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Higher Education Update
Higher Education Update

AIR DATE: May 11, 2011

Governor Brian Sandoval recently announced the state would add some money back into the education system in Nevada. Nevada's K-12 schools will get an additional $242 million added to their budget but Nevada's colleges and universities will get a fraction of that, about $20-million. Amidst those budget cuts is the threat that Nevada State College could be closed completely or folded into another schools. So despite the good budget news from the Economic Forum, the Nevada System of Higher Education is still on shaky ground. We'll talk with Regent, Michale Wixom and an administrator from NSC about the future of colleges in Nevada.

Michael Wixom, Nevada Regent, Nevada State College

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Looking at UNLV's budget it seems clear that the current cuts could easily be absorbed without cutting classes or increasing class size. Some of the crap they spend literally millions on is beyond astounding!!
TimMay 11, 2011 03:55:32 AM
There are over 3,300 universities in the US today which is the highest number per capita of any nation in the world. Projections suggest about half of these universities will cease to exist over the next 20 years due to the economy. The US must return to a manufacturing and agrarian economy to survive the end of the petroleum era. So the needs of the youth of the US (not just in Nevada, but all over the US) are more vocational training, not higher education. Study the education models of Germany, Japan and South Korea. Their systems are well balanced and support their national economies. I served as the Chair for a private trust fund's awards committee. I petitioned funding for UNLV directly twice - both were denied due to low academic performance. Finally I was able to secure an award for the entire NSHE by including UNR (Tier 2 stature). For weeks I worked with Regents and the Administration of UNLV and UNR to make the large award. Their mode of operation and communication was so poor, I simply gave up. I have since heard this same complaint from many other people willing to donate millions if not tens of millions of dollars. Support Gov. Sandoval or vote him out.
Steve FrazerMay 10, 2011 10:49:56 AM
What is it going to take? Threatening the elected positions of Republicans.
Jim in HendersonMay 10, 2011 09:32:35 AM
In response to your question, "what is it going to take?" seems to me that in politics, the biggest hammer and the loudest voice is big business. It's very hard to entice businesses to move here in spite of the favorable tax laws, or for current corporations to recruit quality employees here because of the state of our education system.
TessMay 10, 2011 09:30:29 AM
As the CSN Chapter President of the Nevada Faculty Alliance, I can tell you that we have over 230 members who are in constant contact with legislators every day. I am currently listening to the committee meeting to decide on cutting faculty salaries and tweeting what is happening for our members.
Sondra CosgroveMay 10, 2011 09:25:35 AM
I am an engineering student at UNLV. On this campus and in this town I see apathy everywhere. Everyone talks and talks about how horrible these cuts are, but no one does anything. UNLV spent several thousand dollars to send a bus of students to Carson City to protest; talk about wasteful spending. That was a waste of money because few people went and they really didn't stir anything up while they were there. They just stood outside the capital with pickit signs, big whoop. When students decided to protest on the strip, out of 27,000 students on campus only less than 500 students showed up and the people running this protest were proud of the 'HUGE' outcome. This is pathetic, UNLV deserves what it's getting since it seems everyone here likes to get stepped on. I propose we move the capital to Las Vegas, or we seperate ourselves as a seperate southern state in order to keep the revenue generated in Vegas inside of Vegas. 1000 students protesting is NOT ENOUGH. 27,000 might be.
AriMay 10, 2011 09:22:45 AM
Why is Nevada government so cheap? Education helps everyone-the individual and the state. Why are the Republicans against it?
Phil DunesMay 10, 2011 09:00:22 AM
It's not all the republicans' fault; the democrats got us into this mess with their over-spending; now we're trying to balance the budget and "stuff" has to be given up. I'm not for cuts but I hope someone is intelligent enough in the legislature to at least talk about the issues and come to a resolution that will help Nevada as a whole, not just those with the most lobbyists.
MarshaMay 11, 2011 13:10:04 PM
The truth is that neither Governor Sandogibbons nor the Republicans in the legislature care about education. They would rather we stay a service economy forever. The problem with their "reasoning" is that is flies in the face of what the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and global companies like Microsoft have told them-INVEST MORE MONEY IN EDUCATION BECAUSE YOU ARE THE WORST IN THE NATION. But no, they would rather give more tax breaks to foreign mining corporations who are allowed to write off so many expenses at this point that the money saved by reductions in salaries of NEvada's working families that the Republicans salavate over are thrown to these European and Canadian companies. Talk about wasting money. The Republicans are kings.
Jim in HendersonMay 10, 2011 08:56:14 AM
Of course, the big dirty secret no one mentions is that if NSHE spent their money on education, rather than non-academic crap programs and unnecessary administration, they would have plenty even with cuts at the current levels. How sad that they choose to make the students feel the pain rather than make honest, responsible cuts to become leaner - and better - institutions of higher education.
Roger H.May 9, 2011 18:30:26 PM
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