Change for sake of change not enough
The Nevada System of Higher Education is proposing a new formula to fund higher education in the state. The method by which we fund our universities and colleges means a great deal for job creation, economic development and the long-term future of Southern Nevada.
Our economy depends on higher education to produce the workforce, the research and the innovation it needs to thrive. We need to have a full, honest, fact-based conversation during the 2013 Legislature about the best way to achieve these goals.
Nevada has changed — let’s admit it and reform public policies to reflect it. In the past 30 years, there has been a dramatic demographic and economic shift in our state. Southern Nevada is now a diverse metropolitan area of 2 million people with 70 percent of the state’s population. It is the economic driver of the state, and all Nevadans depend on the health of its economy.
Given these dramatic shifts, are we building a mechanism to fairly fund schools at appropriate levels to produce the innovation we need to drive Nevada into the 21st-century global economy?
Las Vegas Review-Journal