Martinez Wants To Wait On Higher Education Project

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's Higher Education Department secretary says Gov. Susana Martinez doesn't want to see anymore colleges or learning centers created until she gets an accounting of how the current ones are working.

Secretary Jose Z. Garcia told the Santa Fe Community College board Thursday night of the governor's desires during discussion of the college's plans to build a Higher Education Center for Santa Fe residents to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree.

Garcia noted the governor wants to stop any proliferation of new college campuses until the state reviews what is happening and is sure the state is getting a bang for its buck.

The college's purchase of the land for the center already has received approval from the Legislature and the Higher Education Department.