Engineering student Christian Calvo at the KA Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel. (Geri Kodey
/UNLV Photo Services)
The start of a new school year brought with it a sense of optimism on campus, as the university unveiled a new Office of Economic Development, celebrated its ranking as one of the most diverse colleges for undergrads, and revealed an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion.
Below are some recent top stories from September featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
Engineering the Strip
Entertainment engineering began roughly five years at UNLV with four students; now the program enrolls more than 100 with graduates making their mark on the high-impact shows of the Las Vegas Strip:
During a recent campus address, President Smatresk officially rang the bell on a new school year, celebrating campus highlights and forecasting the year ahead. Smatresk spoke on the university’s community impact, its role in regional economic development, and revealed a university economic impact of more than $1.46 billion.
Nevada is in the midst of a massive shift in how state universities are funded. Hechinger Institute reporter Jon Marcus examined Nevada’s proposed changes and looked at higher ed’s role in economic recovery.
For the second straight year, UNLV was named by U.S News & World Report as one of the most diverse college campuses for undergrads. The publication’s Best Colleges rankings looked at how likely students are to encounter peers from diverse backgrounds and placed UNLV in its top ten.
UNLV recently unveiled an Office of Economic Development as part of its continued effort to connect emerging research with business and spur economic recovery in Nevada. The office will help campus researchers protect and commercialize their intellectual property and expand UNLV’s ties with local business by seeking partnerships connected to the university’s research strengths.
Universities across the nation have experienced a surge in demand for online courses and programs – and UNLV’s no exception. More than 55 percent of UNLV students take classes online, and the university’s Office of Online Education helps instructors create engaging courses to keep up with the demand.
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