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3 local issues highlight Board of Regents two-day meeting

Nevada’s Board of Regents will gather in Reno on Thursday to consider a wide range of issues facing the state’s public colleges, making decisions that affect everything from class offerings and student tuition to presidential hires and school construction.

Here are three local issues highlighting the two-day meeting:

RENAMING A CSN CAMPUS

Regents will consider approving a plan to rename a campus of the College of Southern Nevada following months of intense lobbying by North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee.

Under the proposal, approved last week by a board committee overseeing the state’s community colleges, CSN will switch the name of its campus at Cheyenne Avenue and Pecos Road to the “North Las Vegas Campus.” Lee has promised to seek between $15,000 and $17,000 in private funding to pay for new signs.

The vote would be a victory for Lee, who for years has sought to attach his city’s name to CSN.

PICKING UNLV MEDICAL SCHOOL SITE

The panel will consider a plan to give UNLV’s growing medical school a place to build a home near downtown Las Vegas, a vote that could clear another hurdle for the school to claim a nine-acre tract at 625 Shadow Lane. The school would partner with nearby University Medical Center to develop training programs for fledgling health care workers.

The Clark County Commission last month voted unanimously in favor of the plan, kicking off a series of public meetings that are expected to lead to a final commission vote June 21.

HOTEL COLLEGE CHANGES

UNLV’s hospitality school — one of Southern Nevada’s signature academic programs — could get an overhaul if regents approve a plan to reshuffle course work.

Grappling with low morale that was unveiled in a workplace survey last year, administrators are following requests by faculty to create three undergraduate departments at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. The move would reverse an unpopular 2010 directive by former Dean Don Snyder to funnel all classes into a single course of study.

Contact Ana Ley at aley@reviewjournal.com or 702-224-5512. Find her on Twitter @la__ley

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