To Boldly Go: 'Imagine UC Davis 10 Years From Now'
"What would our university look like? Who would you want us to be? How could we achieve your vision?" This is what Chancellor Gary S. May is asking in the video below, encouraging the campus community's participation in the university's strategic planning effort, "To Boldly Go."
The plan "will serve as our guide to get where we want to be," May says. "This is where you come in. We're looking for your input. Tell us your highest-level ideas that could push us to fulfill our mission in the most creative and bold ways."
Ken Burtis, faculty advisor to the chancellor and provost, and co-chair of the strategic plan steering committee, said: “We’re encouraging all who care about UC Davis to get excited about and get involved in helping the university define what we’ll become over the coming decade.
“This will be an effort that will need engagement from our community across the world to succeed.”
Submit your ideas and strategies online, or attend one of several visioning sessions.
Davis campus sessions for staff, faculty, students — everyone:
- Tuesday, Jan. 30 — noon-1 p.m., ballroom, Conference Center
- Tuesday, Feb. 13 — noon-1 p.m., multipurpose room, Student Community Center
The organizers described the sessions as interactive — a group brainstorming activity — where participants will go around the room to different stations with categories like “Excellence in Research and Scholarship,” “A Superior Education for Our Students” and “High Visibility and Public Impact.”
Each station will include an easel and oversized pad of paper, where people can write down their thoughts. Groups will cluster the ideas and identify themes, and then everyone will have the opportunity to browse all the stations again.
Light refreshments will be provided, but please feel free to bring your lunch as this is a brown bag event.
The Davis campus will host two sessions for faculty:
- Tuesday, Jan. 30 — 9-11:30 a.m., ballroom, Conference Center
- Monday, Feb. 26 — 1:30-4 p.m., ballroom, Conference Center
Rachael E. Goodhue, chair of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, said in an email to faculty: “I am confident that upcoming strategic planning will be well served by faculty who offer fresh ideas and ask tough questions. And in the process, I hope we as a campus build our future on the foundation of shared governance that has supported our past.”
The Davis campus also will host two sessions for the Academic Federation:
- Thursday, Feb. 8 — 2:10-3 p.m., 205 Shields Library (Library Instruction Room)
- Wednesday, Feb. 14 — 10-10:50 a.m., 205 Shields Library (Library Instruction Room)
This session is for students:
- Thursday, Feb. 8 — noon-2 p.m., ballroom, Activities and Recreation Center
And two sessions for everyone will be held on the Sacramento campus:
- Monday, Feb. 5 — 7-8 a.m., 1222 Education Building
- Thursday, Feb. 15 — 4-5 p.m., 1222, Education Building
‘Creative and bold ideas’
“UC Davis is a powerful education, research and public service force working to make the world a better place,” May said when he launched the strategic planning process. “With all of our strengths, however, we remain a sleeping giant. I’m asking the collective community to come together and contribute creative and bold ideas that will propel us to accomplish things we’ve only dreamed of in the past.”