Core themes

Individually, they articulate the university's central mandates in teaching, research, outreach, and the fulfillment of the Core Themes is measured by institutional performance on various goals and metrics. The mission statement also articulates the University's commitment to diversity. In fact, our commitment to diversity is a "Core Value" of the University that infuses each of the Core Themes. Thus, each theme acknowledges the university's distinct obligations as a land-grant institution committed to respecting and reflecting the gender, ethnic, cultural and ability/disability diversity of the citizens of Nevada.

Together, these themes encompass the university's mission.

Learn about our core themes


Prepare graduates to compete globally through high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professional programs.


Create new knowledge through basic and applied research, scholarship and artistry in strategically selected fields relevant to Nevada and the wider world.


Strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of Nevada citizens, communities, organizations and governments through community outreach and reciprocal partnerships.