UNR, point of “consolidation” of the GBC on the agenda of the regents | Local

ELKO – University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval and Great Basin College President Joyce Helens will next week seek approval from the Nevada Board of Regents to continue research “on what a more cohesive alliance would look like.” close – a consolidation – between GBC and UNR and would require .”

The presentation is scheduled as the last item on the agenda on September 8 when the Regents meet at the GBC Fitness Center, 1500 College Parkway in Elko. The Regents will continue their meeting on September 9.

According to a background paper on the proposal, “there is a new wave of consolidations/mergers of universities and colleges within American higher education. Often, consolidations have taken place to ensure the “survival” of higher education institutions after decades of dwindling resources, steadily declining enrollments and lagging student success measures…”.

“In the best-case scenario, two institutions consolidate with complementary strengths to chart a more secure and viable future while preserving the diversity and excellence represented in their missions and identities. This is the case of the Great Basin College and the University of Nevada Reno.

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Any alliance would preserve the name/identity of the Great Basin College and its rural mission, the undated briefing said.

The document indicates that GBC determined that it was ready to explore strategic collaborations with the UNR in 2018, when it began collaborations such as sharing administrative services, linking university programs and joining memberships. facilities such as the planned mining center of excellence.

“GBC and UNR are high performing organizations on their own and together they reach an even higher level of performance,” the briefing said. “Their success in working together to serve students, communities and industry requires consideration of what might be the next step for this alliance.”

Approval from the Board of Regents would allow GBC “to broaden the scope of our research to include feedback from stakeholders and faculty through a structured discussion,” the briefing says.

The consolidation is intended “to expand and secure the well-lit path providing greater access to higher education and training for students served in rural and border areas of Nevada,” according to GBC and UNR.

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