Thursday, July 14, 2011

LV Weekly: NSHE funding formula out of step with national trends in higher education

This week the Las Vegas Weekly takes an extended look at the issue of the NSHE funding formula, with particular attention to how the state of Nevada handles student fees and tuition.

Although the headline is a bit sensational, and some important lines of inquiry are left out entirely (such as the discussion of equity funding for CSN in the last legislative session), the story is really worth reading by anyone interested in the state's future.

My personal view is that the story doesn't consider as fully as it might have the need for mission differentiation and careful strategic planning by the System (nearly as much as it opts to play up perceived regional rivalries). But that it goes much farther into the details of higher education funding in Nevada than any other publication has been able to this year (or, perhaps, any year).

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