permitted to take final examinations nor participate in any further academic assignments. Cadets who have been suspended must regain “good standing” within the academic division (college or high school) from which they departed before they may be permitted to participate in challenge examinations and/or be awarded a diploma or degree. Normally a cadet regains “good standing” after the application for enrollment has been approved by the Admissions Committee and the cadet attends academic classes for a semester. Enrollment in NMMI summer classes will not affect good standing. However, a cadet, otherwise eligible to return to NMMI at any time, may regain “good standing” upon the recommendation of the Commandant (if deportment) or the Academic Dean (if academic) with the approval of the Superintendent/President.

Final grades and suspension policy. Cadets must complete the last scheduled day of classes and if suspended/dismissed on or before that day they will receive a WP/WF (college) or W (high school) on their transcript. High school cadets will receive withdrawal grades for the gaining school to use for transfer. If the cadet is suspended after the last day of classes (1515 hours), but before or during finals the cadet will receive a final grade for the class computed with a zero grade for finals not yet completed. Any cadet suspended or dismissed prior to graduation will not graduate with his/her class. Suspended cadets must regain good standing to receive their diploma.

Cadets who complete all course requirements, including final exams, will receive letter grades on their transcripts for all courses so completed. However, if a cadet completes all work toward a high school diploma or associate degree but is dismissed or suspended just prior to graduation but after the last day of classes, that cadet will not receive their diploma or degree, nor take part in graduation. The transcript will be annotated “Met NMMI requirements for graduation. Diploma not awarded. Cadet withdrew.”  However, a cadet, otherwise eligible to return to NMMI at any time, may regain “good standing” upon the recommendation of the Commandant (if deportment) or the Academic Dean (if academic) with the approval of the Superintendent/President.

For cadets in the military who withdraw due to a military emergency (national defense purposes) the following conditions apply. Non-graduating cadets withdrawing prior to the 12th week of classes will receive a “W” and a full refund of all tuition and fees. Non-graduating cadets withdrawing after the 12th week will receive full credit for the course if they have earned a letter grade of “C” or better. For classes where the grade is below a “C”, the cadet will receive a “W” grade and a refund of that fee. Graduating cadets who have completed at least nine weeks of work with a grade of “C” or better may be eligible for graduation, if their work, all other academic work, Corps requirements and financial requirements are complete at the time of withdrawal.