(Las Vegas) – Today [December 2], the NSHE Board of Regents voted for an 8% tuition increase after first voting down a measure to postpone the vote until the March meeting – a move called for by the UNLV College Republicans last month. A move to increase tuition by 5% was also defeated. This increase comes on the heels of a 13% increase implemented this year.
“Today, the NSHE Board of Regents struck a blow against affordable education in Nevada, reaffirming a system that puts students last,” said Jay Yoon, 1st Vice Chair of the Nevada College Republicans. “Continuing to place the burden on students for the failures in efficiency of our colleges and universities is simply unacceptable.”
The Nevada College Republicans consist of chapters at the University of Nevada – Reno and Las Vegas, as well as a third chapter in the process of launching at the College of Southern Nevada. The fast-growing organization boasts more than 1,000 members state-wide, most of which belong to the chapter at UNLV.
“The UNLV College Republicans would like to thank Regents Ron Knecht, Jack Schofield, Kevin Page, and Cedric Crear, for standing on the side of students and opposing a tuition increase at this time,” said Thomas McAllister, President-elect of the UNLV College Republicans. “While they were not able to prevent the increase passed today, we respect their commitment to listening to students, and putting us first.”
“As students at the University of Nevada, we see waste in every department,” said Alex Chau, President-elect of the UNR College Republicans. “We are disappointed that the Board of Regents would continue to raise our tuition, while colleges and universities are allowed to waste our dollars so brazenly.”
“It is our hope that the Board of Regents, as the supposed stewards of our education system, ensures that colleges and universities in Nevada take the necessary steps to streamline costs, demonstrate accountability and transparency, and provide a student-focused, high-quality education that achieves measurable results, so that students are not made to suffer any further,” said Shawnie Cale, College Republican delegate to the College of Southern Nevada.