Nevada State College
|Nevada State College|
|President||Mr. Bart Patterson|
|Provost||Dr. Erika Beck|
|Location||Henderson, NV, USA|
|Colors||Black and Gold|
Nevada State College (NSC) is a four-year public college located in Henderson, Nevada, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). The college opened on September 3, 2002, and is located on a 509 acres (206 ha) site in the southern foothills of Henderson, Nevada. The original site of the college, first proposed in 2000 and located on approximately 300 acres northeast of Lake Mead Drive and Boulder Highway near downtown Henderson raised environmental concerns as it was located approximately one mile from a toxic waste storage facility, which prompted the Nevada Board of Regents in 2001 to select the college's present day site located west of U.S. Highway 95 in what was once the Wagon Wheel Industrial Park.
As of 2008, the university's six-year graduation rate is 16%. This graduation rate is less than one-third the national graduation level of 57%.
From 2004 to 2010, 1214 students have graduated from NSC, over 500 of them earning nursing degrees. Approximately 45% of Nevada State College's students are first-generation college students. An equivalent percentage are members of racial or ethnic minorities.
Due to state budget cuts, there have been proposals to close down Nevada State College. However, in March 2010 members of the Board of Regents expressed their continued support of Nevada State College despite budget cuts.
Nevada State College does not currently have any athletic programs. The school's colors are black and gold and its mascot is a scorpion.
In 1999, the Nevada Legislature created the Advisory Committee to Examine Locating a 4-Year State College in Henderson, Nev. In December 1999, the Nevada Board of Regents approved the establishment of Nevada State College.
In February 2000, the committee recommended that the new institution be named Nevada State College at Henderson. The committee members determined that Henderson should be part of the official name as they felt additional state colleges would be created in the state in the future. Later that month, the Henderson City Council, after having evaluated several potential sites, voted to locate Nevada State College on a site northeast of Lake Mead Drive and Boulder Highway that was to be part of The LandWell Company’s Provenance master-planned community. In March, James Rogers, owner of several television stations who would later become chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, agreed to chair the college’s foundation.
Opponents of the creation of Nevada State College feared at the time that its creation would take resources from UNLV. However, proponents of the college argued that the “proposed college would be up to $3,000 cheaper than educating them at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The savings would come from smaller salaries for professors, who would teach four classes (per semester), rather than the three or fewer taught by UNLV professors.”
In April 2000, the Board of Regents voted 8-3 to begin negotiations for the Boulder Highway / Lake Mead site despite some concerns that the site was located near a permanent toxic waste storage facility. In June 2000, the Regents requested $5.2 million for start-up costs for the campus and $7 million for instruction costs for its first cohort of students in 2002-03 as well as $43.5 million for capital construction which was to include a library. Nevada Gov. Guinn’s 2001-2003 executive budget, which was developed later in 2000, reduced the Regents' request by recommending "$22.8 million in state funding, 6.8 million to open it to 1,000 full-time students in the fall of 2002, and $16 million to help construct the first campus building.”
Nevada State College opened in 2002. The college acquired accreditation, moved with its master plan for a 509-acre (2.06 km2) campus, and its first permanent building, the Liberal Arts and Sciences building, opened in August 2008. In 2008 Nevada State College launched a campus-wide recruitment and retention initiative. Between the Spring 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters, Nevada State College increased enrollment by over 20%, to over 2,600 students.
As of the end of spring 2008, Nevada State College has graduated 16% of the full-time students who registered as freshmen in fall 2002, and 11% of 2003's incoming freshmen. A graduation rate of 16% is one-third that of California’s public state colleges. School officials characterize the rate as low, and are launching programs to increase student retention. The average six-year graduation rate for colleges in the United States is 57%.
 Budget Cuts and Student Protests
Among the different educational institutions of the NHSE, the largest 2009 budget cuts by the state legislature were for Nevada State College at 24.1%. Neighboring College of Southern Nevada had its budget cut by only 4.9%.
Nevada State College budget cuts could have resulted in larger class sizes, fewer available classes and construction project delays. This has led to student protests. According to NSC officials, budget cuts have left student services understaffed, and about 25% of the university's teaching and administrative positions will be left vacant in 2008. The university has laid off an undisclosed number of staff in 2008 as a cost-saving measure. These layoffs could hurt student services such as counseling and financial aid. According to Nevada State College's late President Dr. Fred Maryanski (1947–2010), budget cuts were implemented in a way that avoids reducing class offerings.
On May 10, 2008, Nevada State College held its fifth graduation ceremony. During the ceremony, officials referred to NSC as a small but growing college of roughly 2,000 students. Graduating students recognized the role that the faculty played throughout their college careers and the connection they felt to Nevada State College.
In August 2008, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported "Officials there are considering more drastic reductions as the newbie in Nevada's higher education system faces the prospect of more state-mandated budget cuts. The school's president warned Tuesday that the cuts will probably mean fewer classes available, which could mean some students will lose financial aid or take longer to graduate... Gov. Jim Gibbons has proposed cutting next year's budgets by another 14 percent." NSC officials have also formed a committee to consider whether to hold back a part of each unit's operating budget for a mid-year review and impose a credit surcharge on student tuition.
In January 2010, students initiated the "myNSCstory" campaign as a response to proposed budget cuts and tuition increases. The campaign involves handwritten notes from students, accompanied by photos, sent to state officials. Over 10% of the entire student body participated.
The Nevada System of Higher Education, faces a $900 million budget deficit. Due to budget cuts, there have been proposals to close down Nevada State College along with other NHSE programs and schools.
Nevada State College’s 509-acre site is located at the base of the McCullough mountain range in the southeastern corner of Henderson. The site was conveyed from the Bureau of Land Management to the city of Henderson in November 2002 as part of the Clark County Conservation of Public Lands and Natural Resources Act of 2002.
The college opened its first permanent building, the Liberal Arts & Sciences Building, on its 509-acre site in August 2008. The 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) building has faculty offices, labs and seven classrooms. The building includes SMART classroom technologies which allow professors to use a wide array of audio and visual teaching techniques, and scientific equipment for educational use.
In addition to the Liberal Arts and Sciences Building, the college leases three buildings, one of which is located near the main campus site (the Dawson Building), and the other two buildings are located on Water Street in downtown Henderson (Basic & Water I & II).
 On-going Campus Planning Activities
In 2010, the Nevada Board of Regents approved the college's campus master plan, which calls for the development of roughly six million square feet of academic, residential, retail, and cultural space by full campus build-out in order to accommodate 25,000-30,000 students.
 Sustainability Initiatives
As it relates to sustainable planning and design, NSC's campus master plan is informed by three central goals: (1) achieve operational carbon neutrality, (2) become a model of sustainable development for the city, county and region, and (3) enable the campus to serve as a learning and training tool for topics related to sustainable development.
 Organization and Administration
 Current Leadership
- President: Bart Patterson
- Provost: Erika Beck
- Vice President of Finance & Administration: Buster Neel
- Associate Vice President of College Relations: Spencer Stewart
- Associate Vice President of Development: Russell Raker
- Associate Provost of Enrollment Management & Student Services: Neil Woolf
- Faculty Senate Chair: Robin Herlands
NSC's Board-approved mission is to provide "educational, social, cultural, economic and civic advancement to the citizens of Nevada. To this end, the college addresses the state’s need for increased access to higher education through teaching practices and support services that promote the success of its largely first-generation, low income, under-represented student population. Nevada State College places special emphasis on meeting the state’s need for highly skilled, well-educated teachers and nurses and offers a wide range of baccalaureate degree programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences."
In August 2011, Nevada State College received independent accreditation at the baccalaureate degree level from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities approved NSC as a Candidate for Accreditation in July 2006. Since July 2006, Nevada State College has filed two comprehensive self-study reports with the Commission, and has undergone three comprehensive on-site visits by the Commission. Since 2002, Nevada State College has been operating under the accreditation of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).
 Tuition and Financial Aid
For the 2010-2011 academic year, Nevada residents will pay $113.25 per credit for tuition, plus student fees. Nevada State College offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans.
 Degree Programs
NSC offers 26 bachelor degree programs and 16 minors. Some of the college's bachelor degree programs include: Biology (B.S.), Business Administration (B.S.), Elementary Education (B.A.), English (B.A.), Environmental and Resource Science (B.S.), History (B.A.), Integrated Studies (B.S.), Law Enforcement (B.P.A.), Management (B.A.S.), Nursing (B.S.), Psychology (B.A.), Speech Pathology (B.A.), and Visual Media (B.A.). Some of the college's minor programs include: Biology, Business, Communication, Counseling (Addiction Treatment and Prevention), Ethnic Studies, and Gerontology.
In the Fall of 2008, Nevada State College launched Nevada’s first bachelor of science degree in the education of the deaf and hard of hearing. The program addresses the deaf culture and its integration of deaf students into specific subject areas.
Nevada State College also partners with Touro University to accommodate students in Occupational Therapy. Through the partnership, students complete three years of their bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy Science at Nevada State College, then transfer to Touro University for the final two years.
As of the latest IPEDS Diversity Report, Nevada State College’s full-time faculty is 34.2% ethnic/racial minorities which is the highest percentage of all of the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions.
 Student Enrollment
NSC enrolled 177 students in the fall of 2002; in the fall of 2010, the college enrolled 2,988 students. For the fall of 2011, NSC enrolled 3,167 students, which represents a year-over-year six percent increase in student enrollments.
 Degrees Awarded
From 2004 (the first year in which students were eligible to graduate from NSC) to 2010, the college has graduated 1,214 students with the majority of degrees being awarded in the fields of nursing and education.
 Academic Units
The college's academic programs are housed in one of three schools: the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing.
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- Nevada System of Higher Education http://system.nevada.edu/tasks/sites/Nshe/assets/File/Data%20Dashboard/enrollment/2011%20Fall%20Enrollment-preliminary.pdf Accessed January 9, 2012
- Nevada State College - About Nevada State College
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- Budget cut talks turn into reality
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