On Tuesday, June 17 the Committee to Conduct an Interim Study Concerning Community Colleges met to discuss recommendations and information to forward to the 2015 session of the Nevada Legislature. As part of the public testimony, past Nevada community college presidents, John Gwaltney and Carol Lucey, supported The Lincy Institute policy brief which recommends restructuring higher education governance. In a letter of support, Gwaltney and Lucey wrote "The Lincy work is of excellent quality, very comprehensive, detailed and focused on the specific community needs of Nevada, but also is provided in the context of national best practices." They urged the interim committee to "carefully consider" the Lincy policy brief proposal "before action is taken simply to accept the NSHE System's proposal."
In addition to Gwaltney and Lucey's public testimony, several community members spoke in support of local community college governance boards and asked that future legislation devolve governance and decision making to the regional communities. Senator Barbara Cegavske made a motion to include The Lincy Institute policy brief, "The Case for a New College Governance Structure in Nevada," as part of the briefing documents legislators receive for the 2015 session. Committee members passed the motion.
The Lincy Institute policy brief can be found at: The Case for a New College Governance Structure in Nevada