Nevada’s Higher Education Catastrophe

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Nevada’s higher education chancellor, Dan Klaich, a man I rather like, spoke before the faculty senate at the University of Nevada Wednesday about the governor’s proposed education cuts. It didn’t go so well.

According to an Associated Press article in the Las Vegas Sun:

Klaich’s testimony drew scrutiny from Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas, who pointed out the higher education system’s low graduation rate of 40 percent. Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, called the state’s low marks on education “embarrassing.”

“You’re really good at coming and asking for money,” Cegavske said. “But what we need now is help and places where we can make reform. Drastic reform.”

Republican Governor Brian Sandoval’s budget proposal would reduce the state’s higher education system budget by $162 million.

While Cegavske is right to draw attention to the state’s low college graduation rate, it seems decidedly unlikely the $162 million cut will improve college completion.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer