September 11, 2000
Chancellor's fall conference focuses on graduate education
By Jennifer McNulty
For the fifth consecutive year, campus leaders will gather this week for the chancellor's
annual fall conference,
a daylong meeting that provides an opportunity for collective, in-depth discussion
of issues that are important to the campus.
This year's focus will be the future of graduate education at UC Santa Cruz. Participants
attend at the invitation of the chancellor. Approximately 150 campus representatives
were expected to attend.
"Graduate education is the academic foundry of the world-class leaders, scholars,
researchers, and thinkers who will effect change in the new millennium," said
Following an overview presented by Greenwood, Debra Stewart, president of the Council
of Graduate Schools, will give the keynote address, providing a national perspective
on trends and issues in graduate education.
Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor John Simpson will discuss the 1998 Millennium
Committee's charge to the campus regarding graduate education, which directed the
university to "serve the public by providing high-quality advanced training,
intellectual development, and research methodology for a wide variety of careers."
Richard Attiyeh, vice chancellor of research and dean of graduate studies at UC San
Diego, will present an overview of University of California graduate education programs,
and Frank Talamantes, vice provost and dean of graduate studies at UCSC, will talk
about future directions for UCSC graduate studies.
The formal remarks will be followed by a roundtable discussion among the speakers,
faculty, and students.
Focus groups will convene for a working lunch to discuss topics that include funding
graduate education; recruitment and retention of graduate students; faculty mentoring;
communication between graduate students and faculty; diversity of graduate students,
staff, and faculty; distance learning and graduate education; prospects for a graduate
college and interdisciplinary programs; and other aspects of the graduate student
experience. Focus groups will present their key points and make recommendations during
the plenary session, which will be followed by additional general discussion and
summary comments by Greenwood, Simpson, Stewart, Attiyeh, and Talamantes.
A summary of the proceedings will be posted on the conference web site shortly after
Last year's conference explored the challenge of ensuring student success in the
context of accelerated campus growth and change. The discussion "enriched our
collective understanding of the student experience and challenges in academic life
and generated insights that enhanced academic programs and support systems,"
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