Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

UNLV to Fire Tenured Faculty, Close Schools in Face of 'Fiscal Collapse'

UNLV Logo Las Vegas Sun, UNLV President Plans for ‘State of Fiscal Collapse’:

UNLV President Neal Smatresk told a somber Faculty Senate on Tuesday that the administration was planning a kind of bankruptcy to deal with its budget crunch. Under the "financial exigency" plan, tenured professors could be fired and whole departments and programs more easily closed down.

According to this letter from the UNLV Provost, the Boyd School of Law must cut $2.3 million from its budget by Feb. 25.

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They just need to cut the programs and departments that produce nothing of value.

Just finished a seminar on "worthless degrees" and got 4 philosophy students to drop their degree.


Posted by: Cpt Capitalism | Feb 18, 2011 6:54:00 AM

Way to go US! Spend bilions in wars and the military and cut education costs. The Chinese score another major victory in the current fight between dumb and smart.
I also would like to add my voice to those who suggested to cut everything with studies in it. We don't need to know the world, we can always hire somebody from the uk or Australia to tell us what's going on in Egypt. Damn, we hired an Australian as our major
Afganistan counterinsergency expert, we can do it again...

Sometimes I think that you people are paid by the Chinese communists to make sure we give them the keys to technological innovation and world hegemony.

Posted by: John | Feb 17, 2011 10:07:51 AM

You are all just buying into his "we are here to help you" mindset, especially Sven. Sven should spend some time as a manager, and find out that whether the potential new employee has a college degree is worth a couple seconds of interview time.

I'm not going to believe we are having an honest correction on higher education until professors start quiting for private sector jobs, and a significant number of institutions close. Not holding my breath. Until then Smatresk is just a scarecrow.

Posted by: pashley | Feb 17, 2011 8:07:37 AM

I went to the link but I could find no context. The following should be easy questions for the admin to answer.
How much was TOTAL ACTUAL spending estimated for this fiscal year?
How much is the planned actual spending for the upcoming fiscal year?
The difference between those two numbers is either an increase in spending or a decrease?

How much did they spend 3 years ago?

Those numbers would give context.

Posted by: WJ | Feb 17, 2011 7:30:53 AM

Wow. Didn't you folks read that UNLV got cuts totaling 50 million the past two years? That's not exactly weathering a financial storm with immunity.Look, if there is no money there is no money. But eating too much of the seed corn mortgages the future. For example,when you remove education as a way out of poverty you are left with the entertainment industry including athletics, politics (including religious leadership), and crime as economic escape routes. Crime is a pure zero sum game and is a redistribution of income even more unfair than taxes and give-a-ways (and housing those who get caught is as expensive as running a college I bet on a per capita basis), athletics is a huge longshot and an unrealistic ladder that misallocates time better spent elsewhere than on the basketball court for 9 year olds, and the country really doesn't need more uneducated politicians....not that educated politicians will necessarily come to different results (nor should they)but; rather, they will come to those decisions in a slightly broader way without, I would hope, reducing all issue to an us against them name calling argument. If that is the best way to develope public policy I suggest that the highest model of such systems are fundamentalist religions of all sorts but most visibly militant Islam. I would not choose to aspire to that model. Finally, education is not a guaranty of a job. It just happens to have the best odds for the individual and the greatest good (or least detriment) to the public. If cuts must be made...if really necessary, ok.But why the vitriol? And those cutting education need to consider not complaining when the medicare reimbursements are cut lowering the standard of living for nurses, and should favor cuts in the federal budget like reducing the mortgage deduction and ending most farm program payments and federal aid to roads.

Posted by: Tom | Feb 17, 2011 7:00:24 AM

Nevada was one the states worst hit by the housing bubble. It is interesting that the higher education bubble is now bursting there. This is probably a harbinger of things to come across the country.

This is not the time to put your hopes in a future in higher education.

On that note, here are 100 reasons NOT to go to grad school:

Posted by: Sven | Feb 16, 2011 10:33:17 PM

"As with most universities, nearly all of the courses that end in "Studies" can be safely canceled...."

That would be these courses:
Afro-American Studies
Asian Studies
Communication Studies
Cultural Studies
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
Italian Studies
Journalism/Media Studies
Latin American Studies
Linguistic Studies
Multidisciplinary Studies
Social Science Studies
Women's Studies

Add these to the list:
Compulsive Gambling
Social Work
Solar and Renewable Energy

And, dump most education courses, which accomplish little and are mainly required to limit entry into teaching by qualified people who majored in specialized fields of study.

But, be sure to leave crip courses that athletes can pass to stay eligible.

Posted by: Woody | Feb 16, 2011 8:35:58 PM

I wonder. Is Nevada Senator Harry Reid still in favor of a "Dream Act" to give immigration scofflaws tuition breaks and financial aid to attend UNLV?

Posted by: John Reece | Feb 16, 2011 6:56:18 PM

I'm sure a Google search of the last three years will find multiple instances of higher ed bureaucrats screaming about the Apocalypse with each "cut" (really reductions in calculatedly delusional planned spending *increases*).

Now that *real cuts* are here (maybe), the taxpaying public could not care less.

Apparently US "intellectuals" have never heard of that obscure piece of literature, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".

Also, it is not lost on the taxpaying public that the public sector union political mafias have stolen three years worth of splendid financial immunity - paid for by current and future taxpayers.

Burn baby burn.

Posted by: cas127 | Feb 16, 2011 6:50:12 PM

Two pieces to help put the harsh light of reality on the UNLV wailing and gnashing of teeth:

Posted by: John C. Gardner | Feb 16, 2011 6:35:58 PM

all of the courses that end in "Studies" can be safely canceled.

Agree. But the modern educrat would never do such a thing. To get your funding back you must make the cuts as painful as possible. The whole point of the exercise is to tell Joe Taxpayer, "Too bad you didn't want to pay more taxes, now your little Buffy won't be able to take those engineering and english courses she needed to graduate".

Posted by: K | Feb 16, 2011 6:13:14 PM

"UNLV President’s Somber Warning on Budget Cuts Moves Faculty to Tears"

Aww. Poor babies.

Posted by: Walter Sobchak | Feb 16, 2011 5:16:14 PM

As with most universities, nearly all of the courses that end in "Studies" can be safely canceled. From the looks of their catalog, an entire college (Greenspun) might be a good candidate for savings.

On a related topic, how much have non-teaching positions grown in the last decade? Rolling back any staff increases to 2000 (or even 1990) levels might be a good way to save money.

Posted by: MikeT | Feb 16, 2011 4:32:55 PM

I'm all for it.Let the smug elitists have a little taste of their own medicine. Let the parasites feel the pain they've been inflicting on their hosts.

Posted by: ck | Feb 16, 2011 4:26:05 PM

Sure, pay tons of money for basketball and then fire tenure faculty, I guess they're hoping "what happens here stays here . . ."

Posted by: mike livingston | Feb 16, 2011 12:41:01 PM