Monday, August 13, 2012


Here’s good news about the College of Southern Nevada:

CSN is the most affordable college in Southern Nevada and is the largest and most diverse accredited postsecondary institution in the state. 

CSN offers more than 5,000 courses, some as late as midnight, and has 30 degree and certificate programs available entirely online.  

Research indicates more than half of CSN’s first-time, full-time equivalent, degree-seeking students        drop out of college before they graduate or transfer to another institution. 

Some students need to wait more than a year to get into the classes they need because CSN is near capacity and lacks appropriate resources to add additional sections.

The demographics of CSN – with returning, non-traditional, minority students -- make advising particularly essential for timely completion of certificate and degree programs. CSN currently has 1 advisor/counselor for every 1,800 students and the recommended national average for public two-year schools is 1 advisor counselor for every 375 students.

Years of budget cuts and inadequate funding have depleted CSN student services to an anemic state. 
Starting this fall, CSN will be able to use new student fees to add some qualified staff in financial aid, admissions and advising to help students get through the pipeline.

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