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Nevada System of Higher Education
5550 W. Flamingo Rd., Suite C-1
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Tel: (702) 889-8426


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2005


Contact: John Kuhlman
(702) 889-8426
John_Kuhlman@nshe.nevada.edu
www.nevada.edu


STATE P-16 COUNCIL TO ADDRESS EDUCATION ISSUES

LAS VEGAS – Chancellor James E. Rogers and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Keith Rheault announced today that the state P-16 Council has been charged with addressing concerns outlined in a recent WestEd Report which ranked Nevada near the bottom of all states in achievement and graduation rates. The P-16 Council will recommend an “action agenda” of items to be presented in December at a dual meeting between the State Board of Education and the Board of Regents.

Established in 2002 to discuss issues of education and make recommendations to the K-12 and higher education boards, the state P-16 Council includes representatives from higher education, K-12, governmental entities, business, parents, pre-kindergarten, and many other statewide educational stakeholders. The Council has researched and provided recommendations in many areas including remedial education, dual-credit programs, financial aid, and high school core curriculum.

“The P-16 Council was established to address educational issues. I feel confident that this distinguished group of representatives can come back to us with valuable recommendations,” said Rogers. “This group has been active for three years, and fully supports our commitment to working statewide with a variety of educational stakeholders.”

Supported by the Governor and both boards, the Council will drive a coordinated effort to address educational priorities.


Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to: shared data for decision-making between the Department of Education, school districts, Nevada System of Higher Education, students, assessment and teachers; teacher preparation; articulation and transfer of students within Nevada P-16 educational systems; student access and success; P-16 communication; and impact of growth in student numbers on our educational systems.

The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprising two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of the nation’s fastest growing state. As Nevada’s only system of higher education, the NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students.