A major change in how Southern Nevada’s students earn their college degrees is underway as the region’s Nevada System of Higher Education institutions join forces to see that more of our students have access to a college degree, get the appropriate help needed to earn that degree, and are guided on what their next steps should be to finish the degree on time and start their careers.
The need for this change is critical as an ever-increasing number of jobs nationally and in Nevada will require postsecondary education in the coming years.
Members of the media are invited to join officials from the Governor’s Office, the Southern Nevada mayors’ offices, institutions within the Nevada System of Higher Education, and the United Way of Southern Nevada at a press conference announcing these exciting developments scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 20.
New students will soon begin to experience a different approach to going to college. Strategies fall within the nationally recognized guided pathways approach and include the implementation of meta majors, proactive academic and career advising, math and English remediation reform and much more. Students won’t be on their own as they work to figure out what they want to study, how their college goals align to local workforce needs, how to finish their degrees or certificates as quickly as possible, and how to clear the hurdles they’ll face along the way.
Two separate national designations have just been bestowed upon Southern Nevada – one from Lumina Foundation and another from Complete College America – and both are allowing the NSHE institutions to aggressively launch these pathway strategies, which have been proven to work in other communities where they’ve been implemented.
“With the support of Lumina Foundation and the evidence-based strategies of Complete College America, our Southern Nevada institutions are poised to close equity gaps and generate significant gains in college completion rates for the students in our Southern Nevada metro region,” said Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly. “The strategies associated with this pathways approach are directly in line with the strategic plan goals that were adopted this year by the Nevada Board of Regents.”
Complete College America’s recent designation of Southern Nevada as a Metro Momentum Pathways region comes with a technical assistance grant that is valued at over $500,000. This will help CSN, Nevada State College and UNLV partner to deliver a new kind of student experience, focusing on helping students navigate academic pathways that lead to real careers, streamlined transfer pathways between our colleges and universities as well as graduate school opportunities in the region. Many of these strategies are already in place on a limited scale; they are about to be expanded. These include the 15 to Finish campaign, math and English remediation reform, proactive academic/career advising and term-by-term academic maps that help lead the way to timely graduation.