Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.68
Liaison Tara Pike
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2015
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tom Piechota
Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research
Division of Research and Graduate Studies
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Does the institution have an ongoing incentives program or programs that meet the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years:

There are four programs that have permitted development of sustainability related course.

1) The URBAN21 grant program provided seed funds for faculty to conduct sustainability related research or curriculum development. Currently, this program supports curriculum development in Public Health, Nursing, and Hotel Administration.

2) Urban Sustainability Initiative (USI) Graduate Assistants (GA)
USI GAs have been made available to graduate students from all disciplines since 2008. These are competitive and currently 10 students are supported as USI GAs. They are from Sociology, History, Environmental Studies, Geoscience, Public Health, and Engineering.

3) NSF EPSCoR Climate Change Research Assistants
The Nevada System of Higher Education has an NSF supported climate change research, outreach, education program that supports various research projects on climate modeling, water and ecological impacts, and policy. UNLV currently has over 12 graduate students supported through this grant.

4) Solar & Renewable Energy Minor Undergraduate Research Assistants
Through the Solar and Renewable Energy Minor at UNLV, undergraduate students are able to be supported to conduct research with faculty.

A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

Faculty incentives include summer salary, graduate student support and/or travel.

The Urban Sustainability Initiative is supporting various interdisciplinary research teams. These research efforts in environmental, economic, and social sustainability are consistent with the research emphasis noted in the UNLV Focus 50-100 Strategic Plan.

They also address critical areas of regional needs (e.g., energy, water, transportation, health, built environment) that were identified by the Brookings Institution Mountain Megas study (2008) as critical for the region's continued prosperity. All funding has been through open campus-wide competitive processes.

The URBAN21 program supports interdisciplinary sustainability research at UNLV. Currently, 12 research teams are supported through this program.

The website URL where information about the incentive program(s) is available:

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