RENO, Nev. – With the goal of eliminating achievement disparities among minority students by 2025, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents on Friday reviewed the status of current strategies and the next steps necessary to close the gap across all of NSHE’s degree-granting institutions.
Next steps include scaling existing high-touch student support programs and exploring additional programs that promote student success for minority and underrepresented student populations.
“Great strides have been made in the last ten years by targeting students who need the most help,” said Regent Chair Kevin J. Page. “Retention and graduation rates have increased, thanks to high touch programs on every campus.”
Additional next steps for institutions include:
- Convening events that generate student-driven feedback on core experiences at each institution;
- Creating an inclusive culture by expanding institutional offering of culturally responsive training for faculty and staff;
- Expanding and strengthening current protocols related to recruiting and retaining minority faculty and staff; and
- Having protocols in place for sharing student success data disaggregated by race/ethnicity by July 1 of this year.
Each institution pledged to close the achievement gap, NSHE’s third strategic goal, at a summit meeting in April where national experts gathered in Las Vegas for a panel discussion of best practices for improving minority and underrepresented student success.
The Board of Regents and NSHE presidents reviewed and discussed enrollment and student success data by race/ethnic categories for each institution, including graduation rates, awards conferred, transfer outcomes and persistence rates.
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Board of Regents.