RELEASE: ANDERSON, WOODHOUSE ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO REFORM NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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April 25, 2016

 

ANDERSON, WOODHOUSE ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO REFORM NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION

 

LAS VEGAS - Today, Nevada Assemblyman Elliot Anderson and State Senator Joyce Woodhouse announced plans to introduce legislation to reform the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). On April 16th, the Las Vegas Review Journal published a story that raised concerns about the veracity of information provided by system officials and an outside consulting firm to the Legislature.

Assemblyman Anderson and Senator Woodhouse are filing two bill draft requests with the Legislative Counsel Bureau to begin preparing legislation in advance of the 2017 Legislative Session. During the 2013 Legislative Session, Anderson chaired the Assembly Education Committee and Woodhouse chaired the Senate Education Committee.

“Our higher education system belongs to all Nevadans, and these reforms will create a culture of accountability to the public within NSHE,” said Assemblyman Anderson. “By beginning this discussion now, we can have concrete reform proposals ready at the start of the next legislative session.”

“We need to improve our access to information in order to help each of our universities and community colleges thrive,” said Senator Woodhouse. “Going forward, we welcome all ideas from our legislative colleagues, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the public to increase transparency within Nevada’s higher education system.”

The legislation will focus on constitutional and statutory changes to expand legislative oversight and increase transparency within the Nevada System of Higher Education. Possible changes to existing law may include:

 

  • Clarifying the Legislature’s constitutional oversight role while maintaining the Board of Regents’ direct accountability to voters

  • Increasing resources allocated to the Board of Regents to improve the Board’s oversight functions

  • Clearly vesting hiring and firing power over individual institution presidents with the Board of Regents

  • Requiring institutional presidents to present their individual institution budgets directly to the Board of Regents and the Legislature

  • Establishing statutory regional advisory committees for higher education as a means of collecting information about the individual needs of various institutions across the state

  • Expanding whistleblower protections for NSHE employees to include revelations involving false or misleading statements made to the Legislature

  • Bringing NSHE under the purview of the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission

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