If you believe I am stuck on the outrageous funding of the medical school while the rest of the system gets shortchanged, especially southern Nevada, you are right. If you examine all the higher education institutions in the North and compare them to the higher education institutions in the South, you can’t help but conclude that the shortchanging of the southern schools may have put them in a position where they’ll never be able to compete with top universities and top community colleges. To illustrate the differentials in funding, I’ve used the medical school as one of the examples of those differentials.
I do not believe the medical school is over-funded. In fact, compared to the good medical schools across this country, its budget is chump change. But I do object to the disproportionate use of Nevada tax revenues to support a very small group of professionals while leaving the other more important professionals, that is teachers, out in the cold.
The 13 Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education have known about this problem for over 30 years. They have done nothing to solve it. The legislators have known about this problem for over 40 years. They have done nothing to solve it.
All eight institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education need to get their fair share of State funding that is already woefully inadequate. The problems at UNLV, NSC and CSN have been compounded by the disproportionate splitting of the small financial pie.