Henderson – Nevada State College (NSC) President Bart Patterson will present his Statewide Mission Plan for improving student access to four-year degrees at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, during the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Regents meetings at NSC.
This will mark the first Board of Regents meeting to be held at NSC, 1125 Nevada State Drive, now that the newly expanded campus has the space and technology to accommodate the crowd of state higher education officials, staff, students and members of the public.
“Nevada State College is a forward-thinking institution and we have ideas for improving access to four-year degrees by partnering with two-year colleges across the state,” Patterson said. “My mission plan outlines ways Nevada State College can follow through on the NSHE goal for colleges to provide high quality, accessible and affordable baccalaureate degrees but also provide the system cost savings.”
Patterson’s proposal includes building partnerships between NSC and two-year college campuses. The crux of the partnerships would allow NSC to bring four-year programs to the campuses of the two-year institutions. The degree programs Patterson said he envisions for such efforts would be those that are “very local workforce centric” such as nursing, elementary and secondary education, business, criminal justice, and engineering technology to name a few.
“The ultimate goal is to grow the demand for these programs statewide to the point that Nevada State College may expand into other parts of the State,” he said. Patterson will make his presentation as part of the discussion during the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee portion of the meeting.
About Nevada State College
Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State College has grown to offer more than 45 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation and has expanded its physical campus. Committed to fostering a personal learning environment, students are taught by faculty who serve as mentors and guides in classrooms with an average class size of only 26 students. Nevada State College serves approximately 3,500 students and has over 2,600 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu.