Report: Nevada Needs To Invest More In Higher Ed

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A new report predicts "disastrous" economic consequences unless Nevada invests more in higher education to train skilled workers and attract new businesses and industries.

The report released this month by the Institute for Higher Education Policy said that in 2006, only 28% of Nevadans between the ages of 18 and 24 were enrolled in college, compared with 41% in top states.

It blamed inadequate academic preparation of elementary and high school students, as well as a lack of financial assistance.

The report says increasing college access and student success will require "a stronger and more coordinated relationship" between educators, business leaders, and state government.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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