Friday, June 1, 2012

Nevada State College

Here’s good news about Nevada State College:

1.       NSC’s education graduates work as K-12 teachers in over a third of Nevada’s school districts and in other professions such as counseling, advising, and human resources.
2.       NSC nursing graduates are employed by every major hospital in southern Nevada and in a variety of healthcare professions.
3.       The percentage of NSC students who belong to an ethnic or racial minority group is over 50% in 2012; this has grown every year since inception, from 26% in 2002.
4.       The NSC School of Education ranked first in “Quality of Instruction” and second in “Satisfaction with Faculty and Courses” and “Overall Program Effectiveness” in a recent nationwide survey of teacher preparation programs conducted by Educational Benchmarking Inc. (EBI).


Wouldn’t you like to have a job where no one had any substantive control of your activities?  Wouldn’t you like a job where even though it was eventually discovered  that you were incompetent, because you had been given a lifetime professional employment agreement, you could only be terminated for criminal acts?

I would like that for myself.  But then again, I’m not a college professor.  I don’t have tenure.  I’m obligated to perform my duties at the highest level every day in order to receive my bi-monthly paycheck.


  1. I don't have tenure yet, but I work hard to be the best faculty member I can be. And I've never met a more dedicated and hard-working group of people than my colleagues at CSN. If there are faculty members out there who abuse the privileges of tenure, I haven't met them yet.

  2. At least you get a paycheck. Soon I'll be standing on a corner with a cardboard sign!

  3. Dear April,
    I spent a lot of time as Chancellor dealing with the faculty of CSN. It was outstanding. I certainly found every member hard working and totally dedicated to the college.

  4. Mr. Rogers, you might benefit from reading this:

    Will it change your mind? Sadly, probably not; you seem determined to join in the effort that Professor Naison describes.

  5. Michael, thank you for sending the link. I will read the article.

  6. Jim, While tenure can be abused, one of the problems in higher education is not the tenured faculty, but the administrators who wield absolute control over their non-tenured employees. Yes, the classified staff has a union, etc. It's the lower-level administrative faculty who are abused by the top dogs. It's like working for the mob. There's a code of silence that must be adhered to, or else they whack you. There's a culture of secrecy and retaliation, subterfuge and underhandedness. And, the tenured faculty don't care or are oblivious to it because of the reasons you mention above - it doesn't affect them. It's like two parallel universes. I don't begrudge tenured faculty tenure, but the culture within higher ed could be changed by some sunlight and accountability.



    1. Hi Ann,
      Please feel free to call me so we may discuss this. Call Fran at (702) 657-3141. Thanks, Jim