D: Foster Community Partnerships

Provide technology services to foster a diverse campus population and community engagement.

UNLV’s mission includes a commitment to address the challenges of urban growth, social justice,sustainability, and health care delivery, while furthering economic and cultural diversity. The university honors this commitment through the provision of research, educational, and outreach programs that improve the local and state communities it serves.

Fostering a diverse campus population

Part of being responsive to the needs of a diverse community prepared to thrive in a global economy is the creation of an educational environment that fosters inclusion, tolerance, and respect. This responsiveness is reflected in UNLV’s educational mission through the learning outcomes that serve as the foundation for UNLV’s new general education. Two of the learning outcomes are specifically designed to create graduates that:

  • Have developed knowledge of global and multicultural societies, and an awareness of their place in and effect on them
  • Are able to participate knowledgeably and actively in the public life of our communities and make informed, responsible, and ethical decisions in their personal and professional lives

Additional information about the many activities at UNLV to foster a diverse campus population can be found on the Office of Diversity Initiatives website.

UNLV’s Top Tier Plan extends the university’s commitment to diversity through activities that ensure the university maintains Minority Serving Institution (MSI) status and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status. Table C-1 highlights action items designed to promote an inclusive environment that attracts and nurtures a diverse body of high-impact faculty members, excellent staff members, and promising students.

Table D-1: Meeting Top Tier Diversity Objectives
Action Items to Sustain MSI and HSI Status
  • Identify and address barriers to hiring and retaining high-impact faculty members by providing competitive, market-driven compensation
  • Make UNLV more attractive by providing a welcoming, supportive environment for underrepresented faculty, students, and staff
  • Sustain a successful mentorship program targeted at assistant and associate professors as well as administrative faculty and classified staff as appropriate
  • Develop strong mentorship programs for graduate and undergraduate students
  • Hire, retain, and support high-impact research faculty members
  • Provide early-stage researchers seed grants to help launch research and publishing agendas that lead to early career awards.

Furthermore, UNLV is committed to providing an inclusive environment for those who experience disabilities. The Disability Resource Center coordinates university efforts to promote individual growth and provide effective accommodations for students with disabilities.

Community engagement

In addition to its diversity initiatives, the Top Tier Plan is guided by a mission that affirms the university’s commitment to enrich the cultural vitality of the many communities it serves. That mission is reflected in activities such as the annual Festival of Communities event. The event brings thousands of community members to the campus to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of UNLV and the Las Vegas Valley. The Festival is just one of over a hundred community programs and partnerships at UNLV designed to serve the community by improving access to social services, helping diversify the economy, providing cultural and civic events, and offering personal enrichment opportunities.

Through its partnership with The Lincy Institute, the university conducts and supports research focused on improving Nevada’s health care, education, and social services. In addition, UNLV partners with the Brookings Institution through Brookings Mountain West to support research and provide policy recommendations that engineer sustainable, productive, and inclusive growth for the Intermountain West region. UNLV’s Office of Economic Development facilitates additional private and public-sector partnerships designed to help diversify the economy through workforce development, industry-sponsored research, and the development and protection of intellectual property.

Additional information about the many existing community partnerships and programs can be found on UNLV’s Community website.

Top Tier community partnerships

UNLV aspires to be recognized as a top tier public university in community impact by 2025. Key milestones associated with the vision are shown in Table C-2.

Table D-2: Top Tier Community Impact Milestones
Overall Community Partnership Milestones Health Related Community Partnership Milestones
  • Build a Community Engagement Center
  • Provide a Community Dashboard to communicate UNLV successes to key constituents
  • Achieve Carnegie Community Engaged University Status
  • Increase the effectiveness of educational system partnerships, collaborations, and pipeline programs
  • Increase tech-transfer/commercialization activities
  • Increase patents, start-ups, and entrepreneurial ventures fostered by UNLV
  • Establish partnerships to enhance executive education, continuing education, and lifetime learning opportunities for the region.
  • Success in UNLV's major athletic programs
  • $800 million annual economic impact by 2025
  • $1.2 billion annual economic impact by 2030
  • $4 of non-state funds generated for every $1 of state funds spent
  • $350 million of philanthropic support secured by 2025
  • 5,300 new jobs by 2025
  • 8,000 new jobs by 2030
  • Partner with Las Vegas hospitals and key physicians in the community to educate medical students, residents, and fellows
  • Recruit and educate medical school students who intend to remain in Nevada to practice and teach
  • Collaborate with existing Las Vegas institutions to establish the city as a world-class medical destination

Providing the technology environment

The UNLV IT Master Plan contains numerous action items designed to:

  • Build a technology environment that provides a foundation for the University’s community engagement and fostering inclusion initiatives
  • Support the individual and collective efforts of students, faculty and staff as they engage in activities that strengthen community partnerships and diversify the economy
  • Facilitate new initiatives to advance globalization, social and health services, sustainability, education, business development, and economic development
  • Create activities that strengthen community partnerships and diversify the economy
  • Enable the Academic Health Center to implement state-of-the-art technologies to support its outreach efforts
  • Be responsive to opportunities to extend the campus technology environment to help strengthen community partnerships
  • Facilitate new initiatives to advance globalization, social and health services, sustainability, education, business development, and economic development

Table C-3 describes how action items within each IT Master Plan initiative provide specific support to foster a diverse campus population and engagement with the community. Detailed information about each of the action items, outcomes, and interdependencies can be obtained by reading the full initiative. A summary of the timeline and resources required for these action items can be found in Section 5.

Table D-3: UNLV IT Master Plan: Enabling the Mission
Initiative IT Support for Fostering Community Partnerships
Governance of IT
  • Includes an Advancement representative on the Technology Advisory Committee
  • Includes an Academic Health Center representative on the Technology Review Board
  • Establishes technology standards that improve the university’s ability to partner with local service providers
  • Provides opportunities for community partners to help shape UNLV’s technology vision
Strategic Technology Planning
  • Regularly aligns the IT Master Plan with Top Tier community partnership goals
  • Includes alumni and community partners in the annual assessment of the Plan
  • Provides assessment of the Plan’s effectiveness in fostering a diverse campus population and in supporting community partnerships
IT Leadership and Coordination
  • Provides a CIO to foster opportunities for IT collaboration, contribution, and community partnerships with key regional constituencies
  • Champions a shared vision among southern Nevada educational partners to help students master technologies needed to succeed in higher education and the global workforce
  • Charges the CIO with exploring technology collaborations among local, state, regional, and federal entities, and the university to mutual benefit
  • Provides innovate technology leadership to help address the growing need for highly qualified information technology specialists in Las Vegas and across the state
IT Projects
  • Encourages leveraging community partnerships, collaboratives, and outsourcing to deliver new technology initiatives
  • Aligns IT procurement and project prioritization with community partnership goals
  • Facilitates the university’s ability to utilize and sustain technology donations
IT Service Coordination
  • Catalogs all IT Services to identify technology resources available to university-affiliated centers and community partners
  • Includes community partnership needs when evaluating IT service provision
  • Increases local and regional collaborations to expand technology infrastructure services
Sustaining Technology Investments
  • Develops a funding model to maintain and renew technology acquired through grants or community partnerships
  • Improves the university’s ability to rapidly implement new technology services that support community initiatives and innovation
IT Awareness and Training
  • Collaborates with local and state leaders for cost-effective technical training to meet the needs of UNLV technical staff and IT workforce development
  • Leverages the InNEVation Center resources to enhance cross-training and innovative development for technologists from the university, businesses, and the community
Information Security
  • Provides IT security consultation for grants and contracts providing community services
  • Ensures appropriate IT security for conferences and public events held in UNLV venues
  • Assists university-affiliated programs with establishing IT security measures that protect sensitive information and meet compliance standards
iNtegrate 2
  • Minimizes manual administrative processes for vendors providing services to the university
  • Provides comprehensive data for reporting on issues of interest to community partners
Identity Management and Single Sign-On
  • Facilitates collaboration with university-affiliated groups through role-based security
  • Expedites the provisioning of university credentials for affiliate faculty and staff
  • Increases access to medical resources and library collections at other institutions, strengthening the expertise university-affiliated programs can offer the community
  • Improves wireless services at conferences and public events held in UNLV venues
  • Incentivizes innovative mobile application development to help meet community needs
  • Engages civic-minded innovators in mobile application development by increasing open-data initiatives and challenge competitions
Enterprise-wide Document Management
  • Assists with e-forms creation, electronic data capture, and automated workflows to increase administration efficiency of university-affiliated programs
  • Provides automated records retention compliance for university documents
  • Provides university-affiliated centers and community partners with tools to electronically route data and documents
Leveraging Institutional Data Management
  • Creates dashboards showing progress towards Top Tier community partnership goals
  • Provides data analytics and reporting tools to better assess UNLV diversity
  • Enhances access to university data and reports to support workforce development initiatives
Communication and Collaboration Tools
  • Increases visibility into the many UNLV initiatives designed to meet community needs
  • Improves the ease of use of UNLV’s website for both on and off campus constituents
  • Implements web-conferencing tools to facilitate mentorship
  • Maximizes the utilization of existing and new collaboration tools to enhance campus culture
  • Implements Customer Relations Management tools for targeted communications with community groups

While each major initiative in the plan includes action items that will enhance the infrastructure and business practices that foster a diverse campus population and engagement with the community, additional needs that did not fit squarely within those initiatives have also been identified. Table C-4 provides a brief summary of additional action items to meet the needs identified in the UNLV Current Information Technology Environment Report, the follow-up work sessions, and the leadership team review.

Table D-4: Additional Action Items that Foster Community Partnerships
Type of Need Recommended Action Item
Educational Outreach
  • Provide learning management system necessary to expand community outreach through in-person and online continuing education offerings
Economic Diversification
  • Expand the UNLV IT community's involvement the InNEVation Center's mission to diversify the Nevada economy through innovation
IT Workforce Development
  • Assist in developing, attracting, and retaining IT professionals needed to serve local, state, and regional businesses, and governmental agencies as well as the growing technology sector in Las Vegas
Alumni Outreach
  • Help provide lifelong connections for university alumni through the implementation of appropriate technologies
  • Create a new alumni chapter for members with a share interest in technology
  • Provide assistance with the implementation and support of tools to track and evaluate fostering inclusion, community engagement, and community partnership initiatives
Assistive Technologies
  • Increase the availability of technologies that promote accessibility and success for students with disabilities