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1 Section II - 1 C G WNC Feasibility Study WNC’s Strengths:  Enjoys a strong reputation for providing the large service region with access to quality, responsive, affordable programs and for its ability to reach out to the large rural areas in the service region  Is recognized for its quality partnerships with many area industries and the highly responsive and relevant workforce training programs it provides  Employs dedicated, knowledgeable, student-centered, and professional leadership, faculty, and staff  Offers a collegial and caring atmosphere as well as small class size and low student/teacher ratios  Offers strong academic programs, including several 4-year programs Challenges Facing WNC:  Locating additional resources due to reduced state funding  Remaining responsive to the needs of the college’s wide and diverse service area  Maintaining current and responsive programs and keeping up with technology  Fostering the willingness of some long-term employees to adapt and change to current methods and practices  Enhancing rural outreach and increasing industry partnerships This section contains a compilation of findings based on individual interviewee responses, any ensuing informal discussions, and conclusions drawn from the findings. Each interviewee was assured that responses would be treated in confidence and that any comments used in the written report would not be attributed to any specific respondent. Percentages are derived from the total number of interviewees who offered opinions. Overview Impression of WNC A significant majority of the respondents are favorable toward Western Nevada College. These respondents believe the college does an excellent job providing educational opportunities for the broad service area. Conclusions Western Nevada College Feasibility Study Findings and Conclusions

2 Section II - 2 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents consider WNC President, Dr. Carol Lucey, to be an open, energetic, and visionary leader. Conclusions An overwhelming majority of the respondents are favorable toward the Western Nevada College administrative team. Respondents indicate the administrators are responsive, open, and committed to the college’s mission. WNC President, Dr. Carol Lucey is regarded by respondents as visionary and energetic. Those holding mixed opinions point to a need for enhanced communication between the administration and the internal and external community. None of the respondents were unfavorable. Respondents say: “The administrative team is very community oriented.” “The administration makes every effort to meet the needs of local industry.” “Dr. Lucey is a very effective, visionary, and open leader.” “The administrative team is committed to the college’s mission.” “Helaine, Connie, and Bus are well known and well respected within the community.” “They are enthusiastic and highly energetic leaders.” “Each person brings different strengths to the team.” “The administration encourages candor and open discussion.” Impression of the Administration

3 Section II - 3 C G WNC Feasibility Study Conclusions A significant majority of the respondents are favorable toward the WNC faculty team. Faculty members are considered to be committed to student success and enthusiastic about teaching. Many respondents add that the faculty members are compassionate and accessible. Those offering mixed opinions agreed, for the most part, with the above opinions. However, these respondents pointed to a need on the part of a few faculty members to remain open to change. Twenty of the interviewees did not offer opinions, many indicating they knew few or none of the faculty. Respondents say: “Faculty members have a passion for teaching and a genuine desire to see their students succeed.” “They are dedicated, compassionate, visible, and team-oriented.” “Faculty members have a strong desire to improve the community through education.” “I am not familiar with the faculty team.” “Some members of the faculty could be more open to change.” “The faculty is very qualified; they teach at WNC because they want to.” Impression of the Faculty Faculty members are viewed as committed to student success and enthusiastic about teaching.

4 Section II - 4 C G WNC Feasibility Study Conclusions A significant majority of the respondents are favorable toward the WNC Advisory Boards. Respondents believe board members are diversely representative of their region and that they make up the influential and affluent leaders in the area. Many add board members are effective in providing advice to the college and serving as advocates of WNC. Those holding mixed opinions recommend the boards be strengthened with additional representation from the private-sector, business, and student communities. Many believe there is a perception that the boards are too political. Respondents say: “This is a good cross-section of the ‘movers and shakers’ of the community.” “Board membership is comprised of diverse experience and knowledge.” “Board members effectively analyze community needs and advise where the college can meet those needs.” “These are people who are part of the business and social circles within the community.” “Board members effectively market and advocate for the college.” “I would like to see additional private-sector, business, and student representation on the board.” “These are the pillars of our society – a great resource.” Impression of the Advisory Boards Many believe board members are effective advisors and advocates.

5 Section II - 5 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents indicate board members are well connected within the community. Conclusions A strong majority of the respondents are favorable toward the foundation board as a fundraising group for the college. These respondents indicate that the foundation board members are geographically and professionally representative. Many indicate they have a very successful fundraising history. Those holding mixed opinions believe the board could be strengthened with additional influential and affluent individuals representing a broader range of experience. Twenty-four of the interviewees did not offer opinions, indicating they knew few or none of the foundation board members. Respondents say: “The foundation was successful in bringing the baseball field and the observatory to the college.” “Board members are well connected within the community and have the best interests of the college at heart.” “They have done an excellent job raising funding.” “I believe the board should cultivate additional members of influence and affluence, representing a broader range of experience.” “I am not familiar with the foundation’s fundraising abilities.” “The board represents a wide range of the service area.” “Helaine is a skilled fundraiser.” Impression of the WNC Foundation Board

6 Section II - 6 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents believe the Center is critical to the area’s workforce training needs. Conclusions A significant majority of the respondents are favorable toward the Machine Tool Technology Center Expansion. These respondents believe this Center would enhance the college’s ability to provide a trained workforce. Many add that there is a need for trained people in this field. Internal respondents indicate there is a need for additional space to house equipment and that the current lack of space is a potential safety hazard. Those holding mixed opinions request additional information regarding the specifics of the initiative, including data indicating enrollment will support the need for the Center. Respondents say: “Anything that enhances the ability of the college to provide a trained workforce is critical to the college and the community.” “The environment we are in makes this initiative critical. Many companies requiring trained workers in the field have relocated here.” “I think this is a core and relevant program.” “I need more information as I am not familiar with this field.” “We need people trained in these areas.” “I am not sure the enrollment supports the investment.” “This is also a safety issue; we currently don’t have enough room for the equipment.” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Initiatives Machine Tool Technology Center Expansion

7 Section II - 7 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents are favorable toward the Nursing/Science Facility - Fallon Campus initiative, indicating it would fill a critical need. Conclusions Respondents are significantly favorable toward the Nursing/Science Facility - Fallon Campus initiative. These respondents consider this field to be a growing and critical area in which the college can provide trained workers. Many are impressed with the current nursing program at the college and believe this will further enhance and strengthen it. Those holding mixed opinions question the need for this initiative in light of current enrollment numbers. Respondents say: “WNC’s nursing program is exceptional and anything that can be done to further enhance it is important.” “The healthcare field is where the greatest demand is.” “I am passionate about this. The community is proud of the program in Fallon.” “The need is there; the demand is high.” “I like it, but don’t forget to emphasize the ‘science’ portion also.” “This is good for the community and the college.” “This is a good direction to go. I am extremely favorable.” “I am concerned the enrollment numbers won’t support it.” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Initiatives Nursing/Science Facility - Fallon Campus

8 Section II - 8 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents are split in their opinions regarding this initiative. Conclusions Respondents are split regarding their opinions of the Athletic Facilities initiative. Those who hold favorable opinions believe it will enhance the collegiate atmosphere. Many of those responding with mixed or unfavorable opinions indicate the need is not compelling enough or that academics are more critical than athletics. Respondents say: “Athletic programs and facilities are important in establishing a collegiate feeling.” “This would be nice, but academics are more important.” “I am ambivalent towards this initiative. Its nice, but not sure it’s necessary.” “Some good comes from sports, but few are successful making a living at it.” “I am not convinced this is a compelling need.” “I believe the existing field should be used for this.” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Initiatives Athletic Facilities

9 Section II - 9 C G WNC Feasibility Study Forty-one percent of the respondents believe the Center will enhance the entire community. Conclusions Forty-one percent of the respondents are favorable toward the Center for the Arts initiative. These respondents believe that this initiative will enhance the entire community. Those holding mixed or unfavorable opinions question whether the community will support this initiative and/or whether the cost is equal to the benefits. Respondents say: “We have needed this for a long time.” “This would enhance the entire community.” “With budget constraints as they are, we must focus on the core academics.” “I like the idea; however, it will be difficult to pull off.” “My concerns revolve around the cost.” “I am mixed. I support the arts, but believe there are existing facilities that serve this need adequately.” “I don’t believe the cost is equal to the benefits.” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Initiatives Center for the Arts

10 Section II - 10 C G WNC Feasibility Study Many respondents believe this initiative is critical to the college’s ability to respond to the growing health- science industry’s needs. Conclusions A strong majority of the respondents are favorable toward the Allied Health/Wellness Center – Carson Campus initiative. These respondents see this as a high priority and critical to the college’s ability to respond to the growing health-sciences field. Many of those who are mixed or unfavorable consider the Center to be a lower priority. Others note they are favorable toward the allied health portion, but not as favorable toward the wellness center. Respondents say: “This initiative would enhance the effectiveness of the institution.” “I am pleased to see this in the plans for WNC.” “I think there are higher priorities, the core subjects for example.” “I would like to see a collaboration with area hospitals.” “This center goes hand-in- hand with the nursing program.” “I am absolutely in favor of the Center. Anything that enhances the health sciences is good.” “I like the allied health portion, but I have mixed feelings about the wellness center.” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Initiatives Allied Health/Wellness Center - Carson Campus

11 Section II - 11 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents who are favorable believe scholarships increase accessibility for many students who could not otherwise attend WNC. Conclusions A majority of the respondents are favorable toward the “Top Ten” Scholarship Endowment. These respondents believe scholarships increase accessibility and that this one may keep the “best and the brightest” in the region. Some of those responding with mixed or unfavorable opinions believe students who are resourceful enough to be in the top 10 percent academically will have opportunities to obtain a post-secondary education on their own. Others indicate they believe these students would not attend community colleges and would go straight to four-year institutions. Respondents say: “Awarding scholarships to the top 10 percent will keep the best and brightest in our area.” “I believe if a student is in the top 10 percent, he/she will find a way to go to college.” “The top 10 percent don’t attend community colleges. I would like to see this developed as a need-based scholarship.” “Scholarships are important as they increase accessibility. The more the better!” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Initiatives “Top Ten” Scholarship Endowment

12 Section II - 12 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents believe a well-managed endowment for this purpose will serve the college well. Conclusions A small majority of the respondents are favorable toward the Endowment for Equipment Acquisitions. These respondents believe if this endowment is well managed it could serve the college well. Those holding mixed or unfavorable opinions indicate they will need additional information regarding the specifics of this initiative. Respondents say: “If it is well managed, it could serve the college well.” “I need additional information before I can give an opinion.” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Initiatives Endowment for Equipment Acquisitions

13 Section II - 13 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents believe the endowment will greatly enhance the nursing program and its objectives. Conclusions A strong majority of the respondents are favorable toward the Endowed Chair of Nursing initiative. These respondents believe this initiative greatly enhances the nursing program and its future objectives. Those holding mixed or unfavorable opinions did not disagree with the validity of the endowment. However, they do not consider it to be as high of a priority as some of the other initiatives. Respondents say: “This endowment will further enhance the other nursing program objectives.” “I am all for this.” “I like the idea, but believe there are other higher priorities.” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Initiatives Endowed Chair of Nursing

14 Section II - 14 C G WNC Feasibility Study Opinion Regarding the Proposed Initiatives Priority Rankings External Rankings External respondents consider the Nursing/ Science Facility – Fallon Campus initiative to be the highest priority need. Internal Rankings Internal respondents consider the Allied Health/Wellness Center - Carson Campus initiative to be the highest priority need.

15 Section II - 15 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents are strongly favorable toward conducting a major gifts campaign on behalf of Western Nevada College. Conclusions Respondents are strongly favorable toward conducting a major gifts campaign on behalf of Western Nevada College. These respondents believe the college is worthy of private-sector support and that a campaign is necessary and will be well received. Those holding mixed or unfavorable opinions cite economic problems as the reason for their responses. Overall, respondents believe a well-led and well-marketed campaign will receive community support. Respondents say: “Major gifts campaigns are almost necessary these days.” “A campaign could draw more attention to the college.” “It could be the only way to raise the funding the college needs.” “I have mixed feelings. I believe a campaign is necessary. However, I am not sure the economy is good enough right now to move forward.” “It’s definitely worth the try.” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Major Gifts Campaign

16 Section II - 16 C G WNC Feasibility Study Respondents cite economic conditions as the reason for their “uncertain” responses. Conclusions Forty-eight percent of the respondents indicate they are uncertain whether the proposed campaign schedule is well advised. These respondents, along with the majority of those responding in the “ill advised” category, believe the economy may not be strong enough to support a campaign at this time. Many add the campaign could be lengthened to contend with the economic conditions. Those who believe the proposed campaign schedule is well advised indicate the campaign is needed and that now is as good of a time as any. Respondents say: “Anytime is better than never.” “We may need to delay or extend the campaign to contend with the economic difficulties in the area.” “If we are ready and well prepared, now is a good time.” “I would like to see the college wait until after the elections.” Opinion Regarding the Proposed Campaign Schedule

17 Section II - 17 C G WNC Feasibility Study Thirty-nine percent of the respondents indicate they believe the proposed $49.8 million goal is attainable. Conclusions Thirty-nine percent of the respondents believe the proposed $49.8 million goal is attainable. Thirty-five percent of the respondents are uncertain and 26 percent believe the goal is not attainable. Some of the respondents who are uncertain or believe the goal is not attainable recommend alternative amounts (see side bar). Overall, these results demonstrate that respondents believe WNC is worthy of private-sector support. Opinion Regarding the Proposed $49.8 Million Goal Those who are uncertain or believe the goal is not attainable suggest the following alternatives: Goal Amount Times Mentioned $5 million3 $6 million2 $7 million2 $8 million2 $9 million2 $10 million5 $11 million3 $12 million3 $13 million2 $14 million2 $15 million3 $16 million2 $17 million2 $18 million2 $19 million2 $20 million7 $21 million2 $22 million2 $23 million2 $24 million2 $25 million10 $25 to $30 million4


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