From the President

Dear alumni and friends,

The memories of the cheers of proud families, the smiles of exuberant graduates, and the congratulations from honored faculty and staff are still fresh in my mind as I think back to the recent commencement and conferment ceremonies. For those who walked the stage at commencement, they leave USciences with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make a difference in
their communities. And for those who were recognized in the conferment ceremony, they will continue on in the professional phases of their programs where they will build on the foundations they have started.

I had the opportunity to honor former president PHILIP P. GERBINO P’69, PharmD’70 at a dinner sponsored by the University City Science Center for his longstanding service on their board. Dr. Gerbino remains a strong supporter of USciences. As he has left the UCSC board, I was delighted to be elected to represent USciences in his place.

As a university educating and training our students in a fast-changing world, especially in the fields of healthcare and science, we cannot rest on the successes of the past. This is a busy summer on campus as three important initiatives are simultaneously taking place that will chart the future course for USciences. Committees with representation from across the campus are gathering regularly to formulate, shape, and refine our strategic, academic, and campus master plans.

Strategic Plan
As I have mentioned in a previous letter, the University’s strategic plan will build on five imperatives:

  • Achieve academic preeminence and a reputation for excellence among peers
  • Enhance enrollment management from student recruitment through graduation and beyond
  • Diversify and enhance revenue streams and contain costs
  • Develop and sustain human and facility/capital resources
  • Enhance research capabilities and outcomes through collaboration

When completed, the strategic plan will be the blueprint upon which USciences will flourish.

Academic Plan
As a statement of academic priorities based on the mission, vision, and goals of USciences, the academic plan will be a vital component of providing the best education to our students. The plan will evaluate our current curriculum and recommend future direction so that we can continue to provide the best education and preparation to our students. Additionally, the plan will detail faculty staffing and enrollment projections related to online and on-campus academic programs. As such, the plan establishes requirements for our physical facilities and technological infrastructure.

Campus Master Plan
Drawing from the strategic plan and the academic plan, the campus master plan will be the most visible incarnation of the three. This framework will provide a comprehensive 10-year strategy for the physical growth and development of the campus.

I am proud of the work being done on campus, excited about the possibilities and, most importantly, looking forward to sharing the results with you in the weeks, months, and years ahead.





Helen F. Giles-Gee


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