Strategic academic planning prioritization survey

To: UC Santa Cruz Campus Community

From: Martin Berger, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Marlene Tromp and I invite all faculty, staff and students to participate in a brief prioritization survey designed to help inform the creation of our Strategic Academic Plan.

This survey requests your aid in establishing the criteria by which the proposed academic priority areas should be evaluated. 

More than 100 themes for potential designation as priority research areas have emerged through our SAP process — from individual faculty or faculty teams, the Academic Senate, our Senate faculty Insights survey, and campus focus groups and open forums. Some groups represent existing collaborations that aim to expand their reach and scope, while others are imaginative new initiatives catalyzed by the SAP process. In all cases, the groups exemplify the array of path-breaking research (from basic to artistic) of which our campus is capable.  But given the extensive number of proposed areas, we will need to do the difficult work of prioritizing the list.

To be strategic in our time and resource commitments over the next five years, we will select up to three areas for initial development, with the understanding that our academic planning must be ongoing, and that the campus will continue to identify additional areas for development in the years to come. It is important to emphasize that we will continue to support programs across the university, even though they may not be designated strategic growth areas in this academic plan. Our commitment to remaining a comprehensive liberal arts and sciences university remains firm.  

To start the survey, click on this link.

The survey is anonymous, and your participation is voluntary. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You may skip any question you prefer not to answer. The survey will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

If you have questions about the survey, please email us at

Thank you for your time and assistance.