Since returning to the Nevada System of Higher Education in August, I have been busy meeting with our campuses and the many communities we serve.
From time to time, I would like to share our successes with you, as well as keep you informed of the vital strategic planning process we are currently undertaking.
- Nevada Promise Scholarship Program – The Nevada Promise Scholarship Program is off to a remarkable start with more than 12,000 applications received from Nevada high school seniors across the state.
- Students – Congratulations to Dr. Erica Marti of UNLV and Hannah Muñoz of UNR for their presentations at last week’s 25th Annual NSF-EPSCoR Conference in Missoula, Mont. Dr. Marti discussed the “Summer Research EXperience (REX) Program” and Ms. Muñoz shared her work on “Using Webcams In Sensor Networks to Estimate Snow and Cloud Coverage.”
- Accomplishments– Congratulations to Regent Allison Stephens for her recent appointment to the Association of Community College Trustees’ Audit Committee and to Bob Moulton, NSHE’s Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of System Computing Services, for his appointment by Gov. Sandoval to serve on the Telecommunications Advisory Council.
- President Searches – We’ve started the search process to find the next president for Western Nevada College and the College of Southern Nevada. At WNC, Mark Ghan has been named acting president and our first search committee meeting will be held Nov. 21.I also recently attended three forums at CSN to hear input from faculty, students, and members of the community on the upcoming search for the college’s new president. I will present a recommendation on our next steps at the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Board of Regents meeting.
- Strategic Plan – We are currently reviewing the metrics for NSHE’s new strategic plan with our eight presidents and their leadership teams to present to the Board of Regents at our January meeting. The following five goals were selected due to their potential impact to significantly move the needle for higher education in Nevada. Dates for public forums will be announced soon.
- Access: Increase participation in post-secondary education
- Success: Increase student success
- Close the Achievement Gap: Close the achievement gap among underserved student populations
- Workforce: Collaboratively address the challenges of the workforce and industry education needs of Nevada
- Research: Co-develop solutions to the critical issues facing 21st century Nevada and raise the overall research profile