UNLV President Neal Smatresk spoke about expanding and turning UNLV into the only top tier research university in the state. News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli joins us live from UNLV with more on how the school will get there.
LAS VEGAS (Las Vegas Sun) -- In the next two decades, UNLV will become a Tier-1 research university, mentioned in the same breath as the universities of Michigan, Oregon and Washington.
That’s the vision of President Neal Smatresk, who announced a long-term plan for UNLV to become a top-100 college during his annual State of the University address Thursday.
“We want to be a top choice university,” Smatresk said. “We want every kid in Nevada to say ‘I want to go to UNLV.’”
It’s a lofty goal, but one that Smatresk believes is attainable for UNLV, a relatively small and young institution that faces an uphill battle to become Tier 1. Las Vegas is the largest metropolitan city without a Tier-1 university.
UNLV is currently classified as a Tier-2, “High Research” university under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions, which Smatresk called the gold standard of college rankings. Carnegie looks at a university’s degree granting and research capacity, among other factors.
There are 99 research universities with the Tier-2, “High Research” classification, representing the top 4.5 percent of the nation’s college.
-- Paul Takahashi / Las Vegas Sun