The Carnegie Research Classifications’ top rating — R1, or “very high research activity” — is among the most sought-after designations for research institutions nationwide, widely seen by administrators as a marker of institutional success and as a valuable tool in recruiting top-flight faculty and students.
Multiple interviews with administrators and faculty involved with discussions suggest regents will be presented with a raft of options to help stem the budget bleeding — including a potential increase in student fees coupled with yet more institutional cuts.
In an interview last week with The Nevada Independent, Erquiaga said his year as chancellor was an honor, especially after having served as state superintendent — “no one in history has done that,” he said — even if it was also “probably the most difficult job I’ve had.”
Tuesday’s vote also authorized the start of a search for a new permanent chancellor — the top administrator for the state’s higher education system — to replace Charlton, but only after regents meet again to outline precisely what qualifications they will prioritize and how the search will be conducted.
The Biden administration has launched a new student loan repayment option that could reduce many monthly payments down to zero just as borrowers are set to resume making payments in October for the first time in three years.
For Nevada State University President DeRionne Pollard, the program does more for students than help their pocketbooks. She said it fosters a greater sense of belonging when students know other people walking around campus are parents too and are experiencing a similar journey while in college.
Her planned retirement on June 30, 2024, makes Helens the second Nevada community college president to signal an exit next summer. It follows a similar announcement from College of Southern Nevada (CSN) President Federico Zaragoza earlier this month.
The move comes after several members of an internal advisory committee and a handful of regents expressed concerns that none of the three candidates selected as finalists by an outside search firm had the necessary higher education or Nevada-specific experience needed for a new permanent chancellor.