Klaich said the $110 million shortfall could also be met by shutting down entire campuses and programs, with three scenarios of combinations:
*Closing College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College.
*Closing Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada School of Medicine as well as Boyd School of Law and UNLV’s dental school.
*Closing Nevada State College, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College, and eliminate UNR and UNLV Athletics and the Agricultural Experiment Station at UNR.
Cutting $110 million from the budget will mean an estimated 15,750 students would be unable to enroll in the Nevada System of Higher Education, a decrease of 14 percent from 2009’s enrollment, Klaich said. And more than 1,000 full-time faculty and staff would lose their jobs.
“We will lose our competitive edge … and add to the already crushing burden of unemployment in this state,” Klaich said. “We will lose the ability to train the workforce for the very economy we wish to attract this state.”
Florida Governor Charlie Crist, a Republican whose state has the second-worst economic downturn in the country after Nevada, proposes to invest in higher education to build a "knowledge economy" for the future.
The choice is ours to make.