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Critics Buck Plans To Consolidate Higher Ed Services

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Moves to consolidate portions of Nevada's higher education system are generating criticism.

The Las Vegas Sun reports a group of former community college presidents is drafting legislation that would essentially remove community colleges from Nevada System of Higher Education oversight.

Regents are discussing expanding UNR and UNLV police to community colleges and creating a one-stop registration system for students. Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich says these are cost-saving measures amid shrinking state funding.

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John Gwaltney is the former president of Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno and says community colleges are the first to see cuts when funds are limited.

Critics are proposing a separate governing board and budget for community colleges. Gwaltney said the main challenge is creating a funding formula that doesn't prioritize universities.