by Clayton H. Heathcock
I sit at my computer to write this semesters column, only a week
has passed since the senseless acts of terror in New York and our nations
capital. We in the College of Chemistry, like people all across the nation,
have been transfixed by the images on television. Thankfully, we do not
know of any member of our immediate College community who was directly
touched by the tragedy in losing a family member or loved one. However,
I will be very surprised if all of our alumni have been equally fortunate.
Our day-to-day operations have been
affected by the catastrophe in several ways. The College of Chemistry
Advisory Board meeting, which had been scheduled for September 1314,
was postponed to a later date, probably late next spring. In addition,
quite a few seminars have been canceled or rescheduled because of travel
disruptions. Today, more than 12,000 members of the campus community gathered
at noon in Memorial Glade for an hour of remembrance and to remind us
all of the meaning of humanity.
The Latimer and Hildebrand seismic
projects are continuing on schedule, with anticipated completion in
the spring of 2002. The north and south facades of Latimer Hall are
taking on a very different look as eight columns on each side have now
been strengthened and the four reinforced concrete spandrels
on each side are now being poured. Inside the building, we are getting
a full life-safety upgrade by installation of a modern fire alarm system
and fire sprinklers. A number of bathrooms have been upgraded to meet
ADA standards. We will soon start work on some of the deferred maintenance,
in which the campus will replace antiquated ventilation ducts that serve
our fume hoods and install a new roof on Latimer at a total cost of
almost $5 million.
One of the things that has been occupying my attention for the last few weeks is construction of a proposal to the campus administration about how we in the College will do our share to handle the anticipated enrollment increase over the next seven years. These are the individuals who were born in the 1980s. This large surge of school enrollments, dubbed Tidal Wave II, is currently working its way through the K-12 grades and is beginning to make itself felt in expanding college enrollments. The total enrollment in the University of California system is expected to grow by 65,000 by 2008. Most of this enrollment increase will be absorbed by campuses that have not reached their maximum sizeUCD, UCSC, UCSB, UCI, UCR, and UCSDand the new UC Merced campus, which will open in 2004. However, UCB and UCLA, both of which are at maximum size under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, have also been assigned an enrollment increase quota.
Berkeleys assignment is to increase our student headcount from its current level of 30,000 to 34,000 by 2008. Furthermore, we are being asked to absorb this 13 percent increase in enrollment without increasing the number of students who are in residence during the fall and spring semesters. Therefore, we are planning to enhance our offerings in summer session starting in the summer of 2002, and we will continue to expand our summer session offerings each year until 2008, when we expect to be offering a total of 25 summer session courses in the College. This augmentation of our summer offerings is made possible by the California Legislatures recent approval of state funding for summer session. Previously our summer session has been funded completely by tuition and fees paid by the matriculated students.
The anticipated increase in our
enrollment will require an expansion of our faculty and also of our
graduate student body, since we rely heavily on graduate student instructors
(GSIs) to assist the faculty, mainly in laboratory instruction. To provide
sufficient staff to handle this additional educational burden, I have
asked the campus administration to create eight new faculty positions
over the next six years, five in the Chemistry Department and three
in the Chemical Engineering Department. I have also asked for a commensurate
increase in our GSI budget and an expansion of our graduate student
admission quota sufficient to increase the size of our graduate student
body by approximately 50 students over the next five years. These proposals
will be reviewed by the administration during this academic year, and
I hope to report the outcome of this review in a future column.
Dean Heathcock and Susan Slavick, building manager for the College, inspect the ongoing construction in Hildebrand Hall with John Bailey, project manager for Rudolph and Sletten.
|One of the facts of modern academic life is that public institutions of higher education have become increasingly semi-public in nature. For example, the State of California provides only about 35 percent of the total funds that operate the Berkeley campus. Thus, we are increasingly dependent on the philanthropy of foundations, corporations, alumni and friends. One of my main goals as dean is to increase the endowment of the College. Our total endowment currently stands at approximately $14 million and provides annual income of approximately $560,000 that supports undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships, Distinguished Professorships, junior faculty startup funding, and housing assistance for new faculty recruits. During the last few months, we have learned of two additional very generous estate bequests by alumni and friends of the College. These two bequests, which are currently in probate, total approximately $5 million and will represent a 35 percent augmentation of the total College of Chemistry endowment. I hope that many of you will follow these fine examples and consider making a provision for the College when planning your estate.|