- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson says the university’s continued growth is helping drive the local economy.

At his annual address Johnson said that by continuing to raise the level of research at UNR, the college’s economic impact will increase by $300 million annually.

Johnson also said the university is on its way to becoming a top-ranked school by shrinking its student-to-faculty ratio and growing the student population.

He said the ongoing growth at the university is the school’s biggest challenge, but a good one to have. He acknowledged that the rate of growth in students was out-pacing their ability to grow staff and facilities, and it needed to slow. To cope with this the number of new students this year dropped to only 450, down from 1,000 in 2015.

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