University Regents Approve Tuition Hike, Fire Academy Closure

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Board of Regents has approved an 8-percent tuition increase for undergraduate students.

The 12-member board voted for the increase Friday afternoon in
Las Vegas, turning down proposals to keep the tuition rate steady,
or increase it by 5 or 13 percent.

Student government leaders asked the board to hold the tuition
rate at $156 per credit or delay the vote.

Undergraduates already had to pay 13 percent more this year as
Nevada's unemployment rate tops the nation at 13.4 percent.

The board previously passed a 5-percent tuition hike for
graduate students.

Administrators say they need more money to rehire faculty and
staff after four years of budget cuts.

Undergraduate registration fees and tuition have increased 73
percent in Nevada since 2007.

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Board of Regents has voted to close
the University of Nevada, Reno's debt-laden Fire Science Academy in
Elko County by Dec. 31.

University President Marc Johnson applauded the Friday vote,
saying the 12-year-old fire academy that sits along U.S. Interstate
80 east of Carlin was not financially sustainable. He called it a
difficult, but necessary decision.

The non-degree training program employs 28 people and is roughly
$36 million in debt.

The Nevada National Guard wants to buy the site. That land deal
is expected to be finalized by early next year.

The decision to close the academy was long coming.

An ad hoc advisory council chaired by the late former Nevada
Gov. Kenny Guinn urged the university and regents to close the
academy in 2008, citing financial concerns.


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