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Community Colleges

This site provides information and resources on community colleges in five critical areas: (1) Governance; (2) Funding; (3) Academic and Student Success; (4) Workforce and Economic Outcomes; and (5) Additional Resources.

Did you know the role of community colleges is changing?

By 2020, 58 percent of Nevada jobs will require some form of postsecondary degree, however, only 28 percent of Nevadans met this requirement as of 2011. During Nevada’s 77th legislative session policymakers passed Senate Bill 391 that resulted in an interim study on community college governance and funding in Nevada. As the Reauthorization of Higher Education Act nears, officials at the federal level are pushing for greater transparency and accountability of postsecondary institutions, including community colleges. These rising expectations on measures of efficiency and effectiveness will become a part of how community colleges are organized, governed and funded.

Why it matters?

As policymakers examine the changing role of community colleges it is imperative the public be aware of what is at stake and the societal and economic implications of policy changes to community colleges in Nevada. The resources on this site range from task force recommendations, policy center reports, peer reviewed articles, empirical studies and links to community college research centers. Additional resources will be added as they become available.