UNR, UNLV recognized for community engagement from Carnegie Foundation
The University of Nevada, Reno is celebrating its part in making Reno a true college town.
On Friday, it was announced that UNR has received a Carnegie classification for Community Engagement.
“Fundamentally, this is about the university serving the community and recognizing we are a college town,” said Provost Kevin Carman.
The classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a research center, means UNR has proven it’s active in the community.
“In my view, it is a stamp of approval for what we know we have been doing,” Carman said.
UNLV was also given the honor on Friday.
Both UNR and UNLV earned R1 status by the Carnegie Foundation in 2018. It is a ranking of 130 research institutions across the country.
UNR and UNLV announced the honor that highlights community engagement in a joint press release.
Highlights of Carnegie’s recognition of UNR
Student volunteerism, including working with health centers and a food pantry on campus.
Partnerships and collaborations with 15 community organizations ranged from helping with workforce development, getting the underinsured health care, collaborating on transportation infrastructure and working with members of the City of Reno and K-12 education leaders.
Faculty, staff and students recorded more than 45,000 hours of community engagement a year.
The University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center – Powered by Switch engaged with 70 companies, created eight venture startups and raised $42 million in startup capital for the companies at the center in 2017;
The Nevada Small Business Development Center in 2017 exceeded its 2021 target for the number of companies served. 150 businesses were started. It also had more than 2,500 attendees at training events.
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine increased the number of community faculty from 636 to more than 1,100. Its Project Echo telehealth clinics provided more than 300,000 rural Nevadans with healthcare in 2017.
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