June 5, 2019
Vickie Shields
My Third Summer at NSC
I’ve got a busy summer planned, which includes finalizing our strategic plan, integrating our fabulous new hires into the Nevada State community, and planning for a successful 2019-2020 academic year (can you believe it's almost 2020?!). In July, I will join Dr. Chris Harris and our students at the 13th Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change in Austria for several days. 

NSHE Board of Regents Meeting 
This week, I’m looking forward to representing Nevada State at the Board of Regents meeting at the University of Nevada, Reno. You can view the meeting agenda here. Nevada State appears on the agenda several times, including a change to our refund policy and conceptual revisions concerning our admissions criteria. In addition, I’ll present our new BS in Human Health Sciences to the Academic Affairs Council. This is the first step in the series of approvals we need to begin this degree in Fall 2020.
Tony Scinta
The Accreditation Effort Marches On
We are continuing to chisel away at our mission fulfillment report for the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities (NWCCU). The pace is intensifying as we draft and refine different elements of the report (with an essential assist from campus constituents on their areas of expertise); the full report is due in mid-August. We're also preparing for the NWCCU campus visit (Oct. 9-11, 2019).  

We also are putting a bow on our outcomes assessment reports. It’s hard to say this without sounding like an unabashed accreditation nerd, but I’m really encouraged by the improvements we have made to many of our degree programs. We plan to create a space on the NSC portal for the final documents – including an executive summary of the entire effort – but if you have questions in the meantime you can direct them to me or the outcomes assessment chair for your discipline (and if you are not sure, email me or Gwen). 

Our New Dean of Students has Arrived! 
We are very happy to welcome Dr. Stefanie Coleman to Nevada State College. She joins us at a time of tremendous growth and opportunity, and I think she will do an excellent job of helping us realize the promise of this college in the journey ahead. Stefanie’s first day at NSC was on Monday and her first newsletter update is already hot off the presses (see below). Please don’t be shy in giving Stefanie a warm welcome to NSC!
Gwen Sharp
NSC Student Selected for FLARE Fellowship at UNR
Pachia Vang, a student worker in Finance & Business Operations, was selected for a 2019 Faculty-Led Authentic Research Experience (FLARE) Fellowship at the University of Nevada, Reno. This fellowship, part of the larger NV INBRE program, will give Pachia five weeks of mentored research experience in biomedical science with a faculty member at UNR, a seminar on ethical research, and tours of the medical school and research lab facilities. She will also receive a $2,500 stipend and free housing.

Course Design Working Sessions
The CTLE is offering working sessions on June 5th, 12th, and 19th (all Wednesdays) from 12-2:30 pm in LAS 121. Work on materials for your courses and receive support and feedback from CTLE staff. RSVP to one or more at ctle@nsc.edu. Lunch is provided.
Gregory Robinson
Summers are never as quiet as I imagine they will be. The parking is easier and there are fewer meetings overall, but there is always a long list of things to do. These last few weeks, I’ve been working on finalizing our report to the Rogers Foundation, wrapping up our new dual credit partnerships, continuing to work on the strategic plan, and helping to hire our first Lecturer of Visual Media at TMCC. The Directors and Program Coordinators in student support roles also stay busy over the summer:

  • In the Course Assistant Program, Danette is developing the practices and guidelines that will help her manage an increase in the overall number of courses with CAs to 20 this fall. She is also planning for our multi-day Peer to Peer Support Training, which is offered to peer leaders across campus.  
  • After a remarkably successful spring semester, the ASC is finalizing fall recruitment for new Tutors and SI Leaders, piloting drop-in Math tutoring in LAS, expanding online tutoring, and preparing for added drop-in/pop up tutoring sessions for the fall. Please contact the ASC staff, Cristina Caputo or Rikki Gaddy, to coordinate any course support for the summer or fall.
  • TRIO-Student Support Services is approaching it's 5th birthday, which means the initial grant supporting the program is coming to a close. This summer, dedicated staff will be attending training sessions to help make another winning proposal.
  • The Writing Center is open all summer for students with in-person and online sessions. They are also supporting a writer’s workshop as well as a speaker series. 
  • Finally, Nepantla is getting ready for its seventh new cohort this summer. #TeamNepantla has been hard at work planning all the necessary programming. 

The Power of Teaching on Fox 5
Congratulations to Associate Dean Shartriya Collier, Education student Ruben Serna, and the School of Education for this terrific segment on Fox 5.
Stefanie Coleman
Hello NSC!
Greetings from the NEW DEAN OF STUDENTS! It has been an awesome first day on the job. Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly. I won’t always use this platform for personal reasons, but I do want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to send me an email welcoming me to the Nevada State College family while I was transitioning from Chicago to Nevada. I’m excited to be a part of the Nevada State team and learn about Nevada State culture. 

Someone recently asked me what was I most excited about regarding my position as Dean of Students and my response was simple: working with the students. I want NSC students to enjoy their academic journey as much as I enjoyed mine many, many years ago (okay, not that many). I want NSC students to think fondly of their time on campus and tell people about their experience. I want NSC students to be leaders in their given industry and conquer the world. Finally, I want the birds outside of my home to stop chasing me when I walk to my car. If you have any suggestions on dealing with real angry birds (not the game), please stop by, say hello and tell me how to make nice with the Nevada birds. I usually keep candy in my office to entice people to come in and chat; I don’t have any now, but I will! 

DRC Changes
Sandi Patton's last day is Thursday, June 6th. If you're on campus, stop by and say good-bye, and say hello to Sharneé Walker, our new DRC Director.
Megan Cogliano
The Institutional Research team presented two research projects at the Association for Institutional Research Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. Our research used decision tree and neural network analysis to identify significant patterns of first-time, full-time students’ one-year retention in a multiple variable data set. We found that passing more than 12 credits in the first year was the most significant predictor of one-year retention. This data-driven approach is now integrated within our dashboard to predict student retention.
 
The following chart provides detailed information about six-year graduation rates of first-time, full-time students based on whether or not they were retained into their second year at Nevada State College. Students who do not enroll in the second year of college are highly unlikely to graduate within six years.
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