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This report reviews the decision by the University of California's Board of Regents to create a new general campus near Merced to open in fall 2005 with 1,000 full-time-equivalent students (expected to grow to 5,000 FTES by fall 2010). The report reviews the planning history of the proposed campus, discusses the University of California's systemwide physical capacity to enroll new students, and considers a number of review criteria, including potential enrollments, alternatives to building the campus, academic planning, possible conflicts with other institutions in the region, and potential construction and operating costs. Based on this analysis, the report concludes that the University of California at Merced should become a reality and recommends to the Governor and the Legislature that the campus be approved. It also urges that the university be innovative in its academic planning and provide a clearer indication of potential construction costs. Section 1 summarizes the Commission's conclusions and recommendations and Section 2 provides background to the proposal. Section 3 offers an overview of the major issues and Section 4 reviews the Commission's criteria. Appendices include the review guidelines and two letters. (Contains 32 references.) (DB)

Descriptors: Campus Planning, Decision Making, Educational Demand, Educational Facilities, Educational Supply, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, School Construction, State Universities

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Author: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8009&id=ED432212







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