Student Success is the Focus of the Third ‘Conversations with the Chancellor’

Many participants noted that the campus’ strong commitment to diversity has created a community in which students feel empowered. But challenges remain, they say

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox addresses the campus community during the Student Success ‘Conversation with the Chancellor’ meeting, which took place on Monday, March 13, 2017. carlos puma

The campus Conversations with the Chancellor series is bringing together faculty, students, and staff for a unique series of workshop discussions of key opportunities and challenges for UCR moving forward.

At the session held Monday, March 13, Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox invited 300 participants to discuss how UCR has become a national leader in student success and graduation rates across ethnic, gender, and socio-economic boundaries –and what the UCR community needs to do next to continue to improve outcomes.

At Monday’s session, many participants noted that the campus’ strong commitment to diversity has created a community in which students feel empowered.  But challenges remain, they say.  Several participants cited the food insecurity experienced by students who have limited financial means, the need to expand funding for teaching assistants, and continued growth in the number of undergraduates who finish in four years.

Donation boxes for the UCR’s R’Pantry, which provides free food items to needy students, are present at each Conversation with the Chancellor session. You can find a list of their most needed items here.

As with the previous session on February 27, which focused on facilities, infrastructure, and capital projects, notes taken in the session will be shared online.

“Over the past month, I have been impressed by the thoughtful participation during our campus conversations, and its reflection on our collective commitment to UCR,” said Wilcox.

At the session held Monday, March 13, 2017, Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox invited 300 participants to discuss how UCR has become a national leader in student success and graduation rates across ethnic, gender, and socio-economic boundaries –and what the UCR community needs to do next to continue to improve outcomes. carlos puma

The February 27 session on facilities brought forward five key areas of focus:

  1. Improve centralized facilities management, including prioritization, space planning, transparency, and communication;
  2. Identify efficiency measures to better utilize campus space and infrastructure;
  3. Explore alternate funding sources, such as campus-based fees, fundraising, and strategic partnerships;
  4. Increase maintenance and renovations of existing buildings and facilities;
  5. Leverage indirect cost recovery (IDC) from external funding to support research needs and infrastructure.

In responding to those issues, Wilcox reviewed steps that UCR has taken:

  • The R’Projects web site was launched in fall for all who want to track renovations and capital projects progress;
  • Leadership is currently seeking new and alternative funding sources for renovations and capital projects, such as:
  • A draft Campus Space Report was presented to the senate committee on Planning and Budget for discussion;
  • The campus is hiring an energy manager as well as an executive director for space management.

Archives and information: chancellor.ucr.edu/initiatives/conversations.html.

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