Q. What is the nature of the discussions underway between The Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of California?
A. The Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of California are in preliminary discussions regarding the possibility of the Monterey Institute becoming part of the University of California. If the Institute does become part of the university, it would be administered as a unit of UC Santa Cruz, although its expertise and resources would be available systemwide.

Q. Why make the Institute part of the University of California?
A. The Monterey Institute is a unique, internationally renowned graduate school. Its mission to educate bi-lingual professionals is valuable and complementary to the purposes of the University of California. California is a multicultural society and a major factor in a global economy. The Monterey Institute brings specialized academic assets to the university - expertise in international policy, including international security issues, such as the spread of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, international business, linguistics and language, and translation and interpretation. Adding the Institute would enhance the university's ability to serve California and the nation.

Q. Would the Monterey Institute students become enrolled at UC?
A. Student status, degree requirements, admission processes and requirements, financial aid structure and relationships with UC student services operations are among the host of student-related issues that would be addressed before the Monterey Institute could be fully integrated into the UC system.

Q. Would Monterey Institute faculty automatically become members of the UC faculty?
A. Again, faculty appointments, salaries and benefits, academic structure, degree requirements and of other academic issues would be addressed during the coming weeks and months if both institutions decide to proceed with the affiliation.

Q. Will Monterey Institute staff automatically become UC staff?
A. Staff appointments, salaries, and benefits will also be addressed in the negotiation process.

Q. What will happen to the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and other Monterey Institute research centers?
A. If the Institute is incorporated within the UC system, the relationship between CNS and other Institute centers to related centers within UC would need to be addressed. There would be many other issues, including how joint projects might be managed, how research appointments would be made, fundraising for research centers, and governance and oversight of the centers.

Q. What's the next step?
A. The next step in this process is to formulate a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. The MOU would have to be reviewed by appropriate state officials to secure state enrollment funding, and would be subject to approval by the Monterey Institute Board of Trustees and the UC Board of Regents. With approval of an MOU, the next step then would be the completion of an approved implementation plan.