Frequently Asked Questions
What is the intent of YES on 1?
YES on 1 will remove NSHE and the Board of Regents from the State Constitution and make them accountable to the Legislature and Governor as every other taxpayer-funded entity is such as K-12 education and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
What does YES on 1 do if passed?
YES on 1 will remove NSHE and the Board of Regents from the State Constitution and make them accountable to the Legislature and Governor as every other taxpayer-funded entity such as K-12 education and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The question preserves the election of the Board of Regents as required in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) and does not change any of their functions or duties.
Does YES on 1 still allow the election of the Board of Regents?
Yes. All of the powers, duties, and elections of the Board of Regents are preserved in NRS 396.020 and 396.040.
Why does Nevada’s system of higher education need to modernized?
In the past few decades, Nevada has benefitted from being one of the fastest-growing states in the nation; however, our state has struggled to adapt its governance and infrastructure to best meet the needs of an expanding and diversifying Western state.
Nevada is the only state where a single elected board governs all universities, colleges, and community colleges. Other states long ago modernized their governance of higher education to reflect the differing missions of their colleges and universities and the evolving needs of their states.
Nevada’s antiquated system has resulted in our inability to be nimble and adapt to the state’s changing needs has led to a loss of confidence in higher education by our business and philanthropic leaders. This means fewer resources for our students and fewer partnerships with private industry, imperiling both the access to higher education and the capacity of our state’s higher education institutions to develop and diversify Nevada’s economy.
Will YES on 1 cost any money?
No. There is no fiscal note attached to the ballot question. This is because all YES on 1 does is modernize Nevada’s governance structure over higher education to same standard of every other taxpayer-funded agency.
Will YES on 1 mean more money for universities, colleges, faculty, and students?
Yes, because it will help us save taxpayer dollars from waste. NSHE and the Board of Regents are funded by the state, yet they go unchecked and are out of control. The Board of Regents have squandered millions of taxpayer dollars on their own pet projects – wasting money and putting the burden on the citizens of Nevada and on the backs of students. Not to mention their $26 million-dollar budget is larger than any other similarly sized state and is more than they give most of our colleges.
By comparison, states like Virginia have 5X the number of colleges and universities, yet 1/3 the employees in their system-wide office (60) as Nevada (200). It’s time for change - Nevadans deserve better.
How will YES on 1 help our students and our economy?
Nevada has remained tethered to an outdated higher education structure. Our inability to be nimble and meet the needs of the community has led to a loss of confidence in higher education by our business and philanthropic leaders. This means less resources for our students, which imperils both the access to higher education and the capacity of our State’s higher education institutions to serve students, from universities to community colleges, to develop and diversify Nevada’s economy.
The inability to attract and keep top-rated leadership has burdened the State with millions in extravagant salaries for chancellors, university presidents, and other executives, who only stay for a few years and leave with millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded severance packages.
Who is supporting YES on 1?
YES on 1 is supported by a growing, bi-partisan and diverse coalition of community leaders with backgrounds in higher education, workforce training, business, labor, and government. Some of our most prominent supporters include former President of Western Nevada College Dr. Carol Lucey, former President of Truckee Meadows Community College Dr. John Gwaltney, Former Western Nevada College President and NSHE CFO Chet Burton, Former State Senator Warren Hardy II (R), Former State Assemblyman Elliot Anderson (D), Former Gaming Executive Bill Noonan, Small Business Attorney Gina Bongiovi, The Vegas Chamber, The Council for a Better Nevada, Culinary Union Local 226, the Nevada AFL-CIO, The Clark County Education Association, The Retail Association of Nevada, and the Nevada Farm Bureau, among others.