Mark Ryder, D.M.D.

The Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) set for itself the goal of more proactively addressing educational policy issues affecting UCSF. To pursue this goal the Committee strove to keep itself informed about various ongoing School and statewide efforts to change or improve the methods of teaching health sciences.

The CEP met four times over the course of the year and invited multiple guests to present information on various topics of interest to the Committee. Each meeting had a thematic core focus. At the April meeting the Committee listened to presentations relating to inter-school teaching and curriculum changes within the four UCSF Schools. The May meeting focused on learning more about statewide cooperation on educational programs and the recommendations from the system-wide Health Sciences Education Committee. A final June meeting allowed CEP members to question a Library representative about the centralized educational resources being developed by the UCSF Library. Additionally, the Committee Chair served as co-char of the Senate’s Task Force on Distance Learning and participated in the report produced by the Task Force, which can be found on the Senate’s Homepage,

Statewide Issues

Over the course of 2000-2001, the UCEP discussed various issues including:

  • Student admission criteria and SAT exams
  • Declining ratio of graduate to undergraduate student enrollment
  • University efforts to improve its position in faculty recruitment
  • Merits of new academic programs proposed by various campuses
UCSF School of Advanced Health Studies (5th School)

UCEP was asked by the Academic Council Chair to advise on preliminary proposals from seven UC campuses. One of the proposals considered was for the 5th School at UCSF. The UCEP was instructed to consider whether the UC system needed another program in this focus area, and how the program fit into the campuses’ long-range program planning. UCEP Committee members returned comments to the Academic Council Chair, which included addressing issues such as the suggested name of the proposed 5th school and concerns about possible duplication with UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. No formal communication relaying the discussion by UCEP and/or other systemwide Academic Senate Committees has been provided to the UCSF campus by the Academic Council at this time.

UCSF Issues

Revision of Committee Bylaws

After careful consideration of the membership and defined duties of the CEP, the Committee decided that no changes to the existing bylaws were needed at this time.

Issues for the 2001-02 Academic Year

  • Discussions about the possible establishment of a fifth School at UCSF began this year and it is anticipated that the CEP will engage in further discussions of this proposal.
  • Issues surrounding the development and implementation of distance learning capabilities remain an area of discussion for the Committee. The CEP believes that a need still exists for better coordination of the technology efforts of the four Schools at UCSF. The Committee will continue to review the recommendations of the Distance Learning Task Force as they relate to educational policies.
  • Giving each meeting a theme was a good method for ensuring that CEP members remain abreast of developments concerning the Committee. The Chair hopes this can continue into the future and that additional guest speakers will be invited as necessary. Possible themes are Course Evaluations, Methods of Teaching, and Content of Curriculum (how it is taught, what is taught and/or how faculty are trained to teach).

Respectfully submitted,

Committee on Educational Policy

Mark Ryder ,Chair
David Teitel,Vice Chair
Patricia Benner, UCEP Representative
Betty Dong
Howard Fields
Carol Miller , Clinical/Adjunct Representative
Penny Sneed
Kimberly Topp

Prepared by
Christopher Theisen
Administrative Analyst

CEP Annual Report 00-01.doc

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