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The Road To Carnegie R1 At The University Of Nevada, Las Vegas, Robert E. Lang, David F. Damore Mar 2019

The Road To Carnegie R1 At The University Of Nevada, Las Vegas, Robert E. Lang, David F. Damore

Publications

Founded in 1957, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is now classified as a top research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This is a major accomplishment. The Lincy Institute’s analysis of all 130 “Carnegie Doctoral Universities” (2018) with “very high research activity,” or R1 status, (Appendix A provides a summary of the data on the 93 public institutions with R1 status, and Appendix B sorts this list by age of institution) finds that UNLV is among the 10 youngest institutions founded post-World War II in the U.S. to achieve this status.2 ...


A Qualitative Study On Parental And Community Stakeholder Views Of The Link Between Full-Day Kindergarten And Health In Southern Nevada, Courtney Coughenour, Jennifer Pharr, Maxim Gakh Jd, Mph, Sheila Clark, Prescott Cheong Feb 2019

A Qualitative Study On Parental And Community Stakeholder Views Of The Link Between Full-Day Kindergarten And Health In Southern Nevada, Courtney Coughenour, Jennifer Pharr, Maxim Gakh Jd, Mph, Sheila Clark, Prescott Cheong

Public Health Faculty Publications

Studies show that children who attend full-day kindergarten (FDK) experience both academic and developmental benefits compared to children who attend half-day programs. Sectors outside of health, such as education, can have important intended and unintended impacts on health. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand perceptions of parental and other stakeholders in Southern Nevada (USA) about the education–health link, and to understand priorities regarding how FDK access could affect health. Two 90-minute focus groups were conducted with 14 adult stakeholder participants representing parents, current and former teachers, and community members. Transcripts were analyzed using conventional content analysis ...


University Libraries Co-Curricular Outreach Plan July 2017 – June 2019, Rosan Mitola Feb 2019

University Libraries Co-Curricular Outreach Plan July 2017 – June 2019, Rosan Mitola

Instruction Session and Workshop Materials

The purpose of this document is to align new co-curricular outreach efforts for undergraduate and graduate students with the University Libraries’ Strategic Framework July 2017 - June 2019. The University Libraries contribute to student learning that takes place outside of the curriculum through a number of ways, throughout the academic year. This plan will be adapted and updated as needed to stay in alignment with the work of the Educational Initiatives department and the University Libraries.


Fast Fact: Policy Issues In Nevada Education, Unlv College Of Education Feb 2019

Fast Fact: Policy Issues In Nevada Education, Unlv College Of Education

Policy Issues in Nevada Education

The College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is in a particularly unique and promising position to affect and inform education locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The College produces more new educators for Nevada’s schools than any other provider—nearly as many as all other providers combined. Situated in the fifth largest school district in the U.S., the College is deeply and collaboratively engaged with research of and in urban settings. As the largest college of education in the state, the College’s faculty comprises the largest single, non-partisan source of information, models, and new ...


Policy Issues In Nevada Education (Full Issue 2019), Unlv College Of Education Jan 2019

Policy Issues In Nevada Education (Full Issue 2019), Unlv College Of Education

Policy Issues in Nevada Education

No abstract provided.


Supporting The Identification And Referral Of Young Children With Disabilities And Developmental Delays In Nevada, Jenna Weglarz-Ward, Nicole Atwell, Heike Rudenauer, Pricella Morris Jan 2019

Supporting The Identification And Referral Of Young Children With Disabilities And Developmental Delays In Nevada, Jenna Weglarz-Ward, Nicole Atwell, Heike Rudenauer, Pricella Morris

Policy Issues in Nevada Education

Children develop in a predictable sequence across skills in communication, physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and adaptive domains. However, there are many factors that impact a child’s growth and learning that may delay their development or cause disabilities. Some children may be identified before or at birth with conditions that cause developmental delays (e.g., children with Down syndrome, premature infants, babies born with addiction). Other children may present developmental disabilities and delays later in early childhood due to neurological or genetic conditions (e.g., autism, Rhett’s syndrome, communication delays) or experience environmental risk factors such as housing instability ...


Supporting Teacher Leadership In Nevada, Matthew Borek Jan 2019

Supporting Teacher Leadership In Nevada, Matthew Borek

Policy Issues in Nevada Education

Teacher leadership strategies are increasingly being deployed in multiple jurisdictions across the country, with mixed results. While informal teacher leader roles have existed for decades and are a not new idea, the expectations and responsibilities of these roles vary significantly from district to district or even from school to school. Ultimately, such an inconsistent approach to teacher leadership fails to capitalize on the potential of a comprehensive approach to human capital reform, including a modernized career ladder with advanced teacher leader roles. This would allow excellent teachers to stay in the classroom while also extending their reach by tapping into ...


Retaining Nevada’S Teachers: Issues And Solutions, Iesha Jackson, Lois Paretti, Linda Quinn, Dana Bickmore, Matthew Borek Jan 2019

Retaining Nevada’S Teachers: Issues And Solutions, Iesha Jackson, Lois Paretti, Linda Quinn, Dana Bickmore, Matthew Borek

Policy Issues in Nevada Education

Teacher attrition and retention present an immediate, undesirable challenge for education in Nevada. While an increase in enrollment in the student population necessitates an increase in teachers, teacher retention rates across the state of Nevada range from 14 percent in Pershing County to 30 percent in Clark County and 75 percent in Mineral County from 2012-2015. In addition to the disadvantages to students when teachers leave the profession, there is also a substantial cost to districts. Research in urban settings suggests that replacing a new teacher in a district can range from $12,000 to more than $26,000. Factors ...


Autism And Young Children: Painting A Picture For Nevada, Cori M. More, Janelle Saunders, Amelia Fuqua, Sarah Katz, Samantha Jasa, Kendra Antill Jan 2019

Autism And Young Children: Painting A Picture For Nevada, Cori M. More, Janelle Saunders, Amelia Fuqua, Sarah Katz, Samantha Jasa, Kendra Antill

Policy Issues in Nevada Education

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that can cause social, communication, and behavioral difficulties in those impacted (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Often people with ASD experience difficulties in social situations and applying skills to new situations. Many young children with ASD show delays in developing language skills and it is estimated that 30-50 percent of people diagnosed with autism will not develop an adequate communication system (National Research Council, 2001). Early intervention is key to increasing quality of life for children and families impacted by autism. Not only does early intervention help to improve skills, it also decreases ...


Supporting High Quality Early Childhood Experiences For Children With And Without Disabilities And Their Families In Nevada, Jenna Weglarz-Ward, Cyndy Ang, Robin Gaynes Jan 2019

Supporting High Quality Early Childhood Experiences For Children With And Without Disabilities And Their Families In Nevada, Jenna Weglarz-Ward, Cyndy Ang, Robin Gaynes

Policy Issues in Nevada Education

It has become common for young children to be enrolled in some form early care or education programs before entering kindergarten (Whitebrook, McLean, & Austin, 2016). These experiences can encompass a range of programs and many families use multiple programs to meet their needs (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013). According to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education (DHHS/DOE; 2014) early care and education includes programs that: provide early care and education to children birth through age five, where the majority of children in the program are typically developing. These include, but are not limited to, private or publicly funded center or family-based child care, home visiting, Early Head Start, Head Start, private preschool, and public school and community-based pre-kindergarten programs, including those in charter schools. (p.1) Quality early childhood programs help to promote children ...


School Safety In Nevada: Toward Thoughtful Responses To A Pernicious Problem, Samuel Song, Heather Thompson, Patrice Leverett Jan 2019

School Safety In Nevada: Toward Thoughtful Responses To A Pernicious Problem, Samuel Song, Heather Thompson, Patrice Leverett

Policy Issues in Nevada Education

Violence in schools and the question of how to keep schools safe has preoccupied the country, especially since the Columbine tragedy over twenty years ago and after recent events over the last few years. Research has progressed considerably over the twenty year span, leading us to understand notably that “quick fixes” in the form of simple solutions are not effective. This paper explains why simple solutions do not work and presents strategies that are supported by research in the hopes that legislators may create policies to support them.


Higher Education Reform: A Time For Action, The Lincy Institute Dec 2018

Higher Education Reform: A Time For Action, The Lincy Institute

Lectures/Events (BMW)

The Lincy Institute has been at the forefront of research and analysis on higher education governance reform in Nevada. Following numerous statewide studies, The Lincy Institute has produced reports and policy briefs recommending significant structural changes to the State’s higher education landscape. To provide future generations of students with quality education and training in our 21st-century economy, researchers summarized findings and presented model legislation to improve the quality of education offered by Nevada’s eight institutions of higher learning. All Nevadans should demand an honest and transparent discussion of higher education reform. The 2019 legislative session will be a ...


The Growing Need For Diverse Teachers In The Mountain West, Michael Hansen, Diana Quintero Dec 2018

The Growing Need For Diverse Teachers In The Mountain West, Michael Hansen, Diana Quintero

Brookings Mountain West Publications

This policy brief examines the racial and ethnic diversity of the public teacher workforce in five Mountain West states, drawing on survey data from 1993 to 2016. We find increases in student diversity are generally outpacing teacher diversity in the region, though important differences in teacher-student parity and access to nonwhite teachers across states are also evident. In addition, we demonstrate the recruitment and retention of nonwhite teachers in these states lag considerably behind the rest of the U.S. This brief concludes with recommendations to help Mountain West states and districts promote greater racial and ethnic diversity among their ...


Research Mentoring And Scientist Identity: Insights From Undergraduates And Their Mentors, Rachael D. Robnett, Paul A. Nelson, Eileen L. Zurbriggen, Faye J. Crosby, Martin M. Chemers Nov 2018

Research Mentoring And Scientist Identity: Insights From Undergraduates And Their Mentors, Rachael D. Robnett, Paul A. Nelson, Eileen L. Zurbriggen, Faye J. Crosby, Martin M. Chemers

Psychology Faculty Publications

Background Mentored research apprenticeships are a common feature of academic outreach programs that aim to promote diversity in science fields. The current study tests for links between three forms of mentoring (instrumental, socioemotional, and negative) and the degree to which undergraduates psychologically identify with science. Participants were 66 undergraduate-mentor dyads who worked together in a research apprenticeship. The undergraduate sample was predominantly composed of women, first-generation college students, and members of ethnic groups that are historically underrepresented in science. Results Findings illustrated that undergraduates who reported receiving more instrumental and socioemotional mentoring were higher in scientist identity. Further, mentors who ...


Evaluation Of Innovative Medical School Facilities And Consultant Recommendations, Tripp Umbach Oct 2018

Evaluation Of Innovative Medical School Facilities And Consultant Recommendations, Tripp Umbach

Publications

In August 2018, The Lincy Institute1 retained Tripp Umbach2 to provide consultation to evaluate and identify best practices for medical school facilities and development models as the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and the community embarks on the development of a home for the UNLV School of Medicine. To complete this assignment, Tripp Umbach completed a comprehensive process involving secondary data analysis and actively sought and received input from stakeholders including leadership at The Lincy Institute, UNLV School of Medicine, previous Tripp Umbach clients, leading design professionals with experience developing medical schools, and potential donors to the proposed project ...


Police Blotter, Unlv Department Of Police Services Oct 2018

Police Blotter, Unlv Department Of Police Services

Police Blotter

No abstract provided.


Perceived Walkability, Social Capital, And Self-Reported Physical Activity In Las Vegas College Students, Melissa Bartshe, Courtney Coughenour, Jennifer Pharr Aug 2018

Perceived Walkability, Social Capital, And Self-Reported Physical Activity In Las Vegas College Students, Melissa Bartshe, Courtney Coughenour, Jennifer Pharr

Public Health Faculty Publications

College students are an understudied, vulnerable population, whose inactivity rates exceed those reported by U.S. adults. Walkability in sprawling cities, such as Las Vegas, is challenged due to automobile-oriented development. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between perceived neighborhood walkability, social capital, and meeting physical activity recommendations among University of Nevada-Las Vegas college students. Of the 410 participants, 42.2% met physical activity recommendations, 77.1% were female, 37.3% were white, and 79.5% owned a vehicle. Logistic regression showed that social capital (odds ratio (OR) = 1.25, p = 0.04) and gender... (see ...


Police Blotter, Unlv Department Of Police Services Jul 2018

Police Blotter, Unlv Department Of Police Services

Police Blotter

No abstract provided.


Testing Future Teachers: A Quantitative Exploration Of Factors Impacting The Information Literacy Of Teacher Education Students, Samantha Godbey Jul 2018

Testing Future Teachers: A Quantitative Exploration Of Factors Impacting The Information Literacy Of Teacher Education Students, Samantha Godbey

Library Faculty Publications

This study assesses the information literacy skills of a sample of undergraduate teacher education students, as measured by the iSkills assessment, and aims to determine student demographic and academic characteristics that may predict success on this assessment. The study repeats the methodology of a study of first-year students at the same institution two years before in order to provide insight into the information literacy proficiency of future teachers. Using hierarchical multiple regression analysis, transfer credits were found to be a statistically significant predictor of higher iSkills performance. Results are also discussed in the context of the recent adoption of the ...


Fighting Bullying Through Lgbtqia+ Inclusive Education, Amanda Melilli Jun 2018

Fighting Bullying Through Lgbtqia+ Inclusive Education, Amanda Melilli

Library Faculty Presentations

No abstract provided.


How Middle Level Science Teachers Visualize And Translate Motion, Scale, And Geometric Space Of The Earth-Moon-Sun System With Their Students, Jennifer Wilhelm, Merryn Cole, Cheryl Cohen, Rebecca Lindell Jun 2018

How Middle Level Science Teachers Visualize And Translate Motion, Scale, And Geometric Space Of The Earth-Moon-Sun System With Their Students, Jennifer Wilhelm, Merryn Cole, Cheryl Cohen, Rebecca Lindell

Teaching and Learning Faculty Publications

We examined teachers’ spatial-scientific reasoning and the alternative conceptions they held regarding Earth-space content. While participating in a professional development (PD) workshop, teachers engaged in an integrated mathematics and science project-based unit designed to foster spatial reasoning and improve lunar-related conceptual understanding. The Purdue Spatial Visualization Test-Rotation (PSVT-Rot) and the Lunar Phases Concept Inventory (LPCI) were used to assess understanding. We found the teachers held similar alternative conceptions as their students. Moreover, we discovered that teachers had limited understanding of the Earth-Moon-Sun scale, motions, and geometric configurations. To determine how teachers’ spatial-scientific confidence and ability translated to their classroom practice ...


Spatial Thinking In Astronomy Education Research, Merryn Cole, Cheryl Cohen, Jennifer Wilhelm, Rebecca Lindell Jun 2018

Spatial Thinking In Astronomy Education Research, Merryn Cole, Cheryl Cohen, Jennifer Wilhelm, Rebecca Lindell

Teaching and Learning Faculty Publications

Multiple studies show that spatial thinking skills contribute to students’ performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. The study of astronomy is no different with the understanding of many astronomical phenomena requiring spatial thinking skills. This paper describes traditional and contemporary approaches to characterizing and measuring spatial thinking skills and suggests how they inform research in astronomy education. It summarizes previous literature in astronomy education research and categorizes the research approaches of astronomy education peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings that explicitly consider the role of spatial thinking. Additionally, it recommends directions and curricular approaches for astronomy education research ...


Upward Mobility In The American Mountain West, Richard Reeves Jun 2018

Upward Mobility In The American Mountain West, Richard Reeves

Brookings Mountain West Publications

Upward economic and social mobility is an intrinsic element of American society. Data from the Equality of Opportunity Project (EOP) demonstrates that upward mobility is a critical issue for our nation’s metros. An analysis of Mountain West metros and the performances of colleges and universities in this region reveal how the differing economic, demographic, and social characteristics affect mobility. This brief explores upward mobility rates, measures of diversity, levels of domestic and foreign migration, and students’ family household income and their eventual individual incomes. The comparison of postsecondary institutions in Mountain West metros serves as a microcosm to better ...


Interinstitutional Student Success, Chelsea Heinbach, Brittany P. Fiedler, Rosan Mitola May 2018

Interinstitutional Student Success, Chelsea Heinbach, Brittany P. Fiedler, Rosan Mitola

Library Faculty Presentations

Transfer students make up 37.2% of college students in the United States (NSCRC 2015), but often aren’t considered in our design of instruction and outreach programs. They quickly blend in with the rest of the campus upon arrival, potentially causing libraries to fail in serving them appropriately. What services and resources do transfer students need? What knowledge and experiences are they bringing to the university? How can libraries collaborate with on- and off-campus partners?

In Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, we surveyed and interviewed transfer students at various points in their academic career. We focused on gaining an ...


The 2017 Session Of The Nevada Legislature And The Failure Of Higher Education Reform, David Damore, William E. Brown, Jr., Robert E. Lang May 2018

The 2017 Session Of The Nevada Legislature And The Failure Of Higher Education Reform, David Damore, William E. Brown, Jr., Robert E. Lang

Publications

Executive Summary

This report analyzes 11 bills introduced during the 79th Session of the Nevada Legislature that proposed to reorganize, reform, and realign various aspects of the state’s higher education system. The analysis reveals the following:

Despite bipartisan support for higher education reform, nearly all of the reform bills failed, including two bills vetoed by Governor Brian Sandoval.

The failure to enact meaningful reform stands in contrast to the implementation of bills appropriating more resources for higher education.

Opposition to reform legislation was strongest among those most invested in legitimizing and perpetuating current arrangements.

The report also considers the ...


When Interests Collide: The Politics Of Republican Governors In An Era Of Unified Republican Federal Control, Molly Reynolds Apr 2018

When Interests Collide: The Politics Of Republican Governors In An Era Of Unified Republican Federal Control, Molly Reynolds

Lectures/Events (BMW)

This lecture will focus on three key questions. First, what are policy areas where the political interests of states, especially Republican-led ones, may clash with the political interests of national Republicans? Second, where have we already observed these conflicts and what are the results? And third, what are the implications of 2018 state elections for the relationship between Republican-led states and national Republicans?


Police Blotter, Unlv Department Of Police Services Apr 2018

Police Blotter, Unlv Department Of Police Services

Police Blotter

No abstract provided.


A Multi-Method Investigation Of Literacy And Language Practices In Mexican Early Childhood Programs, Laura M. Justice, Gloria Yeomans-Maldonado, Jorge Gonzalez, Alain Bengochea, Anita Mccormick Mar 2018

A Multi-Method Investigation Of Literacy And Language Practices In Mexican Early Childhood Programs, Laura M. Justice, Gloria Yeomans-Maldonado, Jorge Gonzalez, Alain Bengochea, Anita Mccormick

Educational & Clinical Studies Faculty Publications

This study was designed to examine the literacy and language development processes and practices used in Mexican preschools. Participants were 18 early childhood teachers from three schools selected to represent the range of available programming. Research methods included focus groups, teacher questionnaires, and classroom observations. Results suggested that classrooms mostly had narrative books with few other genres, and that displaying the alphabet and children’s names were common practices. Teachers indicated a strong reliance on bottom-up instructional approaches and direct skill instruction. These findings contribute to our understanding of preschool literacy and language practices of Spanish-speaking children living in Mexico.


Lose The Lecture: Gamble On Peer-To-Peer Learning, Brittany P. Fiedler, Chelsea Heinbach, Mark Lenker Mar 2018

Lose The Lecture: Gamble On Peer-To-Peer Learning, Brittany P. Fiedler, Chelsea Heinbach, Mark Lenker

Library Faculty Presentations

How do you facilitate meaningful engagement in a single class period? We used a low-stakes strategy that makes students comfortable presenting new material in 75 minutes. This peer-to-peer activity is a high-energy alternative to lecture. We broke the class up into teams and gave them unique learning challenges. Once completed, they presented this new information to the class using a free cloud-based design software (Canva). We will share examples of prompts we used, the work students developed, and best practices for implementation. Each participant will leave with ideas for using our activity in their own instructional context.


The Nevada Teacher Workforce Report, Danica G. Hays, Matthew Borek, Kim K. Metcalf Jan 2018

The Nevada Teacher Workforce Report, Danica G. Hays, Matthew Borek, Kim K. Metcalf

College of Education Faculty Publications

The purpose of this second edition (2018) of the Teacher Workforce Report (TWR) is to provide a state of the field of teacher workforce in Nevada. To that end, the authors and project staff utilized extant Title II and Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Teacher Education dashboard data as well as school district and charter school vacancy data to develop a portrait of teacher candidate production and the need for teachers in Nevada. Key features of the report:

• The second edition of the TWR is intended to continue the dialogue concerning the Nevada teacher workforce and teacher shortage; it ...