NMHEAA Summer Retreat

Please Complete the NMHEAA Summer Retreat Project Description Form.


Dates: June 13 – June 16, 2021

Location: Ruidoso, NM

The NMHEAA 2021 Summer Retreat will be held at the Elegante Lodge and Resort and the Ruidoso Convention Center in beautiful Ruidoso, NM. During the retreat, institutional teams and individuals will spend focused time working on defined and assessable projects and can expect to return to campus with clear approaches and preliminary action plans.

Register for the Retreat

The New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association’s Summer Retreat provides institutional teams and/or individuals ‘time-away’ from the whirlwind of daily activities to focus on identifying and developing strategies and/or action plans for major projects that are critical to the long term success and improvement of their institutions. The retreat is structured so that teams and individuals are given both the structure and freedom needed to ensure participants will return to their campuses with clear approaches, actionable plans and articulated time frames for moving their institutional projects forward.

The retreat is intentionally designed to be relaxed, informal and collegial – where time is spent thoughtfully addressing critical issues outside the pressures of everyday institutional life. Participants are encouraged to wear relaxed clothing (picnic casual!), enjoy the cool, clean air of south central New Mexico’s mountains, and take some time to engage in the local activities before, during and after the retreat.

Though originally designed for teams, individual attendees have also reported tremendous satisfaction and success with the retreat. Recommended team size is 4, with one person designated as the team leader. Additional team members may attend for an added fee (see registration form). The team leader is responsible for:

  • Being the primary point of contact for the retreat facilitators
  • Completing the online registration form
  • Completing/submitting the project information form (link will be sent following registration)
  • Ensuring payment is made for retreat registration, per institutional practices
  • Coordinating post-retreat and NMHEAR poster/presentations

The retreat facilitators will:

  • Make lodging arrangements for all participants at the MCM Eleganté Lodge & Suites
  • Provide most meals during the retreat (see online registration document for details); Dietary restrictions should be indicated for each participant and will be accommodated, as appear on the registration form
  • Provide guidance to teams and individuals regarding project development and implementation plans
  • Facilitate group activities and discussion

Retreat Facilitators

Susan Wood is a longstanding participant and organizer of the NMHEAA’s annual conference and the NMHEAA Retreat, and Shelly Stovall (a long time participant) has recently joined Susan in facilitating the retreat. Accomplished institutional and regional assessment leaders, Wood and Stovall have strong and diverse backgrounds spanning accreditation, classroom and program assessment, qualitative and quantitative assessment measures, and institutional leadership. Together Wood and Stovall foster an environment that promotes collegial support and exchange of ideas across New Mexico and beyond, with a specific tradition of supporting learning and educational services within and across institutions through a relaxed setting that fosters and encourages community and divergent thinking.

Project Work at the Retreat

Retreat participants will be expected to develop concrete initiatives that will be launched prior to, or in Fall 2020. Each team should plan to present progress and/or results of their project during the 2021 NMHEAR Conference (poster or conference session). Prep time on your project prior to the Retreat will be time well spent, and time spent at the retreat should be focused on moving the project forward after the retreat (i.e. the end of retreat should be the beginning – not the end – of your project). This retreat is an opportunity to work with colleagues on tricky problems, to work with assessment leaders, and to assert your college and yourself as regional leaders.

Sunday, June 13

  • 7:00 p.m.   Welcome and Introductions – Lodge Lounge
  • 7:30 p.m.   Retreat Social

Monday, June 14

  • 9:00 a.m.    Housekeeping (Convention Center)
  • 9:30 a.m.    Retreat Workshop 1
  • 10:00 a.m.  Participants begin to define project plan
  • 12:00 p.m.  Working lunch provided
  • 2:30 p.m.     Participants report to whole group on nature of project and beginning of plan
  • 3:00 p.m.     Individual relaxation in beautiful Ruidoso
  • 6:00 p.m.     Networking in the Lodge Lounge
  • 7:00 p.m.     Depart for small group dinner (participants pay for this one)

Tuesday, June 15

  • 9:00 a.m.     Retreat Workshop 2 (Convention Center)
  • 9:30 a.m.     Participants continue to work on projects and draft action plans and timelines
  • 11:30 a.m.   Teams/individuals share progress with retreat facilitators
  • 12:00 p.m.   Working lunch provided
  • 2:00 p.m.     Group as a whole makes plans for 2021 NMHEAR Conference
  • 2:30 p.m.      Individual relaxation in beautiful Ruidoso
  • 6:00 p.m.      Networking in the Lodge Lounge; dinner provided by NMHEAA

Wednesday, June 16

  • 9:00 a.m.     Participants finalize plan and presentation
  • 10:00 a.m.   Report out – group sharing activity
  • 11:15 a.m.   Observations and closing remarks
  • 11:45 a.m.   Retreat concludes