November 15, 2004
Academic Senate begins 'year of critical
UCSC's Academic Senate will hold its fall meeting at 2:30
p.m. on Friday, November 19 at the College Nine/College Ten
Multipurpose Room. Alison Galloway, Academic Senate Chair, has
addressed the following letter to members of the Senate outlining
issues on the agenda.
At the beginning of each year the Senate Chair has the pleasure
to welcome everyone and extend best wishes for the coming year.
I also have the obligation to say that this will be a year of
critical decisions about the future of the campus. We begin
our year at the fall meeting of the Academic Senate which will
take place on Friday, November 19th in the Multipurpose Room,
Colleges 9 and 10. It will be followed by a reception in the
Dining Room of the University Center hosted by Acting Chancellor
here for full agenda.)
The fall meeting traditionally is the time to review the prior
years achievements through the annual reports and to assess
where we stand at the moment. It is also an opportunity to welcome
new faculty to the campus and provide a glimpse of the system
of shared governance by which the Senate and the administration
manage this campus.
One of the largest tasks already undertaken this fall was
the review of the final set of Western Association of Schools
and Colleges essays. This work overlapped with the second task,
the review of a preliminary draft of the Long Range Development
Plan (LRDP) to the year 2020. This draft calls for planning
of the physical structures to allow the potential for growth
to 21,000 students. It is not designed to provide an academic
plan nor deal with the many questions in terms of the impact
of campus growth on the surrounding community. Academic planning
falls outside an LRDP and the mitigation of our impact is handled
in the Environmental Impact Report, drafting of which is scheduled
to begin shortly.
Two items are of interest with regard to the LRDP. The first
is the Committee on Planning and Budget (2003-04) report on
the LRDP and campus growth. The second is a resolution put forward
by Professor Meister regarding the choice of the 21,000 student
enrollment for the LRDP. Additional information on the LRDP
and the work of the affiliated Strategic Futures Committee can
be found at planning.ucsc.edu/lrdp/.
I urge everyone to become familiar with these issues so that
we can have a productive discussion.
Alison Galloway, Chair
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