State funding support for world-class public universities, like Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia has been reduced as low as zero to 20%. The top tier public universities learned many years ago it was necessary for them to become research universities, which are profit centers, to fund their operations. UNLV and UNR are far behind on the curve in becoming self-sustaining. Both must develop as world renowned research universities to earn income to survive and succeed.
Today Jim discusses the many attributes and plans of UNR and UNLV to make both universities competitive with the other world-class U.S. public universities.
Having earned a nationally competitive $12 million grant through the US Dept of Commerce, UNR’s world-class engineering lab is currently being expanded and, when complete in 2013, will be the nation’s largest and most versatile earthquake simulation lab. Research conducted at the lab contributes to safer roads and bridges, and includes contracted work conducted with private industry. UNR is also home to the state’s seismological laboratory, which conducts innovative seismic research and provides important data in the wake of earthquake events.