Charges: The Community College Committee shall:
- Advise the Board on community college issues; make recommendations to the Board and Chancellor on community college initiatives of statewide significance; and may be tasked with other duties by the Board;
- Review proposed legislation and advise the Chancellor and Board about the impact of new policies on Nevada’s community colleges. The committee may also recommend new policies or legislative priorities to support Nevada’s community colleges in achieving their mission and preparing Nevada’s workforce to meet the needs of the state’s economy;
- Provide guidance and advice to the Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges about the conduct of research and analysis on six critical topics, which shall incorporate current national best practices for community college. The Committee shall review the assessments and provide recommendations to the Chancellor and the Board. The six critical topics are an assessment of the following:
- Workforce and student engagement with Nevada’s community colleges and the broad alignment of the colleges with the economic development plan of the State of Nevada. This will outline the opportunities to better align community college operations, programs, and outcomes with the current needs of business and industry throughout the state and in the local communities served by the respective colleges. It will identify the level of engagement that business and industry decision-makers have with Nevada’s community colleges and provide targeted opportunities to improve engagement with local industry. It will also evaluate and outline opportunities to improve the level of engagement that students have with community colleges in Nevada.
- Data relevant to the status, performance and structure of Nevada’s community colleges. The Committee may also evaluate current national trends in community colleges and identify innovative program traits that will assist Nevada community colleges in serving Nevada’s key industry sectors by providing a well-qualified workforce.
- The community college vision that will achieve the appropriate balance between imagination, risk-taking, innovation, and the wise use of human and financial resources. The assessment may make recommendations about designing a vision that increases student access and success, improves graduation rates, aligns standards and curricula to support community college graduates in entering a 4-year institution, and harmonizes community college programs with current and future workforce needs.
- Policies and inventory of policies of the Board of Regents with regard to their alignment with the role and missions of Nevada community colleges. The assessment may include recommendations to the Board of Regents if changes may better align Board policies and procedures with the role and missions of Nevada’s community colleges.
- Achievement gaps that exist at each of the Nevada community colleges, including identification of research, initiatives and other actions being taken by institutions to address achievement gap issues. The assessment may include recommendations that can be implemented to reduce disparities in achievement.
- The alignment and coordination of credit and non-credit programs. This will include a review of validation systems to record outcomes that promote the portability of skills acquired in non-credit programs to credit programs. The assessment will also evaluate accountability for colleges and state workforce education funds.