Strong Start To Finish

Nevada System of Higher Education

Through a competitive application process completed in Spring 2020, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is one of seven new grantees selected to seed readiness at systems preparing to implement developmental education reforms at scale.

Spearheaded by the Office of the Chancellor, Office of Academic and Student Affairs, and Office of Student Success, NV-SSTF engages seven institutions and, with support from Strong Start to Finish, aims to advise and enroll all students in gateway math and English pathways by fall 2021. All students at public, higher education institutions in Nevada will be advised and enrolled in gateway math (quantitative reasoning, college algebra, or pre-calculus) and one English composition pathway.

Priority Action Areas

NV-SSTF is focused on three priority action areas:

  • Offer change management support for scaled transformation.
  • Align developmental education reform with other reform initiatives.
  • Deploy regional coordinators to support change at scale.

Strategies at Scale

Through the support and professional networks of Strong Start to Finish, NV-SSTF will scale the following reforms:

  • Develop a sub-award process for institutions to request funds in support of scaling co-requisite instruction.
  • Develop a credentialing program for faculty who do not meet requirements to teach college-level coursework.
  • Develop statewide task force action plan for scaling corequisite reform to the NSHE Board of Regents.
  • Develop media and marketing toolkits for the entire NSHE system that communicate the corequisite approach.
  • Address challenges of reforming developmental education at statewide advising summit.
  • Convene corequisite statewide implementation meeting to share pilot program data and assessment plans.

Project Leadership and Campus Involvement

NV-SSTF is supported and led by the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Success.

The Nevada System of Higher Education includes 5 colleges and 2 universities in their SSTF project, all committed to working to advance developmental education reforms in the state:

  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Great Basin College
  • Nevada State College
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Western Nevada College