UNLV President Keith Whitfield reports campus ‘has earned its license to brag’

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View of UNLV's Greenspun Hall. Photo by Anthony Paculan.

UNLV released two annual reports on Sept. 27 documenting various statistics about the campus. The 2023 editions of the President’s Annual Report and Annual Security Report compile important information for students, faculty and staff and are released to promote transparency with the public.

In the President’s Annual Report, UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield claimed the university “has earned its license to brag” before recapping its progress and successes over the past year. The report is relayed to key stakeholders, community partners and higher education leaders, and the public may access the report through UNLV’s website.

The President’s Annual Report describes the university’s progress as it follows the Top Tier 2.0 strategic plan, which contains eight core areas the university will emphasize in its growth. These core areas include student achievement, research activity and community partnerships, areas that are measured in the report.

Some key takeaways from the report include an 81% increase in academic advising resources to students, a 31% increase in research dollars awarded, $1.6 billion in economic impact and a $12.50 return on investment for every state dollar committed to UNLV. 

The University Police Services (UPD) also released their Annual Security Report, which provides information about university security policies along with exact counts of various crimes reported on campus between 2020 and 2022. Like the President’s Annual Report, the Annual Security Report is also available to the public through UNLV’s website.

The Annual Security Report is published in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to disclose information about crime that takes place on and near campus. 

Data from the report show that crime rate is steady or declining on campus in most offenses besides theft categories. 2022 burglary rates are over double 2021’s, jumping from 21 to 53 in that year. Motor vehicle theft showed a similar trend, tripling from 7 in 2021 to 21 in 2022. Beyond data reporting, the Annual Security Report encourages awareness and proactivity to keep the campus safe. UPD provides information about how students can utilize the RebelSAFE app and get involved with the student cadet program.

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