UNLV seeks designation, new opportunities

LAS VEGAS - UNLV is starting the school year with positive news. The university is in line to receive the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

This is the highest and most prestigious research designation in the country. Only 108 universities have this title, including Harvard, Brown and Arizona State University.

The designation allows universities to conduct research and grant doctoral degrees.

UNLV acting president Donald Snyder says that's not the only big development in the works at the university.

A new medical school may soon be added. Snyder says, last week, the University Board of Regents approved a budget that includes the first two years of the medical program, starting in 2017.

"There are always things to be done. I always say with major projects - whether it's to become a Carnegie Research, very high, tier one institution, whether it's the medical school or whether it's the stadium project - it's easier not to do these things then it is to do them," Snyder said. "When you get these things done, they are real game changers, and each one of these is a game changer in of itself. But collectively, this is what the university needs to do, can do, to play a much more significant role in our community, and that energizes me more than anything."

Plans for the stadium project, meanwhile, are still being developed. UNLV is putting the final touches on a proposal that will go before the Nevada Legislature in September.


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