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Meetings on UCR growth plan set for May 7


Meetings on UCR growth plan set for May 7

(April 26, 2001)

Community and campus meetings to discuss plans to accommodate enrollment growth at the University of California, Riverside from the current 13,000 students to more than 21,000 in the year 2010 are scheduled for Monday, May 7.

The meetings will provide opportunities for interested members of the public and the campus community to learn about anticipated growth at UCR and the campus planning effort, and to ask questions and offer comments.

The campus meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the International Lounge, located in the Commons at UCR. That evening, a community meeting is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. at North High School, 1550 Third St., Riverside. There is no admission charge for either meeting.

Community participation is vital in order that the campus update its 1990 comprehensive Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). The plan will guide physical development of the campus over the next 10 to 15 years. Accompanying the plan will be an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to identify potential impacts of growth and detail measures to minimize the impacts.

UCR, with a current enrollment of 13,000, is expected to grow to more than 21,000 students by the year 2010, with the potential for 25,000 students by the year 2015. The anticipated growth is a consequence of the burgeoning California college-age population. The University of California expects a surge of 63,000 new students by the end of the decade. All campuses of the 10-campus system will expand.

The updated UCR Long Range Development Plan and accompanying EIR will be submitted for consideration by the University of California Board of Regents in spring 2002.

The May 7 community and campus meetings are the first of a series of three such sessions. The next round of public meetings has not yet been scheduled.

More information can be found on the website www.lrdp.ucr.edu or by phoning the UCR Office of Capital and Physical Planning at (909) 787-7376.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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