NSHE Urges Congressional Support for HERE Act

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and its eight institutions are seeking Congressional support for the Hispanic Educational Resources and Empowerment (HERE) Act, which would improve collaboration between Hispanic?serving institutions (HSIs) and Hispanic?serving school districts to improve postsecondary educational achievement of Hispanic students.

Chancellor Thom Reilly, NSHE’s eight institution presidents, and Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Jesus Jara sent a letter to Nevada’s Congressional delegation urging support for the HERE Act.

The legislation, proposed by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), would create a new part under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

If passed, the HERE ACT, “would give us (NSHE) the flexibility and leeway to create a college?bound culture, provide academic support to prepare eligible students for postsecondary education, prevent the need for postsecondary remediation, and provide high quality postsecondary remediation when necessary,” the letter stated.

The HERE ACT would also allow NSHE institutions and CCSD to expand dual enrollment programs to target more low?income and minority students.


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.