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UNLV aims for future as top research university

Written By:

Kristy Totten


Two decades, restored state funding and private investment are what officials say it will take for UNLV to become a top research university.

Acting President Don Snyder shared the university’s 20-year plan to become a Carnegie Tier 1 research institution Wednesday during a Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an independent policy and research center, places doctorate-granting universities into three tiers: Tier 1 or very high research activity, Tier 2 or high research activity and doctoral/research universities.

UNLV earned the foundation’s high research designation in 2010 but is working to become Tier 1 to compete with Arizona State University, University of Utah, University of Colorado Boulder and University of Oregon, which have similar profiles and Tier 1 ratings.

The universities identified are public universities in the Mountain West region, are not land grant institutions and three of the four do not have medical schools.

“Way out here is Stanford University,” Snyder said, pointing to the outlier on a graphic showing university research designations. “We’re not going to be there in any of our lifetimes, but we absolutely will be here (in the company of aforementioned Tier 1 universities) and need to be here for us to give to the business community what the business community needs.”


Las Vegas Review-Journal