First of Five ‘Conversations with the Chancellor’ Takes Place

The roundtable sessions provided a rich variety of comments and input from faculty members, staff, and students

Staff, faculty members, and students participated in the first of five meetings dubbed “Conversations with the Chancellor” on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. carrie rosema

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox led a campuswide meeting on Monday, Jan. 30, to discuss the campus’ accomplishments and give community members a forum to ask questions about UC Riverside’s future.

The meeting, dubbed “Conversations with the Chancellor,” was the first of five events planned throughout February and March.

During the meeting, attendees participated in roundtable discussions in which moderators encouraged participants to voice their questions, concerns, or new approaches to managing the growth of the campus. Topics raised, among others, included shared governance, President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration, balancing campus growth with limited resources, and the search for UCR’s next provost.

The sessions provided a rich variety of comments and input from faculty members, staff, and students. Future sessions (see the schedule below) will center on key topics and issues that surfaced during Monday’s meeting.

Upcoming Conversations with the Chancellor (all to be held at HUB 302):

  • Monday, Feb. 13, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 27, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 13, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 27, noon to 1 p.m.

In opening the session on Monday, Wilcox cited several accomplishments brought about in recent years and months through the hard work of faculty and staff members:

  • The “Project Degree Completion Award” for innovation in boosting graduation rates received from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). UCR’s four-year graduation rates in 2015 reached 53 percent, and six-year graduation rates were 73 percent – up 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively, from four years earlier;
  • A 50 percent increase in total contracts and grants over the past three years;
  • UCR launched “Living the Promise,” its official comprehensive fundraising campaign, set to be completed in 2020. The goal is $300 million and to date, $166 million has been raised;
  • The creation of Facilities Services Department, which was a new unification of Physical Plant and the Housing, Dining and Residential Services. This action, and related efforts, doubled the number of staff overseeing top-priority renovations, including science lab renovations.

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