I hope you are having a wonderful summer and that this June edition of The CSN Chronicle finds you well. As always, there is much news to share.
Actions of the Board of Regents
At its June meeting, the Board of Regents adopted increases in tuition and registration fees beginning in fall 2015. CSN’s increase is 4%, or an additional $54 a semester for a full credit load of 15 hours. CSN student leaders and the administration jointly developed an expenditure plan to direct revenues to student success initiatives, including:
Adding more advisors
Adding staff in financial aid
Adding need-based scholarship funding
Modifying space for counseling privacy
The Board also adopted capital budget priorities for the 2015 legislative session, and the framework for the operating budget request. A project representing the final phase of renovations for the Cheyenne campus was NSHE’s second priority in the lean capital budget request.
- Operating budget priorities include eliminating employee furloughs ($11.2 million for NSHE), increasing by $5.00 the value of weighted student credit hours in the funding formula ($12.5 million), creating a workforce development fund ($6 million) and a STEM Workforce Challenge Grant Program ($3.5 million), and expanding public medical education (i.e., a medical school at UNLV–$63.5 million). An additional priority for community colleges is a state supported grant program for lower-to-middle income students who qualify for only a minimal amount of the Pell Grant or just miss eligibility for the federal grant program for needy students ($5 million).
On May 19, a record 2,831 students were eligible to receive 3,194 degrees and certificates, according to preliminary data. This is our largest graduating class ever.
SB 391 Recommendations
On Tuesday, the interim legislative Committee to Conduct an Interim Study Concerning Community Colleges, which has been meeting all semester long, wrapped up its work.
The committee will draft letters to the full Legislature in support of the following items:
- The NSHE Shared Services Initiative, the Nevada College Collaborative, and the concept of the community colleges operating as a system within a system.
- The creation of a vice chancellor position within NSHE to act as a coordinator of community colleges and an advocate for the colleges within the system, as well as the establishment of a standing committee of the Board of Regents, specifically focused on community colleges. Chancellor Dan Klaich testified that Board Chair Kevin Page intends to create an interim community college committee of the Board in the next few weeks which the full Board will act on at its next meeting.
- The expansion of advanced placement courses; dual credit courses, including apprenticeships and certificate opportunities; and community college high schools, in order to create additional opportunities for high school students to earn college credits on more campuses. This will include a recommendation that the community college courses align with university courses so students don’t take unneeded courses.
- The NSHE review of the various advisory boards and committees that provide input to the colleges on such matters as curriculum and course and program development, to ensure the boards and committees are effective and not duplicative. This review will also include an analysis of how current advisory boards align with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development industry sector councils. A report will be provided to the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature.
- A recommendation that the Legislature review the Lincy Institute proposal for the governance of Nevada community colleges. This is a report that was presented to committee members during public comment earlier this month and during a May forum at UNLV. This plan includes the separation of the community colleges and Nevada State under a separate state entity along with all for-profit and non-profit higher education institutions and the creation of local community college governing boards (with no local funding). More information can be found on the Lincy Institute’s website.
- The committee will request the drafting of the following legislation:
- To allocate $5 million for the biennium to fund a state grant program for low- income students attending community colleges or Nevada State College. As proposed, the program would: Employ federal methodology to identify students with financial need; Require students to be academically prepared for college-level coursework; Provide students with a maximum award of $2,000 per semester for full-time enrollment; Allocate aid to institutions based on institution size; Appropriate $5 million for the biennium; and require periodic reporting.
- To allocate $6 million for a Workforce Development Rapid Response Investment Fund to assist community colleges in setting up new programs to address workforce needs outside of the biennial budget process.
- To allocate $3.5 million in support of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Challenge Grant, which would award funds to regional consortia to support the development and implementation of STEM programs in postsecondary education.
Regarding the funding requests, Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick emphasized repeatedly that there will be limited funds available next session.
I look forward to discussing the committee’s work in greater detail during the Convocation kick off on Aug. 18.
Construction Update: Renovation of the A and B (partial) buildings on the West Charleston campus is on schedule for completion by spring 2015. Work on the buildings will improve circulation and building systems while extending the life cycle of these important facilities. Over the next two weeks, as a part of our continuing effort to implement energy saving measures, the Facilities Management Department will be replacing the parking lot lights at the Cheyenne Campus. We will begin work as early as possible in the day to avoid inconveniencing as many people as possible.
During the time we are completing this project, you may find barriers blocking off areas of the campus for a few hours at a time while work is being performed in that particular location. We are taking this step to ensure your personal safety as well as to avoid the possibility of sustaining damage to vehicles.
Convocation in August will again be held at Texas Station. The event will take place on Aug. 18. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will announce the recipients for the Excellence Awards and the President’s Distinguished Employee of the Year Awards.
Pick up a Reflections of Success yearbook to learn about the award nominees. The yearbooks have been distributed to campus departments/units and to the various sites and centers. Contact the Communications Office at 702-651-7354 to have a copy mailed to you.
CSN’s Chris Brown to Serve on North Las Vegas Veterans Commission
Gov. Sandoval has appointed CSN Interim Director of the Department of Student Life and Leadership Development Chris Brown to the City of North Las Vegas Veterans Community Commission. Chris attended his first monthly meeting on June 12 at the City of North Las Vegas Council Chambers.
The commission is designed to assist local veterans with reintegration into the North Las Vegas community. It also serves as an advisory committee to the mayor and council on matters related to veterans.
Please congratulate Chris when you see him and thank him for his service not only to the City of North Las Vegas but also to our nation. U.S. Corporal Brown participated in combat operations during Operation Just in Panama as a team leader. He earned the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal for engaging enemy forces during riverine and jungle operations. In April 1990, Chris was again deployed for combat, this time to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for Operation Desert Shield/Storm, earning another Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait) and Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia). Chris was Honorably Discharged in September 1991. In 2014, he received the 20-Year Membership Pin from Veterans of Foreign Wars where he has served various positions to include Post Commander and District Commander. He is a Life Member of VFW Post 1753 and an annual member of American Legion Post #10.
Chris represents a number of CSN folks who are serving or who have served in the armed forces of the nation.
Calling for New Members for All-College Committees
In May, we sent out an email soliciting faculty and staff that are interested in serving on one of CSN’s college-wide or all-college committees. The list of committees here, listing our All-College Committees and contact info for the chairs.
If you would like to be considered to fill a future vacancy on one of these entities, please email CSN Government Affairs & Communications Director K.C. Brekken by July 1 at email@example.com and identify the committee(s) on which you would like to serve. K.C. will then distribute the full list to all of the committee chairs over the summer. This will help ensure a diverse representation of active participants on these important committees.
Women of Influence
Spring semester flew by, and here’s one important announcement I forgot to make this past semester. Please help me congratulate the CSN 2014 Women of Influence award recipients, which were announced at the Office of Diversity Initiatives and Women’s History Month Committee luncheon at Russell’s Restaurant on April 4, following Women’s History Month. The following CSN students, staff and faculty were selected by a committee of their peers for their commitment and dedication to the college and community:
2014 CSN Woman of Influence/Faculty
2014 CSN Woman of Influence/ Administrative Faculty
2014 CSN Woman of Influence/ Classified
2014 CSN Woman of Influence in Academics
2014 CSN Woman of Influence Emerging Leader Award
Our next Chronicle will come out in August and include important information, regarding the fall semester.
Until then, enjoy the summer!