Nevada System of Higher Education

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The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) (formerly the University and Community College System of Nevada "UCCSN") was formed in 1968 to oversee all state-supported higher education in the U.S. state of Nevada. The name was changed in 2004. Two doctoral-granting research universities, one state college, four community colleges and one research institute comprise the System. About 105,000 students attend the degree-granting campuses.

An elected Board of Regents is responsible for the governance of the institutions comprising the Nevada System of Higher Education. Elected to serve a six-year term, the 13 Regents set policies and approve budgets for Nevada's entire public system of higher education. The Board holds eight regular meetings each year as well as additional committee meetings. Regular meetings are rotated among the campuses throughout the state. All regular and committee meetings are open to the public.

On Friday, March 16, 2007, the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, voted to drop the name "Community" from both the Community College of Southern Nevada and Western Nevada Community College, effective July 1, 2007.[1][2][3]


Education in the United States


  • University of Nevada, Reno is the oldest University in the state, established in 1874 as a land-grant institution. It is the flagship institution of the state and known as the University of Nevada. It is the only Tier 1 school in Nevada.[4] Internationally, it is ranked among the world's top 500 universities.[5]
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas was the second four-year university in the state to be founded, initially as Nevada Southern University in 1957. Winning its autonomy in 1965, Nevada Southern was renamed UNLV in 1969 due to the need for better national recognition and partially for separation from the University of Nevada.[6]
  • Nevada State College, founded in 2002, is Nevada's newest four-year public college.


  • College of Southern Nevada, founded in 1971 as Clark County Community College and later renamed the Community College of Southern Nevada before gaining its current name, is the largest institution of higher education, public or private, in Nevada. It is also the third-largest community college in the United States.
  • Great Basin College, previously known as Northern Nevada Community College, is a community college serving northeastern Nevada.
  • Truckee Meadows Community College is a community college serving residents of Reno and the surrounding area.
  • Western Nevada College, previously known as Western Nevada Community College, is a community college serving northwestern Nevada.



  1. ^ Schoenmann, Joe (2007-03-17). "A good sign for downtown". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  2. ^ Board of Regents Archived February 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ (PDF) Retrieved April 15, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  4. ^ "University of Nevada-Reno | Best College | US News". Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  5. ^ Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2011). "Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2011". Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "UNLV Celebrating Fifty Years | UNLV History". 1957-09-10. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 

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