1 | 2 |
3 | 4 |
5 | 6
case we’re making is that graduate-fellowship support is crucial
to the quality of the undergraduate experience,” says Slon.
Graduate students teach undergraduate classes, give lectures on
their special areas of expertise and are the most promising future
professors as the UC system gears up to recruit 7,000 new faculty
members to teach the influx of some 64,000 additional new students
projected to enroll by the end of the decade in what is being called
Tidal Wave II. To date, Campaign UCLA is at 51 percent of its goal
in the category of student support; nearly $138 million has been
raised, including $70.7 million for graduate fellowships.
the necessary resources to construct new buildings at UCLA is a
shared focus of the research program and the campaign. Observes
Neighbour: “A big issue for universities is the cost of facilities
as the government wants to do more research of national importance.
Who will create the space if the states can no longer carry that
burden?” The solution again depends upon public-private partnerships,
although non-science buildings, like graduate fellowships, are a
tougher sell to potential donors.
the challenges posed by the state and national economies, UCLA continues
to enjoy strong public support, engendering widespread optimism
about the campus’ future. In partnership with government,
industry and individuals, UCLA undoubtedly will remain a competitive
force in academe, a magnet to the best minds in the United States
Mack is an associate editor of UCLA Magazine.