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November 28, 2014

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Governor’s higher education budget geared toward student performance

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $413 million general fund budget for the Nevada System of Higher Education is geared toward distributing money based on student performance rather than solely on enrollment.

Community colleges in Northern Nevada in particular would suffer losses under the governor’s budget.

Chancellor Dan Klaich on Friday told the Assembly-Senate joint budget subcommittee that the budget was a compromise and “not everybody is thrilled with it.”

“I’m sure there will be disagreement,” he said.

Former Assemblyman John Carpenter of Elko, who appeared before the subcommittee, said Great Basin College in Elko would be hurt by a reduction in its budget and would be forced to turn students away.

Assemblyman Andy Eisen, D-Las Vegas, questioned whether funding based on performance would put pressure on faculty to give inflated grades.

Klaich said the Board of Regents “is not interested on turning its back on education in rural Nevada,” but instruction may have to be delivered in a different way and duplicate services eliminated.

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  1. This is at the heart of the matter, "Klaich said the Board of Regents "is not interested on turning its back on education in rural Nevada," but instruction may have to be delivered in a different way and duplicate services eliminated."

    The facilities of all the campuses of Great Basin College, are in excellent condition, if there are faults to be found, it has to do with MANAGEMENT.

    With over a decade of experience with Great Basin College, seeing them grow over the years, Klaich was spot on with that assessment. The young people going to the rural schools feeding into Great Basin College, use it as a stepping stone towards LEAVING their rural homes and moving on to either UNR, UNLV, or out of state (and many, never to return to their home communities).

    So this has to raise the question of return of investment with rural colleges. Clearly, they are not in a position to COMPETE with the universities, but they do serve a purpose in PREPARING students in regards to undergraduate coursework. THAT is what should be carefully assessed and funded accordingly.

    Blessings and Peace,