Nevada Institute

Student Access and Success in Southern Nevada:

An ASHE Institute with Southern Nevada Education Leaders
Presented by Ascendium



 


Leadership

The project is being led by Project Chair Vanessa Sansone (UTSA) and ASHE Executive Director Jason Guilbeau. 


About the Institute

Building upon the tremendous success of the Institue in 2021 in Puerto Rico, the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) will once again engage with local higher education leaders in our 2022 conference location, Las Vegas, Nevada. Because Clark County, Nevada is one of the largest K-12 school districts in the nation, there is a unique opportunity to bridge our connections across education. We will engage with key players involved with student access and transitions, namely high school college counselors, higher education admissions counselors, and higher education enrollment leaders (e.g., vice presidents for enrollment management).

We will once again align key areas of this project to the key areas of Ascendium:

  1. Removing Structural Barriers to Success, specifically engaging with effective practices as well as identifying misaligned policies and practices to student access

  2. Streamlining Key Learner Transitions, specifically engaging with Southern Nevada’s connection to the tourism and hospitality industry and related industries

  3. Expanding Postsecondary Education in Prison, specifically engaging with the Nevada Department of Corrections Education Services and the Nevada System of Higher Education Prison Education Program

  4. Supporting Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training, specifically engaging with areas outside of Las Vegas and Reno as the remainder of Nevada is considered rural

These areas allow for a consistent project from our 2021 project in San Juan while providing for the successes and challenges of Las Vegas to be considered. The four key areas also align with the values of ASHE as well as the expertise of our members.

The Institute will aim to bridge connections amongst Institute attendees to expand access to higher education as well as a college student success. The outcomes of the Institute will be to: 

  1. Learn from Southern Nevada higher education leaders. The Institute will be focused on cultivating and supporting higher education’s strength in Southern Nevada to best serve the most marginalized students.

  2. Contribute knowledge to significant questions in Southern Nevada. This Institute will provide an opportunity for participants to understand and expand upon the unique higher education practice, policy, and scholarship in a city and area oft considered a ‘party’ location. This includes Clark County being one of the largest K-12 school districts in the United States, the unique aspects of having one of only four elected higher education boards of regents in the United States, and the education-workforce connection throughout the hospitality industry.

  3. Expand networks amongst practitioners and scholars. This will include engaging K-12 College Counselors, Higher Education Admissions Counselors, and Higher Education decision-makers. Additionally, informing the institute would be the research of three teams of ASHE members working with Southern Nevada institutional leaders to apply findings from empirical data to higher education practice and policy. ASHE members would be learning from and with Southern Nevada leaders instead of being in a position of authority. The institute, therefore, is the connection between the work of ASHE member scholars and the frontline knowledge and experiences of Southern Nevada leaders. 

The work will begin with listening sessions led by the project’s leadership team. We are hoping to garner two things from these sessions: 1) to understand local successes and challenges around four key areas and 2) to develop an advisory committee of local leaders to help guide this work.


Research Teams

The teams of ASHE members and Nevada higher education leaders would address various streams of student success and its intersections with institutional and commonwealth and federal policy. 

  1. Removing Structural Barriers to Success, specifically engaging with effective practices as well as identifying misaligned policies and practices to student access

  2. Streamlining Key Learner Transitions, specifically engaging with Southern Nevada’s connection to the tourism and hospitality industry and related industries

  3. Expanding Postsecondary Education in Prison, specifically engaging with the Nevada Department of Corrections Education Services and the Nevada System of Higher Education Prison Education Program

  4. Supporting Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training, specifically engaging with areas outside of Las Vegas and Reno as the remainder of Nevada is rural.

The goal is to develop applications for relevant and student-conscious strategies to facilitate expanded student success. Each team will work between July-December to understand the specific topic and its context in Nevada and the current research and research gaps related to the topic. During the Institute itself, Ascendium Fellows will present their work to an audience of invited Nevada higher education leaders for review and feedback. The final product from each team will be a six-page report, which will be compiled into a larger report, addressing: 

  • What is the context? 
  • What does the current research say and what are the gaps?
  • How do we span the borders of the current research? 

Call For Research Team Members / ASHE/Ascendium Fellows

The project leadership is seeking to identify scholars who will work on the teams.  

Through the support of Ascendium, each team member will be an ASHE/Ascendium Fellow and provided with a $1,500 stipend for research team members and a $1,750 stipend for the research team leader and coordinator.

*For the Research Team Coordinator, we specifically seek graduate students or postdocs who are interested in being part of these teams and who will take on additional administrative duties.

The timeline for the project is:
 
Interest form due
Thursday, July 7, 2022, Noon Pacific
Notifications sent out
Week of July 18
Kick-Off Meeting
Friday, July 29, 12:00pm-1:15pm Pacific
Working Meeting #1
Friday, August 26, 12:00pm-1:15pm Pacific
Working Meeting #2 Friday, September 16, 12:00pm-1:15pm Pacific
Preliminary Draft of Presentation due
October 4, 2022
Feedback from Project Leadership back to teams
October 12, 2022
Teams work on Final Presentation (we suggest 1-2 meetings)
October 12-October 31, 2022
Final Working Meeting
TBD
Institute
November 16, 2022

To Apply:
The application will ask the following:
  • Your email address
  • Your Name
  • Your Institution/Organization & Your Role
  • Your team and role interest
  • In 75 to 100 words, what are your areas of research and practice? How might you be able to contribute to this institute?