March 13, 2006
Chancellor Denton highlights progress on key priorities
$1 million to spur faculty recruitment and retention
In her remarks at the Academic Senate's winter-quarter meeting last
week, Chancellor Denton noted the many positive ways that UCSC
continues to build on its existing strengths.
To give examples, she provided an update on recent campus
achievements and a number of activities that have advanced the
she outlined in her
Following the chancellor's report on advances in each of the six
areas, Campus Provost David Kliger announced that the administration
has allocated $1 million in onetime funds for faculty recruitment and
retention. This announcement underscores one of the chancellor's
priorities--investing in people. The exact use of the $1 million will
be determined after consultation between the Senate and the
administration, with more details available in early April.
Referring to her priority to expand academic offerings, Denton
highlighted progress made in creating new programs in feminist
studies, computer gaming, and diaspora studies. These are examples of
ways to build on the excellence of existing academic programs and on
inter- and cross-disciplinary strengths, she noted.
In that same light, she announced that a new doctoral program in
music has been forwarded to the systemwide Coordinating Council for
Graduate Affairs for approval.
The chancellor also thanked senators who have been working with
Kliger on identifying possible future professional schools on campus.
A School of Public Policy and a School of Public Media have been
noted as examples of possible graduate student programs and
professional schools that might be developed.
Referring to the academically strong and diverse pool of applicants
for next year, Denton urged the faculty to do everything they can to
encourage admitted students to attend UCSC. Prospective students
received acceptance letters in mid-March, and campus visits by
students and parents will peak in April. Competition for the best
students is particularly intense this year among other UC campuses as
they work to admit their 2006-07 classes.
"We need to do everything we can to get the best possible class,"
Her comments were echoed by Kliger and professor of Earth sciences
Robert Coe, chair of the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid
(see campus message).
Looking at activities in Silicon Valley as further examples of
progress in meeting campus priorities, Chancellor Denton noted that
expanded class offerings--including the first undergraduate
course--will begin this spring at the UCSC Silicon Valley Center at
NASA Ames, Moffett Field. The classes in the Technology Information
Management program will serve both undergraduates and graduate
Referring to her priority to expand graduate education, Denton said
that the University Affiliated Research Center's Aligned Research
Program has funded more than 25 graduate students since its
inception. It anticipates awarding approximately $400,000 in the
current year, most of which will benefit UCSC grad students.
The chancellor also highlighted advancements in the public-private
partnership at the research center at NASA Ames with the announcement
that UCSC has received a $2 million grant from NASA to develop the
Bio-Info-Nano Research and Development Institute (BIN-RDI). This
project will include partners in industry, education, and government,
leaders of which have widely endorsed the project, along with key
members of Congress.
Chancellor Denton shared similar information about campus progress
and recent achievements at the quarterly Staff Brown Bag open forum
in late February. Approximately 300 members of the staff attended
that event, sponsored by the Staff Advisory Board and the
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