For more than 130 years, our institution has been on a clear trajectory. With each passing year, we’ve become a stronger institution, serving the state of Nevada in ways far too numerous to list here. Suffice it to say, particularly recently as we have reached key historic institutional milestones, we have made significant strides in providing the citizens of our state with meaningful results that have made a profound difference in their lives.
The compact between our campus and the citizens of our state has been a simple one: We aspire to be a quality institution in order to improve the quality of life in our state. We have kept this compact by graduating quality students, providing K-12 teacher preparation, offering important educational outreach initiatives to Nevada’s communities, supplying applied research focused on solving practical problems, and, through good economic times and bad, serving as a major and reliable economic engine.
Today, however, is a day where I can no longer say with certainty that any of this will continue at the level that our state needs if Nevada is to fully recover from its deep recession. Throughout these many months of budget reductions, the University has attempted to protect student success and the research capabilities of our campus. We continue to place a premium on both of these areas. However, the proposed budget reductions announced today dramatically reduce the quality of the University’s core instructional and research capabilities. The proposed budget reductions that I announce today, in fact, touch every corner of our University. They eliminate or severely curtail key service functions in ways that will impact our student body for years to come. Should the cuts announced today come to fruition, the institution will no longer be able to support our students with a broad range of quality degree programs. Sadly, faculty and staff positions will be lost and the lives of hundreds of individuals on our campus will be painfully impacted. Read the rest of this entry »