December 8, 2003
UCSC General Catalog to be published every two
years starting in 2004
Beginning with the next edition, the printed version of the UC Santa
Cruz General Catalog will be published every two years, rather than
Slated for publication in August 2004, the next printed catalog will
be dated 2004-06 and span the academic years 2004-05 and 2005-06.
At the same time, the online version of the catalog will be made more
user-friendly and updated more frequently, providing improved timeliness
and access to catalog information.
Online, program descriptions will continue to be updated annually,
as they are now, but course listings will be updated quarterly, and
essential information on fees, expenses, and requirements will be current.
While the decision to publish the catalog biennially has a significant
cost-cutting component, its also a response to a steep decline
at UCSC in demand for printed catalogs.
In the 10 years between 1992-93 and 2002-03, while student enrollment
(three-quarter average) grew by 38 percent (from 10,200 to 14,122 students),
demand for printed catalogs fell by 37 percent (from 25,000 to 15,700
For the 2003-04 edition of the catalog, print quantity fell againto
14,400 books. Since 1992-93, a combination of expanding program content
and increasing manufacturing costs have driven the catalogs unit
cost of production up 76 percent (from $1.68 to $2.96 per book).
At the same time, ever-higher mailing costs have pushed up the cost
of distribution and, thus, the selling price of mailed catalogs.
The shift in emphasis from print to online information delivery is
not simply a response to decreasing demand for a printed catalog, though;
it also parallels the campuss adoption of a more personalized,
self-service student information model. UCSC is not alone
in moving to a two-year catalog: three other UC campuses--UCLA, Berkeley,
and Davis--publish their catalogs on a biennial basis, as do many other
colleges and universities, public and private, across the country.
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