Top Tier 2.0

Overview of Top Tier 2.0

Our Top Tier vision and mission guide our efforts at UNLV, and we have made remarkable progress on our journey. Top Tier 2.0, the next evolution of our strategic plan, is a forward-looking roadmap that our university will continue to refine and follow over the next decade. It builds on our progress and recognizes our opportunities as we continue on our path to becoming a top public research university that transforms our community — and beyond.

We know that UNLV is key to our community, especially our students, and we are driven by our vision of improving the lives of our diverse students and transforming our communities through education and engagement.

Our mission guides our efforts as we work to operationalize our plans based on our core areas. It reads, As a minority-serving institution rich with diversity and committed to equity, UNLV:

  • provides access to world class educational experiences that are responsive to the needs of our students and stakeholders;
  • engages in groundbreaking research, scholarship, professional, and creative activities that have impact and cross boundaries; and
  • offers high value, cutting-edge interdisciplinary physical and mental health care to support our community.

We create value for the individuals and communities we serve by fostering a climate of innovation, stimulating economic diversification and workforce development, promoting social justice and inclusion of all voices, and enriching cultural vitality.

Top Tier 2.0 is focused around core areas:

  • Student Achievement;
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity;
  • Academic Health Center;
  • Socio-Economic Development;
  • Community Partnerships; and
  • Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion.

These cores are all made possible through continuing to develop our infrastructure and ensuring shared governance practices are at the heart of what we do, and we must strategically deepen the culture of philanthropy and alumni connection since this area is key to our financial stability. These foundational cores of Infrastructure and Shared Governance and Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement work in conjunction across all core areas.

Top Tier 2.0 Vision graphic showing the core and foundational values (see details below)

Core Areas

Advance Student Achievement

Student achievement continues to focus on improving undergraduate student learning outcomes, experiences, and co-curricular opportunities. More focus will be directed to closing the achievement gap, financial aid, and workforce development, in addition to carving out and optimizing opportunities for graduate student success.

Bolster Research Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Research, scholarship, and creative activity will increase innovation and excellence in research, especially as we develop multiple interdisciplinary opportunities, and seek opportunities that further enhance scholarship and creative activities.

Create an Academic Health Center

A highly functioning academic health center will not only provide high-value quality care for the community, but also provide a source of economic diversity for our economy and provide cutting-edge research, and we are on the path to put into place the structural and processes components needed to guide our efforts.

Foster Community Partnerships

Economic development has been moved to its own core, separate from community partnerships. The core community partnerships seeks to leverage our resources for public good to advance the university and the communities we serve. There will be increased focus on K-12, civic engagement, and community needs. 

Stimulate Socio-Economic Development

The economic development portion is now a stand alone area, stimulate socio-economic development. Socio-economic development is focused on the research park, industry engagement, and entrepreneurship and innovation, but it includes the humanistic element which is why it’s named socio-economic.

Promote Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion

In addition, to address culture a new core:  “promote and support a culture of social justice, equity, and inclusion” has been developed. Through cultural change, we will foster an environment that is inclusive, welcoming, and supportive for all.

Foundational Cores

Infrastructure and Shared Governance

Our cores are all made possible through continuing to develop our infrastructure and ensuring shared governance practices are at the heart of what we do.

Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

We know we must strategically deepen the culture of philanthropy and alumni connection as this area is key to our financial sustainability and stabilization of the university, which has resulted in the foundational core of philanthropy and alumni engagement.

Key Metrics

Key Metrics are the broadest overall measures utilized across units to guide strategic priorities and provide a measure of the overall performance of the university.

  • Retention
  • Graduation – 4 Year
  • Graduation – 6 Year
  • Research Expenditures
  • Doctoral Degrees
  • Non-Faculty Researchers
  • Health Research Expenditures
  • Innovators & Companies
  • Campus Environment
  • Campus Services
  • Faculty/Staff Job Satisfaction
  • Endowment
  • Gifts & Pledges

While these key metrics help guide our efforts, each core area contains several metrics specific to their objectives and tasks.

View Key Metrics

Top Tier Executive Committee and Chairs

The Top Tier Executive Committee provides oversight through deeply examining issues, evaluating progress, and developing recommendations as we continue to advance our mission.

Core Area Chairs

Each core has an appointed chair who leads and supports actions, advancing their core area.

Top Tier 2.0 will be presented to the BOR in March 2022 for approval and the website will be updated at that time.

Development Process