In the 2013 self-study document prepared for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the University identified three interconnected "core themes” that relate to its broad mission. Here, these themes are restated and labeled as Learning, Discovery, and Engagement, recognizing each as a critical component of our broad mission:
- Theme 1–Learning: Prepare graduates to compete globally through high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professional programs.
- Theme 2–Discovery: Create new knowledge through basic and applied research, scholarship, and artistry in strategically selected fields relevant to Nevada and its role in the wider world.
- Theme 3–Engagement: Strengthen the social, economic, and environmental well-being of Nevada citizens, communities, organizations, and governments through community outreach and reciprocal partnerships.