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Working Groups

Size and Shape of UC

Co-chairs: George R. Blumenthal, Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz; Cynthia Brown, Professor, UC Santa Barbara
Working Group Members (pdf)

What is the appropriate size and shape of the University going forward? Should the size of graduate programs be rationalized? Should the size of undergraduate programs be reduced, especially for programs that are not cost effective? Should there be a new model focusing UC on graduate and professional education and undergraduate education that cannot be delivered by other public segments?

This working group:

  • Evaluated the size and breadth of academic program offerings and the distribution of these offerings by campus, with a focus on areas of specialization;
  • Considered to what degree the campuses should be similar or different in their educational programs, or in their growth in numbers of undergraduate, graduate and professional students among other potential differences. Faculty research expertise and capacity, proximity to and availability of funding, unique resources (industry partners, targeted sponsorship, physical location, etc.), and other relevant factors were considered in this process.
  • Considered and developed recommendations regarding the optimum enrollment mix (freshman, transfer, undergraduate, graduate and professional, resident, non-resident, etc.) by campus and for the system as a whole.

Education and Curriculum

Co-chairs: Keith R. Williams, Associate Professor, UC Davis; Christopher Edley, Jr., Dean, UC Berkeley
Working Group Members (pdf)

What alternative educational delivery models will both maintain quality and lower educational delivery costs?

This working group:

  • Considered and developed recommendations for different models of educational delivery, including: modifications to curriculum and degree programs; modifications on how information is presented and how we interact with students; online and remote instruction; testing out of required courses; reconfiguration of major requirements; limits on the number of units permissible (including Advanced Placement units); year-round instruction; three-year baccalaureate degrees; student: faculty ratios; etc. The pros and cons of each model of educational delivery will be examined, as well as direct and indirect cost considerations.
  • Considered how the university works in collaboration with K-12, community colleges, California State University and other partners to achieve the highest quality education possible; and
  • Considered and examined other models of higher education within the United States and elsewhere, paying particular attention to models that work in research universities, public universities, and land grant institutions.

Access and Affordability

Co-chairs: Jesse M. Bernal, Regent; Michael V. Drake, Chancellor, UC Irvine
Working Group Members (pdf)

How can UC best meet the needs of California and at what levels of access and affordability assuming diminishing resources? Should there be greater reliance on California State Universities and California Community Colleges for access? Should fees be increased?

This working group:

  • Undertook a comprehensive evaluation of current and alternative student body size, and fee and financial aid policies and structures, as well as the impact of these alternatives on student access and diversity; and
  • Considered and examined other fee, aid and access models within the United States and elsewhere, paying particular attention to models that work in research universities, public universities and land grant institutions.

Funding Strategies

Co-chairs: Glenn (Gene) E. Lucas, Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara; Steven A. Olsen, Vice Chancellor, UCLA
Working Group Members (pdf)

How can traditional and alternative revenue streams be maximized in support of UC's mission?

This working group:

  • Explored and developed recommendations to maximize funding from traditional sources including the state, federal and private sectors, as well as identified alternative revenue streams. New strategies focused on ways to enhance and manage funding for core operations, instructional innovations, infrastructure and capital projects.
  • Developed recommendations for an effective advocacy campaign to enlist the university's supporters in these efforts.

Research Strategies

Co-chairs: Mary Croughan, Academic Senate, Immediate Past Chair; Henry T. Yang, Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara
Working Group Members (pdf)

This working group:

  • Considered and developed recommendations for new models for various aspects of the research enterprise, including graduate student support, support services, research funding, indirect cost recovery, collaborations, policies and administration. New models for collaborative research within campuses and across campuses, with industry partners, and the development of hybrid models were explored.
  • Identified best practices in developing and delivering research experiences to undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral fellows and professional students.

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