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May 6, 2015

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Nevada ranks near the bottom on Milken’s Science and Technology index

Another day, another list on which Nevada ranks near last.

This time the Milken Institute’s State Science and Technology Index proves Nevada is not well positioned to make good on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s vow to drive economic development in technology and bioscience.

Overall, Nevada ranks 46th on the index that measures the states’ “science and technology capabilities, and whether they have the ecosystems for converting those capabilities into companies and high-paying jobs.”

Only Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas and Mississippi rank lower. Massachusetts tops the list.

Nevada has steadily slipped on the index since 2002, when it ranked 42nd. Last year, it ranked 45th.

Drilling further into the data, Nevada ranks dead last in the human capital category given our poor ability to turn out college graduates with advanced degrees, particularly in math and science degrees. We also rank dead last in the technology and science workforce category.

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  1. Hello!!!
    Earth to BRIAN!
    We need to EXPAND Education, not CONTRACT it.
    What on EARTH is he THINKING???

  2. Hey we'll have a domed football stadium at UNLV. That has to be better than the Science and Technology Index.

  3. gmag... the quality of our graduates is a reflection on the quality of the Professors, Staff and programs at our campuses. Funding hasn't been the problem.

    UNLV and UNR are not anywhere close in quality to MIT. Do you see MIT talking about improving their school by lowering tuition?

    Turrialba...the domed stadium if financed by private money.

    Want more money for Public Education? Be generous, donate to:

    The Public Education Foundation @