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The Nevada System of Higher Education regulates public institutions of higher education within the state of Nevada. Its Plan for Nevada’s Colleges and Universities includes goals to produce 1,064 entry-level graduates each year through 2020 for a total of 70,224 new graduates, fund research and increase external funding within Nevada institutions by 10% annually, and increase external grants and contracts to support workforce development initiatives. According to the NSHE Distance Education report for 2009 to 2010, distance education increased from 5,798 in fall 2001 to 31,186 in fall 2009. The NSHE provides regulation for the College of Southern Nevada, Desert Research Institute, Great Basin College, Nevada State College, Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Reno, and Western Nevada College.
The College of Southern Nevada was founded in 1971 as the Community College of Southern Nevada. The four-year public institution serves 37,717 undergraduates in Las Vegas, according to College Navigator. The College of Southern Nevada offers associate degrees in education, history, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, business, accounting, computer information technology, and an ophthalmic dispensing technician emphasis. The College of Southern Nevada also offers an online bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.
The University of Nevada – Las Vegas came about when the Nevada Board of Regents founded the Southern Regional Division of the University of Nevada – Reno in 1954, and the university became an independent campus in 1957. UNLV is a research institution with resident researchers like geoscientist Matthew Lachniet, who is a member of an international group of researchers studying the changing rainfall’s effect on the rise and fall of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, and astrophysicist Bing Zhang, who is a member of an international team of scientists studying how black holes function in the universe. UNLV offers online degree programs in public administration, social science studies, and anthropology. Online master’s degree programs are available in hospital administration and nursing, and online doctoral degrees are available in nursing.
Nevada State College was founded in 2002 in Henderson, Nev., by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents. NSC offers bachelor’s degrees in biology, business administration, criminal justice, education, English, environmental science, history, law enforcement, management, nursing, psychology, and visual media. Several online classes are available for most degree programs offered at NSC through the Web Campus. The Nevada System reports that between 2009 and 2010, 92.3% of Nevada State College students took at least one distance education class.