From kindergarten to college, UNLV plays a vital role in the education of Nevada's students. Be it camps for teachers and students to brush up on math and science skills, programs for gifted middle schoolers, or scholarships to help teens once they get to college, the university is committed to helping students succeed.
Below are stories that highlight UNLV's role in Nevada education that have made the news in 2012.
VISIONS of Science Success
Life science fundamentals may seem elementary, but explaining them to third-graders in an engaging and memorable way is no easy task. That's why UNLV and the school district gave local elementary teachers a crash course in life sciences this summer. The better teachers understand core science concepts, the more confidence they'll have to add science to classrooms in a way that will stick with students.
Coming of SAGE
UNLV's Summer Advanced Gifted Academy (SAGE) through the Honors College gives high-achieving middle and high school students an opportunity to gain college credit. The program, taught by UNLV faculty, acclimates students to higher education and gets them excited and prepared for college.
Math Boot Camp
A unique summer bridge program coordinated by the Academic Success Center gives incoming UNLV freshmen the chance to test out of remedial courses. Students spend three hours a day for five weeks refreshing their math skills and taking courses designed at their level proficiency.
Realizing the College Dream
With college costs at an all-time high, financial aid can make or break a student's decision to pursue higher education. For students who didn't graduate at the top of their class or don't qualify for need-based aid, scholarship options are limited. The Philip J. Cohen Scholars Program will fund full-tuition scholarships for up to 50 UNLV students each year who may have otherwise fallen through the cracks.
Importance of Private Support
In an era of shrinking state budgets and rising college costs nationwide, private support has never been more important for students hoping to make their college dream a reality. In the past decade, UNLV has raised more than $300 million in private contributions to fund scholarships and academic and community programming.
(Dis)integration of Education
Lincy senior resident scholar Sonya Horsford studies the legacy of desegregation and integration in schools, and her research offers perspective on the missteps in desegregated education over the past 60 years. She offers suggestions for improvement and is working in Nevada to promote the cultural and community impact of neighborhood schools.
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