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What are some ways in which UCLA is making better use of its
A: One example is to make better
use of our facilities. Just this past summer, we expanded our summer
school enrollment by 40 percent. We're expanding internships in
Washington and Sacramento, where students can get real-life experience
related to government. We're reviewing our curriculum and readjusting
the number of units for some of our courses so there will be better
opportunities for each student to schedule 15 units a quarter and
stay on track to graduate in four years. And finally, in terms of
the best use of resources and being able to attract the best people,
we are ensuring that we make the kinds of investments in our capital
programs that relate most to recruiting and retaining the best faculty.
That includes things like student housing for both undergraduate
and graduate students; modifying and enhancing our libraries; and
building new laboratory facilities like those under construction
now for physics and astronomy, and new research buildings like those
for the life sciences and medicine. These are things that are important
to attracting the best people.
we get down to enhancing our resources. We certainly hope that the
state budget will improve, and we expect that it will improve, so
in time that will produce more resources. With respect to federal
funds, we've been very active and very successful in attracting
more research funds from the federal government, funds that are
competitively awarded. As a matter of fact, in the past four years,
the funds from federal research have grown by more than 50 percent
on the UCLA campus. We've been extraordinarily successful.
of course, and extremely important because of the versatility of
the funding, is Campaign UCLA, the raising of private funds to enable
us to be truly competitive with the great universities in the world.
Here the success has been beyond what anybody would have imagined,
but not more than is required to meet our needs. We didn't underestimate
the needs; we underestimated the generosity of the alumni and friends
of UCLA, so much so that we've been able to expand our goals and
aspire to meet even more of our financial needs on the campus, needs
related to ensuring that this university is the place at which the
finest faculty, students and staff come together and collaborate
to produce the very finest teaching, research and service.