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Top Tier Initiative

By 2025, UNLV will be recognized as a top tier public university in research, education, and community impact.

UNLV’s Top Tier Mission

UNLV’s diverse faculty, students, staff, and alumni promote community well-being and individual achievement through education, research, scholarship, creative activities, and clinical services. We stimulate economic development and diversification, foster a climate of innovation, promote health, and enrich the cultural vitality of the communities that we serve.

UNLV's Core Themes

The university recognizes the importance of Infrastructure and Shared Governance in all aspects, and this foundational goal area is measured and monitored as part of the strategic plan. An improved infrastructure and a healthy shared government model are both pivotal in order to accomplish the four core themes/pathway goals. The university continually develops and leverages the conditions necessary for success, which includes an effective organizational structure, an improved infrastructure, a service-oriented culture, meaningful faculty engagement in shared governance, and the capacity for informed decision-making and informed risk-taking.

The core themes of UNLV, the objectives, and their indicators of achievement express the mission of the university. The core themes describe in broad statements what UNLV plans to accomplish and reflect the values that are shared by faculty and staff. Evaluation of the metrics associated with the indicators of achievement will demonstrate how effectively UNLV is carrying out its mission.

  • Core Theme 1: Advance Student Achievement
  • Core Theme 2: Promote Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity
  • Core Theme 3: Create an Academic Health Center
  • Core Theme 4: Foster Community Partnerships

We will evaluate our success as a leading research university by our progress on these measures:

  • Impact of our research, scholarship, and creative activities.
  • Student achievement of learning outcomes.
  • Student, faculty, and staff diversity, including maintaining UNLV’s Minority Serving Institution (MSI) status and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status.
  • Intellectual activity, patents, startups, and entrepreneurial activity fostered by UNLV.
  • Impact of our clinical services.
  • A deeper engagement of UNLV with Las Vegas and our region to ensure ongoing alignment with our diverse community’s needs and interests.
  • Carnegie Classification criteria (research expenditures, doctoral degrees granted per year, number of non-faculty research staff and postdocs).
  • Faculty satisfaction and infrastructure improvements.

As a measure of overall university effectiveness and progress, UNLV will prepare, implement, and disseminate a progress card.

UNLV Campus circa 1994

UNLV Campus 1994

In 1994, UNLV is a Carnegie-defined "Comprehensive Masters-Granting University."

UNLV Campus circa 2014

UNLV Campus 2014

By 2014, UNLV is a Carnegie-defined "Research University/High Activity."

Wright Hall in the evening

UNLV Campus Today

UNLV is a Carnegie-defined "R1: Very High Research Activity University"