In Nevada, Harsh Reality Hits Higher Education

Years of budget cuts sap campuses and morale

In Nevada, Harsh Economic Reality Lowers Horizon for Higher Education 1

John Gurzinski for The Chronicle

The five-year-old, 122-acre Harry Reid Research and Technology Park, 10 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, still awaits its first building.

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John Gurzinski for The Chronicle

The five-year-old, 122-acre Harry Reid Research and Technology Park, 10 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, still awaits its first building.

Just how grim is the fate of higher education in Nevada? Francisco Hernandez can tell you. The 26-year-old senior at the University of Nevada at Reno had saved nearly $7,000 to get himself settled after graduating this summer. But that money's almost gone because of the nearly 60-percent increase in tuition and fees at Reno in the past few years. He has worked part time at a local hotel to pay his way through college, but Nevada's sluggish economy will very likely force him to leave his home