Barbee Oakes

Chief Diversity Officer

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Barbee Oakes

Chief Diversity Officer

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Barbee Myers Oakes, Ph.D. has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and she currently serves as UNLV's Chief Diversity Officer.
Oakes held three administrative appointments at Wake Forest University before joining UNLV in September 2017. She was their first Chief Diversity Officer (2015-2017), first Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion (2009-2017), and Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (1995-2009). Oakes held faculty appointments at Wake Forest, Arizona State University, and Penn State University (1985-1995) and is the co-author of seven textbooks. Oakes’ career work has earned her several national awards and recognition, including being named one of “25 Women Making a Difference” in Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine in 2012.
Oakes earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Wake Forest. Upon completion of her Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Nutrition from the University in Tennessee, Knoxville, she became the first Black woman with a doctoral degree in the American College of Sports Medicine.


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Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

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Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

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Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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