Nevada’s community colleges should embrace the “public-private partnership” to cater to a growing number of adult learners seeking associate and bachelor’s degrees, according to the NSHE report.

“The state needs to find new means to do so, including encouraging the private higher education sector to expand its capacity within the state,” the report said.

Government reports on abuses in the for-profit industry have exposed many unflattering statistics about for-profit colleges.

An investigation by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions said that Bridgepoint, a for-profit college operator, enrolled 8,000 students in associate degree programs in 2008.

Two years later, more than eight in 10 students had withdrawn from their various Bridgepoint programs, and 1 percent had earned a degree, according to the government data.

Nevada college officials likely are wary of the task force proposal, Nassirian said, in part because the failures of for-profit colleges have been highlighted in recent years.


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