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  • 30 Jan 2023 10:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Public Comment, Legislative Commission Budget Subcommittee, 1/27/2023

    By Kent Ervin, State President, Nevada Faculty Alliance

    The Nevada Faculty Alliance is the independent statewide association of professional employees at NSHE colleges and universities. This is our 40th anniversary year. Since 1983, we have been working to empower our members to be fully engaged in our mission to help student succeed.

    We are encouraged by the Governor’s recommended budget for NSHE.  The restoration of the pandemic cuts to operating budgets is essential. The boost to graduate assistant stipends is essential for their progress toward degrees. The other enhancements are important. NFA strongly supports full funding of the Governor’s budget for NSHE, to provide for the workforce pipeline for Nevada including career and technical education but also professional teachers, nurses, engineers, scientists, doctors, dentists, accountants, managers, lawyers, public-health & hospitality workers, policy-makers, future faculty, and so on.

    But GovRec does not fix the long-term sustainability of higher education for Nevada’s students. The funding per Weighted Student Credit Hour in the report just presented is 6% lower than in FY2020 after adjusting for inflation. That degradation of WSCH funding puts pressure on NSHE to raise student fees, which no one wants. Therefore, we also support the study of the funding formula to provide for sustainably for higher education as a common good.

    State employment is in crisis with unprecedented vacancy rates. At NSHE, we can’t keep faculty and staff. The overall turnover rate is 14%/year. The woefully inadequate compensation for state employees including NSHE faculty and professional staff must be addressed.  The 8% + 4% Cost of Living Adjustment in GovRec is a good start. But comparisons with our peers indicate the COLA needs to be more than doubled just to bring salaries up to average. We must support our human capital. 

    Thank you.

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    The Nevada Faculty Alliance is the statewide independent association of professional employees at the colleges and universities of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The NFA is affiliated with the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of Teachers/AFL-CIO. The NFA/AAUP represents faculty collective bargaining units at the College of Southern Nevada, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College, with advocacy chapters at Great Basin College, Nevada State College, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Nevada, Reno. The NFA advocates for higher education as a common good, academic freedom, and empowering our members to be fully engaged in our mission to help students succeed.



  • 23 Dec 2022 5:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Nevada Faculty Alliance thanks Governor Sisolak and the Interim Finance Committee for approving repayment of faculty and staff furlough salary cuts in Spring 2021, and has sent a letter of thanks to the NSHE System and NSHE Payroll Services at Business Center North for processing the repayments on an accelerated schedule to get the checks out today (Dec. 23), before the winter break. The NFA has advocated for compensation and benefits cuts to be restored using federal American Rescue Plan Act funds for many months, since the federal funds were announced in March-April 2021. 


  • 19 Nov 2022 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NFA congratulations and welcomes the newly elected members of the Board of Regents.  We look forward to working with them in our mission to empower faculty members to help students succeed, to advance affordable higher education, to promote academic freedom and shared governance, and to use collective bargaining to help achieve these goals.

    • RD 6  Heather Brown
    • RD 7 Susan Brager
    • RD 8 Shelly Crawford
    • RD 11 Jeffrey Downs
    • RD 13 Stephanie Goodman

    For members' convenience, we have collected the responses of the winning candidates to our pre-election questionnaire here:

    New Regents' Responses to 2022 NFA Candidate Questionnaire

    While we don't agree with every position of every new Regents, we know they all support higher education as a common good and we appreciate that they have all engaged with the NFA.

    Final election results:

    University Board of Regents, District 6

    Candidate Votes
    Brown, Heather (NP) 44,477 (62.6% )
    Dakduk, Jeanine (NP) 26,569 (37.4% )
    Total Votes 71,046

    University Board of Regents, District 7

    Candidate Votes
    Brager, Susan (NP) 41,710 (58.4% )
    Crete, David "Coach" (NP) 29,764 (41.6% )
    Total Votes 71,474

    University Board of Regents, District 8

    Candidate Votes
    Crawford, Michelee "Shelly" (NP) 38,307 (54.1% )
    Rice, John Patrick (NP) 32,485 (45.9% )
    Total Votes 70,792

    University Board of Regents, District 11

    Candidate Votes
    Downs, Jeffrey (NP) 34,560 (54.1% )
    Laden, Steve (NP) 29,350 (45.9% )
    Total Votes 63,910

    University Board of Regents, District 13

    Candidate Votes
    Goodman, Stephanie (NP) 42,091 (60.6% )
    Moran, John (NP) 27,366 (39.4% )
    Total Votes 69,457


  • 30 Sep 2022 12:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Nevada Faculty Alliance Political Action and Governmental Relations committees have vetted candidates for office in the 2022 General Election through questionnaires, interviews, and other research. The NFA-PAC endorses candidates who share our values and who support higher education as a common good, college and university affordability, academic freedom, and faculty rights including collective bargaining.  Please vote for our endorsed candidates!

    2022 NFA Endorsement List (pdf)

    For further information about individual candidates, you can view their responses to NFA's candidate questionnaires:

    Mail-in ballots are distributed in early to mid-October (depending on county), early voting is October 22 to November 4, and Election Day is November 8.

    What's My District? (Address Lookup)

    Check or update voter registration


  • 16 Aug 2022 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UPDATE: 2022 NFA Endorsements

    The Nevada Faculty Alliance sent a questionnaire to candidates for Nevada Assembly and Nevada Senate.  Their responses to questions about higher education and faculty issues  are in the table linked below.  We encourage NFA members to consider candidates' positions on higher education when you decide how to vote in the general election.  

    What's My 2022 District? (address look-up)

    Legislative Candidate Response Table (pdf)   (updated 9/11/2022)

    The table is ordered by Assembly District number, then Senate District number.  Blank boxes indicate no response for that question. Missing candidates mean they have not responded to our questionnaire.

  • 14 Aug 2022 11:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UPDATE: 2022 NFA Endorsements

    The Nevada Faculty Alliance sent questionnaires to major-party candidates for statewide and federal offices in Nevada.  We asked just a few questions on matters of importance for higher education and faculty. The candidates' responses are below. We encourage NFA members to take candidates' views on higher education issues, and their responsiveness to NFA's questionnaire, into account when making decisions for the General Election.

    Governor

    Steve Sisolak

    Attorney General

    Aaron Ford

    Sigal Chattah

    Secretary of State

    Cisco Aguilar

    Treasurer

    Zach Conine

    Controller

    Ellen Spiegel

    Congress District 1

    Dina Titus

    Congress District 3

    Susie Lee

    Look Up Your Congressional District Here


    (Any additional responses will be posted when received.)
  • 10 Aug 2022 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UPDATE: 2022 NFA Endorsements

    • Heather Brown (RD 6)
    • Susan Brager (RD 7)
    • John Patrick Rice (RD 8)
    • John Moran (RD 13)
    • (No endorsement in RD 11. Both candidates are qualified, but have different views on topics of importance to faculty. We encourage members to view their questionnaire responses or view the candidate forum video, links below.)

    ***

    The NFA gave each candidate for the Board of Regents in the general election an opportunity to revise or update their responses to our questionnaire for the primary election.  

    Look up your Regent District here

    Questionnaire Responses:

    Regent District 6,  Heather Brown and Jeanine Dakduk (Henderson and southern Clark County)

    Regent District 7, Susan Brager and David “Coach" Crete (western Las Vegas area, Summerlin) 

    Regent District 8, Michelee "Shelly" Crawford and John Patrick Rice (Elko, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Nye, White Pine, and northern Clark counties)

    Regent District 11, Jeffrey Downs and Steve Laden (Sparks, northern Reno, northern Washoe, Humboldt, and Pershing counties)

    Regent District 13, Stephanie Goodman and John Moran (west Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon)

    Videos of forums with the candidates prior to the primary election are available at: https://www.nevadafacultyalliance.org/NewsArchive/12768874

  • 05 May 2022 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Nevada Faculty Alliance invited all candidates for the Board of Regents to candidate forums to hear from them about their qualifications and positions on issues of importance to faculty, students, and NSHE institutions.

    Look up your Regent District here

    Videos of the forums and written questionnaire responses are available here:

    Regent District 6 Forum Video with Heather Brown and Karl Catarata (Henderson and southern Clark County) RD6 Questionnaire Responses

    Regent District 7 Forum Video  with Susan Brager, David “Coach" Crete, M.J. Ivy, Hieu Le, Aury Nagy (western Las Vegas area, Summerlin) RD7 Questionnaire Responses

    Regent District 8 Forum Video  with Jonathan Baltera, Michelee "Shelly" Crawford, Aaron Manfredi, Elmer Porter, John Patrick Rice, and Stacy Smith  (Elko, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Nye, White Pine, and northern Clark counties) RD8 Questionnaire Responses

    Regent District 11 Forum Video with Jeffrey Downs, John Gwaltney,* and Steve Laden (Sparks, northern Reno, northern Washoe, Humboldt, and Pershing counties) RD11 Questionnaire Responses

    Regent District 13--no forum (west Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon). RD13 Questionnaire Responses (updated 5/24)

    *Candidate Gwaltney's audio level is very low--raise your speaker volume to listen to his responses.


  • 17 Apr 2022 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are five seats on the Board of Regents up for election in 2022. The primary election is on June 14 with early voting starting May 28. The primary will narrow the field to two candidates for each race going forward to the general election in November--unless one candidate receives >50% of the vote in primary in which case that candidate is declared elected and there is no general election.

    The Nevada Faculty Alliance Political Action Committee (NFA-PAC) sent a questionnaire regarding NSHE and faculty issues to each candidate's email address.  Sixteen of the 21 candidates have responded. Candidates' answers to our questions are provided in the documents linked below:

    District 6 – southern Clark County

    District 7 – western Las Vegas area, Summerlin

    District 8 – Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Lincoln, Nye, White Pine, and northern Clark

    District 11 – North Reno, Sparks, northern Washoe, Humboldt, Pershing 

    District 13  (updated 5/24)– western Las Vegas area, Red Rock Canyon 

    The NFA-PAC plans to conduct candidate forums and may choose to endorse candidates for regent. If you have questions you would like to ask at the forums or you have feedback on candidates for the NFA-PAC, please email Kent Ervin at kent.ervin@nevadafacultyalliance.org.

  • 28 Dec 2021 12:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Petition for Safe NSHE Campuses

    This is an open petition by faculty, staff, students, and family members of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), sponsored by the Nevada Faculty Alliance (www.NevadaFacultyAlliance.org).

    PETITION TO Governor Sisolak, NSHE Chancellor Rose, Presidents Helens (GBC), Hilgersom (TMCC), Pollard (NSC), Sandoval (UNR), Whitfield (UNLV), and Zaragoza (CSN), Officer-in-Charge Dalpe (WNC), and members of the Legislative Commission of the 81st Legislature of the State of Nevada, the NSHE Board of Regents, the Nevada State Board of Health, and the NSHE COVID-19 Task Force:

    BECAUSE the shared goals of students, faculty, and staff of NSHE colleges and universities are to teach in person in a safe manner and to avoid another transition to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic;

    BECAUSE in August 2021 the Board of Health issued an emergency regulation to require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for students registering for Spring 2022 classes; and subsequently the Board of Regents of the state of Nevada approved mandatory vaccinations for all NSHE employees as a condition of continued employment after December 31, 2021;

    BECAUSE on December 21, 2021, the Legislative Commission failed by a 6–6 vote to approve the Board of Health’s permanent regulation on vaccinations as a requirement for student attendance at NSHE institutions and thus allowed the student COVID-19 vaccination mandate to expire;

    BECAUSE widespread vaccination is the most effective way to prevent serious illness and death and to reduce transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and because the available vaccines are remarkably safe and effective against all current variants, including the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine which has received full FDA approval (bit.ly/3enwNM9) and is thus no longer experimental;

    BECAUSE NSHE university students have long been required to show proof of immunization for other infectious diseases (with medical and religious exemptions), and, additionally, NSHE students who are not vaccinated are able to register for online or remote classes;

    BECAUSE 1,125 universities and colleges nationally as of 12/22/2021 (bit.ly/32nGxDR) are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for students and/or employees, many requiring boosters and robust testing protocols; 

    AND BECAUSE we are outraged that six legislators on the Legislative Commission put political considerations ahead of the sound advice of medical experts and ignored the clear statutory authority of the Board of Health over public health regulations, and have put the health and safety of NSHE students, faculty, and staff at increased risk of COVID-19 infection and have made our campuses less safe as workplaces and for in-person instruction.

    Therefore, WE, the undersigned faculty, staff, students, and family members of the Nevada System of Higher Education:

    DEMAND that the student vaccination mandate be immediately reinstated for Spring 2022 classes, under the emergency powers of the Governor if necessary, following the advice of the Board of Health of the state of Nevada and the Governor’s medical team;

    DEMAND that the Legislative Commission reconvene to vote to accept the authority and the public health recommendations of the Board of Health in the interests of the increased health and safety of our NSHE campuses and the health and safety of the greater community of our state;

    DEMAND that the Board of Regents independently adopt the recommendations of the NSHE COVID-19 Task Force and the Board of Health to require vaccinations of all NSHE employees and of all NSHE students taking in-person classes (with allowances for medical and religious exemptions), and that the Board of Regents allow the colleges and universities to take all other appropriate public health measures;

    AND DEMAND that the Chancellor and Presidents implement strong, science-based measures against infection from COVID-19—including free surveillance and diagnostic testing, face-coverings, and permitting remote or online instruction and work—and that these measures be continued until the community risk from COVID-19 has been deemed by public health authorities to have subsided.

    View signature list at https://forms.gle/7rnBaLasT1Ztu7Mc8 


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