Provost Larive Draws Full House for Town Hall

Presentation and Q&A underscores investments being made across campus to promote research and student success.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Cynthia Larive addresses the UCR community

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UC Riverside Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Cynthia Larive hosted a packed room in HUB 302 for a campus wide town hall meeting during the lunch hour on Mar. 6. The meeting was also recorded and will be made available in its entirety here.

Provost Larive began the town hall with an update covering topics that included interdisciplinary research and growth of UCR’s undergraduate enrollment. Throughout her presentation, Larive underscored the investments being made across campus to promote research growth and student success. Highlights of Larive’s campus update included:

  • Recent research successes, including multi-million dollar license agreements to commercialize battery technologies, a $1 million award from the Keck Foundation to support UCR researchers questioning a long-held theory on cellular mechanisms, and the continued progress of an award-winning community partnership that’s closing the achievement gap for English language learners.
  • Construction of the new Multidisciplinary Research Building 1 (MRB1) continues on pace to begin occupancy in early 2019. MRB1 will house 8 interdisciplinary research teams chosen through a deliberative process.
  • Larive announced plans to strategically assess and reassign the space vacated by researchers moving into MRB1, including establishment of a new University Space Committee that will be led by her and CFO and Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget Gerry Bomotti.
  • UCR’s request for state support to build a Student Success Center received preliminary approval from the state’s Department of Finance moving the campus another step closer to final funding approval. The vision for this new instructional building, with at least 900 classroom seats, has been informed by wide-ranging discussions over the past year, including feedback from a campus workshop and a number of follow-up surveys.
  • After detailing UCR’s student enrollment process, Larive provided an update on UCR’s progress towards meeting the state-mandated goal of enrolling one transfer student for every two first-year students. Through partnerships between staff, faculty and administrators to identify and reduce barriers to enrolling greater numbers of transfer students, UCR realized an 18 percent increase in transfer applications for the 17-18 school year (the largest percentage increase in the UC system) and has decreased the freshmen to transfer ratio from 4.46:1 to 3.07:1 in the span of just one year.

Larive spent the remainder of the town hall taking questions from the audience, which included discussions of food security for UCR students, sustainability efforts, improving course availability, recognizing and engaging staff, and ensuring campus safety.



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