UNR plans to increase enrollment, research

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UNR plans to increase enrollment, research

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University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson delivered his State of the University address Wednesday. The school's main priorities include increasing enrollment and research.

University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson delivered his State of the University address Wednesday. The school's main priorities include increasing enrollment and research.

UNR's goal is to reach an enrollment of 22,000 students by 2021. That means increasing student numbers by about 400 a year. The school will be revising its master plan in the next year to study what facilities are needed on campus with this growth. Johnson says that new buildings, like the upcoming fitness and achievement centers, make way for re-purposed space.

"What we don't see is what happens to the vacated spaces. So, we're building a student achievement center; that's new space. We're going to bring together services that are included in six different buildings on the camps. Ok, we've got our focus on that new building. Those agencies are going to be vacating spaces."

More students will also mean more faculty. Johnson says UNR will grow its tenure-track faculty positions by more than 120 in the next five years. Additional faculty will allow UNR to increase teaching and research volumes.