February 17, 2003
Academic Senate to meet on Feb. 19
The UCSC Academic Senate meets at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February
19, at Kresge Town Hall. The agenda is available online.
George Blumenthal, Senate chair, has sent the following letter to members
of the Academic Senate about the issues to be discussed:
The attached reports represent the careful consideration of important
issues by our Senate committees, and these reports will enable you,
in an informed way, to participate in campus discussions about the budget,
admissions, physical planning and growth.
During times of budget constraint, the interdependencies of UC with
the state economy are felt most acutely. Navigating this crisis successfully
will require creativity.
Difficult decisions will be made by our campus leaders. Through an
active collaboration with our administration, the Senate must work to
ensure both that faculty priorities are understood and that these priorities
play a central role in the decision-making process. In the coming months
each of you will be involved in countless discussions about the campus
changes required to respond to California's economy. The reports in
this agenda can serve as background to these deliberations.
We are also about to experience significant changes in the admissions
process, both at our campus and at the systemwide level. Our Committee
on Admissions and Financial Aid has created a comprehensive review plan,
which was discussed last fall in a Senate forum. This plan sets forth
the criteria by which UCSC will choose among UC-eligible applicants.
Meanwhile, BOARS has a proposal for achievement tests for all UC applicants,
which you will hear about at the meeting as well.
On a somewhat broader venue, Senate colleagues are asking that we consider
a resolution putting the Santa Cruz Division on record as opposing military
intervention in Iraq. We will consider this matter under New Business.
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