Nevada Universities Seeing Enrollment Drop at Most Campuses

Nevada university officials are investigating why most of the state's public college campuses have seen a drop in enrollment.

Data presented during a Board of Regents meeting Thursday showed
more students only at Nevada State College, the College of Southern
Nevada and Truckee Meadows Community College in the fall.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas saw a drop in enrollment of 198 students, or 0.7 percent.

University of Nevada, Reno President Milton Glick said his campus saw increases in the numbers of students from Clark and Washoe counties, but a sharp drop in students from rural Nevada.

Glick attributed the drop to aggressive recruitment by colleges in Idaho and southern Utah.

The Nevada System of Higher Education includes seven campuses
and the statewide Desert Research Institute.

Vice Chancellor Jane Nichols said a consultant may be hired to examine why fewer students were going to college in Nevada.

"We're not reaching the students as much as we would like to, and we're not seeing the great growth rates ... we've seen," Nichols said.

Nichols said newly tightened Millennium Scholarship requirements may be the cause.

The merit-based scholarship pays less than it used to and was made more exclusive and more difficult to maintain.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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