WHY DO STUDENTS WHO ATTEND COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN OTHER STATES HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF GRADUATING OR GETTING GOOD GRADES THAN THOSE WHO ATTEND CSN?
CSN is nearly on par with its peers in terms of the percentage of its budget that comes from state and tuition revenue. But students at most of CSN’s peer institutions receive thousands of dollars more per year from local funding. When state support recedes, CSN students are at a disadvantage compared to their peers because they do not have that additional source of local support.
Those extra dollars pay for tutors, counselors, financial aid staff, library resources and full-time faculty. Students will never have adequate financial sources unless and until Clark County becomes involved in the process of supporting CSN.
I HAVE LONG ARGUED FOR TWO SEPARATE FUNDING SYSTEMS FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN CSN’S PEER GROUP RECEIVE NOT ONLY STATE FUNDS, BUT RECEIVE AN AVERAGE OF 20% OF THEIR BUDGET FROM LOCAL FUNDING. HOW CAN CSN COMPETE?
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.