NSC administration pushing increase in GPA admission standards

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NSC administration raised the idea of raising current open-access admissions standards (min HS GPA 2.0) to HS GPA 2.5 at faculty/staff concvocation in Fall 2017.

Academic faculty raised several concerns about moving away from institutional mission of offering access and opportunity to all students, as well as certain racial/ethnic groups being disproportionately affected by change in standards. IR data confirms black students will be most adversely affected.

Convocation attendees (faculty and staff) agreed that more info and more formalized proposals would be necessary to support GPA increase in good faith (e.g, what alternative admissions would look like; admission contingent on probation with requirement to utilize services).

Fast forward a year and a half and no updates from administration until the campus receives and email yesterday (11/26/18) that the College is holding its first community meeting the following afternoon (11/27/2018) to get feedback and plans additional meetings at off-campus locations. It is unclear how these meetings were advertised to community members—not very well as evidenced by a room full of mostly upper administration and handful of community members.

Photo from meeting:

Currently marketing the change as “enrollment management” but earlier conversations were about “increasing student success” by not admitting students who were a “drain” on student support services.

In any event, administration hopes fast-track to put on January BOR agenda… and, in typical fashion, want to quickly push this past Faculty Senate with little input or real opportunity for faculty to provide feedback on proposal.

Another poor faith effort at shared governance on behalf of the NSC administration. Still curious how we get invites to other community feedback sessions?


text from campus email:

Dear Nevada State College Community:

Consistent with ongoing dialogue that began with campus-wide conversations about admissions standards last fall, we have been studying various options in revising admissions standards so as to increase the focus and success of our students. The continuing explosive growth rates of the College’s student population, coupled with lack of space for the offices and classrooms to accommodate this level of growth, has necessitated that we move those discussions expeditiously into a concrete proposal that will ultimately be presented to the Board of Regents this spring for implementation as early as the Fall of 2020.

Prefatory to finalizing any approval, we have initiated community forums so we can gather additional information from the community on increasing admissions standards from external education, business and community leaders. The first community forum will be held on campus tomorrow afternoon. Subsequent forums will be held at the Latin Chamber of Commerce and the Switch Innevation Center in December.

Upon conclusion of the forums, the College leadership will craft a proposal that will be submitted to the Faculty Senate and the broader campus community for input prior to submitting a proposal for Board of Regents approval.

Very best,

Be Bold. Be Great. Be State!

Bart Patterson
President, Nevada State College


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