July 21, 2003
Regents discuss possible acquisition of Monterey
Institute of International Studies
Meeting July 17, the Committee on Educational Policy of the University
of California Board of Regents discussed various aspects of the possible
acquisition of the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
UC President Richard C. Atkinson and then-President of the Monterey
Institute of International Studies (MIIS) Chester D. Haskell have signed
a letter of intent to explore whether the Institute might be incorporated
into the University of California. UC Santa Cruz is the lead campus
in these discussions.
UCSC Chancellor Greenwood presented a report to the Regents, commenting
that "an initial review of the Institute's programs reveals a remarkably
close alignment with the academic goals of the Santa Cruz campus, making
the benefits of acquisition more compelling and the prospect of successful
integration more likely." She also noted that the acquisition of
the Institute would help accelerate the campus's efforts to broaden
its professional and graduate instruction, research and service within
the Monterey Bay Crescent. MIIS President Steven J. Baker was a guest
of the chancellor at the meeting.
If an agreement is reached, the Monterey Institute will become an academic
resource for all of UC.
The 48-year-old Monterey Institute currently serves about 700 students
a year through master's programs with a global emphasis in language
teaching, translation, interpretation, policy, public administration,
and business administration. In addition, the Institute's Center for
Nonproliferation Studies is the world's largest research center devoted
to issues of combating terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
The Regents' Committee on Educational Policy was told that Atkinson
plans to sign a memorandum of understanding between UC and the Monterey
Institute, outlining principles to guide continuing discussions between
the two institutions as part of an implementation plan, and a process
for addressing these issues.
If key issues are resolved, the Regents were told, a recommendation
to acquire the Monterey Institute will be presented for approval by
Greenwood cites new opportunity (April 28, 2003)
Monterey Institute of International Studies exploring incorporation
of institute into UC (April 28, 2003)
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