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ENHANCING EXCELLENCE IN A UNIQUE INTELLECTUAL COMMUNITY:
A framework for planning academic programs at UCSB
Intellectual and cultural diversity
Innovative use of location
The Academic Planning
DRAFT DOCUMENT FOR CAMPUS REVIEW
WINTER QUARTER, 2003
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Contents of the Academic Plan
INTRODUCTION: THE PLANNING PROCESS .. .7
SECTION ONE: FOUNDATIONS FOR SUCCESS .. ..8
THE PAST DECADE: PLANNING AND REALITIES .8
UCSB TODAY: CHARACTERISTICS ON WHICH TO BUILD ... ....10
I. CORE ACADEMIC STRENGTHS .. ..11
II. DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS . . 17
1. INTERDISCIPLINARITY ..17
2. INTELLECTURAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY .23
3. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES ..26
4. INTERNATIONALIZATION ..29
5. INNOVATIVE USE OF UCSBS LOCATION ..31
SECTION TWO: POTENTIAL CHALLENGES ....35
GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT .. .36
LIBRARY AND INFORMATION RESOURCES ... ..37
ADMINISTRATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE . ..38
STAFF SUPPORT 39
CAMPUS PLANNING AND BUDGET ......41
HOUSING .. 42
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION .. ...43
SECTION THREE: A PLANNING FRAMEWORK FOR THE COMING DECADE ...45
I. UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION . ... 45
II. GRADUATE EDUCATION ...49
III. FACULTY AND STAFF ... ..50
IV. CAMPUS INFRASTRUCTURE AND PLANNING .... 51
BEGINNING THE PROCESS IN 2003 .. . .. 52
CONCLUSION .. . ..54
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Academic Planning Coordinating Committee ..56
Subcommittee to Review the Goals of Other Research Universities ..57
Subcommittee to Review Rankings 58
Subcommittee to Summarize UCSBs Unique Academic Strengths ..59
Subcommittee to Articulate UCSBs Unique Opportunities ..60
Subcommittee to Incorporate Diversity as a Goal within the Planning Process ..61
Subcommittee to Ensure Broad Campus Involvement in the Planning Process ..62
Subcommittee to Explore Long-term Planning Objectives 63
Subcommittee to Propose New and Expanded Modes of Resource Development . ..64
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II. DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERISTICS
Beyond the specific areas of academic strength, the APCC survey of the campus revealed a cluster of distinctive characteristics that together form a campus culture that has contributed greatly to UCSBs success. Among the many characteristics cited in the interviews and discussions held during the planning process, five emerged as particularly powerful as themes shared by broad portions of the campus. After much discussion, the APCC has concluded that they constitute shared values around which UCSB should continue to structure its planning objectives and around which deans, provosts, department chairs, center and institute directors and other academic leaders should be invited to design strategic plans in consultation with their colleagues.
The atmosphere of interdisciplinary and interdepartmental communication and cooperation so permeates the UCSB campus that colleagues from other campuses have referred to it as the "campus without walls." Interdisciplinarity at UCSB is not merely a catchword, but rather a deeply rooted element of the campus culture. This culture includes a well-established faculty of scholars who have developed research programs and courses that emphasize broadly based interests spanning two or more disciplines. A second cultural element is a deeply rooted foundation of shared governance that is instrumental in bringing faculty from all disciplines into decision making processes. This is one of the strengths of shared governance that is practiced throughout the University of California system, and UCSB is noted for its emphasis on involvement of faculty in guiding campus growth. Faculty are empowered through the Academic Senate to establish and approve new courses and new academic degree programs as well as determine appropriate standards to hire and promote faculty members. Shared governance further brings faculty into consultation with administrative officers regarding budget decisions needed to start new courses and degree programs as well as to hire new faculty. The broad participation of faculty from all areas of the campus in this shared governance helps to assure ongoing development of the strong interdisciplinarity that characterizes the present campus atmosphere.
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The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation team had this to say following their evaluation visit in February 2001: "Faculty are willing, indeed eager to work across disciplinary boundaries, and graduate students come to UCSB in increasing numbers to take advantage of interdisciplinary programs. It is rare to find such esprit among so diverse a group of scholars" (p. 24).
1.1 INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE PROGRAMS
Numerous interdisciplinary programs draw together faculty members and students from disparate fields (for the purposes of this document we define interdisciplinary degree programs as those which require significant amounts of course work in departments other than that granting the degree). Noteworthy undergraduate interdisciplinary degree programs at UCSB include: Comparative Literature; Economics/Mathematics; Environmental Studies; Evolution, Ecology and Marine Biology (EEMB); Film Studies; Geophysics; Global Studies; Hydrologic Sciences; Italian Cultural Studies; Latin America and Iberian Studies (LAIS); Islamic and Near Eastern Studies (INES); Law and Society; Medieval Studies; Renaissance Studies; and Womens Studies, many of which also offer graduate degrees.
Interdisciplinary graduate programs cover an equally broad range of fields including Bioengineering; Cognitive Science; Environmental Science and Management; the Graduate Program in Management Practice; Language, Interaction and Social Organization; Marine Science; Materials Science; Media Arts and Technology, and many others. In addition, new interdisciplinary graduate programs in Chicano Studies, Computational Science and Engineering, Nanoscience and Engineering, and other fields are in various stages of preparation.
1.2 INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
Interdisciplinary research projects are among the most prominent and innovative research initiatives on the UCSB campus. One mechanism that has been developed for supporting and encouraging these new projects is the Research Across Disciplines Awards program:
Research Across Disciplines (RAD) Awards: In 1996 the Vice Chancellor for Research inaugurated the Research Across Disciplines (RAD) awards. This program encourages innovative partnerships among scholars and researchers not only across disciplines, but also across the larger divisional boundaries by encouraging collaborations between scholars in the arts, humanities and social sciences on the one hand with colleagues in the life and physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering on the other. From 1996 to 1999 approximately $550,000 was available for such cross-disciplinary projects. Recent RAD projects have included projects such as Quantitative Studies in the Social Sciences, the Emergence of Communicative Action in the Social Life of Very Young Children, the Research Center for the Study of Virtual Environments and Behavior, and Identifying Mayan Archeological Sites in the El Pilar Region of Belize and Guatemala with Geographic Information Systems, among others.
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The research projects listed below are illustrative of some of the diverse fields in which UCSB faculty have created new collaborations across older disciplinary and departmental boundaries:
Bioengineering Research Initiative: The bioengineering initiative at UCSB is a campuswide effort to build interfaces between the engineering sciences and the biological, physical and molecular sciences. The Council for Biomolecular Science, Engineering and Technology (C-BEST), a committee composed of the deans and faculty from College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Science, is coordinating the development of this initiative, which includes plans for a new research institute, the Institute for Biomolecular Science Engineering and Technology (IBSET). Plans are in progress to hire new faculty, initially building on areas of existing strength at UCSB, as well as developing new areas of expertise at UCSB.
Microcosms: Microcosms is an interdisciplinary project that addresses the history, status and future of material objects in the production of knowledge in the modern university. This analysis has several consequences. First, it reveals the extraordinary diversity and number of objects housed in formal and informal collections in universities: the UC system, for example, houses some 40 million objects in its formal collections alone. Second, it reveals the extent to which objects circulate throughout the university, in teaching, research, and performance. Furthermore, it suggests the manner in which objects are part of immense social and disciplinary networks that map the way knowledge is produced and reproduced on a campus, in a department, and in disciplines themselves.
Finally, seen historically, the modern university is revealed as the last great survivor of the sixteenth-century universal collections called curiosity cabinets, collections that provided for the first time a way of analyzing the world through the gathering and comparison of material evidence. UCSBs contributions to the project include the extensive holdings housed in the Art Museum and the Museum of Systematics and Ecology.
Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials and Solid State Lighting Alliance: Mitsubishi Chemical, headquartered in Tokyo, and UCSB have entered into a $15-million five-year alliance to support research and education in advanced materials and solid state lighting and displays. Mitsubishis support will be split between two separate research centers and the majority of that funding will support student and postdoctoral researchers, as well as supplies and equipment for their research.
Solid State Lighting and Display Center (SSLDC): This interdisciplinary research group was initially created informally among a group of materials scientists and electrical engineers based on the science and technology of gallium nitride and related wide-bandgap semiconductor materials. Sustained by federal research support, the UCSB group had established itself by the mid-1990s as the premier university team in the world working on these materials. The scientific challenges are to produce reliably, new materials with electronic properties such that they emit green or blue light (red-emitters have long been known); the technological challenge is to make new devices for lighting, display, communications and data storage. SSLDC is designed to interact with industry on fundamental research issues without developing narrow or exclusive arrangements with
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individual companies. A threshold level of financial support is required for participation in SSLDC that two companies have thus far provided. These funds are used to support research of broad, generic interest to the science and technology of nitride semiconductors for application in lighting, display, communications and data storage.
Walsin Lihwa Electronics and Photonics Research Alliance: Walsin Lihwa, a leading cable and wire company in Taiwan, has formed a $10 million five-year research alliance with UCSB to establish an Electronics and Photonics Center on the UCSB campus in conjunction with the College of Engineering. Three projects already proposed and formulated by UCSB Engineering faculty will form the initial focus of the Centers research agenda. All three of these projects focus on the problem of how to manage information in the form of light particles or photons on fiber optic cables better and faster. Walsin Lihwa will also provide research grants for graduate students at UCSB over a five-year period and will fund two Walsin fellows in perpetuity.
1.3 INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH CENTERS
For many of UCSBs research centers, the promotion of interdisciplinary research and/or training lies at the core of their mission. The following are but a few of the most prominent examples:
California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI): CNSI was established as a proposal in response to the Governor's initiative for California Institutes for Science and Innovation (CISI). The CISI program was designed to accelerate research and technological development in areas that would lead to economic development for the State of California. CNSI is an institute jointly managed by UCLA and UCSB, to pursue the science and engineering of small (of order one-billionth of a meter) scale structures and devices. State funding provides $100 million (36/64, UCSB/UCLA). As part of the proposal preparation process, commitments of approximately $40 million of CNSI funding from industry have been secured. A new building will be built on the east end of campus that will provide facilities for imaging, spectroscopy and scattering, as well as synthesis and fabrication of new materials and devices.
Center for Chicano Studies: Founded in 1969 to support research on the history and contemporary socio-cultural, political, artistic, and economic conditions of Chicanos, Mexicanos and Latinos, the Center for Chicano Studies brings together faculty and students who engage in Chicana/o studies through workgroups, collaborative research, creative projects, publications, conferences, seminars, and exhibits. The Center also supports a Visiting Research Scholar in Chicana/o Studies and, with the Department of Chicano Studies, the Luis Leal Endowed Chair. Having enjoyed dynamic growth in recent years, the Center is positioned to pursue truly interdisciplinary dialogues and projects while drawing on a number of the most accomplished humanists and social scientists in Chicano studies. Most recently, the Center has established a four-year program devoted to researching U.S./Mexico border culture (supported by the Rockefeller Foundation) and an innovative program studying student outreach initiatives. "ENLACE y Avance: Students and Families Empowered for Success" is a collaborative UCSB outreach and research project involving over 30 community based organizations,
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schools, colleges, and business organization. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for four years for a total amount of 1.5 million dollars, the goal of the "ENLACE y Avance" partnership is to produce more Latino/Hispanic college graduates by increasing their academic preparation across the K-12 pathway leading to greater college enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.
Gevirtz Research Center: The Gevirtz Research Center was founded in 1996 as a result of a generous donation by Ambassador and Mrs. Don Gevirtz in order to improve public education in America. It is a collaborative University/Birth-grade12 partnership between the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, the Santa Barbara School Districts, other districts, and the private sector. The vision of the outreach partnership is to design and implement innovative educational programs that provide students with high-quality learning experiences and to research the effectiveness, sustainability, and expansion of those programs. The Gevirtz Research Center coordinates the research efforts of distinguished UCSB faculty members and graduate student researchers, in collaboration with school district representatives. The multi-method research design incorporates both quantitative and qualitative data that are collected longitudinally with multiple outcome measures. The Center reports research findings to teachers, parents, administrators, education policy leaders, private sector representatives and other researchers.
Institute for Computational Earth System Science (ICESS): The Institute for Computational Earth System Science research provides an environment in which Earth system scientists can closely collaborate and perform computations not possible in many other facilities. The focus is on research and research education in Earth system science, with an emphasis on processes governing the interactions of radiation and Earth. Advances in computer and satellite technology, and the ability to model complex systems, have opened unprecedented opportunities to increase understanding of the Earth as an integrated system. ICESS is on the leading edge of Earth system science research and related computer and data processing technology. It is uniquely positioned to utilize extensive satellite data sets and capabilities from a variety of agencies and organizations.
Institute for Social, Economic, and Behavioral Research (ISBER): The Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research is the campus Organized Research Unit for sponsored research in the social sciences and, to a lesser extent, the humanities and other units of the university. In 1999-2000, ISBER's 125 PIs and co-PIs, many operating through ISBER's 14 Centers, submitted 81 proposals totaling $14.1 million, and were involved in 123 projects, totalling $9.4 million in contracts, grants, gifts, royalties, and other awards. ISBER's fourteen Centers encompass a wide range of social science research concerns, including Centers for the Advanced Study of Individual Differences, Communication and Social Policy, East Asia, Evolutionary Psychology, Global Studies, Health Data Research, Information Technology and Society, MesoAmerican Research, Middle East Studies, Sexual Minorities in the Military, Spatially Integrated Social Science, the Study of Discourse, the Study of Religion, and Survey Research.
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC): Founded in 1987 with the express purpose of fostering innovative research and teaching across traditional disciplinary boundaries, the IHC supports interdisciplinary research, conferences, and guest lectures as well as
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interdisciplinary seminars co-taught by two or more faculty and a variety of faculty/graduate student Research Focus Groups that bring together participants from different departments around topics such as "African Studies," "Early Modern/Romantic Studies," "Religion, Ecology, and Culture," "Gender, Media, and Globalization," "Queer Theory," "Human-Animal Relations," "Transnational Cultures," and other themes.
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS): NCEAS was created in 1995 with funding from the National Science Foundation, the State of California, and UCSB. The Center supports the use of collaborative and synthetic approaches to solve fundamental ecological and environmental problems, and emphasizes application of upto- date analytical tools to existing data sets and development of new modeling approaches. Core research areas include complex population dynamics, interactions within and between ecological communities, analysis of broad biogeographical patterns, projects relating to resource management, and ecological informatics.
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2. INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY
The second characteristic that emerged as a critical aspect of UCSBs success was the active promotion of intellectual and cultural diversity and the community-wide recognition that there can be no excellence without diversity. Several of UCSBs academic units focusing on ethnic and gender studies are among the oldest in the western United States, having been functioning for over thirty years. These include full departments of Asian-American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano Studies, an interdepartmental program in Womens Studies, and research centers for Black Studies and Chicano Studies that complement the departments degree programs. In addition, a variety of prominent programs and institutions help enrich the intellectual and cultural diversity of the university.
Ethnicity Requirement: All undergraduate students in the Colleges of Letters & Science, Engineering, and Creative Studies take at least one course that concentrates on the intellectual, social, and cultural experience of an American ethnic minority. Students may select from approximately one hundred courses that focus on the history and the cultural, intellectual, and social experience of one of the following: Native Americans, African Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, or Asian Americans. Alternatively, students may take a course that provides a comparative and integrative context for understanding the experience of oppressed and excluded racial minorities in the United States.
Chancellor's Outreach Advisory Board (COAB): COAB was established to provide program coordination, information-sharing, encouragement of new initiatives and fiscal oversight for the legislatively-mandated permanent outreach funds that the campus receives annually from the Office of the President. COAB is comprised of a broad representation of UCSB faculty, administrators, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. Either as members or consultants, virtually all those who actively participate in campus outreach are represented on COAB.
Faculty Outreach Grants Program (FOG): The Chancellor charged COAB with the promotion of faculty outreach initiatives. As a response, COAB established the Faculty Outreach Grants program. Created in 1999, the FOG program addresses the faculty role in the effort to increase the eligibility and enrollment rates of California's educationally disadvantaged students. Following the UC Outreach Task Force Report, FOG promotes campus initiatives that can transform student academic experience and/or classroom approaches, curricula, school climate, or educational equity, and thus affect significantly the aspirations and achievement of students in low-performing schools. COAB developed the FOG program to stimulate the creativity and enrich the quality of K-12 campus outreach programs, to strengthen a sustained faculty commitment to K-12 outreach, and to enrich the collaborative relations between UCSB faculty and the UCSB partner schools. Through the FOG Program the COAB awarded over $700,000 in faculty grants for 1999-2000.
Library Resources: UCSBs Libraries have achieved unusual distinction in providing unique resources supporting research and teaching in ethnic studies, foreign area studies,
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interdisciplinary fields, and nontraditional histories. The Libraries collections encompass materials in 22 languages, and formats from cuneiform tablets to wax cylinders to advanced digital imagery. Of special note are the primary research and archival collections of the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, a large and growing collection of contemporary manuscripts, organizational records, and graphic arts from writers, performers, activists, and cultural and political groups. Other important materials, heavily used not only by the UCSB community but internationally, include the American Religions Collection which focuses on non-traditional religion in the U.S., the humanistic psychology archives, and a broad range of performing arts collections including circus and theatrical history, and rare jazz, folk and ethnic music recordings. The Ethnic and Gender Studies Library provides a distinctive focus for student research, collocating materials in womens studies, Black studies, Asian-American studies, Native American studies, Chicano studies, and gay/lesbian/bisexual studies.
Multicultural Center: The Multicultural Center provides a focal point for scholarly and artistic events promoting an awareness of cultural diversity and currently serves over 50 student organizations on campus. Established in 1987, the MCC offers a broad range of events including lectures, panel discussions, films and videos, poetry readings, art exhibits, and musical, dance, and dramatic performances, all of which are open to the general public. Its primary mission is to promote cultural awareness and understanding, to create an environment that will foster a sense of belonging among students of diverse cultures, as well as international students at UCSB, and to serve as a setting for meaningful cross-cultural interaction.
Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity: The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at UCSB is designed to be a safe and supportive environment for all students, staff and faculty, emphasizing resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community, as well as allies and those who are questioning their sexual and/or gender identity. The Center welcomes a diversity of racial, ethnic, religious, political and cultural values while advocating for the welfare of those who have historically been marginalized because of their sexual and/or gender identity. The Director and staff are committed to serving the campus and larger community with professionalism and respect. The Center provides educational programming, social activities, advocacy and consultation with the goal of enhancing safety, tolerance and quality of life in the UCSB community.
2.1 INTELLECTUAL DIVERSITY
Part of what characterizes cultural diversity at UCSB is its incorporation into a variety of different intellectual endeavors not commonly found on some campuses. These innovative areas of research and teaching bring together fields rarely combined within research universities in ways meant to foster a broader view of the purposes to which a university education can be applied. The handful of examples below represent but a few of these exciting developments at UCSB:
Center for Entrepreneurship & Engineering Management (CEEM): The mission of CEEM is to train students in the fundamentals of entrepreneurial, business, and
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management success. CEEM engages a broad community of professionals, alumni, and faculty to expose students from all disciplines to today's dynamic business climate. With particular emphasis on high technology venture creation and management, CEEM focuses students on the challenges of innovation and commercialization. The Center engages the community and stresses the leadership, teamwork and practical skills required for the realization of entrepreneurial potential. While UCSB's College of Engineering has a strong track record of entrepreneurial success among our alumni and faculty--with over 50 "spin-off" companies in the Santa Barbara area alone--we are committed to building upon this momentum through CEEM. CEEM is a start-up in its own right as the Center depends almost entirely on private contributions from those who believe in the future of UCSB and entrepreneurial education.
Management Practices: The Graduate Program in Management Practice offers Ph.D. candidates in science and engineering disciplines a solid and essential introduction to the fundamentals of business management in preparation for successful careers beyond the research university. Students enrolled in the Program take courses in management, finance, interpersonal and organizational communication and intern 160 hours in the private sector to gain firsthand experience in a non-academic enterprise. If budgetary support becomes available, the Program will be broadened to serve Ph.D. candidates in humanities and social sciences disciplines. In addition to the extant courses and internship, the Ph.D. candidates in humanities and social sciences enrolled in the Program will be expected to fulfill one of three new course requirements: Computer Technology, Bio-Technology, or Material Science. These will be comprehensive and non-technical courses, designed for students without any formal training in mathematics and physical sciences. They aim to familiarize students with the scientific and technological issues and agenda in computer technology, bio-technology and material science. The purpose is to make a humanity/social science Ph.D. an attractive, non-technical employment prospect for the high-tech industry.
Media Arts and Technology Program (MATP): MATP is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental graduate degree program that offers the Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Media Arts and Technology. MATP serves as a focal point for multimedia education, engineering, research, and artistic production. Its distinguishing features are: (1) arts and entertainment focus, (2) interdisciplinary approach based on a core set of skills and knowledge that all MATP students will master, and (3) emphasis on group projects in multimedia software development and artistic production. Students emerging from the MAT Program will have interdisciplinary breadth but will also focus on an area of emphasis, according to their background and career interests: Multimedia Engineering, Electronic Music and Sound Design, Visual and Spatial Arts.
The Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management: Within the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, the flagship master's degree in Environmental Science & Management (MESM) program is unique among its peers in that it provides a balanced core curriculum as between environmental science and management, with law, economics and information technology management. The capstone in this curriculum is the MESM Group Project, a year-long faculty-assisted project--often done on behalf of a client organization--that emphasizes the articulation of,
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approach to, and solution of an environmental problem. The MESM students also share some classes and other activities with MBAs from around the UC System who come to UCSB to do the intercampus emphasis in Corporate Environmental Management, which includes a set of four courses offered on extended weekends during the fall and winter quarters. A highlight of this program is the guest speaker series that brings in professionals who are in fields that blend environmental science, business, law and engineering. The Bren School's PhD program likewise reflects this kind of integration in that candidates are encouraged to do their doctoral research across the disciplines represented by the faculty.
3. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
Although every major research university has devoted considerable attention to the impact of information technologies on education, few can rival UCSBs unique role in the early development of digital technologies now taken for granted. Pioneering work was done by UCSB scientists on the ARPAnet, the first large-scale computer network, in the 1960s, and UCSB was one of the four original sites on that network. ARPAnet evolved into todays Internet, which has had a profound impact on modern life. Later in that decade, some of the worlds first digital recordings were made by UCSB engineering faculty. Yet another first for UCSB was the creation of an on-line classroom in the early 1960s. This local network allowed students to use computer terminals at their desks in an interactive manner, rather than the typical batch processing mode that dominated computing at that time. This early experiment has become commonplace in the modern university environment.
Innovative uses of information and digital technologies currently characterize many aspects of life at UCSB. Programs provide opportunities for students to achieve IT proficiency regardless of their field of study. These include cutting edge studies of the impact of digital technology on American and global culture as well as campus and regional projects that are creating new research resources and/or techniques for data storage and access, and a wide range of innovative applications.
Digital Competence Program: Currently in its developmental stages, this program seeks to insure that all students have the technological skills and abilities necessary to succeed both in the university environment and in their future careers. This program is primarily aimed at low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students in order to narrow the "digital divide" which threatens students from disadvantaged high schools. Once in place, the Digital Competence Program will offer a series of opportunities for students to gain competence in a wide range of technological skills including: word processing, desktop publishing, email management, web design, data base management, money management, internet research, digital animation and digital presentations. The Program contains various competency levels so that students can initiate, develop, and further hone their skills in each of the areas offered over the course of their academic career at UCSB.
Voice of the Shuttle: Begun in 1994, Voice of the Shuttle (VoS) is one of the oldest and largest Web sites devoted to humanities research. It consists of 70+ pages of annotated
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links to resources in the humanities as well as in new and adjacent fields relevant to the contemporary humanities (e.g., cultural studies, cyberculture, history of science and technology, technology of writing). One of its most "value-added" features is its mapping of the current state of the humanities. Resources are organized by discipline, field, period, author, and other criteria familiar to humanities research. VoS focuses on research at the higher-education level, but its audience has over the years broadened to lower-school levels as well. Development work is currently underway to convert VoS into a database-driven resource that will power a variety of humanities resources at UCSB, including not only the original VoS but also an additional "magazine-style" portal to the humanities on the Web and the English department's new site for its "Culture of Information" undergraduate specialization. Technical and content work on VoS is performed by humanities faculty and students.
The "Digital Library": Over the last six years, the UCSB Libraries have made significant accomplishments in the integration of networked and digital information technologies, for the delivery of scholarly content, the provision of information services to the campus, and the improvement of internal operations. An achievement of international renown is the Alexandria Digital Library (ADL), begun in 1994 and now fully deployed with digitized content and customized searching and visualization software. Currently, the ADL includes 1.5 terabytes of data (maps and satellite images) and a unique gazetteer of almost 5 million records. The Libraries have developed other digital archives of locallyowned scholarly resources related to faculty or systemwide projects. Notable examples are materials from the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, and state and local government publications related to environmental sciences. As part of the UC California Digital Library (CDL), the UCSB Libraries have contributed hundreds of documents to the Online Archive of California. The Librarys gateway to the CDL brings the campus an extraordinary level of access to full-text digital scholarly sources; more than 4000 journals and 150 reference databases are now available online.
Office of Information Technology: The Office of Information Technology provides leadership in information technology matters. It develops plans for UCSB's information technology infrastructure and for the integration of information technology into research and instructional activities. The Office has overall responsibility for the campus-wide information technology infrastructure, including the wiring plant, the operation of campus-wide data, video and voice networks, and their external connections. It provides a number of networking services, and coordinates those information technology services for which it does not have operational responsibility. Priorities and policies for information technology are set by the Information Technology Board, which is composed of senior administrators, faculty, students and staff. Technical advice and support are provided by the Information Technology Planning Group, which includes senior technical staff from throughout the campus.
Talking Signs: Information is the currency of the 21st Century. It is essential not only for databases of local or global proportions, but also for undertaking everyday activities in an effective manner. Knowing where things are ("georeferencing") is one such important everyday use of information. Locational knowledge is fundamental to successful wayfinding, particularly for those unfamiliar with an environment (e.g. visitors), or for
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those who cannot access traditional signage (e.g. non-language readers or blind people). UCSB is the first university in the world to use information technology to help solve the "Where am I?" and the "What's there?" problems. In November and December 2000, the campus initiated a test bed project by installing twenty "Talking Signs" (TM) at its bus terminal and at various locations in and around the main administration building (Cheadle Hall) and the Student Services Building. Transmitters, using an infrared signal and inductive loop technology, have been installed so as to identify places such as the Registrar's Office, the Visitor's Center, the Disabled Students Office and other key locations. Travelers carry a small receiver that allows them to access the directional TS Auditory Signs and walk directly to a specific destination. This remote infrared auditory signage (RIAS) technology can also identify pedestrian crossings at busy streets, street names, or the presence of hazards such as bicycle paths or construction zones. UCSB is exploring the possibility of using this type of IT in a safety context (e.g. identifying the location of emergency telephones) as well as establishing auditory pathways around campus for visitors and for disabled students.
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Nearly thirty-five years ago, UCSB was designated the "international campus" of the UC system and as such was chosen to house the UC Education Abroad Programs central offices. For many years, this special designation languished, but over the past decade a drive to internationalize UCSB at all levels has become more and more evident. UCSBs internationally recognized programs, particularly in the sciences, have long meant a steady flow of visiting scholars and international students to the campus. But new initiatives to internationalize the curriculum, promote study abroad for American students, accommodate more international undergraduate and graduate students, expand the universitys capacity to host visiting international scholars, and to build new institutional relationships and exchanges abroad, have all resulted in a new sense of UCSBs global connections.
Education Abroad Program (EAP): The University of California's Education Abroad Program provides international experiences, coursework, and training for UC students, as well as international research and teaching exchanges for faculty. In 2001-2002, approximately 2,500 UC students studied at over 130 host institutions in 34 countries worldwide. Through reciprocity agreements, EAP's partner institutions sent about 1,000 students to study at UC. UCSB, specifically, sent 454 students on EAP programs and hosted about 110 reciprocity students in 2001-2002. EAP augments the academic programs of UC students by providing programs, courses, and experiences that they cannot obtain at UC which often have life-changing effects on participants by changing their perspectives. EAP also facilitates a wide variety of academic collaborations and exchanges. Most EAP participants take regular courses at host universities, but other options include specialized courses in a particular field (e.g., Costa Rica Tropical Biology, Australia Marine Sciences).
Global Studies: Established in 1998, the BA degree in Global Studies has become the single fastest growing undergraduate major on the UCSB campus, increasing from zero to 500 majors in less than three years. Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major that is distinctive for its emphasis on transnational processes and interactions. It is one of the first programs in the nation to offer a degree in international studies with contemporary globalizing trends as the central organizing theme. Students specialize either in "Culture and Ideology" or "Socioeconomics and Politics." They must also develop an emphasis in one region of the world, including an appropriate foreign language, while at the same time taking a variety of courses on global and transnational issues. The major prepares students for graduate study or professional careers in international affairs, international business, peace and world order studies, and area studies.
Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS): OISS serves over 1,500 international students and scholars who study, teach, and engage in research each year at UCSB. OISS assists academic departments in their efforts to bring visiting foreign faculty and scholars to the university and initiates program and projects that will add to the international dimensions of the university. Its programs and services include immigration assistance, assistance with work authorization, Social Security, and Internal
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World Literature: In a recent initiative to promote the study of world literature, the Comparative Literature program redesigned the requirements for its undergraduate degree so that students must study at least two courses in non-western literatures and have the opportunity to focus primarily on a non-western literature or literatures. UCSB hosts a rich variety of courses on non-western literature (in the UC system, only Berkeley and Los Angeles offer more languages) including literature courses in such languages as Arabic, Aramaic, Chinese, Coptic, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Punjabi, Sanskrit, and Tibetan.
World Religions: One of the distinctive features of UCSB that has contributed greatly to its prominence in the field of Religious Studies, and also stands as a mark of the campus commitment to the study of cultures around the globe, is the existence of 7 endowed chairs devoted to the study of the worlds great religious traditions. These include chairs in Islamic, Shinto, Sikh, and Tibetan traditions, as well as chairs for the study of American Religions, Comparative Religions, and Religion in Society. An eighth chair, in Catholic Studies, is anticipated in the near future. Separate endowments support programming and/or graduate fellowships in Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic Studies. This amount of long-term endowment support for the study of global religions is unmatched by any other university in the nation.