Institutional Planning

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Current Strategic Plan

UNLV’s current strategic plan, Focus: 50 to 100, was created in 2007 and 2008. It was the result of a year-long planning process which involved students, faculty, staff, administration, and community stakeholders. Goals of the planning process were to:

  • Define UNLV's unique identity as derived from its programs, values, and the region within which it resides.
  • Use that identity to inform, build, and improve UNLV's educational and research programs.
  • Determine how the support and physical infrastructure needed to change for UNLV to reach its educational and research goals and how that linked to the institutional budget.

Now, several years later, the plan and the mission statement derived from it, are serving the institution well.

Mission Statement

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a research institution committed to rigorous educational programs and the highest standards of a liberal education. We produce accomplished graduates who are well prepared to enter the work force or to continue their education in graduate and professional programs.Our faculty, students, and staff enthusiastically confront the challenges of economic and cultural diversification, urban growth, social justice, and sustainability.

Our commitment to our dynamic region and State centrally influences our research and educational programs, which improves our local communities. Our commitment to the national and international communities ensures that our research and educational programs engage both traditional and innovative areas of study and global concerns. UNLV’s distinctive identity and values permeate a unique institution that brings the best of the world to our region and, in turn, produces knowledge to improve the region and world around us.

UNLV is committed to and driven by these shared values that will guide our decision making:

  • High expectations for student learning and success;
  • Discovery through research, scholarship, and creative activity;
  • Nurturing equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that promotes respect, support, and empowerment;
  • Social, environmental, and economic sustainability;
  • Strong, reciprocal, and interdependent relationships between UNLV and the region around us;
  • An entrepreneurial, innovative, and unconventional spirit.

Core Themes

In 2010 UNLV’s accrediting agency, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), updated its standards for accreditation. One of the changes included deriving core themes for the institution from the mission statement. UNLV's Core Themes are:

Core Theme 1: Promote Student Learning and Success

  • Objective 1: Recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse student body.
  • Objective 2: Provide a high quality teaching and learning experience.
  • Objective 3: Advance graduate education to promote student learning and achievement.

Core Theme 2: Advance Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

  • Objective 1: Cultivate quantity and productivity of research, scholarship, and creative activity.
  • Objective 2: Encourage student research and creative activity.
  • Objective 3: Enhance use of space.

Core Theme 3: Foster a Diverse Campus Population and Engagement with the Community

  • Objective 1: Enhance diversity on campus.
  • Objective 2: Promote scholarship that advances community partnerships and economic diversification, including institutional support of and participation in partnerships with industry, government, and other entities.
  • Objective 3: Expand community programs that contribute to the health and welfare of the local community.
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