History of the Graduation Project

In 1995 Dr. David Stuart and Dr. Chris Garcia conducted a survey to find out why students were dropping out of the University of New Mexico. They discovered the three main reasons, besides personal, that students left the university without a degree were:

  • They could not afford tuition
  • They were unable to receive advisement
  • They could not get into the classes needed for graduation

President Peck’s Enrollment Initiative eventually led to the creation of the Graduation Project.

The Graduation Project was started in 1996 to help students who left UNM in good standing as seniors, return and complete their degree. In 1996, it was the only program of its kind in the nation and was deemed as a higher education best practice. Other universities across the nation are now creating programs similar to the Graduation Project.

If you feel our program may be able to assist you in obtaining your academic goals, please fill out our interested students form here.