Throwing Some Shade on NSHE

As the heat of summer continues to bake Southern Nevada, UNLV friends and supporters can enjoy this breath of fresh air from Len Jessup. Yup, the former UNLV president driven out of town by the Super Chancellor and his regent/cronies demonstrates the class, integrity, and sincerity that drew so many of our community to support him – and UNLV.

Oh you pitiful regents, I hope you have some sunscreen to ease the burn caused by Jessup’s always thoughtful words.

It must be humiliating to know that Southern Nevadans still prefer to hear what Jessup has to say, rather than listen to you all deny Medicare fraud charges at UNLV, deny evasions of the opening meeting law designed to diminish UNLV’s Medical School, and deny unethical and perhaps illegal land dealings to line your own pockets.

Stay in the shade regents, you love operating in the dark, behind closed doors.

Thom Reilly & Kevin Page, you should be ashamed of yourselves

Thom Reilly (county manager) Kevin Page (Wells Fargo banker), you should be ashamed of yourselves attacking a woman! Is this what you both do in the work place? Do you abuse women? Are you cruel? Do you yell? Do you use  profanity? Whose idea is this feeble attempt to deflect the attention from your past and present behavior on to a woman’s back? It is time your behavior, actions, and words are put under a microscope!

Thom, you can hide in Phoenix any more!!!! Kevin, you cannot hide at Wells Fargo anymore!!!!

We are Frustrated too, Governor Sandoval

“I do feel like some of the boards and commissions feel like they’re autonomous, and they don’t answer to anyone, and once I’ve made an appointment, that’s it. Speaking for myself, it’s really frustrating when my office and I have to bang heads with the boards and commissions, particularly when it’s the governor who makes those appointments.”
—-Gov. Brian Sandoval, in a rare moment of public frustration

Nevada Regents: The Students Perspective


After several media reports regarding his supposed poor job performance review, UNLV President Len Jessup announced Wednesday that he had begun pursuing other job opportunities, leaving the future of UNLV in question.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, just nine days after the performance evaluation from NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly that suggested “several weaknesses,” Jessup signed an agreement in which the Engelstad Family Foundation would make a $14 million donation to the university’s medical school building only if he and the current dean of the medical school, Barbra Atkinson, remained on staff through 2022.

From the student body perspective, what are we to conclude from the situation?

Matters are already bad when we get reports about Jessup allegedly being told to resign or face termination, only to have it compounded with Jessup issuing a statement saying the reports are misleading. Then, in the same message, Jessup admitted that he is looking for other job opportunities, essentially following suit with the reports and resigning accordingly…

Read the full article here

What Does it Mean to Give Away the Farm?


Verb. give away the farm. To pay more than one should have; to pay more than fair market value. Example: The Chancellor, Regent, and UNR leadership have made a career of giving away the farm at the expense of its students, faculty, research, programs, and future.

Consistency: NSHE Style

So in the midst of its never ending public relations nightmare, the esteemed Board of Regents re-appoints as Kevin Page as chair, someone who may soon be exposed for his continuous self-dealing and abuse of office and as vice chair Jason Geddes someone who plagiarized several paragraphs of his tainted dissertation – a fact that did not motivate the Board of Regents to so much as launch an inquiry.

Additional members of the Board are also facing increased scrutiny, for allegations of insider trading and violations of the open meeting law.

What a collection of ne’er-do-wells and buffoons.

Thank goodness the Regents have a chancellor professor from ASU earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to protect these clowns from themselves.

State legislators must be waiting with baited breath to hear these Three Amigos (with apologies to Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short) lecture them on how higher education governance is absolutely none of their business….

Care to start a pool of who is the next regent to face the music for his/her misdeeds?

Really Reilly

Three NsHE presidents walk into a bar. One was charged with drunk driving, one oversees a med school that is under federal investigation, the UNR school of medicine’s Medicaid fraud scandal, and one did his job. Two still remain. Which one got fired?
in the real world, the alleged drunk and the alleged fraud scandal presidents would have been terminated immediately. Not at NsHe.  The one doing his job got fired.
Really Reilly? SMH!!

It’s time state leaders notice how much UNLV does with so little

The battle to protect UNLV from its detractors in state leadership just got an infusion of ammunition.

It comes courtesy of a study by the Brookings Institution’s Richard Reeves, which reveals that the American dream is alive and well in Las Vegas thanks in no small part to UNLV.

In the study, Reeves used a database of anonymized tax records to examine income trends throughout the nation but focusing especially on Las Vegas and three other Western cities. Based on his research, Reeves concluded that upward mobility is greater in Western cities than elsewhere, particularly those in the Southeast and the Rust Belt, and Las Vegas compares well regionally.

That’s partly because of UNLV, as Reeves shows. Comparing the university to eight other Mountain West colleges, he describes it as one of the region’s leading “escalators” in providing advancement opportunities to students from low-income and middle-income families.

In a key data point, Reeves compares the median parental income of UNLV and UNR students with the median income of the universities’ graduates at age 34. Here’s what he found:

• UNLV: $90,400 median parental income, $41,500 median income at 34.

• UNR: $103,500 median parental income, $45,900 median income at 34.

The takeaway: As compared with their parents, UNLV students move up the socioeconomic ladder at least as far and as fast as UNR students — slightly better, even.

And that’s where UNLV’s management by state officials gets especially disturbing. Northern Nevada lawmakers, the Nevada Board of Regents and the Nevada System of Higher Education have established a pattern of treating UNLV with second-class status compared with UNR, which is evident in a number of key respects. Those include the fact that per-student state funding for UNR and UNLV is grossly unequal, and higher education officials have nurtured continuity in leadership at UNR while continually disrupting UNLV. In the past 12 years, four UNLV presidents have been forced out while not one has endured the same fate at UNR.

Underlying it all is a proven tendency to treat problems at UNLV like catastrophes while ignoring or shrugging off missteps at UNR. Witness former UNLV President Len Jessup being hounded over a situation at UNLV’s School of Dental Medicine while the disclosure of an audit that raised serious questions about UNR’s School of Medicine drew practically no public response by NSHE or the regents. UNR President Marc Johnson not only escaped any criticism over the issue, he was recently described as a “wonderful president” by Reilly.

Something needs to give, and Reeves’ study helps show why. UNLV isn’t perfect — no institution is — but UNLV is outperforming UNR in several key respects, including offering greater opportunities for advancement and serving the community’s vibrantly diverse population. Not only is UNLV tied with two other institutions as the most ethnically diverse campus in the nation, but Reeves concluded from his data that “Las Vegas is perhaps the quintessential ‘melting pot’ metro in terms of diversity.”

(Here, it should be noted that the report was published by Brookings Mountain West, which is based at UNLV. But Reeves’ credentials as an independent academic researcher are beyond reproach — graduate of Oxford University, lecturer at Georgetown University, former deputy prime minister in the U.K. government, author of several books, etc.)

But UNLV also faces challenges that aren’t felt as deeply in Reno, as Reeves shows. Those include relatively low achievement among CCSD graduates who enroll at UNLV, the availability of good-paying jobs in Las Vegas, and the percentage of students here from single-parent families, who often struggle academically.

In defending the handling of Jessup, Reilly has repeatedly cited UNLV’s dropout rate, a serious concern. That’s fine — raising graduation rates is a noble objective — but any criticism of UNLV on that front needs to be tempered with the challenges the university faces. It’s one thing to educate upper-middle-class students from two-parent families and above-average K-12 systems; it’s another to do so in a community as economically and socially complex as Las Vegas.

With the regents preparing for the second and last day of a meeting this week in Northern Nevada, they should read Reeves’ report before dumping any more dirt on UNLV.

Reeves points out in his study that the U.S. is shrinking in terms of being the land of opportunity, with income mobility taking a beating from such factors as wage stagnation, the loss of traditional manufacturing jobs and a presidential administration that seems bent on pulling up the socioeconomic ladder.

If the American dream is going to remain an achievable prospect and not a bygone ideal, it needs to stay vibrant in places like Las Vegas. And for that to occur, it’s crucial for state leaders to support UNLV.