Crystal Abba

Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Nevada System of Higher Education

Crystal Abba

Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Nevada System of Higher Education

A native Nevadan, Crystal Abba was appointed as the vice chancellor for academic and student affairs in January 2012. Prior to her appointment, Abba was the associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. She began her career with the Nevada System of Higher Education in 2002 and has served in multiple positions including assistant vice chancellor and director of public policy. In her previous NSHE roles, she worked closely with Nevada postsecondary leadership to identify and develop higher education policies and practices that meet the challenges of a changing state and the needs of its residents. As vice chancellor, Abba has been a leader in Nevada’s implementation of the CCA game changers, including performance-based funding, 15 to Finish, Math Pathways, and Corequisite Support.

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15 to Finish

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.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

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

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

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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