Mission & History

MISSION

At Nevada State College, excellence fosters opportunity. Excellence in teaching leads to innovative, technology-rich learning opportunities that promote the acquisition of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Quality, affordable four-year degree programs open the door to career success and enhanced quality of life for a diverse population of students. Our graduates, in turn, foster the greatest opportunity the promise of a stronger community and a better future for all of Nevada.

History

As the only four-year, comprehensive public college in the state of Nevada, Nevada State College places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely underserved student population. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. During the past ten years, NSC has achieved remarkable success in furthering its mission and core values.

1998

Political and business leaders introduced the idea of building a new four-year, taxpayer-supported state college with the primary mission of training teachers.

1999

In December 1999, the Nevada Board of Regents approved the establishment of Nevada State College (originally called Henderson State College). The idea won favor with state lawmakers because growth in student enrollment was about to overwhelm the University and Community College systems of Nevada, as a shortfall of 10,000 college seats was projected for 2010.

2000

Discussions about state college feasibility began if funded by the 2001 Nevada Legislature, the four-year state college could begin offering classes in such high-demand areas as education and nursing by September 2001. These and more general classes likely would be taught at a temporary site while work continued on the state college campus. The Board of Regents approved the University of Nevada, Reno as Nevada State College's sponsoring institution in May 2000.

2001

Governor Kenny Guinn recommended $22.8 million in state funding to establish the college, $6.8 million to open it to 1,000 full-time students in the fall of 2002, and $16 million to help construct the first campus building.

The new site was located west of the Wagon Wheel Drive exit along U.S. Highway 95's convergence with Boulder Highway. It was noted that a former vitamin company building could be used as the college's first building and that the infrastructure that already existed on the city land would help bring down the cost of developing the entire campus site.

2002

On September 3, 2002, NSC opened its doors for the first time to 177 students for the fall semester. NSC's physical facilities opened at the Dawson Building, with three classrooms and a library.

Fall enrollment in 2003 was 569 students, an increase of 222% over the initial year's enrollment. During the next two years, policies and procedures were written, curriculum was refined, faculty and student government venues were defined, and marketing was instituted. Various partnerships were formed with the other Nevada higher education institutions, healthcare agencies, and the Clark County School District.

2004

The official NSC enrollment was 786, and the increase in student population was supported by additional faculty hires. The college celebrated its first commencement ceremony in May with a class of 13 graduates.

2005

In June, the Nevada Legislature appropriated approximately $22 million in operating funds to Nevada State College, as well as $9 million for construction of the Liberal Arts and Sciences building, the college's first permanent building.

Dr. Fred Maryanski was hired as president in February 2005 and spearheaded the formulation of a master plan for the college, focusing on private and public sector partners, as well as accreditation efforts.

2006

NSC's enrollment continued to rise with nearly 2,000 students enrolled for classes for the fall semester.

To further meet the growing physical facility needs, NSC leased space in a new building on the corner of Basic and Water Street in downtown Henderson. Basic Road and Water Street I included classrooms, nursing labs, computer labs, and office space.

2007

As the fall semester began, NSC ushered in a new era with the groundbreaking for a new Liberal Arts and Sciences building.

Another new building at Basic and Water Street, named Basic and Water II, opened in January 2007. This leased facility provided more space for the growing college, including additional smart classrooms, offices, and a satellite library with a 30-workstation computer lab and media center.

2008

On March 4th, NSC celebrated its fifth anniversary as the state's first four-year public college. More than 250 community leaders and college faculty and staff gathered at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa to honor the historic occasion.

The college opened its first permanent building, the Liberal Arts & Sciences Building, on its 509-acre site in August 2008. The 42,000-square-foot building had faculty offices, labs, and seven classrooms. It included five smart classrooms, four state-of-the-art science labs, one computer lab, additional computer workstations, a tutoring center, 43 offices, a conference room, and student study areas.

2010

In July, the NSC campus and local community mourned a great loss as longtime president Fred Maryanski passed away after fighting a courageous battle against cancer.

Increasing 18% over 2009, enrollment neared a record number of 3,000 students the largest percentage increase seen during the year within the entire Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC also increased retention by 13% to reach a record high of 67%.

NSC's Campus Master Plan was approved by the Board of Regents in 2010 and would utilize about 340 acres of the 509 for classrooms and education buildings. The other approximately 170 acres would be used for residential, retail, and commercial purposes.

2011

In August 2011, Nevada State College received independent accreditation at the baccalaureate degree level from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

2012

The Board of Regents named Bart Patterson president in spring 2012.

In April, the Scorpion, NSC's official mascot, was introduced during the Henderson Heritage Parade & Festival.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the college, Patterson proudly bestowed degrees on a record number of graduates during the 2012 spring commencement ceremony. The college's total number of alumni leapt to over 1,500.

In its first decade of service, the college has grown to offer more than 24 majors and minors and maintains average class sizes of only 23 students. The fall 2012 semester welcomed 3,200 students to the campus.

2013

In June, the Nevada Legislature allocated additional funding to Nevada State College under a new performance-based funding formula.

The College continued its campus development efforts by earning approval for two new campus buildings, a combined nursing and education facility, and a student activities and administration building. NSC's student body overwhelmingly supported the construction of these buildings through a special building fee.


Promote Student Success
Foster Educational Opportunity
Strengthen the Community

Promote Student Success

Nevada State College faculty, staff and administrators are united by an unwavering commitment to the success of our students. As stated in our mission, the College facilitates this success on a broad scale through excellence in teaching. This excellence, in turn, yields learning experiences characterized by innovative engagement. This engagement is manifested in innovative, technology-rich learning opportunities that promote the acquisition of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Our innovative methods routinely incorporate experiential learning opportunities, an active examination of real-world issues, and the pursuit of progressive instructional practices. The technology-rich approach immerses students in the study and application of technology and keeps them poised to adapt to the increasingly sophisticated demands of the modern world.

Taken together, these efforts are expected to promote a variety of essential student learning outcomes. In promoting the acquisition of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, we strive to impart students with the critical thinking ability needed to solve complex real-world problems and adapt to the shifting challenges of a rapidly evolving society. Moreover, the broad availability of free, high-quality information engendered by the Internet era compels our educators to place an increased emphasis on the effective evaluation and application of this information. Successful students also develop strong written and oral communication skills and exhibit the integrity and discipline-specific expertise needed to thrive in a chosen career path. Finally, in the pursuit of a stronger community and a better future for all of Nevada, successful graduates cultivate a respect for all forms of diversity, a commitment to the common good, and an ability to work well with others.

Foster Educational Opportunity

Nevada State College is founded on the belief that all students deserve an opportunity to succeed at the highest level. The fulfillment of this goal hinges on the provision of quality, four-year degree programs to a diverse population of students from largely under-served, first generation, non-traditional and/or financially challenged backgrounds. A large proportion of the students the College recruits and supports are particularly likely to benefit from our dedicated faculty and staff, personalized service, and focus on teaching and learning. As such, one of our chief aims is to open the door to career success and enhanced quality of life for students who otherwise might face limited opportunities for success in higher education.

To accomplish this, we offer a wide array of affordable four-year degree programs in flexible learning formats that meet the needs of a working, commuter student population. Our School of Education helps address a statewide need by preparing highly qualified educators and speech language pathologists who will respond to the needs of all learners and educate students to reach their highest potential. The School of Nursing provides critical support to Nevada's health care community and offers degrees in a variety of learning formats, including a second degree accelerated track, an RN to BSN track, and a part-time program designed for students whose external obligations prohibit full-time enrollment. A range of bachelor's degrees in the Liberal Arts & Sciences prepares students for success in a number of fields, from professional careers in medicine, psychological counseling, and law enforcement to rapidly growing fields in business, biotechnology, and visual media.

Students are guided along each of these degree paths by personalized student support services in critical facets of the college experience. The combined goal of our service and educational initiatives is to open the door to career success by improving the retention, persistence and graduation rates of our students. The College aspires to improve the outcomes of all students, particularly those who come from first-generation, non-traditional, and other under-represented backgrounds. Our success in this regard plays an integral role in the future economic and social health of a state burdened by one of the lowest proportions of college graduates in the nation. The graduates of Nevada State College are expected to leaven this burden and contribute to a more diverse workforce and diversified economy.

Strengthen the Community

As a public institution, Nevada State College is determined to provide returns on the investment made by the state and its citizens. Foremost among these returns, as stated in our mission, is the development of graduates who can deliver on the promise of a stronger community and a better future for all of Nevada. Aided by the knowledge, skills, and integrity they acquire at NSC, our graduates support existing, high-demand fields and help fulfill the needs of growing industries that promise to diversify the state economy.

This effort to strengthen the community extends to our faculty and staff, who establish partnerships that advance the fortunes of public and private entities across the region. Furthermore, our faculty share their expertise with the community in productive ways, and community leaders are likewise welcomed to contribute their expertise to the growth and edification of our students. Ultimately, we hope that the sum of these endeavors is a community strengthened by a more civic-minded populace and a more diverse, capable workforce.

History

As the only four-year, comprehensive public college in the state of Nevada, Nevada State College places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely underserved student population. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. During the past ten years, NSC has achieved remarkable success in furthering its mission and core values.

1998

Political and business leaders introduced the idea of building a new four-year, taxpayer-supported state college with the primary mission of training teachers.

1999

In December 1999, the Nevada Board of Regents approved the establishment of Nevada State College (originally called Henderson State College). The idea won favor with state lawmakers because growth in student enrollment was about to overwhelm the University and Community College systems of Nevada, as a shortfall of 10,000 college seats was projected for 2010.

2000

Discussions about state college feasibility began if funded by the 2001 Nevada Legislature, the four-year state college could begin offering classes in such high-demand areas as education and nursing by September 2001. These and more general classes likely would be taught at a temporary site while work continued on the state college campus. The Board of Regents approved the University of Nevada, Reno as Nevada State College's sponsoring institution in May 2000.

2001

Governor Kenny Guinn recommended $22.8 million in state funding to establish the college, $6.8 million to open it to 1,000 full-time students in the fall of 2002, and $16 million to help construct the first campus building.

The new site was located west of the Wagon Wheel Drive exit along U.S. Highway 95's convergence with Boulder Highway. It was noted that a former vitamin company building could be used as the college's first building and that the infrastructure that already existed on the city land would help bring down the cost of developing the entire campus site.

2002

On September 3, 2002, NSC opened its doors for the first time to 177 students for the fall semester. NSC's physical facilities opened at the Dawson Building, with three classrooms and a library.

Fall enrollment in 2003 was 569 students, an increase of 222% over the initial year's enrollment. During the next two years, policies and procedures were written, curriculum was refined, faculty and student government venues were defined, and marketing was instituted. Various partnerships were formed with the other Nevada higher education institutions, healthcare agencies, and the Clark County School District.

2004

The official NSC enrollment was 786, and the increase in student population was supported by additional faculty hires. The college celebrated its first commencement ceremony in May with a class of 13 graduates.

2005

In June, the Nevada Legislature appropriated approximately $22 million in operating funds to Nevada State College, as well as $9 million for construction of the Liberal Arts and Sciences building, the college's first permanent building.

Dr. Fred Maryanski was hired as president in February 2005 and spearheaded the formulation of a master plan for the college, focusing on private and public sector partners, as well as accreditation efforts.

2006

NSC's enrollment continued to rise with nearly 2,000 students enrolled for classes for the fall semester.

To further meet the growing physical facility needs, NSC leased space in a new building on the corner of Basic and Water Street in downtown Henderson. Basic Road and Water Street I included classrooms, nursing labs, computer labs, and office space.

2007

As the fall semester began, NSC ushered in a new era with the groundbreaking for a new Liberal Arts and Sciences building.

Another new building at Basic and Water Street, named Basic and Water II, opened in January 2007. This leased facility provided more space for the growing college, including additional smart classrooms, offices, and a satellite library with a 30-workstation computer lab and media center.

2008

On March 4th, NSC celebrated its fifth anniversary as the state's first four-year public college. More than 250 community leaders and college faculty and staff gathered at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa to honor the historic occasion.

The college opened its first permanent building, the Liberal Arts & Sciences Building, on its 509-acre site in August 2008. The 42,000-square-foot building had faculty offices, labs, and seven classrooms. It included five smart classrooms, four state-of-the-art science labs, one computer lab, additional computer workstations, a tutoring center, 43 offices, a conference room, and student study areas.

2010

In July, the NSC campus and local community mourned a great loss as longtime president Fred Maryanski passed away after fighting a courageous battle against cancer.

Increasing 18% over 2009, enrollment neared a record number of 3,000 students the largest percentage increase seen during the year within the entire Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC also increased retention by 13% to reach a record high of 67%.

NSC's Campus Master Plan was approved by the Board of Regents in 2010 and would utilize about 340 acres of the 509 for classrooms and education buildings. The other approximately 170 acres would be used for residential, retail, and commercial purposes.

2011

In August 2011, Nevada State College received independent accreditation at the baccalaureate degree level from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

2012

The Board of Regents named Bart Patterson president in spring 2012.

In April, the Scorpion, NSC's official mascot, was introduced during the Henderson Heritage Parade & Festival.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the college, Patterson proudly bestowed degrees on a record number of graduates during the 2012 spring commencement ceremony. The college's total number of alumni leapt to over 1,500.

In its first decade of service, the college has grown to offer more than 24 majors and minors and maintains average class sizes of only 23 students. The fall 2012 semester welcomed 3,200 students to the campus.

2013

In June, the Nevada Legislature allocated additional funding to Nevada State College under a new performance-based funding formula.

The College continued its campus development efforts by earning approval for two new campus buildings, a combined nursing and education facility, and a student activities and administration building. NSC's student body overwhelmingly supported the construction of these buildings through a special building fee.

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