Accomplishments: Brookings Mountain West

April 11, 2019
Brookings Mountain West is pleased to release a new policy brief from Brookings Senior Fellow in Governance Studies Molly Reynolds titled, "The 2018 Midterms in the Mountain West." In the piece, Reynolds explores how the 116th Congress has begun with a bang, with a protracted government shutdown and promises of aggressive oversight from the new Democratic House majority. To understand how we got to this point—and where we might be going in 2020— she offers a look back at the 2018 elections. As...
March 26, 2019
Caitlin J. Saladino (Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. The piece, "Public R1 Universities Undervalued as Elitists Clamber for Acceptance," highlights the value of schools like UNLV, in the wake of the college admissions scandal. The piece was originally published on March 22. 
March 26, 2019
Ashley Schobert (Brookings Mountain West, Economics, and Political Science), a student of the Brookings public policy minor program, wrote an opinion editorial, "Single-payer Health Care is a Worthy Goal for the US — Eventually," which was published in the Las Vegas Sun. The piece offers a response to the March 7 campus event, "The Great Debate," which featured members of the UNLV debate team and visiting scholars from the Brookings Institution in a debate on the topic, "Should the U.S....
March 25, 2019
Robert E. Lang (Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) and David R. Damore (Political Science) are the authors of a new, recently published policy brief, "The Road to Carnegie R1 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas." Founded in 1957, UNLV is now classified as a top research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This is a major accomplishment. The Lincy Institute’s analysis of all 130 “Carnegie Doctoral Universities” (2018) with “very high research...
January 28, 2019
Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) and John Hudak (Brookings) were featured as keynote speakers on the topic of "Issues to Watch in Southern Nevada 2019" at the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce's "Preview Las Vegas" event. Preview Las Vegas is the chamber’s signature annual trade show and economic forecasting conference, where experts offer their recommendations and insight for business leaders in the region. Lang and Hudak explored the current state and federal...
January 25, 2019
Robert Lang, William E. Brown, Jr., (both Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute) and David Damore (Political Science) authored a recent guest commentary published by the Nevada Current titled "Guest Op-Ed: Remediating the Chancellor."
January 7, 2019
Brookings Mountain West is pleased to release a new policy brief on "The Growing Need for Diverse Teachers in the Mountain West," by Michael Hansen (Brookings Institution senior fellow and director of the Brown Center on Education Policy) and Diana Quintero (research analyst at the Brown Center on Education Policy).  This policy brief examines the racial and ethnic diversity of the public teacher workforce in five Mountain West states, drawing on survey data from 1993 to 2016. The authors find...
November 8, 2018
Mary Blankenship (Sciences and Brookings Institute) was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun for her opinion editorial, "Lincoln Memorial Reminds Us Who We Are and Can Still Be."  She is a student with a double major in chemistry and math as well as a Brookings public policy minor. 
October 18, 2018
The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West served as co-sponsors of the American Planning Association Nevada Chapter Annual State Conference earlier this month. As such, many UNLV faculty members presented their research on critical policy areas for our state through various conference sessions.  Robert Lang and William Brown (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) moderated two keynote sessions on the conference theme "Vegas Growing Up — Welcome to the Big Leagues," featuring...
August 24, 2018
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute) authored a guest column on Interstate 11 in the "Where I Stand" series of the Las Vegas Sun. The editorial argues that existing proposals for the expansion of I-11 north of Las Vegas are shortsighted, as a state-only discussion misses the larger purpose of the interstate — to connect the Desert Southwest to the Pacific Northwest. 
May 24, 2018
David F. Damore, William E. Brown, Jr., and Robert E. Lang wrote a new policy brief for The Lincy Institute, "The 2017 Session of the Nevada Legislature and the Failure of Higher Education Reform." In the piece, the authors analyze 11 bills introduced during the 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature that proposed to reorganize, reform, and realign various aspects of the state’s higher education system. The analysis reveals the following: Despite bipartisan support for higher education reform...
March 21, 2018
Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and Lincy Institute) and John Hudak (Brookings) offered the lunch keynote presentation, "Jobs & The Economy in Las Vegas," at the 5th annual Latino Network of Southern Nevada Summit earlier this month. The event was sponsored by the Latin Chamber of Commerce. Lang is executive director of both Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute. Hudak is a visiting senior fellow in governance studies.