$75M in Nevada higher education funding restored
Nevada’s higher education institutions are set to receive a significant financial boost, with a $75 million injection to help restore funding that was cut during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the Legislature is looking to provide tens of millions of dollars to address a shortage of doctors, nurses, and teachers. The state’s colleges and universities are also seeking additional funding for capital improvements, including the construction of new buildings and campuses.
At the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), university leaders are seeking $14 million in funding to cover planning for a new 80,000-square-foot life sciences building. The facility would include 18 research labs with associated support space and offices, four undergraduate teaching labs, 12 conference/collaboration spaces and a 300-seat auditorium for use by the entire university. The funds would assist with total project funding of more than $137.5 million, according to estimates from the Division of Public Works. UNR is also looking at a privately-funded business college and hotel construction project.
Meanwhile, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is seeking $13.3 million from the state for a science and technology building and another $5.1 million for a new fine arts building. UNLV President Keith Whitfield has cited the state’s budget surplus as a prime funding source for one-shot spending.
The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is requesting $5.2 million in new planning dollars for an additional campus. The college has been attempting to open a new campus in the northwestern Las Vegas Valley for several years, but the project has faced several delays. The community college wants to build an approximately 40-acre campus at Elkhorn Road and Grand Montecito Parkway. The college already has land.