Presentation - University of Nevada, Las Vegas

How UNLV’s Tier 1 Initiative
Will Impact the Economy,
Business and Job Creation
in Southern Nevada
Donald D. Snyder
President UNLV
Research Universities
linchpins of U. S. economy since 1950s
focus on granting college degrees
also focus on research, innovation
crucial to regional economic development
Western Research Universities (2012)
Research Universities in Nevada
SRI/ Brookings report:
 “shortcomings of current
innovation system
…Nevada lags behind
other states and the
nation on every indicator
of innovation and
Research & Development
Research Universities in Nevada
SRI/ Brookings report:
 “threats” to the Nevada
economy :
 “underinvestment in
higher education”
 “lack of a top-ranked
Carnegie research
Research Universities in Nevada
SRI/ Brookings: Southern Nevada innovation capacity
“underdeveloped” despite “significant strengths”.
 > 50% state’s advanced degrees from UNLV but
only 25% of academic R&D spending
 UNLV < 25% of state-funded lab space
 only ½ of so. NV lab space is bio-medical
Outcome: only 25% of National Science Foundation
funds to state come to Las Vegas.
Research Universities in Nevada
SRI/ Brookings
 expand role of research
 in Research &
Development through
industry collaborations
 in Workforce
Development through
advanced degrees
UNLV is where to
address this critical
regional economic
development need
UNLV as a Research University
Science Coalition report: Sparking Economic Growth 2.0
value of university research to
regional economic
 university research is both basic
(technological innovation) and
applied (specific products,
university research creates
technologies, not just products
 more sustainable industries
 higher levels of skills, pay for
technology workforce
 technology firms more likely to
attract venture capital
Universities Drive Economic Growth
COUNCIL (2012)
“We believe that America’s research universities are today
a key asset for our nation’s future. …Our future now
depends on the willingness of our current policymakers to
follow their example and make the decisions that will allow
us to continue to compete, prosper, and shape our
destiny…. ”
Universities Drive Economic Growth
COUNCIL (2012)
“...other nations have recognized the importance of worldclass research universities and of university-driven
research and advanced education to economic prosperity
and social well-being. They are strategically and rapidly
strengthening their research universities to compete for
international students and faculty, resource, and reputation
and [they] have closely tied university research to
Universities Thrive in Major Cities
“It makes the most sense to put new top tier
institutions in large cities ….You need the
sophistication of a major city to be able to
take advantage of all the connections and
opportunities these institutions can bring.”
- Larry Faulkner, President Emeritus, UT Austin
UNLV and the Las Vegas community
“You cannot have a great community without
a great university …connected to that
- Donald D. Snyder
UNLV goals for the community
 Quality, value education
 remain accessible, affordable for students
 attract competitive students in-state, nationally
 Fulfill recent NSHE, state mandates
 completion: funding based on student performance
 alignment: degrees in economic development areas
 Serve regional needs
 Minority Serving Institution designation
 Research University / Very High designation
UNLV educational objectives (10-year)
 Commitment to improving quality
60% undergraduate graduation rate
Reform of General Education
Improve basic Mathematics, Communications
Increased focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics degrees
Develop innovative programs such as IT, Gaming Law,
Urban Leadership, Graphic Design and Media, Aeronautic
Systems, etc.
4250 undergraduate degrees per year
25% of students in graduate, professional programs
1500 grad/ professional degrees per year
Carnegie Foundation
Research University designations
 UNLV 2010 : “High Research” (top 4.5%)
 20-Year goal is “Very High Research” (top 2.3 %)
108 Research Universities/ Very High as of 2010
75 are public universities
74 have medical schools
2 Minority-Serving Institutions currently designated as
Research University/ Very High
Carnegie Foundation
Research University designations
 Key metrics
 Doctoral degrees awarded
 Across all fields of study
 Research grant and contract expenditures
 science and engineering
 other fields
 Research professionals (e.g. post-docs)
 Faculty size
UNLV Tier 1 : 20-Year Business Plan
Analysis of Current Conditions
Phase 1: 10 Years to Build Capacity
Resources Need to Build Capacity
10-Year Targets
20-Year Performance Targets
Annual Benefits to Community Upon
Completion of Plan
1. Analysis of current conditions
 Comparison with 4 universities: Oregon;
Colorado, Boulder; Utah; Arizona State
All Research Universities/ Very High
All public universities in Mountain West region
Not land grant institutions
3 of 4 do not have medical schools
3 of 4 in “Mountain Mega” cities
Key Findings : UNLV, c. 2011
 Faculty Size
 From peak of 925 down to 780
 average size of Tier 1 university = 1200
 Campus Size
 400,000 GSF smaller than comparators
 200,000 GSF lab space below comparators
Key Findings : UNLV, c. 2011
 Grant/ Contract activity
 < $30M per year (by NSF methodology)
 > $80M per year below comparators
2. 10-Year Plan to Build Capacity
 add 250 new full-time faculty lines
 prioritize Economic Development areas
 recruit research-active faculty
add 300 graduate scholarships
expand research support staff
upgrade, expand existing lab space
enhance internet connectivity and highperformance computing capacity
3. Resources Needed to Build Capacity
 Restore cuts in state funding over 10 years
 10-year investment to rebuild research capacity
 performance benchmarks, careful oversight
 Performance funds, student fees devoted to
student success (ensuring graduation)
 State capital funds plus community support
for campus infrastructure
 Federal, state, private grant/ contract
expansion for research support
4. 10-Year Targets
 1200 full-time faculty members
 increased average research productivity per
faculty member to $100,000 per year
 350 research support staff
 post-doctoral scholars, research scientists,
librarians, etc. (mostly self-supporting)
 400,000 additional gross square feet
5. 20-Year Performance Targets
 $120M in annual grant / contract
expenditures (from current $40M)
 160 post-doctoral researchers supported
by external funding (currently 61)
 200 doctorates per year (current 100)
 30 graduate programs ranked in top 100
(current 11)
6. Benefits to Community in 20 Years
 > 5000 quality degrees per year
 annual economic impact of nearly $9b
 direct expenditure
 economic spin-off
 value added of education to workforce
 12 start-ups per year from UNLV research
 2500 high-paying jobs (off campus) created
each year from spin-off of UNLV research