NSHE Notes
by Chancellor Dan Klaich
September 29, 2014
The eight institutions within the Nevada System of Higher Education have made great strides in creating a culture of completion for our students, regardless of their background. Our goal is to create campus environments that embrace the diversity of the communities we serve. Within NSHE, diversity includes gender, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, ability/disability, age, sexual orientation, geography, veteran, and first-generation status.

For several years now, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has published the Top 100 Degree Producers rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students. The data for 2013 was recently released, and I am happy to report that NSHE institutions were prevalent throughout the categories. I want to share with you some of the notable categories, specifically STEM areas, in which our institutions were ranked:

Associate Degrees
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support
    • #23 CSN - Asian American
    • #81 CSN - Total Minority 
  • Psychology
    • #14 CSN - Total Minority
    • #16 CSN - Hispanic
    • #17 CSN - African American
    • #19 CSN - Asian American
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
    • #5 CSN - Asian American
    • #22 CSN - Native American
    • #37 CSN - Total Minority

Baccalaureate Degrees 

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
    • #60 UNLV - Hispanic
    • #65 UNR- Hispanic
    • #68 UNLV- Asian American
    • #77 UNLV- Total Minority
    • #86 UNR- Total Minority
    • #88 UNR- Asian American
  • Engineering
    • #64 UNR - Hispanic
    • #81 UNLV- Hispanic
    • #95 UNR- Total Minority
  • Mathematics and Statistics
    • #42 UNLV - Hispanics
  • Psychology
    • #52 UNLV - Asian American
    • #54 UNLV- Hispanic
    • #57 UNLV- Total Minority
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
    • #73 UNLV - Asian American
    • #76 UNLV - Hispanic
    • #92 NSC - Hispanic
We are proud of our NSHE institutions for all of their hard work and focus on diversity. If you would like to see a complete list of degrees awarded or explore any further information, please visit www.diverseeducation.com/top100.

While we have made progress, there is still much to do. We have several ongoing initiatives and work groups at both the campus and System level to help NSHE continue its critical work. One particular event is our upcoming 2014 Diversity Summit which will focus on the theme of creating student "pipelines for success."

We will feature presentations and discussions led by local and national education leaders on various models to improve student outcomes as well as specific issues we are facing in Nevada. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Luis Ponjuan of Texas A&M, is a foremost expert on improving student outcomes. Other topics include veteran success and retention, Latino youth partnerships, and advocacy efforts for non-traditional students. 

The summit will take place later this week on Friday, October 3 at the Cheyenne campus of the College of Southern Nevada. It is open to the public and free of charge so I encourage you to attend.
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