Support has been building in Nevada to separate the state’s four community colleges from its higher education system. The idea’s backers say the current governing system — which groups together the state’s two- and four-year institutions — undervalues the former. Its funding formula also favors upper-division courses, leading two-year schools to stray from their workforce development missions, they argue.
Three Republican lawmakers revived a proposal earlier this month to separate the community colleges from the system, though it’s unclear whether those schools support that bill. When reached for comment, three community colleges referred Higher Ed Dive to a Nevada System of Higher Education spokesperson, while another did not respond by publication time.