Three Seminars to Explore the Future of UC Riverside — and the Future of Higher Education

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By on April 30, 2014

UC President Napolitano officially declares that Kim A. Wilcox is the Chancellor of UC Riverside

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Just after Time magazine created a model of federal standards for universities that shows UC Riverside is highly effective, the campus has invited three national thought leaders on higher education from around the nation to share their views on “The Future of the American Research University.”

Building on ideas presented at the April 24 investiture ceremony for UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, these three lectures will together help shape the conversation on campus about how to grow, while still protecting the special character of UCR that focuses on the success of students. The entire community is invited. Parking is free, and refreshments will be provided.

“The talks will build on the ideas put forth in the chancellor’s speech,about the right way for UCR to grow and develop over the next five years,” said Dallas Rabenstein, UCR’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. “These will be interactive, with two faculty members at each event to respond and lead discussion about the future of the campus with faculty, staff and students.

The first speaker is Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University, who will speak at 3 p.m.

Michael M. Crow
Arizona State University

Friday, May 9 in the University Theatre, He is the president of a four campus system serving 76,000 students. Crow is frequently quoted in the media on issues of higher education reform. UC Riverside and Arizona State University have been called out among U.S. universities for success with first generation and low-income students, for maintaining high quality despite shrinking university budgets, and for creating support programs that can be used as models for other public research universities.

His topic is “Innovations in Higher Education.”

Two UCR faculty members will be offering a response and leading the discussion: Cindy Larive, an associate dean and professor of chemistry in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science in the College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.

The second speaker is University of Washington Vice Provost for Global Affairs Jeffrey Riedinger, set for 4 p.m., Friday, May 16, at the Genomics Auditorium. His topic is “Globalization and The University.”

Jeffrey Reidinger
University of Washington

He is relatively new to the University of Washington, where he oversees the university’s multiple activities in the global arena including study abroad, exchanges for students and faculty with universities in other countries, and support for international research and centers. Before that, Riedinger worked at Michigan State University as dean of International Studies and Programs. where he facilitated multidisciplinary research and created strategic partnerships abroad to address critical global issues. He also guided efforts to enhance the internationalization of curricula and student life, and sought to enhance program quality, curricular integration, and cost control in study-abroad and other exchange programs.

The response and discussion will be offered by two faculty members from the College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Professor of Economics Marcelle Chauvet; and Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Studies David Herzberger.

The third speaker is Peter McPherson, President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, an influential agency in the higher education world. He will speak at 4 p.m. May 30, in the Genomics Auditorium.

His topic is “The Public University of the 21st Century.”

Peter McPherson
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 235 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations.  Founded in 1887, APLU is North America’s oldest higher education association with member institutions in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, Canada, and Mexico. Annually, APLU member campuses enroll 4.7 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.1 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $41 billion in university-based research.

UCR faculty members leading the response are Jodie Holt, professor of botany in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and Sharon Walker, Bourns College of Engineering.

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox arrived at UC Riverside in August, 2013 and was formally invested as the leader of the campus April 24 at the Student Recreation Center, in front of about 650 people, including guests from around the University of California system and other national academic institutions.

A first-generation college graduate, Wilcox is now chancellor at one of the most exciting times on the UCR campus, with the new medical school, the new school of public policy, expanding research opportunities and the potential to broaden the campus’s international reach.

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