- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State University will undergo a major restructuring of management and other services amid declining enrollment and a new study faulting the way staff is organized, President Garrey Carruthers announced Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters after the release of the new study, Carruthers said the university expects to save $53 million over the next seven years under a restructuring that seeks to streamline management and IT services.

“You have to understand that there will be a ramp-up time,” Carruthers told the Las Cruces Suns-News (https://goo.gl/1Z0Fwt). “In about two or three years, you’ll really begin to see the kind of savings that we’re talking about. It will take some time to get all five of the areas implemented.”

The study, commissioned Deloitte Consulting earlier this year and released Tuesday, found that New Mexico State University’s administrative staff was “poorly organized.” It was bloated in some areas and underserved in others, the study said.

The university has struggled recently with declining enrollment, increasing costs and shrinking federal funding for research. This year, the school increased tuition by 3 percent to help offset declining revenue.

According to New Mexico State University, its 2015 fall enrollment was 15,490. Officials say that’s a 14 percent drop from 2011.

Citing falling enrollment numbers, Standard & Poor’s recently lowered the school’s long-term rating to “AA-minus” from “AA.”

NMSU won’t make any immediate changes based on the study, Carruthers said. Rather, the university is establishing five specialized teams to review each of Deloitte’s recommendations.

“A lot of the pyramid structure he wants is definitely the opposite in some departments,” Michael Lucero, a hazardous materials technician, told the Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/2zigHG).

The Deloitte study evaluated the workload and functions of 2,343 Las Cruces staff, including the extension service.

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