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Thursday, March 10, 2011

UNLV Absorbs $2.26m Budget Cut: 97% on Students, 3% on Faculty; President Fears 'Mediocre' Law School

UNLV Logo Following up on my prior post, UNLV to Fire Tenured Faculty, Close Schools in Face of 'Fiscal Collapse' (Feb. 16, 2011): National Law Journal, Cuts at UNLV Could Render Law School a 'Mediocre Institution':

Public law schools are no strangers to funding cuts, but few have found themselves in the dire situation now facing the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

University President Neal Smatresk has proposed a budget cut of $2.26 million for the law school as part of $32.6 million in cuts for the university. ... The law school would reduce its operating budget by $68,351, while the rest of the cuts will be made up with tuition and fee increases. The university plans to eliminate 315 faculty and staff positions, although there is no plan to eliminate law school faculty or staff. A summary accompanying Smatresk's letter notes that the plan would require significant tuition increases. "These additional increases will undermine the law school's successful formula and render it a mediocre institution," the summary reads. ...

Law school tuition at present is $20,000 for Nevada residents and $33,400 for out-of-state students. Law Dean John Valery White said the school has not yet determined how big the tuition increase will be, but that it will likely fall within the 15% to 20% range. That would be an unusually large increase, given that most law schools are talking about tuition increases of between 3 and 10%.

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Cut $68,351? What, they can't cut another 2 or 3 staff above & beyond the total 315?

The lawn gets cut every 8 days instead of 7? A few less flowers & shrubs? Maybe have the horticultural students, if there's a program, tend to some of the campus for part of their grade?

Someone on Althouse's blog said that the University of WI at Madison pays some administrator $150 grand a year for diversity and climate change. I think that's the title. I think they linked it.

Cry me a river.


Posted by: Sandy P | Mar 10, 2011 9:56:11 AM

"These additional increases will undermine the law school's successful formula and render it a mediocre institution."

It's not a 'successful formula' if it's subsidized. Period. It's already worse than a mediocre institution, it's a thieving mediocre institution with no ability or will to improve.

Posted by: Morgan | Mar 10, 2011 10:16:52 AM

". . . rest of the cuts will be made up with tuition and fee increases." Am I being exceedingly dense? Since when are tuition increases CUTS to a budget?

Posted by: T | Mar 10, 2011 10:45:00 AM

The real issue here is whether Nevada Senator Harry Reid is still in favor of a 'Dream Act' that would give immigration scofflaws tuition breaks and financial aid to attend UNLV...

Posted by: John Reece | Mar 10, 2011 1:01:22 PM

T > No, you're not. It's a little unclear. The CUTS are at the state-budget level. The University is going to try to make up the shortfall by basically gouging the hell out of their students.

Posted by: Neale | Mar 10, 2011 1:10:34 PM

Ha!! My school pays 185K to the person who runs the Summer Bridge Program. [It's supposed to be a 'boot camp' for students who are smart enough but have crappy work and study habits. They get taught, usually, by part-time adjuncts for 3K per class of 25. The 'retention' rate, i.e. the number still in school after the following Winter Semester, appears to hover around 4%. {It's, for some odd reason, kind of hard to find data on the Program, other than it exists and "serves dozens of deserving students each summer."}]

Posted by: jorgxmckie | Mar 10, 2011 1:12:51 PM

Neale,

I actually did understand that; my point was not clearly made. To say that the state or (university for that matter) cut the law school budget is not quite true. They reduced the allocation of money to the law school. The law school choose to cut it's budget by only $68,000 and to not cut the budget any further by transferring costs to the backs of students (tuition increases).

Why? Which makes the law school the greater victim 1) the state cut our budget; or 2) The Law School chose to pass a greater potion of its operating costs to its student instead of reducing those costs.

In that light, i repeat my initial statement; tuition increases are not budget cuts.

Posted by: T | Mar 10, 2011 1:50:30 PM