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Quashed report elicits call for higher education accountability


web1_dan_klaich_13-5076460-1085285Via the Las Vegas Review-Journal — Nevada legislators and education watchdogs expressed alarm over news higher education officials buried a report amid fear it would reflect poorly on the system. The matter, they said, obstructs what many have long wanted: A higher education system with more accountability.

“The news that NSHE leader­ship is resistant to embracing constructive criticism and change, due largely to political considerations, comes as no surprise to the Nevada Faculty Alliance,” said the group’s president-elect James Strange in an emailed statement.

“We have long been concerned about NSHE’s lax oversight of institutional executive leadership. This lack of oversight, it would seem, is but one facet of a more complex and troubling situation. Academics are held to transparency and peer criticism. Is it too much to ask NSHE be held to the same standards? A leadership culture resistant to the suggestion of change or at least real organizational introspection would point at the need for these very things.”

The Review-Journal reported Sunday that a series of emails between higher education system officials obtained through the state’s public records law showed officials buried a report they had planned to present to legislators, believing it would be used to “bludgeon” the agency if it came to light.

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