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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Community colleges in Nevada will soon require a high school diploma or its equivalent to enroll.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( ) the Nevada Board of Regents approved the policy at a meeting Thursday. It takes effect in fall 2012.

President Michael Richards of the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas has said students are more successful in college if they’re ready when they start.

More than half the state’s 114,000 college students attend community colleges. No admission standards are in place at the schools.

CSN alone has 44,000 students. But officials say only about 9 percent graduate.

Community colleges now have a year to design an alternative path to college for students who have not finished high school.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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