Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

UNLV fosters a climate of innovation in which faculty and students produce high-quality, widely disseminated, and influential research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Objectives and Metrics

Objective 1

Increase research activity to benefit the local community, state, and nation.

  • Metrics: research expenditures, faculty publications, faculty supported by grants, patents

Objective 2

Increase scholarly activity to benefit the local community, state, and nation.

  • Metrics: non-faculty researchers and postdocs, doctoral degrees, graduate student enrollment, graduate assistantships, graduate publications, graduate presentations and poster presentations

Objective 3

Increase creative activity to benefit the local community, state, and nation.

  • Metric: publications, presentations, and innovations in artistic disciplines; graduate exhibitions, performances, and public readings
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Secondary Objectives and Measures

Secondary objectives were developed along with supporting metrics to help assess progress. These measures provide a clear picture of year-to-year progress, supplement the core themes/pathway goal and their metrics, and consist of both quantitative and qualitative measures.

Objective 4

Create and sustain an environment that supports research, scholarship, and creative activities.

  • Office of Sponsored Programs: staffing and certification, newly awarded contract and grant budgets and counts, budget changes and modifications, award close-out and final reports [RSC M4A]
  • Institutional Review Board: exempt, expedited, and student reviews; full committee reviews [RSC M4B]
  • Purchasing: laboratory and research equipment, purchasing approval authority [RSC M4C]

Objective 5

Impact of research, scholarship, and creative activities in the academic and artistic communities.

  • Commercially sponsored research [RSC M5A]
  • Citations [RSC M5B]
  • Commissioned and/or juried exhibitions or performances [RSC M5C]
  • Philanthropic support for our research, scholarship, and creative activities [RSC M5D]
  • Master’s and professional degrees granted per year, as appropriate for individual academic units [RSC M5E]
  • Tenure and Tenure-Track Faculty Members [RSC M5F]

Objective 6

Create and sustain an environment that supports, encourages, and produces high-impact undergraduate and graduate student activities. [RSC M6]

  • Undergraduate publications [RSC M6A]
  • Undergraduate presentations [RSC M6B]
  • Supervised research and research internships [RSC M6C]
  • Graduate student opportunities: grant funded GAs, CGRAs (Community Graduate Research Assistants), and graduate fellowships, Student Success Institute engagement and participation in Grad Advance [RSC M6D]

Additional Indicators* That Demonstrate Success

  • Rankings by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, federal agencies, and other organizations (i.e., NSF, National Research Council, etc.), particularly Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity (R1) status. [RSC S1A]
  • Increase breadth and depth of economic and cultural impact of the university’s activities in the  community. [RSC S1B]

* Data and information for these indicators are tracked for informational purposes to show support of the overall core theme/pathway goal area.

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