Weekly Keynotes

  • December 15, 2014

    How we determine whether what's taught is what's learned

    By Herbert Lee, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs — How does the campus assure that graduating students have actually learned what faculty think they should have learned while at UC Santa Cruz?

  • December 08, 2014

    Simplifying business operations

    By Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services — Optimizing operations within an organization as large as the University of California can seem like a daunting task.

  • December 01, 2014

    Surviving finals and end-of-the-quarter stress

    By Alma Sifuentes, Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Life and Dean of Students — As we approach this very busy season, I want to remind you to take care of your physical and mental health, and offer some tips on managing stress.

  • November 17, 2014

    Snapshot of this Fall's frosh

    By Richard Hughey, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education — The Fall 2014 frosh class is, as everyone knows, particularly large. How did this happen, who are our new students, and how are we facilitating their success?

  • November 10, 2014

    Building reputation and impact through graduate program growth

    By Tyrus Miller, Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate Studies — Graduate education is a defining part of our mission as a UC campus. UC is distinctive from other California state schools for its research and graduate dimension, especially its PhD programs.

  • October 27, 2014

    What is the role of a major research university?

    By Paul Koch, Dean, Division of Physical and Biological Sciences — We're in the midst of a seemingly endless conversation about "the value of higher education" and the role of top research universities like UC Santa Cruz. Should we pursue knowledge for its own sake? Or should we focus on creating "useful" knowledge and informed, clear-headed graduates? The answer is that we must do both.

  • October 20, 2014

    A campaign to support our dreams

    By Keith Brant, Vice Chancellor, University Relations — A year ago this week, we launched the public phase of The Campaign for UC Santa Cruz, the first comprehensive effort to raise the stakes in private support for the campus. The first year was a rousing success. In the fiscal year ending in June, the campus raised a record $50 million in new gifts, pledges, and planned gifts, pushing the campaign total past the $180 million mark and closer to the $300 million goal.

  • October 10, 2014

    Turn off the tap: The story of water conservation at UC Santa Cruz

    By Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services — Water conservation has long been an important part of environmental stewardship at UC Santa Cruz. Today, the campus uses about 178 million gallons of water annually; scarcely more water than the 170 million gallons we used 20 years ago, despite having nearly 7,000 more students.

  • October 06, 2014

    Envision UCSC Year 2: Our goals are set

    By Alison Galloway, Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor — During the past academic year, the campus engaged in a strategic planning process titled Envision UCSC. That process, involving more than 1,000 stakeholders, was designed to identify our most critical priorities for the next few years.

  • September 30, 2014

    Welcome to a new year and 'Tuesday Newsday'

    By Chancellor George Blumenthal — Welcome to Tuesday Newsday! This new weekly email will showcase top news about the campus and the media coverage we're receiving, messages from campus leaders, and "news you can use" for faculty, staff, and students. You'll find it in your inbox every Tuesday.