MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE LOCATING
A 4-YEAR STATE COLLEGE IN HENDERSON
A meeting of the Advisory Committee to Examine Locating a 4-Year State College in Henderson (created as a result of Assembly Bill 220 - 1999) was held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, March 17, 2000, at the Community College of Southern Nevada, Henderson Campus, 700 College Drive, Room C-133, Henderson, Nevada.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:
Assemblyman Richard D. Perkins, Chairman
Senator Jon C. Porter
Mayor James B. Gibson
Regent Mark Alden - via telephone conference
Regent Howard Rosenberg
Mark Stevens, Assembly Fiscal Analyst
Joi Davis, Committee Secretary
GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE:
Jane Nichols, University and Community College System of Nevada
Bob Cooper, City of Henderson
Patrick Smith, Strategic Solutions
Jim Richardson, Nevada Faculty Alliance
Barbara Cloud, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jack Stark, Claremont McKenna College
Dan Stewart, The LandWell Company
David Drew, Claremont Graduate University
Richard Wilkie, City of Henderson
Vicki Taylor, City of Henderson
Bob Kasner, Henderson Chamber of Commerce
Chris Jones, Henderson View
Bonnie Rinaldi, City of Henderson
Betsy Fretwell, City of Henderson
Richard Moore, Founding President
Exhibit A Meeting Notice and Agenda
Exhibit B Attendance Roster
Exhibit C Meeting Packet
Exhibit D Slides from Power Point Presentation by City of Henderson
Exhibit E Letter from Dan Stewart, The LandWell Company
Exhibit F Notes from Public Forum held at UNR on February 7, 2000
NOTE: All Exhibits are on file at the Research Library and Fiscal Analysis Division of the Legislative Counsel Bureau.
2. Approval of Minutes
Chairman Perkins indicated he would accept a motion to approve the minutes of the February 4, 2000, meeting.
REGENT ALDEN MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE
FEBRUARY 4, 2000, COMMITTEE MEETING.
REGENT ROSENBERG SECONDED THE MOTION.
THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Chairman Perkins announced that prior to moving to the agenda, the Committee would hear from Dr. Richard Moore, Founding President of Nevada State College at Henderson.
Dr. Moore introduced three guests present at the meeting: Dr. Joan Wadlow, who has offered her assistance with the accreditation process. Dr. Wadlow held the position of President of the University of Alaska, and chaired the most recent accreditation process undertaken by the University of Nevada, Reno.
Dr. Moore said the Committee would be hearing ideas about an academic plan so he has enlisted a series of friends to “coach” the new college. He introduced Dr. David Drew, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, at Clarement Graduate University. Also, Jack Stark, President of Claremont McKenna College for 29 years, and an expert in the concept of cluster colleges will lend his assistance to the new college. Dr. Moore said he was honored to have Dr. Wadlow, Dr. Drew and Jack Stark join him as advisors/consultants to Nevada State College at Henderson.
Chairman Perkins recognized Dr. Moore’s three guests and thanked them for attending the meeting. He also recognized the City Manager of Henderson, Phil Speith, and Dan Stewart of LandWell Company in the audience.
Agenda Items 3, 4 & 5. Report on Results of Public Forums, Preliminary Report from City of Henderson
Chairman Perkins stated that Agenda Items 3, 4 & 5 would be taken collectively as a group.
Regent Alden noted that the meeting packet (Exhibit C) did not contain the comments from the public forum meeting held at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Dr. Moore stated that Dr. Jane Nichols, Vice-President for Student and Academic Affairs, University and Community College of System of Nevada (UCCSN), would be providing an oral report on the public forums and could provide that information later.
Bonnie Rinaldi, City of Henderson, stated that in January 2000, the Advisory Committee approved a contract with the City of Henderson to accomplish two things: 1) Help with the development of a campus plan; and 2) Assist in the development of the mission and programming of the new college. Ms. Rinaldi noted that the City of Henderson has established a fine team to complete those tasks; working closely with Dr. Richard Moore and Dr. Jane Nichols. She reminded the Committee that based on the contract; the results of the City’s findings were required to be provided to the Committee by March 1, 2000. That report has been provided (Exhibit C, tab 4).
Ms. Rinaldi informed the Committee that the City of Henderson has spent over 1,500 staff hours on the Nevada State College project and approximately $40,000 in printing, supplies, appraisals, and other costs. Ms. Rinaldi stated that the City of Henderson has contributed substantially in its budget with staff time and will have a final figure for the Committee in that regard by the June 2000 meeting.
Ms. Rinaldi directed the Committee to the first portion of the City’s presentation (a copy of the slides from the power point presentation are attached as Exhibit D:
Pursuant to the contract, the City was required to evaluate sites for the new college and make a recommendation. In addition, the City of Henderson was charged with developing a campus master plan, identifying estimated site development costs, the first buildings that would be constructed, as well as schematics and costs for those buildings, and identifying any future construction on the campus.
Ms. Rinaldi commented that determining the size of the proposed property was a criteria in selecting the campus site. Dr. Moore joining in by stating that his review of campuses throughout the western United States was helpful in the site selection.
He advised the Committee of the size of the following campuses:
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Southern California
100 acres (Medical School and Sports Program both located off-campus)
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
California State University, Northridge
Brighman Young University
Dr. Moore pointed out that colleges in the 100-acre range were comparable to the existing institutions in our state. Many of the Liberal Arts schools are 140-180 acres. The Claremont Colleges, which will be referenced frequently, represent a collection of five private colleges with a main campus that spans 400 acres.
Dr. Moore said that based on the above information, he concluded that the City of Henderson should not consider any site that was less than 200 acres, and his preference was for 300 acres. Accordingly, his input included the proposal that the site be a minimum of 250-300 acres, with a long-term potential for 500-600 acres.
With Dr. Moore’s ideas in place, Ms. Rinaldi stated that the City of Henderson was able to identify seven sites that included the availability of either substantial city property or Bureau of Land Management property. When evaluating the seven proposed sites, the following criteria was established:
· Local and regional accessibility – It was imperative that the site be easy to access for students and faculty.
· Land acquisition – the cost of the parcel.
· Community link – It was important that restaurants, bookstores, cleaners, and the like, be located nearby the site.
· Ease of development – this involved partnership potential since most sites in southern Nevada include proposed nearby developments.
· Compatibility with the existing neighborhood.
· Socioeconomic benefits.
· Availability of municipal services.
· Visual appeal.
· Environmental concerns.
· Redevelopment benefits.
· Flood control.
Ms. Rinaldi stated that with the above criteria in mind, one site rose to the top of the evaluation: the site located at the corner of Boulder Highway and Lake Mead Drive. This site is part of the Provenance master-planned community proposed by The LandWell Company.
Mayor Gibson interjected that early in the discussions of a state college within the system, he thought the City of Henderson would be able to donate the land for the new facility. That precipitated much discussion, and the City of Henderson has followed through with bringing the concept of a new college to the southern part of the state. Over the years, Mayor Gibson related that there have been certain partners in the private sector who continue to support projects with the City of Henderson. Mayor Gibson read the following letter from Dan H. Stewart, President and CEO of The LandWell Company, dated March 17, 2000 (Exhibit E), into the record:
As you know, the LandWell Company, through its parent company, Basic Management, Inc., has played a major role in shaping the City of Henderson for more than 50 years. In addition to providing jobs to thousands of Henderson and Clark County residents and supporting scores of Henderson non-profit organizations for decades, BMI and its affiliated companies have a history of supporting education in the community through scholarships and grants of land.
We are committed to continuing our philanthropic legacy in Southern Nevada, particularly in Henderson, and to facilitate our city’s continued growth and prosperity. Accordingly, it gives me the greatest pleasure to inform you of The LandWell Company’s intent to donate approximately 260 acres of its land located at Boulder Highway and Lake Mead Drive. This land, when added to the City’s property, will create the 300-acre campus of the Nevada State College at Henderson.
This most recent gift not only underscores LandWell’s commitment to children and to education, it will provide the foundation for what residents of the Southern Nevada region and Nevada’s second-largest city deserve—a third tier institution in the higher educational system. The development of Nevada State College at Henderson is an effort we applaud and an effort in which we are proud to play a major role.
As we have discussed, this donation is contingent upon the satisfactory negotiation with the City of Henderson of various ancillary agreements, including a land exchange, as well as the Nevada State College at Henderson receiving the requisite approvals and funding from the Board of Regents of the University and Community College System of Nevada and the Nevada State Legislature.
We look forward to our continued joint efforts to make Nevada State College at Henderson a reality for all Nevadans.
The Committee applauded Dan Stewart from The LandWell Company. Mayor Gibson said he had knowledge of the history of Basic Management Company (BMI, Inc.), because his family has known the family for some time and has had a hand in shaping some of the past with BMI. Continuing, Mayor Gibson informed the Committee that several negotiations were needed for the deal with The LandWell Company to be consummated. In that regard, the City of Henderson has already agreed, in principle, to the annexation of the approximate 2400 acres for the Provenance site. A definitive agreement on that issue was being drafted and needed to be approved by the City Council of Henderson. In addition, other ancillary agreements were in the process of negotiation, but no major disagreements were at issue.
Mayor Gibson stressed the commitment by The LandWell Company did not contain volumes of contingencies and conditions, but was a valid commitment that was, quite frankly, unprecedented. Although he could not place a value on the site donated, the value could be as high as $30-$40 million, which constitutes a significant contribution to the UCCSN, and quite possibly the only gift of its kind to the system. Further, Mayor Gibson commented that the donation by The Landwell Company represents the support of the private sector of the effort to build a state college. He anticipated that further contributions, commitments and partnerships would be forthcoming.
In conclusion, Mayor Gibson thanked Dan Stewart, the BMI Board of Directors, and the City of Henderson staff that have worked together during the past few months to make the gift a reality.
Chairman Perkins stated that in the past when location was first discussed, the City of Henderson and the Advisory Committee were criticized by some members on the Board of Regents. However, he did not know of any other situations whereby property was donated to the UCCSN. The City of Henderson has come forward with negotiations for the property and a wonderful partnership has been established with Dan Stewart and The LandWell Company.
Ms. Rinaldi continued her presentation regarding the selection of the site for the new state college. First, Ms. Rinaldi stated that the site was an excellent choice because it was located adjacent to two state highways and within two miles of the intersection of I-215 and I-515. The proposed college site was located within the planned community of Provenance so there would be other commercial venues integrated into the college site. The master planned community contains several golf courses, and there is a heavy environmental theme throughout the master planned community. Ms. Rinaldi pointed out that one of the partners in the Provenance community is the Audubon Society. In addition, the community will have an environmental corridor throughout the site that connects the community to the Las Vegas wash, providing more entry and access, which allows for a strong pedestrian aspect to the entire planned community.
In addition, to the master planned community that will surround Nevada State College at Henderson, Ms. Rinaldi noted that St. Rose Dominican Hospital was located across the street and that would provide opportunities for relationships with the health field education courses that will likely be offered at the new college. Further, Ms. Rinaldi said there was a strong link with the college site to the downtown area in assisting to provide additional services.
Dr. Moore requested that the Advisory Committee accept the proposed site and make such recommended to the Board of Regents.
Regent Rosenberg asked for further details on the location of the site. Mayor Gibson stated that the site was within two miles of the intersection of I-515 and I-215. In addition, the site was located on State Route 146, a divided 4-lane highway with a large right-of-way associated with the highway, which could allow an expansion of an additional lane, making the site very accessible. Mayor Gibson stated that even with heavy traffic, it would only take a couple minutes to exit the freeway at the intersection and get to the proposed site.
MAYOR GIBSON MOVED TO ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATION
BY THE CITY OF HENDERSON STAFF FOR THE PROPOSED SITE
FOR NEVADA STATE COLLEGE AT HENDERSON AT THE CORNER
OF BOULDER HIGHWAY AND LAKE MEAD DRIVE, AND SUBMIT
THAT RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS.
REGENT ALDEN SECONDED THE MOTION.
THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Bonnie Rinaldi continued her presentation by discussing the campus master plan.
Senator Porter, addressing his comments to the previous motion, stated that he has had many personal briefings by the City of Henderson staff regarding the proposed site for the new college and he appreciated the back-up material. He thanked the staff for providing the necessary information to make a decision.
Dr. Moore said when the consultants and staff began to consider what the campus should look like, he reviewed the history of higher education in America. For instance, as Thomas Jefferson planned the University of Virginia, an academic village was established as an extension of the Oxford Plan, a collection of colleges that share some common facilities. Dr. Moore stated that was where he began his ideas. From there, he looked at the plans for Stanford University, designed by a landscape architect, Frederick Olmsted, who was also responsible for Central Park in New York City. Dr. Moore said he liked the way the land was used as an integration of nature and civilization. So, determining how to design a campus equated to designing a village, courtyards, landscaping and facilities that would compliment instruction.
Dr. Moore related that pursuant to the recommendation of the Advisory Committee, he contacted the School of Architecture at UNLV who provided him with a series of books to which he derived many ideas. He decided that a garden landscape environment would be most desirable. Dr. Moore stated that he researched different models of campuses and he has selected three preferred models from six colleges that were listed as the best colleges in terms of an art or architectural point of view:
Dr. Moore said he wanted to design a set or cluster of colleges. Nevada State College at Henderson should not be a direct extension of UNR or UNLV. The third tier of higher education should be a compliment to higher education. He would like to develop a cluster of liberal arts colleges, each with its own focus. So, the campus design must be developed as a collection of colleges, beginning with one college and adding new colleges over time, but sharing common services such as the library, bookstore, student service complex, operations and maintenance, security.
Continuing with his discussion of the campus master plan, Dr. Moore said that a campus master plan was designed for the Nevada State College at Henderson using an architect and a landscape architect from Denver, Colorado (Exhibit C, Tabs 5b-5d). The LandWell Company hired Dan Paulien & Associates. Even with a cluster-college setting, Dr. Moore emphasized that he wanted some dominant elements; one of those elements would be major entrance onto the campus. For instance, driving north on Water Street and crossing Lake Mead Boulevard, at the point Boulder Highway was reached, that would be the entrance to the college. Then, like Stanford, there would be a long entrance onto the campus that was well landscaped with a well-defined gate. Dr. Moore said he wanted a definite statement that college property had been entered and a “grand” gate entry would “tease” you onto the property.
Dr. Moore said the first college on the campus for the Nevada State College at Henderson would be a quadrangle and the principal building at the end would handle all the student service and administration services initially, but ultimately would remain the student service building for the entire complex, also known as a “founder’s building.” Dr. Moore further described the quadrangle which included the Jeffersonian concept of an academic village that would allow for a student body of 1500-1600 full-time students with many of those students residing on-site. Each of the colleges would face the “central park” landscaping, and surrounding the central park area would be the major components such as the library. In addition, comprising the park area would be cultural centers, exhibit halls, bookstores, and the common utilities of an academic institution.
Regarding enrollment, Regent Alden noted that the backup material showed that by the year 2001 there would be 400 FTE. He asked whether enrollment forecasts were still expected to increase. Dr. Moore indicated that enrollment would be discussed later in his presentation; however, he anticipated that the first college would have 400 students in the freshman class. Regent Alden asked whether the first college would be referred to as a liberal arts college emphasizing public affairs, communications and education. Dr. Moore said that accurately described the concept behind College One, and he would discuss College Two later in his presentation; however, College Two would not be located on the same campus.
Dr. Moore said once the site was selected he began to focus on developing the site. The development of the site coincided with the educational concept of having a cluster of liberal arts colleges, each with its own academic focus.
Mayor Gibson indicated that some individuals in the media were not accurately portraying the efforts to develop the campus. He reaffirmed the detail and planning that has gone into the development of the campus master plan and he was impressed with the outcome. Mayor Gibson said he has visited Claremont Colleges and was aware of the cluster college concept. In addition, he has attended staff meetings relative to the site selection and the master plan process so he was more informed than most people. He stressed that there was a functional element to the way the planning has taken place regarding the Nevada State College at Henderson and he was pleased with the process.
Chairman Perkins said it was an exciting time for everyone involved in the process, and he thanked staff for the work that was being presented to the Advisory Committee. He stressed the importance of people understanding the historical value of what the Advisory Committee was doing by approving and recommending the concepts as presented.
REGENT ALDEN MOVED TO APPROVE THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN
DESCRIBED FOR NEVADA STATE COLLEGE AT HENDERSON.
REGENT ROSENBERG SECONDED THE MOTION.
Regent Rosenberg clarified that the motion was to approve the campus master plan, not necessarily the architectural style. Dr. Moore concurred.
THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Dr. Moore continued his presentation by discussing the Capital Improvement Projects; specifically, what would be the first buildings of the college? Working with Dan Paulien & Associates, the planning of an academic classroom building was devised that would have approximately 30 classrooms and enough offices and staff space for 90 faculty members, conference rooms, and a modest start on science labs. Therein, it was estimated that 73,800 square feet would be needed. The building costs were estimated at $11,821,056 along with projected other costs including equipment and landscaping, approximately $7.8 million, bringing the total estimated cost of the first academic building at $19.6 million. Dr. Moore acknowledged that he submitted the projected plans to the UCCSN, since the submission was required on or about March 10, 2000. In addition to the system officers, Dr. Moore related that he has discussed his plans for the Nevada State College at Henderson to the other institution presidents.
Secondly, Dr. Moore continued, the next building on the campus would be a student services and administration building which would include counseling, admissions & records, financial aid, student access & assessment, women’s center, student government, bookstore, vending and a common area. Dr. Moore said he would prefer to have a private bookstore on campus such as Borders, or perhaps books could be made available through Amazon.com. He has already been contacted by a variety of book vendors.
The Student Services and Administration building would also house a receiving space, mail room, an operations and maintenance space, purchasing, an office for the President, conference rooms, development offices, athletic director’s office, deans areas, totaling 63,000+ square feet. The second building was estimated to cost $16.3 million.
Next, Dr. Moore said the building of the library would be accomplished in two types of buildings—one, a traditional library, and second, a digital tele-media center, which could potentially include Channel 10, the public broadcast station in Clark County. Dr. Moore informed the Committee that Channel 10, owned by the Clark County School District, was required to find a new location. In addition, Channel 10 must digitize the station or lose its license. Conversations regarding a potential partnership with Channel 10 have taken place. Dr. Moore indicated that a partnership with Channel 10 would compliment a traditional library by having a television station that could also act as the delivery system for distance education. The “Great Library” would include the modern components of both a television station and technology. Should a partnership with Channel 10 be effectuated, the expected cost of the library, computer and television complex would be in the range of $27 million.
Summarizing the capital improvement project costs, Dr. Moore related that he would be looking for state funding for the academic classroom building in the approximate sum of $14.0 million, and he would be looking for a naming opportunity “gift” for the classroom building in the amount of $5.0 million. In addition, he would be looking for a gift in the amount of $5.0 million as a naming opportunity for the Student Services and Administrative building and to the state for funding of that building in the amount of $11 million. As for the Great Library, he would be seeking a special grant from the federal government in the amount of $5 million, a naming opportunity gift in the amount of $5 million, and funding from the state in the amount of $17 million. Dr. Moore pointed out that the list of approximate costs was less than originally expected because it was his personal responsibility to attempt to raise funds privately in support of the capital projects. The first priority was for the first two buildings in the amount of $25 million, and the Great Library in the amount of $17 million. He has made that request to the Board of Regents and the system office.
Addressing the potential partnership with Channel 10, Senator Porter acknowledged that $5 million was being sought as a naming opportunity and another $5 million in grant monies, and asked whether Dr. Moore considered in the net figures the necessary funding by KLVX, Channel 10, whether a new building was established on the existing site or with the new facility, because that would definitely make a difference in the estimates. Dr. Moore said he had not taken that into consideration, and asked whether someone from the audience could address that question. Chairman Perkins restated the question: “If KLVX builds at the college site, would that reduce costs?”
Orlando Sandoval, Interim Vice-President, Nevada State College at Henderson, stated that first, a partnership with KLVX must be established legally, and any partnership would be subject to approval by the Clark County School Board of Trustees. Therefore, the costs of building a new facility for KLVX were not included in the projected capital expenses for the new state college.
Senator Porter asked whether the $17 million for the Great Library would be less if a partnership were established with KLVX or some other local government. Mr. Sandoval indicated that was correct, and that further explained why a partnership was desired.
Chairman Perkins clarified that the other governments (City of Henderson, North Las Vegas, and Boulder City), like KLVX, were seeking the opportunity to be on cable television to provide governmental information to the community and would therefore be required to establish a broadcasting studio or facility somewhere.
Regent Alden acknowledged Dr. Moore’s description of the first buildings to be built on the proposed site for the new college. He asked whether Dr. Moore was exploring opportunities for other institutions to bring campuses to the new college site. Dr. Moore replied that if it was fruitful for other institutions, including private institutions, to join the Nevada State College at Henderson, he would like to include such entities with the cluster college complex.
Regent Alden said that partnerships with private universities would alleviate some of the pressure on tax dollars and he wanted to make sure Dr. Moore was exploring all those possibilities. Dr. Moore said he thought that private institutions would benefit from an affiliation with the Nevada State College at Henderson and discussions with several institution representatives from other states have transpired.
Regent Alden asked whether Sierra College at Lake Tahoe had expressed an interest in a partnership. Dr. Moore answered that he had not been approached by anyone from Sierra College.
Regent Rosenberg asked what the approximate operating costs were going to be for the new college. Dr. Moore said that an operating and management budget has been contemplated as the plans for the new college unfold. Regent Rosenberg expressed concern about the operating budget. Dr. Moore complimented the UCCSN for assisting Nevada State College at Henderson in getting the budget information together at the same time the other institutions in the system were designing capital projects so the budget could be considered along with the other requests.
Regent Rosenberg mentioned that during the public forums on the proposed new college, he heard concerns for environmental horticulture, and he hoped that when the landscaping plans for Nevada State College were designed, that the students and faculty at the institution would have input in that process. He reminded the Committee that the College is in Henderson, not Stanford University. Dr. Moore concurred, and added that he believes the students should have input in the campus design. Also, the President of Desert Research Institute has pledged to assisting in the environmental plans for the campus and would like staff to be considered as potential instructors for the environmental science courses.
Chairman Perkins commented that he was impressed with the timeliness of the consultants and the City of Henderson staff in presenting the information on the new college to provide for “equal footing” for the Nevada State College at Henderson, with the other institutions within the system during the budget process. He said the Advisory Committee and the concept of a new state college has received much criticism for moving too quickly. However, he was confident that with the recommendations from today’s meeting, the only thing that has happened by moving quickly is that taxpayer dollars have been saved. There has been an enormous amount of energy and quality put into the planning and implementation phase of the new state college by many people.
Regent Alden concurred with Chairman Perkins in that Nevada should have had a state college five years ago. The actions of the Committee and the UCCSN have been thoughtful and well thought-out with regards to the implementation of Nevada State College at Henderson. He extended his appreciation to the City of Henderson and Dr. Moore and his staff in acting so swiftly to provide such thorough information to which recommendations could be made.
Senator Porter said the process was far from being over. In fact, with the support of the Advisory Committee on the motions approved today, the matter went to the Board of Regents for debate. From that point, assuming the concepts were accepted, then the proposals and recommendations must endure the legislative process.
REGENT ALDEN MOVED TO ACCEPT AND RECOMMEND TO THE
STATE COLLEGE AT HENDERSON.
SENATOR PORTER SECONDED THE MOTION.
THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Betsy Fretwell, City of Henderson, introduced Patrick Smith from Strategic Solutions. Ms. Fretwell explained that Strategic Solutions assisted the City of Henderson with completing the public forums. The Agreement with the City of Henderson required the following tasks be completed:
Ms. Fretwell pointed out that Tabs 3 and 4 of the meeting packet (Exhibit C) contained material relating to the above activities. The public forums were held throughout the state at all of the UCCSN institutions with a focus to the higher education community since that was a key factor for Dr. Moore and the system staff to obtain a sense of the mission development.
Continuing, Ms. Fretwell advised the Committee that eight public forums were held across the state. Although 186 people actually signed in at the various public forums, it was expected that approximately 200 attended. As a side note, Ms. Fretwell informed the Committee that Magellan Research, a new research firm in southern Nevada, unilaterally initiated a survey of Clark County and with a 95 percent confidence rate, the survey showed that over 70 percent of the persons responding believed it was an appropriate use of tax-payer dollars to fund a state college in Henderson. In addition, over 30 percent of those responding indicated that someone in their household would attend classes at the state college in Henderson. With such overwhelmingly positive statistics, it would appear that residents in southern Nevada generally accept the concept.
Mr. Smith said the full report is contained behind Tab 3 (Exhibit C). Chairman Perkins asked that Regent Alden’s inquiry as to the public forum held in Reno be addressed. Ms. Fretwell interjected that notes were available and she would provide them to the Committee.
Mr. Smith stated that each public forum consisted of a brief overview by Dr. Jane Nichols of higher education in the state. Next, Dr. Nichols led a discussion on the need for an additional institution and the issues and opportunities associated with the new college. At the conclusion of each public forum, a question and answer session was held. Mr. Smith asserted that generally the participants at the public forums were supportive and there was a considerable amount of enthusiasm about the idea for a new college. Some of the supportive comments included:
Mr. Smith stated that concerns regarding funding comprised the majority of the negative comments made during the public forums. Other concerns included:
Dr. Jane Nichols, Vice-Chancellor, Student and Academic Affairs, UCCSN, said she was at all eight of the public forums. Many of the Regents and staff attended the public forums as well. From her perspective, she believes that the public forums were very productive. However, she did hear a great deal of frustration from faculty and students regarding funding—how the new college would impact their institution, whether the state could afford a new college in Henderson. In addition, there was some skepticism about the need for a new college, but generally, there was an indication that the need was present, particularly if the need was defined as an institution partnering with the community colleges.
Dr. Nichols said people came to the public forums with different expectations—some provided input while others came with questions. Mostly, the concerns were directed around the mission statement of the new institution and assurances were expressed that “mission creep” would not occur, that the new institution would not move into the doctoral programs that UNR and UNLV handle so ably.
Dr. Nichols provided a copy of the notes from the UNR forum (Exhibit E) and indicated that copies would be provided to the committee. However, her comments would cover what was brought forth at the UNR public forum.
Regarding program suggestions, Dr. Nichols related that a repeated suggestions across the state at the public forums was that teacher education should be the defining characteristic of the new institution. However, the discussion was directed to defining teacher education differently. In addition, the public forums brought out indications that education in the allied health areas was needed and other health fields such as nursing and dental hygiene. There were also ideas relating to criminal justice, police and fire services.
Dr. Nichols said that she heard from students a desire for a friendly campus, student-oriented, smaller classes, evening and weekend classes, daycare needs, accessible parking. Dr. Nichols acknowledged these were important issues to students but sometimes difficult to deliver. In addition, “holes” in the degrees were noted, so different types of degree programs were brought forth as well as delivery of classes in a non-traditional fashion. For example, instead of the traditional 15-week classes, students desire classes developed similar to the University of Phoenix model. Dr. Nichols gave credit to the University of Phoenix for the innovative fashion in which they have delivered classes that were helpful to adults returning to college. Lastly, the public forums brought up ideas for more distance education in the northern part of the state.
Dr. Nichols related that students do not want Nevada State College at Henderson to be:
Dr. Nichols related that comments at the public forum revealed that the new college should be technology-based, i.e., classrooms and libraries should not be built in the same old way, but rather these facilities should consider the future of technology. Generally, the debates at the public forums were worthwhile. The UCCSN made commitments at the public forums to keep the participants informed as the process moves along.
Chairman Perkins acknowledged Dr. Nichols comments that the poll performed by Magellan Research was unsolicited and asked how that transpired. Ms. Fretwell answered that Magellan Research was interested in conducting some research and contacted the City of Henderson. Ms. Fretwell advised Magellan Research that they would be contacted when needed. Apparently, Magellan asked questions about the new college while conducting a poll on another matter and that was how the information was obtained. Chairman Perkins commented that the information was helpful to the Advisory Committee. With 1.3 million people living in Clark County, the poll conducted by Magellan Research was quite positive—that “70 percent agreed that using Nevada tax dollars to build a state college in Henderson was a good idea. Over 30 percent agreed with the statement that if a state college existed in Henderson, someone in my household would likely attend classes there.” Figuring there are conservatively 300,000 households, approximately 90,000 people would be sending someone from their household to attend the new state college.
Ms. Fretwell pointed out that the list of potential partnerships was included in the report to the Committee.
Senator Porter asked whether there was much emphasis exhibited at the public forums about a lack of need for the state college. Dr. Nichols said there was some opinion, particularly held by one person, that there was not a need for a new state college, and that the need had not been demonstrated adequately. In response to Senator Porter’s further inquiry, Dr. Nichols said that opinion came from the public forum held at UNLV. However, in defense of that forum, the opinion was that UNLV was in a better position to meet the need rather than a new campus. In addition, there was a concern that the needs assessment did not fully answer the questions relating to costs of the new college and the impact a new institution would have on the existing institutions. She stated that a certain amount of anxiety from the existing institutions was understandable and normal.
Dr. Moore introduced the mission statement of the new state college. He reminded the Advisory Committee that approval of a short mission statement had already been provided, but an elaboration of that mission had been completed. Dr. Moore stated that the first paragraph sets forth how the new institution fits into the Carnegie Classification of institutions:
MISSION STATEMENT FOR NEVADA STATE COLLEGE AT HENDERSON
The State College is an institution of higher education in the University and Community College System of Nevada, emphasizing exceptional teaching, offering students an array of high quality educational programs leading to the baccalaureate degree and select Master’s degrees. The state college emphasizes undergraduate and Master’s degree programs which meet the needs of the citizens of Nevada while offering a range of applied, interdisciplinary and career-oriented programs.
The State College is a collection of colleges, including an Oxford-like consortium of small, high quality colleges in Henderson, each offering a distinct academic focus, joined in common to share a “Great Library,” cultural centers, and other educational utilities. The member colleges are bound together in their belief that the study of ideas, knowledge, and wisdom is both singularly valued and collectively forms the center of a larger society, our civilization.
The educational environment of the State College is guided by a passion of ideas, a belief that risk-taking is a prerequisite for discovery and learning, and the recognition that values permeate all of one’s actions. The core learning environment, the academic and support programs, and the faculty, staff and student body are:
· Rooted in the humanities.
· Cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit.
· Celebrating the power of individual lives.
· Understanding that discovery and risk-taking fosters learning.
· Believing in the value of forums, convocations, rituals, and private reflection.
· Accepting that technology and information are two powerful facets of knowledge.
· Grounded in inquiry-based field experience.
· Reflecting and respecting gender, ethnic, economic and cultural diversity.
· Engaged in common intellectual reading/learning experiences.
Dr. Moore commented that he was trying to introduce the act of “risk-taking” and he did not believe learning was a function of memorization. Rather, learning involved “the risk that you aren’t going to learn something, the risk that you aren’t going to find something, the risk that you are going to hit a dead-end, the risk that you have asked the wrong questions.” Dr. Moore said the coupling of ideas, values, and risk-taking were the core concept for the Nevada State College at Henderson. Dr. Moore commented that the first faculty and students would be risk-takers because they will be at an unaccredited college.
Dr. Moore opined that the study of biography was one of the greatest passions for all human beings; to learn the pain and the glory of Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King. The core learning element of “celebrating the power of individual lives” encompasses that theory.
Discussing the academic principle, “Grounded in inquiry-based field experience,” Dr. Moore stated that a student should be in their field of study, interning, by his freshman year.
Dr. Moore informed the Advisory Committee that he did not like the “Great Books” theory, but he did like the theory that the college would recommend three to five books per year and invite the state to join the college in reading those books. The President, the Founders, the Donors, the custodians and students would all read the books and invite the entire community to join in reading the selected books.
Dr. Moore asked Dr. David Drew, Professor, School of Management and School of Education, Claremont Graduate University, to introduce the next few sections of the mission statement since Dr. Drew was the principle author. Dr. Drew said he would be discussing the sections in the mission statement dealing with “Excellence” and “Equity.” Often in the field of education, excellence and equity are in contrast with each other. However, at Nevada State College at Henderson, that notion has been rejected. The goal of Nevada State College at Henderson was to be characterized by excellence and to be open to students from all socioeconomic levels.
Each college gives witness to three central tenets—excellence, equity and time certain degrees coupled with subject matter competencies.
From the outset, the State College is determined that these colleges reflect quality and excellence in every decision and program. The learning environment is such that faculty members throughout America are motivated to teach at the State College, implementing instructional programs designed to reflect the best in theory, literature, and pedagogical techniques. The State College provides a world-class curriculum and expects that students will master that curriculum. There is a constant demand for high achievement in each field of study. This achievement is assessed through rigorous testing, using examination methods that assess student performance in the most authentic means appropriate to each discipline.
Dr. Drew said that excellence at an institution was reflected in a variety of ways: The faculty hired, the original mission, curriculum, and the assessment of the mastery of students. Equity was provided by not using artificial barriers denying student access to the college. Dr. Drew said he has been concerned with the issue of equity for the past several years. The drafters of the mission statement for Nevada State College at Henderson want the college to be a high-quality model of undergraduate education that the rest of the state and the world can see as exuding excellence, and providing opportunities to all young people in the state from all walks of life.
All too frequently, discussions about student selection in higher education imply or state that excellence is incompatible with equity in access. The State College rejects that argument. While emphasizing excellence, the State College shall be an engine of social mobility for our state and for the nation. The State College creates opportunities for all admitted students to gain a quality education. The State College will admit students from all economic and ethnic backgrounds and provides the necessary resources and support services to facilitate mastery of our educational programs. To this end, the State College pledges a special relationship to part-time students and students who initiated their work with a community college.
Dr. Moore said the third component to the Academic Principles was the concept of time certain degrees. He asked Dr. Nichols to comment on that principle. Dr. Nichols said the concept of a time-certain degree was a risk-taking position for the new college. However, she believed that as a public institution there was a responsibility to students to enable them to obtain a Baccalaureate degree in a fashion that was affordable in terms of money and time. There were ways that the faculty and the institution at the new state college could look at support services, curriculum and scheduling for students in order to guarantee that if a student applied themselves, followed advisement and meet the competencies, then Nevada State College at Henderson would provide the support services to enable them to complete the degree in the amount of time prescribed. This would encourage students to attend classes full-time. Dr. Nichols commented that it was anticipated that the Millennium Scholarship program will be helpful to the time-certain degree endeavor.
Time Certain Degrees
A common student frustration is that because of institutional course scheduling mis-steps, students are delayed in making progress towards degree goals. The State College expects students to show appropriate academic “due diligence” and when these academic endeavors are coupled with proof of subject matter competence, there is a “guarantee” from the college of a “time certain” when one can reasonably attain completion of degree programs. To this goal the college pledges appropriate student advisement, degree time lines, and assurances of responsibility on the college’s part to recognize and respond to anticipated student needs.
Mayor Gibson said that moving students through the system towards their degree goal was not only important to students and parents but also made room for other students to attend the college. Therefore, it made sense to award time certain degrees, particularly since that has been one of the most serious driving points in the Committee’s discussions.
Regent Rosenberg, commenting on specific language in the Time Certain Degrees portion of the mission statement, “To this goal, the college pledges appropriate student advisement . . .” asked whether that meant academic advisement. Dr. Moore stated that was correct; that student advisement meant academic advisement. Regent Rosenberg asserted that academic advisement was vital and the time certain degree concept would not be successful unless that advisement was a strong component. Dr. Moore concurred and said that the faculty needed to be hired with that in mind. The faculty, more than anyone else, can assure that time certain degrees occur. In that light, faculty will be an important role in advising students to closely match the pledge.
Chairman Perkins asked whether the mission statement of an institution was a contract for the student. In other words, how much of the mission was the institution “bound” to follow and what happened if a student was unable to graduate at the end of the fourth year because the one class needed was not available. Dr. Nichols answered that there would be students who do not obtain a degree within the 4-year time period due to a variety of reasons. However, if a student has made it to the point of conclusion and the one class needed was not being offered, she would hope that the college could provide that one course, even if through independent study.
Regent Rosenberg said that if an academic advisor followed the progress of a student, the chances of that happening should be reduced.
Mayor Gibson added that with the partnering that should occur with the new state college, it may be that another institution within the system could provide the one class needed for a student to graduate.
Dr. Moore said assurances could be met with a “fail-safe” check on the system through the accreditation process.
Regent Rosenberg reminded the Committee that the mission statement was produced in the student catalog and the catalog is a binding contract with the students.
Dr. Moore continued with the mission statement by discussing landscaping.
The State College does not underestimate the power of the physical campus life of the learner, the faculty, or the community. The Henderson campus is a master planned set of colleges with each college facing a common central area while inwardly reflecting unique courtyards and sharing common facilities and resources while housing their own specialized learning spaces.
The physical nature of the individual and collective college campuses reflects:
· The simplicity of elements, the arrangements of space, and the element of surprise.
· The sequence of light and shadow, the delight of color and texture.
· The mystical procession of ordered space (entrances, corridors, vestibules, public and private spaces.)
· The domination of gardens, private and public gathering spaces, and woven within and between all these spaces, water—reflecting pools, fountains, ponds, falls and cascading water.
· The puncturing of wall spaces, the bordering of monumental trees and planned gardens, the music of wind and water.
· The music of bells, the chimes of wind-systems, the ceremonies of sound that note the time, season, and ceremonies of the academy.
· The artistic relief found in walls, arches, entrances, columns, atriums, quotations, sculpture, murals.
Dr. Moore said that the physical environment was important and the architecture and landscaping were integral to the learning experience. We are animals and how we live and the conditions in which we live impact our emotions and values.
Senator Porter reiterated his long-term concern to help students in K-12 by having a premiere School of Education in the state. He asked Dr. Moore if that assurance was included in the mission statement for Nevada State College at Henderson. Dr. Moore indicated that the mission statement encompasses the theory of improving K-12 education through the higher education process. In fact, College One was precisely designed for that purpose.
Chairman Perkins asked whether “Oxford-like” used in the Academic Organization portion of the mission statement was a widely recognized term. Dr. Moore answered that the term was generally accepted by most. Chairman Perkins indicated that if there were no further questions, he would accept a motion to approve the mission statement.
REGENT ALDEN MOVED TO ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDED MISSION
STATEMENT AND FORWARD THE RECOMMENDATION TO THE
BOARD OF REGENTS.
REGENT ROSENBERG SECONDED THE MOTION.
THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Dr. Moore turned his presentation to a discussion on the proposed cluster colleges.
A distinguished liberal arts college with a community service component in education and public affairs. This college is organized to prepare students for leadership positions in education, business and government with an emphasis on inquiry-based, field experiences and full-time attendance.
Dr. Moore stated that he rejected the idea of having a School of Education that offered a Baccalaureate’s degree in Education. Rather, he subscribed to the concept of a college that would graduate students with academic majors: Biology, History, Economics, etc. Therein, students would be subject-matter competent and field-based experience would be provided in the classrooms in the Clark County School District. He would like to encourage the faculty that freshman students begin as tutors in the third grade classrooms across the school district. This would enable the higher education student to obtain a first-hand experience of how school classrooms function. In addition, the “community service component” enabled the student to give while learning. Students would not be asked, after graduation, to give back to the community. Rather, the college would be founded on the premise that the student would begin giving back to society in their freshman year.
Dr. Moore anticipated that the enrollment for the first year at College One would be approximately 400 students.
Chairman Perkins asked whether the community service component at College One would be limited to just the Clark County School District. In response, Dr. Moore stated that if transportation could be arranged, service outside Clark County could occur.
A community-based professional service college with a curricular emphasis in education, health services and technical degree areas. This college is organized to assist part-time students or those who began their academic work at a community college to assume professional positions in Nevada.
Dr. Moore said College Two was not designed to be located on campus. College Two would be connected to the community college and offer upper division classes at the community college. No buildings would be required for College Two in that the classes would be offered either throughout the community or at the community college. College Two was designed for part-time students. Where possible, classes at College Two would be held on afternoons and weekends and be taught by community college faculty.
Dr. Moore said both College One and College Two would be directed towards the state goal of creating teachers, and work in the health service areas, both of which have been identified by the community as the curriculum needed for the new state college.
Dr. Moore said that in support of College Two, the Academic Senate of the Community College of Southern Nevada issued a support position: That only upper division courses should be offered at College Two, gearing the college to students with full-time jobs and full-time commitments.
Chairman Perkins acknowledged that College Two was a true “2+2” program, where the student would attend the community college for the first two years and attend the state college for the second two years. Regent Rosenberg commented that he appreciated the concept of College Two because it did not interfere with the mission of the community college. Dr. Moore agreed, adding that the community college drew in students, provided the access and screening of students in terms of academic preparation. He stressed that the four years could be completed at one facility without the student having to change childcare provisions, parking, etc. The students would be motivated because they have already acquired 60 units at the community college level. Senator Porter noted that the concept of College Two would be favorable to students also because they would not lose credits transferring between the two schools.
Dr. Moore said he was inviting the community college staff to recommend articulation patterns and, when appropriate, to teach the upper level courses. This should allow for the least amount of conflict in the transfer of classes.
Senator Porter said that from the “customer service” standpoint, not losing credits was an important part of the educational experience, to make it a seamless process. He recognized that although the UCCSN has improved the process, credit transfers between institutions was still a problem.
Dr. Moore asked Dr. David Drew to explain the exceptional programs that the Claremont Graduate University runs for students seeking Master’s degrees. Dr. Drew stated he was Dean of Education at Claremont Graduate University. He explained that a person with a Bachelor’s degree would begin a program in June to obtain a Master’s degree. That summer was extremely intense—in school every day, all day. In addition, the student performs practice teaching. By September, these students enter the classroom as teachers. There, mentors consult, advise, visit and guide the student even though mentors were not present full-time. It was an internship, not practice teaching. In addition, the student takes a graduate course each semester. Essentially, the student is on campus one time per week to receive further guidance through the graduate course. A second intensive summer is had. By the end of the second intensive summer, 15 months after entering the program, the student receives credentials and, hopefully, a quality education, a Master’s degree, and a job.
Dr. Drew stressed that every time the program has been reviewed for accreditation, the program received the highest possible remarks. In fact, when the Cal-State system increased efforts in the area of teacher education, the director and associate directors of the teacher education were invited to make a presentation about the program. Further, during a study in the 1980’s and 1990’s, a policy group in California reported that half of the students entering teaching dropped out within the first three years. However, with the Claremont program, the two studies showed that students graduating from that program were still in teaching professions five years later. Acknowledging the Committee’s interest in cultural diversity, Dr. Drew mentioned that 53 percent of their teacher interns are students of color.
Dr. Nichols advised the Committee that should a similar program be administered in Nevada, it would require cooperation from the Commission on Professional Standards in Education, who are charged with teacher certification in the state.
Dr. Moore said College Three would be a graduate school and he intended to “steal” the best of ideas from around the nation. So far, the best working model he has seen was the Claremont Graduate University’s program that did not require a stipend from the state, but called for the student to earn a living on their own.
Dr. Moore anticipated that College One and College Two would be established in year one, and that by year two, College Three could be commenced on a limited basis; thereby meeting a state need to produce more quality teachers.
Regent Rosenberg asked whether Nevada State College at Henderson would offer a Master’s of Arts in Teaching. Dr. Moore answered that he had not thought that far, and that his thought was that it would be a Masters in Education. Regent Rosenberg indicated he would like to discuss that further.
Dr. Moore asked Jack Stark, Claremont McKenna College, to join him. Dr. Moore asked whether Mr. Stark had any ideas or observations to share with the Committee. Mr. Stark recognized the excitement involved with the process of establishing a new college, and stated he was impressed with the Committee’s ability to push forward with ideas to accomplish the needs of the community. He concluded that the ideas expressed appeared to be very sound.
Chairman Perkins said that the Nevada State College at Henderson would be the first such institution to be considered in the “middle” tier of the higher education system in the state. He anticipated enormous growth of high school graduates in the state within the next few years. In fact, the Regents have projected that even if the low college attending rate were to continue at the same rate as the population growth, there would be approximately 31,000 higher education students in southern Nevada by the year 2010. If the Regents Initiative of encouraging more students to attend college, and if the Millennium Scholarships go as planned, then an anticipated 60,000 new students will be attending higher education in the state. Keeping that in mind, he asked whether it was less expensive to teach at a state college or at a university.
Mr. Stark replied that it was less expensive to teach undergraduates than graduate students. In addition, it was less expensive to emphasize teaching than to emphasize research.
Chairman Perkins said he asked the question because the concept of building a new state college has been met with some skepticism and issues have been challenged. However, with the increased number of students that will go on to higher education, policy-makers cannot afford to not plan for that in the future. Otherwise, the state will be paying a higher cost to educate students at a university.
Mr. Stark agreed and stated that not only the cost argument was effective, but also there was a different experience in attending a small, bachelor degree oriented institution such as a state college compared to a large, research-based university. Chairman Perkins acknowledged the nay Sayers will argue solely on the cost issue. Mr. Stark said that if the projections for enrollment by 2010 hold true, without expansion in the state’s higher education system, the state will lose the best students to other states.
Dr. Moore continued by discussing enrollment for the Nevada State College at Henderson: College One would open the day after Labor Day 2001 with 400 students. At that the same time, College Two would open at the community college (2+2 program) with an FTE of 600 students. So, 1000 students were expected for year one for Nevada State College. Year Two would launch the second class of College One and approximately 200 more students would be enrolled at College Two, and the programs for College Three will have begun with a total of 100 students at that site.
Regent Rosenberg pointed out that jobs would need to be located for the 100 students at College Three. Dr. Moore affirmed that the teacher licensing law needed to be changed and 100 teacher positions were needed in the Clark County School District. Regent Rosenberg commented that the state currently did not have a provisional licensure policy, but that could be implemented. Dr. Moore stated that was correct and although there was much work that needed to be accomplished before College Three opened, each would be aimed at addressing a specific state need: 1) Help prepare teachers; 2) Help prepare health professionals; and 3) Help fill teacher shortages.
Dr. Moore said the faculty at Nevada State College at Henderson would be teaching four classes per semester; whereas, university faculty teach between two-three classes per semester. However, everyone would be on the same salary schedule. So in terms of cost, the faculty will cost less than the university but more than the community college because those faculty teach five classes per semester. Dr. Moore concluded his presentation.
Chairman Perkins asked where the 400 students for College One in 2001 would be housed. Dr. Moore said he did not know, although he did have ideas. He anticipated that he would need to locate temporary quarters for year one.
Dr. Moore informed the Committee that the enrollment plan as presented had been submitted to the system office.
REGENT ALDEN MOVED TO APPROVE THE ENROLLMENT PLAN
PROPOSED BY DR. MOORE.
REGENT ROSENBERG SECONDED THE MOTION.
THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Chairman Perkins advised the Committee that operational costs were not available at this time but he intended to get the Committee together prior to the Regents’ meeting in April so a presentation on the operational budget could occur.
7. Review and approval to increase funding for the use of consultants by the City of Henderson.
Dr. Moore reminded the Committee that the original proposal for the cost of consultants was set at $75,000 but the Committee committed $50,000 of that sum. He opined that it would be important to use the full $75,000 for use by the consultants and he would recommend approval of the additional $25,000 for that purpose. He stressed that providing the best academic plan to the Committee included faculty input and that was most beneficial to the Committee and ultimately the college.
MAYOR GIBSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE USE OF $25,000 FOR
REGENT ROSENBERG SECONDED THE MOTION.
Chairman Perkins asked whether all of the $50,000 originally allocated for consultant use had been expended. Ms. Fretwell replied that although the total sum of $50,000 had not been expended to date, it was encumbered.
Chairman Perkins commended the work of the consultants and the information that was provided to the Committee.
THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
6. Review of Resources
Mark Stevens, Fiscal Analysis Division, Legislative Counsel Bureau, directed the Committee to Tab 6 of the meeting packet (Exhibit C) which contained the budget for the Committee as approved at the last meeting. Assembly Bill 220 of the 1999 legislative session appropriated $500,000 for a needs assessment and implementation plan for the new college. At the February 2000 Committee meeting, the total cost was expected at approximately $550,000 if the consultant cost remained at $50,000. However, based on the Committee’s actions, the consultant costs would be $75,000 and that brought the total cost of the Committee to $575,000 so additional funding sources were needed to meet the budget.
Chairman Perkins asked Dr. Moore to address the budget issue. He acknowledged that Dr. Moore has had conversations with a number of people and asked whether he was confident that outside funding sources would be available to cover the $75,000 over budget, and other expenses he anticipated. Dr. Moore confirmed that funding sources would be available.
9. Review Advisory Committee Timetable – Set Next Meeting
Chairman Perkins noted that presently the Committee was scheduled to meet next on May 5, 2000, and asked whether that date was still acceptable to the Committee. Regent Alden noted that the Governor has scheduled a Fiscal Forum on May 4-5 at the Community College of Southern Nevada, and some Committee members may be attending that meeting. Chairman Perkins stated that the meeting would remain on May 5, 2000, and the agenda for the Governor’s Fiscal Forum would be reviewed and the meeting can be changed accordingly, if necessary.
Chairman Perkins advised the Committee that a meeting prior to May 5, 2000, may need to take place to address the operational budget that would be presented to the Board of Regents in April 2000.
10. Public Testimony
Dr. James Richardson, Nevada Faculty Alliance, said he was a late convert to the notion of Nevada State College at Henderson. He has been lobbying the Nevada Legislature since 1995 on behalf of higher education and he knew the problems of funding higher education. Further, the institutions in the Nevada were smaller than similar institutions in other states—smaller in terms of number of faculty compared to the number of students taught, with fewer majors offered in the state this size. Due to those issues, he was dubious about establishing a new college.
Dr. Richardson stated he was the national president of the American Association of University Professors so he traveled throughout the United States and observed, first hand, problems and issues facing other states. Between these travels and his conversations with Chancellor Jarvis, who was very supportive of the idea of a new state college, he learned that there was a lacuna in Nevada in the sense of educational opportunities available to students. Therefore, he has become a convert to the cause and watched with great interest as the legislation passed through the Legislature.
Dr. Richardson said he wanted the record to reflect that he saw the citizenry of the state, particularly from the City of Henderson, express much excitement about improving higher education and expanding the opportunities for higher education in the state. Of course, such expansion could occur in a number of different ways—branch campuses, expansion of community colleges, etc. However, he did not believe anywhere else in the country had this degree of excitement about expanding higher educational opportunities. Dr. Richardson extended credit to Mayor Gibson and Assemblyman Perkins for getting the excitement generated for higher education.
Dr. Richardson said he has confronted Assemblyman Perkins on more than one occasion in the halls of the Legislature and advised him that he represented some 600-700 members of the Nevada Faculty Alliance representing the institutions in the state, Assemblyman Perkins has assured him that everything would be done to make certain that Nevada State College at Henderson did not harm the other institutions in the system. Dr. Richardson thanked Assemblyman Perkins for that assurance.
Continuing, Dr. Richardson explained that the Nevada Faculty Alliance has taken no position on the new institution because of the serious concerns regarding funding. He concluded that he looked forward to assisting in solving the problem of how to fund the new state college without harming the other institutions. He extended well wishes to the Committee and the new college.
Chairman Perkins thanked Dr. Richardson for his supportive comments. He added that his efforts towards establishing a new state college would have gone nowhere had it not been for the Mayor and the City of Henderson, Senator Porter, and the majority of the Board of Regents, including the two members of the Advisory Committee.
There being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
Joi Davis, Committee Secretary
Assemblyman Richard D. Perkins, Chairman
Date: __________________________, 2000.