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Who was Mitchell?
Lynn Boal Mitchell was a UNM classics professor from 1912 to 1950. Professor Mitchell also served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences from 1914 to 1928.

Dane Smith Hall is a high priority building with 30 classrooms selected for technology enhancements and minor aesthetic improvements.

Ortega Hall is a high priority building with 14 classrooms selected for technology enhancements and minor aesthetic improvements.

Sara Reynolds Hall has three high priority classrooms selected for technology enhancements.

Office of the CIO

MSC05 3347
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-8125
Fax: (505) 277-0259

Classroom Modernization Update

The President’s Vision for UNM sets forth a number of goals for improving our physical environment in areas that we are significantly deficient is meeting the standards of the 21st century students and faculty. As a result, in 2008, $12.5 million was allocated to address classroom modernization, with particular attention to the classrooms in which freshmen and sophomores take the majority of their classes. A task force made up of representatives from the offices of Planning and Campus Development, Provost, Support for Effective Teaching, Registrar, CIO, Media Technology Services, Office of Capital Projects and Physical Plant Department as well as representatives from the undergraduate and graduate student leadership spent several months evaluating the issues and made two major recommendations. One had to do with expenditure of the classroom modernization funding as follows and the other had to do with putting in place mechanisms that will ensure that we sustain and fund in an on-going way the progress we have made in regard to classroom modernization on our campus.

Recommendation #1

  1. $ 9,500,000 - Renovation of Mitchell Hall
  2. $    400,000 - Facility Upgrades to Other Centrally Scheduled Classrooms
  3. $ 1,100,000 - Technology Upgrades to Other Centrally Scheduled Classrooms
  4. $    250,000 - Conversion of 50 Departmentally Controlled Classrooms to Central Scheduling (Facility & Technology Upgrades)
  5. $ 1,250,000 - Contingency

          $12,500,000 - Total

Recommendation #2

The second recommendation has to do with putting in place mechanisms that will ensure that we sustain and fund in an on-going way the progress we have made in regard to classroom modernization on our campus. We believe that an immediate transition of the Classroom Modernization Task Force into an on-going committee world help in this regard. The charge of the newly named Learning Environments Task Force includes:

  • Implementing the classroom modernization recommendations
  • Developing and sustaining a campus communication plan
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining a classroom support services business plan
  • Establishing classroom standards for furniture & technology
  • Establishing classroom utilization metrics and analyzing classroom utilization trends
  • Developing recommendations for identifying and prioritizing classrooms for future phases and funding of our classroom modernization efforts
  • Developing a mechanism for evaluating modernized classrooms for their value in teaching effectiveness.

Fall 2008