There are four community colleges in Nevada, one of which is CSN located in southern Nevada. The funding of these four institutions has been politically driven for 30 years. The range of state support of the community colleges ranges from $6100 (that is CSN) to $9700 (the Northern Schools) per year, and yet the four community colleges have similar salary schedules.
Funding for CSN is so limited that it turns away thousands of students each semester.
In CSN’s financial aid office, there are fewer than 20 employees. THERE IS ONE STAFF MEMBER FOR EVERY 2,267 FINANCIAL AID APPLICANTS. THE WAITING TIME FOR APPLICATIONS TO BE PROCESSED IS 8-10 WEEKS – HALF TO THREE QUARTERS OF THE SEMESTER. CSN students wait hours in lines to talk to someone in financial aid.
Southern Nevada has no future without a higher education system that actually satisfies the needs of its residents. At the moment CSN is so financially impaired that it cannot do so.
FOR THIRTY YEARS THE INCOMPETENT SOUTHERN NEVADA LEGISLATORS, THOUGH HAVING A MAJORITY OF VOTES IN THE NEVADA LEGISLATURE, WERE OUT-SMARTED AND OUT-MANEUVERED BY THE NORTH. UNLV WAS SHORTED SIX-HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS AND THE COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA WAS SHORTED TWO-HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIVE MILLIONS DOLLARS IN TAX DISTRIBUTION. THE SOUTHERN NEVADA COLLEGES WILL NEVER FULLY RECOVER.
THIS WEEK'S TWEETS DESCRIBE THE DAMAGE DONE TO CSN BECAUSE THE SOUTHERN NEVADA REGENTS AND LEGISLATORS FAILED MISERABLY TO PERFORM THE DUTIES ENTRUSTED TO THEM.