Nevada System of Higher Education
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) (formerly the University and Community College System of Nevada "UCCSN") was formed in 1968 to oversee all state-supported higher education in the U.S.
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 state of Nevada
Nevada is a state in the western, mountain west, and southwestern regions of the United States. With an area of and a population of about 2.7 million, it is the 7th-largest and 35th-most populous state. Over two-thirds of Nevada's people live in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which contains its...

. The name was changed in 2004. Two doctoral-granting research universities, one state college, four community colleges and one research institute comprise the System. About 98,000 students attend the degree-granting campuses.

An elected Board of Regents is responsible for the governance of the institutions comprising the Nevada System of Higher Education.
Elected to serve a six-year term, the 13 Regents set policies and approve budgets for Nevada's entire public system of higher education. The Board holds eight regular meetings each year as well as additional committee meetings. Regular meetings are rotated among the campuses throughout the state. All regular and committee meetings are open to the public.

On Friday, March 16, 2007, the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, voted to drop the name "Community" from both the Community College of Southern Nevada and Western Nevada Community College, effective July 1, 2007.


  • University of Nevada, Reno
    University of Nevada, Reno
    The University of Nevada, Reno , is a teaching and research university established in 1874 and located in Reno, Nevada, USA...

     is the oldest University in the state. UNR was established in 1874 as a land-grant institution.
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    University of Nevada-Las Vegas is a public, coeducational university located in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada, USA. The campus is located approximately east of the Las Vegas Strip. The institution includes a Shadow Lane Campus, located just east of the University Medical Center of...

     was the second four-year university in the state to be founded, initially as Nevada Southern University in 1957. Winning its autonomy in 1965, Nevada Southern was renamed UNLV in 1969 due to the need for better national recognition and partially for separation from UNR.
  • Nevada State College
    Nevada State College
    Nevada State College is a four-year public college located in Henderson, Nevada, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education...

    , founded in 2002, is Nevada's newest four-year public college.


  • College of Southern Nevada, founded in 1971 as Clark County Community College and later renamed the Community College of Southern Nevada before gaining its current name, is the largest institution of higher education, public or private, in Nevada. It is also the third-largest community college in the United States.
  • Great Basin College, previously known as Northern Nevada Community College, is a community college serving northeastern Nevada.
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
    Truckee Meadows Community College
    Truckee Meadows Community College is a community college located in the U.S. state of Nevada primarily in the city of Reno. From 1971 to 1979 the college was a branch of Western Nevada Community College. Its current name is based on its primary service area, Truckee Meadows in Washoe County,...

     is a community college serving residents of Reno and the surrounding area.
  • Western Nevada College, previously known as Western Nevada Community College, is a community college serving northwestern Nevada.


  • Desert Research Institute
    Desert Research Institute
    The Desert Research Institute is the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education , the organization that oversees all publicly-supported higher education in the U.S. state of Nevada...

     is a heavily research-oriented institution focusing on atmospheric sciences
    Atmospheric sciences
    Atmospheric sciences is an umbrella term for the study of the atmosphere, its processes, the effects other systems have on the atmosphere, and the effects of the atmosphere on these other systems. Meteorology includes atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics with a major focus on weather...

     and hydrologic science; graduate students may earn Master's degree
    Master's degree
    A master's is an academic degree granted to individuals who have undergone study demonstrating a mastery or high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice...

    s or Ph.D.
    A Ph.D. is a Doctor of Philosophy, an academic degree.Ph.D. may also refer to:* Ph.D. , a 1980s British group*Piled Higher and Deeper, a web comic strip*PhD: Phantasy Degree, a Korean comic series* PhD Docbook renderer, an XML renderer...

    s in those areas at DRI.

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