UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
August 13-14, 1954

Volume 7 - Pages 60-62

                    UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA
                       REGENTS MEETING
                       August 13, 1954

The special meeting of the Board of Regents, called to consider
further the needs of the University in budget form, was called
to order by the Chairman in the President's office at 10:25 A.M.
on Friday, August 13, 1954.  Present:  Regents Hardy, Crumley,
Grant, Lombardi, Ross, Comptroller Hayden and President Stout.
University Editor Laxalt and reporters Burns and Friel covered
the meeting.

Needs of the University in Budget Form

    In presenting the needs of the University for the biennium
    1955-57, the President called attention first to the need
    for an increased amount for salaries.  He recommended that
    the amount be set at 15% over the last biennium.  He further
    recommended that the increased amount to used for adjust-
    ments in salary brackets and in individual salaries where
    justified to meet the competition in the various areas and
    to enable the University to pay its staff more nearly what
    is paid by other Land Grant and State Universities.

    It was unanimously agreed that the President's recommendation
    be approved, and that the budget for the biennium include a
    15% increase for salary adjustments.

    Mr. Hayden then took the Regents through the proposed budget
    by Departments and Divisions of the University.  Various
    items were discussed with the Regents, as they desired.

The meeting recessed at 12:20 noon for luncheon.

The recessed meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 2:05
P.M. with all Regents, the Comptroller and the President present.
The same reporters covered the afternoon session, with the addi-
tion of Mr. Bennyhoff.

    Discussion of the needs of the University continued, with
    definite suggestions by the Regents being noted for consider-
    ation of the Administration and the Deans.  It was informally
    agreed that the total increase over the last biennium should
    be about $1,500,000.

Las Vegas Correspondence

    Chairman Ross called attention to letters and telegrams which
    he had received from individuals and organizations in Las
    Vegas requesting that the University extend it facilities in
    Southern Nevada.  The Regents expressed themselves as being
    in favor of meeting in Las Vegas to consult with these people
    in view of the fact that there were so many requests.  It was
    agreed that, since this would not be an official meeting of
    the Board of Regents, each Regent would pay his own expense.

    Following discussion on the Las Vegas program, it was the
    opinion of the Board of Regents that a statement covering
    the position of the University should be made.  At the re-
    quest of the Chairman, President Stout prepared the follow-
    ing statement, which was unanimously adopted by the Board of
    Regents and released to the Press:


        At its meeting today the Board of Regents of the Uni-
        versity of Nevada reviewed the development of its branch
        in Las Vegas.  This extension of University services was
        begun in 1951 following a law passed by the Legislature
        permitting Las Vegas to establish a Junior College.  This
        law was declared unconstitutional by the Attorney General
        who said the only State program of higher education that
        could be offered in Nevada had to be supplied by the Uni-
        versity of the State.

        In an attempt to meet this demand for higher education
        by a section of the State, the University extended its
        services in this manner, as it has in other ways, and
        established a branch in Las Vegas, with a small budget
        set aside for operation.  The 1953 budget, as submitted
        and approved by the Legislature, included an item for
        the Las Vegas branch which called for the sum of $34,000.
        During the first year of that biennium, 1953-54, a number
        of classes were taught in facilities provided by the Pub-
        lic School System of Las Vegas.

        During the Summer of 1954 there was a request that addi-
        tional services be extended to the extent that teachers
        in that area who needed to meet certification require-
        ments but who because of family or other responsibilities
        could not leave that area for a period of time, might
        receive appropriate instruction in Southern Nevada.  The
        University, therefore, set up a special Summer Session
        for teachers with the hope of attracting about 50 teach-
        ers.  The response was far above expectations, as there
        were over 180 enrolled.  It might be of interest that
        the Summer program was self-supporting.

        In the same vein, during the second semester of the year
        1953-54, there were increased requests from people in
        that area that the program conducted by the University
        in Southern Nevada should be expanded to enable them to
        take a broader program of subjects which would permit
        them to do the equivalent of the Freshman year.  Investi-
        gations by the University showed that some 67 high school
        students would attend such a program if it were offered.
        (It is of interest to note here that only 6 of those
        students felt that they could go elsewhere to College
        if the program were not offered by the University of
        Nevada.  In other words, 61 would not attend College
        at all if the program were denied.)  The University is
        attempting to meet this demand from a portion of the
        people of the State and thereby enable them to obtain
        training beyond what the State now offers them.

        To date there have been no commitments by the Board of
        Regents or officials of the University to the effect
        that a site will be acquired or a building built.  In-
        stead, those responsible for the administration of the
        University are feeling their way in this area, as they
        are in other areas where people who wish to attend
        classes of higher learning are making similar demands.
        In summary, it may be said that it is the desire of the
        University of Nevada to meet the needs and demands of
        the people of the State who furnish the funds that
        operate the University of Nevada.  Any further develop-
        ment of the program in Southern Nevada will depend upon
        the expressed needs of the people in that area as evi-
        denced by their enrollment and completion of courses
        offered, and by the financial ability of the University.

The meeting adjourned at 5:40 P.M.

The next meeting was set at the call of the Chair.