Fourth ‘Conversations with the Chancellor’ Focuses on Human Resources

This was the fourth in the current series of conversations; the previous session, which took place in March, brought out suggestions from all about improving student success

Staff and faculty attended the fourth Conversations with the Chancellor on Monday, April 10, 2017. Michael Elderman

Dozens of staff and faculty members met with Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox to share their thoughts on Human Resources during the fourth “Conversations With the Chancellor” meeting held Monday, April 10 at the Alumni and Visitor’s Center.

The one hour meeting was part of a series of open discussions Wilcox initiated in order to give students, staff and faculty members an open forum to discuss issues important to them.

Topics raised included an overview of staffing levels at UCR, and a comparison of staffing levels on campus since last decade’s financial meltdown, during which state budgets for higher education were cut dramatically.  Detailed information on hiring and staffing patterns are available online for those who were unable to attend.  Campus community members can make their voice heard by e-mailing the Chancellor.

UCR total employee levels remained flat for a number of years following the financial crisis. ucr

This was the fourth in the current series of conversations; the previous session, which took place in March, brought out suggestions from all about improving student success, including upgrades to campus infrastructure, use of technology, addressing affordability of housing, food, and general living costs for students.

“I continue to find your input insightful, and I have been working with campus leadership and the Academic Senate to ensure that our conversations carry on at the unit, departmental, and organizational levels,” Wilcox said in a campuswide email. “As we continue these important dialogues, I remain grateful for everyone’s commitment to the campus, and am, as always, optimistic about our future.”

For archives and information, visit the chancellor’s website: chancellor.ucr.edu/initiatives/conversations.html

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