NMSU’s Affirmative Action Plan is published each year by the Office of Institutional Equity. The University’s data is collected annually from the period of January 1 thru December 31. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) requires federal contractors like the New Mexico State University to conduct an assessment of the percentage of females and minorities in its workforce by job groups to the percentage of females and minorities with requisite skills available in the recruitment area. Job groups include job titles with similar content, wage rate, and opportunities. Similar opportunities refer to training, transfers, promotions, pay, mobility, and other career enhancement opportunities offered by the jobs within a job group. The purpose of the availability is to establish a benchmark against which the demographic composition of the contractor’s workforce can be compared in order to identify accomplishments, problem areas and placement goals. This serves as a management tool to ensure equal opportunity.