Nevada has been confronted with unusual problems in providing education for its widely scattered population. The public school system is directed by the state department of education, which is headed by a superintendent of public instruction.
Nevada has 7 public and 16 private institutions of higher education. Among these are the University of Nevada, with campuses in Reno and Las Vegas (see Nevada, Las Vegas, University of; Nevada, Reno, University of); Great Basin College in Elko; and Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. The University of Nevada is a land-grant college, originally established at Elko. The university’s Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, located in Reno, is known for its programs in geological, geophysical, and hydrologic sciences. The Desert Research Institute, with Nevada campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, is a world-renowned research institution affiliated with the university system. See also Nevada, University and Community College System of. "Nevada" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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