The Task Force on Interdisciplinary Reporting Lines was asked to consider organizational challenges related to interdisciplinary units, including Centers for Interdisciplinary Instruction, Interdepartmental Degree Programs, and others. The Task Force endorsed and developed a proposal to create a new position of dean of interdisciplinary studies.
When the Technology Infrastructure Fee (TIF) was implemented, the EVCP agreed to review it after three years. The TIF Review Committee report presents results of that review. Following comments on the report, the EVCP accepted the major recommendations, with some modifications as described in a February 2011 memorandum, which is available at bit.ly/3nocK3z.
The joint Senate-Administration Research Centers Task Force reviewed all UCLA research centers that receive any state support to identify opportunities for cost cutting. The Task Force offered five recommendations, which are outlined in the report.
The Humanities Task Force was charged with considering the future of the humanities at UCLA, both financial and intellectual. Recommendations include: Consolidation of several programs and departments, establishment of a Humanities Institute, and creation of a Language Center.
The Neuroscience Task Force was charged with setting a course for the development of the neurosciences at UCLA by conducting a review and developing a strategic plan. Early in 2011, the chancellor and EVCP established a Neuroscience Implementation Committee to carry out many of the recommendations in the plan.
This report describes results of an assessment of the infrastructure for research administration at UCLA conducted by Huron Consulting Group. The assessment, requested by the EVCP in response to concerns expressed by faculty and administrators, identified a wide variety of opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Management and staff in the Office of Research Administration and campuswide implemented many of the recommendations in the report, leading to significant improvements in customer service, efficiency, cost savings, and productivity.
The Budget Toolbox project was initiated in December 2008 to support campus academic and budgetary planning in the face of current and anticipated additional budget cuts. Because of severe financial pressures, UCLA developed plans for sustaining academic strength through cost savings and increased efficiency, increased non-state revenues, and strong alignment of academic programs with institutional priorities. The project was the culmination of the work of three task forces, which provided individual reports included in the PDF.