Regents consider renaming Nevada State College
Nevada State College Campus.
If the vote passes, the change would go into effect July 1, 2023. Nevada State President Dr. DeRionne Pollard said the action would give the Henderson-based institution an opportunity to celebrate its expansion by offering a solid four-year program.
The city of Henderson passed a resolution Aug. 23 urging the Board of Regents to approve the name change, which also has the support of college and university presidents from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada and the Desert Research Institute as well as 82% of students, staff, faculty and alumni for the vote.
“The name change, to be clear, proposed to the Board of Regents, is not a change in mission and it is not a design change within the system,” Pollard said on the call Thursday. “It’s just a name change.”
Pollard said the college’s “deep work” is to attract local students who tend to stay in the communities they are from or reside in after they graduate and enter the workforce. Nearly 48% of enrollees are first-generation students and about half attend part-time, with 56% of students aged 24 or younger.
There is also strong racial diversity, Pollard said. College data showed that about 72% of students came from culturally diverse backgrounds.
“It’s a double blow to human capital,” she said.
She said the renaming decision is important and falls into two categories.
“It’s about economic competitiveness and fairness, and for us we know that Nevada, depending on which ranking you look at, it’s maybe 46, 47, 48 or maybe 49 or it’s the number of adults who have graduated from college,” says Pollard.
The college, which is celebrating its 20th anniversarye anniversary this year, offers an academic and administrative team from diverse backgrounds, she said. Nevada State majors include Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Math, Nursing, Psychology, and Speech Language Pathology and Minors include American Sign Language Interpretation, Counseling , creative writing, pre-law, social justice, Spanish, and writing studies, among others.
“Our professors are all PhD students who teach undergraduate students and come from some of the best universities in the country, but they choose us because of the mission,” she said. “Anything we can use as an asset to attract the best teachers, we will use it. We would be fools not to.
Families and students, if the name change is approved, will not have to expect any tuition increases, she said.
“It’s just a name change in recognition to reflect the mission we’re already doing,” she said. “It was a long thing to do. … We were already using ‘NS’ as a symbol. We don’t even use ‘C.’ We’re just moving forward and continuing the work and bringing a formality to it.
Pollard said fostering more interest in higher education during this time when other options are available means being prepared as the state needs to produce more talent and skilled workers through its colleges and universities. .
Community members can show their support for the name change online at theuniversityforall.com.