Higher ed official: Governor's budget shafts the system
Criticism of the higher ed budget is bubbling up inside the system, with a key official calling it a "disappointment," according to a memo obtained by The Nevada Independent.
Here are the key paragraphs from the memo penned Friday by Nevada Faculty Alliance liaison Kent Ervin.:
As is now widely known, the executive budget funds 2% COLAs each year for all state employees including faculty, funds merit step increases for classified employees, but does not fund the merit pool for NSHE faculty. It is particularly disappointing that although the stated “highest priority” of the Board of Regents is equal treatment of faculty compensation as for other state employees, NSHE System officials have been lauding the Governor’s budget.
It is less well known that the executive budget seriously underfunds the Weighted Student Credit Hour (WSCH) formulas due to “understatements” in base budgets. A summary of the budgets for the formula-funded budgets (for the seven instructional institutions) is provided below. Although the General Fund allocation to NSHE instructional budgets is increasing by $64.2M or 7.6%, which sounds very good, the additions to programs and budgeted costs are $102.7M (totals for the biennium).
My guess: Facts aside, this will not be received well on either end of the capital courtyard.
Here is the memo:
From: Nevada Faculty Alliance
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 3:50 PM
Subject: NFA Legislative Update 3/8/2017