MERCED, CA— A news story today (July 9) calls attention to a letter written by a small group of faculty at the UC San Diego campus that broaches several suggestions to the UC Office of the President (UCOP) and the Board of Regents regarding resource allocation during this very difficult economic climate. One of the suggestions entails shifting resources away from three smaller UC campuses — including UC Merced — in order to reduce impacts to the larger campuses.
The letter was submitted independently and without the support of UC San Diego's Academic Senate or administration. It is one of thousands of communications submitted by employees to campus and University leadership regarding suggestions to address the fiscal crisis confronting the state.
I write to you today to reaffirm my belief that UC Merced, as the 10 thand newest campus of the prestigious University of California system, is making great strides as it develops into a full research university campus. That sentiment is fully embraced by UC President Mark G. Yudof, as indicated in the letter issued today.
In 20 years, UC Merced will be a thriving research university with 25,000 students, a mix of highly-regarded professional schools and research institutes, even more world-class faculty, highest caliber staff, and an innovative, student-centered learning environment widely acknowledged as the prototype for higher education in the 21 stcentury.
It's because of the work you do today and the loyalty you've displayed since joining our campus that I am able to articulate that vision with confidence. I very much appreciate your efforts as UC Merced continues to develop into a mature, top quality research university.