September 22, 1997
Has an increasing reliance on federal research funds led the nation's universities to emphasize science-based studies and research at the cost of other academic offerings and basic instruction?
That was one of the provocative questions posed by Anne Petersen, senior vice president for programs of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, in her keynote address at the Chancellor's Fall Retreat. The daylong session took place at Peachwood’s in Pasatiempo on Wednesday, September 10.
Approximately 100 faculty, staff, students, and UC Santa Cruz Foundation members attended the annual event. The theme of the retreat was "The Engaged University," and Petersen's views on the need to redefine the post-Cold War research university opened the day's discussion.
"Many research universities are like decorated war heroes that can't acclimate to peacetime," said Petersen, who added that in order to survive and thrive, universities must redirect their resources to meet society's current needs.
In her keynote speech, Petersen named five priorities that the Kellogg Foundation has identified as key elements of grant proposals that positively affect its consideration in making awards. The five are:
The small-group discussions addressed the following topics:
At the conclusion of the meeting, Millennium Committee Cochair Gail Hershatter noted that the discussions and resultant lists of ideas will be a valuable resource during this period of information gathering for the committee.
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