But that doesn’t mean that UNLV cannot pick specialized and limited areas to concentrate its efforts and finances to be the best in the world. Harvard isn’t number one in every education category; nor is Berkeley, Stanford, Yale, or Michigan. All of the “great” schools have picked “pockets of excellence” in which to specialize and become world leaders.
The Boyd School of Law at UNLV is world-class, and the Black Mountain Institute, already a leading international center for creative writers and scholars, has the potential to become a one-of-a-kind institution. Beverly and I don’t give our money to spread among all of UNLV’s endeavors. We’ve given our money to Black Mountain Institute because we believe that with relative limited resources, it can become the best in the world in what it offers.
Over the next two weeks, I’m going to point out various “pockets of excellence” at UNLV. You may find it very comforting and gratifying to know that if you invest in one of these “pockets,” that you will drive UNLV into world leadership in those limited areas.