CSN’s Value to Nevada is posted on CSN’s home page on the Budget Issues website at http://sites.csn.edu/budgetupdates/ . This site will be updated shortly and will house information about our budget issues, including relevant news articles, CSN, NSHE and state reports and information about upcoming events.
This new publication is a synopsis of CSN’s advocacy message and includes valuable information about how CSN impacts the economy and how budget cuts have hurt Nevadans. You may feel that CSN is important to this state’s economic recovery and that students should be able to enroll in the classes and access the student support services that they need. If you feel that the state’s budget should reflect these priorities then I urge you to read the attached document and use that information to contact your legislative representatives and advocate that lawmakers invest in higher education and CSN.
We need all CSN constituents, including faculty and staff, to serve as advocates for the college. It is a long and exhausting process. But the stakes are high and the cause is worthy. In fall 2010, approximately 5,300 students tried to enroll in classes, could not get in and walked away from CSN. Of the 5,300, 56% were minorities, and 59% were first-time students with fewer than 15 college credits. CSN’s historic mission of providing access is being reduced with very budget cut.
Finally, on Saturday Jan. 29, lawmakers are holding a legislative budget town hall meeting at the Grant Sawyer Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our student government is doing its utmost to bring out our students, but I also hope that you will attend. Your presence is necessary to not only show support for our students but I hope that you will also tell lawmakers your own story about why higher education matters and the significance of supporting quality faculty and staff. The CSN’s Value to Nevada document is meant to help those of you who are willing to advocate on behalf of our institution and students.
Thank you for your continuing support to CSN and its students.
College of Southern Nevada
First posted 10-21-11