Through a partnership between the Provost’s Office and the Office of the CIO, we are excited to announce that we have finalized an agreement with Adobe that will allow UNM to license all main campus and HSC students, and interested faculty and staff, for the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite. In addition, UNM Branches will benefit from discounted pricing models. The agreement, which allows students to install the software on their own computers and devices, adds UNM to a select group of “Adobe Creative Campuses” across the country that are leading the way through innovative digital literacy curricula critical to the success of students and educators alike. The Creative Cloud suite includes a wide variety of applications used to create, edit, and publish content—from documents and magazine layouts to videos, audio tracks, web pages and Augmented Reality experiences. This allows UNM to expand digital literacy initiatives in classrooms and online and supports creative teaching strategies already underway in departments.
What is most exciting about this initiative is the potential impact on the academic mission of the university. Through this agreement, we are providing our faculty, staff, and students with the means of production to express their ideas in a digital world, and adding digital fluency to the set of competencies that our faculty, staff, and students can apply to 21st century problems and innovations. Moreover, application of digital production tools provides a means to advance our shared calling to research, teaching, and service that advances the common good in New Mexico, the nation, and the world.
At its heart, our academic mission consists of two fundamental, equal, and intertwined dimensions. First, we do research, engage in creative production, and write or otherwise publish our work. Second, we draw on that research and creative expertise to teach and mentor the next generation of leaders for society. There is a range of creative activities that includes discovery of new knowledge, and the creation of new ideas and works of art. In the work leading up to this agreement, we have been inspired by the energy and enthusiasm expressed for this initiative by our faculty, staff, and students. We are excited to see the projects that you will create, and look forward to the innovations and creative works that will emerge from our classrooms, studios, and research labs.
Richard L. Wood
Interim Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chief Information Officer