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College of Southern Nevada
College leadership at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) anticipates that participation in Achieving the Dream will assist with helping the college ask the right questions, identify the data needed to answer these questions, and aggregate and disaggregate the data to guide decision making. CSN believes that Achieving the Dream can assist with:
- Devising new ways of interpreting and using data for inquiry;
- Tracking first-generation cohorts; and
- Identification of appropriate interventions, implementation of interventions, assessment, evaluation, and follow-up on the effectiveness of the interventions.
CSN is most focused on Achieving the Dream’s ability to assist them in designing effective interventions that reduce time to completion while simultaneously increasing the number of students who graduate. In addition, CSN leaders have set a goal to become better at data inquiries and analysis in order to gain a deeper understanding of their students and their patterns of retention, persistence and completion.
The largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution in Nevada, CSN has three main campuses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson and multiple sites and centers. Students can choose from more than 200 degree and certificate options in more than 120 areas of study, including 30 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Founded in 1971, CSN enrolls nearly 40,000 students from 48 states and 60 countries each semester and has over a million alumni.
CSN is located in an area where tourism and the convention industry are the major sources of income. In addition, manufacturing, government, warehousing, and trucking are also significant sources of employment. There are also high-technology companies in the region. CSN works to prepare students to be successful in these fields and more. In the fall 2010 semester, 75% of CSN’s student population attended the school part-time and over half (56%) of students were minorities; 11% were African American and 25% were Hispanic. Almost all of the students at CSN are in-state residents; the overall graduation rate for students who began their studies at CSN in the fall 2004 semester is at 9%, with a higher percentage of females graduating than men.
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