As a Carnegie R1 institution that aspires to be recognized as one of the top public research universities in the nation, UNLV must strengthen its capacity to provide support for the research, scholarship, and creative work of faculty. An important campus priority is the construction of a campus-wide infrastructure to expand the availability of information. The need for more information is three-fold:
- Academic faculty members need access to information on prospective research collaborators and sponsored research opportunities in order to increase their scholarly output and impact.
- University administrators need access to information required for strategic planning and decision-making in connection with the research enterprise. Supplied with better insights into the scope and impact of faculty scholarship, university leaders will be better positioned to allocate funding and resources in support of short- and long-range goals.
- The university needs to make information on faculty members and their scholarship available to the public for both promotional purposes and to share the outcomes of research supported by federal, state, and other public sources of funding.
To fulfill these requirements, UNLV has licensed a set of products from Academic Analytics that will increase the availability of relevant information for campus constituents and external stakeholders. A private company founded in 2005, Academic Analytics is a leading provider of academic business intelligence information to research universities across the nation.