42°F
weather icon Clear

Social Mobility Index shows solid improvement by UNLV

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create economic uncertainty, UNLV is working to advance the social mobility of its students, a new ranking of higher education institutions finds.

UNLV surged to the top 10% in CollegeNet, Inc.’s 2020 Social Mobility Index, an annual analysis that ranks four-year U.S. colleges and universities according to how effectively they enroll students from under-resourced backgrounds and graduate them into well-paying jobs.

“UNLV graduates make important contributions every day in almost every industry, and we’re proud to be recognized within the nation’s top 10 percent for social mobility,” UNLV President Keith Whitfield said. “But it’s more than just a ranking for us, as it reinforces our core mission to improve lives through education.”

UNLV jumped 50 spots in 2020’s index to rank 131 out of more than 1,400 schools across the country, after ranking 185 in 2019. The annual ranking measures tuition cost, economic background of the university’s student body, graduation rate, early career salaries and the university’s endowment.

The ranking also comes at a time when UNLV’s enrollment is holding steady despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and first-year retention figures are at an all-time high of 79.8%.

“Earning a degree is a life-changing event for all who achieve it, but particularly for the nearly one-third of our students who are the first in their family to attend college,” Whitfield said. “As an urban research university with one of the most diverse undergraduate populations, our greatest purpose is to help our students get to the finish line and reach their limitless potential. We work hard every day to make that happen.”

CollegeNet, Inc. said in a press release that its annual Social Mobility Index is an effort “to redirect the attribution of ‘prestige’ in our higher education system toward colleges that are advancing economic opportunity and social mobility.” They noted UNLV’s rise to the top 10% in this year’s ranking as a “notable” achievement.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
STEVE SEBELIUS: Tell the truth, and shame the devil

President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election are not harmless, and will cause more mayhem if people around the nation fail to accept the truth.

Modern castle in Esmeralda County has a buyer

The Hard Luck Mine Castle in Esmeralda County has entered into escrow, Brian Krueger, a senior vice president with Coldwell Banker Premier Realty and the agent selling the property, said.

IRS schedules opening of tax season for Feb. 12

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will start on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.

UNR forum to examine state’s business outlook

The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, will host Vision 2021: The Nevada Economic Forecast on Friday, Jan. 22 as part of the college’s continued efforts to support the growth of the state’s economy.

1099 forms due for businesses on Feb. 1

The Internal Revenue Service reminded businesses and other payors that a revised 1099-MISC and a new 1099-NEC must be furnished by Feb. 1, 2021.

Nevada Humanities announces two memoirs

Nevada Humanities has announced it has selected two memoirs — “Miracle Country: A Memoir” by Kendra Atleework and “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil — for its statewide 2021 Nevada Reads program.

Circle K construction continues in Pahrump

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, progress is being made and development undertaken, with one example of the continual drive to push forward despite enormous challenges to be seen right here in Pahrump.