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. As we continually evaluate our plans through 2025, it is time for a refresh as we look toward 2030.

Top Tier 2.0 is being developed as an extension of our current strategic plan. It builds on our progress and recognizes our challenges and opportunities as we continue our path toward becoming a premiere urban, research university.

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The work we do continues as we advance retention, graduation rates, research expenditures, doctoral degrees, non-faculty researchers and postdocs, and community impact.

Top Tier 2.0 is focused around our current cores of Student Achievement; Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity; Academic Health Center; and Community Partnerships. We will add two new cores: Socio-Economic Development and Promote and Support a Culture of 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, which is our foundational core.

In addition, 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. An additional foundational core of philanthropy and alumni engagement has been created.

Graphical representation of the six core areas and how the foundational areas relate back to all six core areas.

Top Tier 2.0 is rooted in the original Top Tier plan developed through a yearlong planning process involving the campus and larger community; it has been informed by the regular annual review process, feedback and input from campus and community listening tours, the Top Tier Executive Committee, the President's Cabinet, and broader councils and committees across the university.

As Top Tier 2.0 is further developed over the spring semester and early summer, more information will become available. You can find information regarding Top Tier on the website, as well as an overview of Top Tier 2.0 changes.

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.

Top Tier Executive Committee

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

Check back for updates throughout the spring and early summer.