On July 15th we received an e-mail from Office of the President containing the final outcome and recommendations of the 15-year Sunset review of UC MEXUS. This report is the result of a lengthy and thorough review process that took 18 months in total, from January 2015 to July 2016. During this process we were intensely engaged in providing the required information to the office of the Provost and to the Academic Senate review committee.
We are delighted to inform that the final report of the joint Senate review committee was extremely praiseful of our organization and our work. In its glowing review the Academic Senate found UC MEXUS “to be an exemplar of a successful and well-managed UC MRU,” and recommended to the University Provost the program’s “continuation without stipulation or modification.” The committee also made a series of extremely helpful and positive recommendations, which may be found in the attached documents. The excellent report from the Academic Senate was accompanied by a warm congratulatory letter from the University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Aimée Dorr, where she also establishes some very important recommendations and guidelines for our operation vis-à-vis the new Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Arthur Ellis, who will be overseeing the work of UC MEXUS at UCOP.
We are extremely happy with these results. The assurance that UC MEXUS will continue to be supported for another 15 years, coupled with the extraordinarily positive review we have received, has opened a window of optimism and has brought a breath of fresh air into our 35-year-old organization. We are now looking into the future with enthusiasm and the desire to further enhance our collaboration with Mexico and to innovate in the forms and mechanisms of binational cooperation.
We want to thank the binational academic community, the University Senate, and UCR authorities for all the support we have received at all times. As part of a University-wide MRU, we believe that the extremely collegiate and fertile academic environment within the UC system has played a key role in the success of our interaction with Mexico and in the laudatory review we were given by our University authorities. As we move forward into this new and reinvigorated phase of our program, we hope to have the opportunity to discuss with our colleagues our ideas to strengthen academic collaboration with Mexico and to further the role of UC MEXUS as a beacon of diversity and cultural understanding within the UC system.