CSN’s Budget Cut Plan

Good afternoon,

Today, I presented the  following budget plan to the Board of Regents. This is a more-detailed version of what we have communicated in the past. I hope you will review this document. The first section is an overview of our reduction process and the various committees and constituents involved in helping to make these difficult decisions. The second part is an overview of how the governor’s proposed budget will impact CSN. The third section is an FAQ, anticipating regents’ questions about our process (some of which you may also have) and the fourth section is a suggested change to business practices that will help us maintain quality. We are proposing to put these quality assurance efforts in place next biennium.

In this document, we address closing centers and tuition increases of 13 percent each year of the biennium. One section I particularly want to draw your attention to is on page 6: As the budget status becomes clear over the coming months, and should additional resources be available through either changes to the sunset tax provision and/or projected changes due to updated Economic Forum forecast, the plan would be revised to 1) reduce the proposed level of increases for registration fees and tuition, and 2) add back some of the sites slated for closure.

We still have many days left of the legislative session and much will change. I look forward to discussing this plan and other ideas you may have in the near future.

I hope that you will reach out and contact your legislative representatives to let them know how you feel about the executive budget and its impact on CSN.

Best regards,

Mike

About Michael.Richards

The Board of Regents unanimously selected Dr. Michael D. Richards in May 2008 as the eighth permanent President of the College of Southern Nevada, where he supports the College’s mission to create an educated and diverse workforce for Southern Nevada. Dr. Richards came to CSN in 2005 as the vice president for academic affairs, leaving his position as associate provost at Southern Utah University after 23 years. While at SUU, he also had the positions of vice president for planning and technology, vice president for university affairs and associate professor of business. He began his career in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at a community college in Alabama, and in the mid-1970s was on the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He brings a wealth of collegiate and business, four-year and two-year institutional experience to the College. He has taught English and management courses and has developed a record of scholarship through publications and presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy (1970) from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, a Master of Arts in English from Utah State University (1972) and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Denver (1979). The Board of Regents appointed Dr. Richards as interim president of CSN in August 2007 after the departure of President Richard Carpenter (2004-2007). The regents then selected Dr. Richards for the permanent position following a national search by the ad hoc CSN President Search Committee. As President of the College, Dr. Richards is responsible for 2,274 employees, approximately 43,000 students and a budget of more than $130 million.
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