Volume IV, Issue 5: February 2012


Fall 2012 applications to UCI hit record high

Group tours campus
Prospective students and their parents tour the UCI campus.

Nearly 70,000 students have applied to UCI for the fall 2012 quarter, a record number that reflects the campus's success at maintaining academic quality in the face of plummeting state support. Systemwide, 160,939 applicants — the most ever — are vying for spots this autumn at the University of California's nine undergraduate campuses, an increase of 9.8 percent over last year. UCI saw a 10.5 percent jump in those seeking admission.

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OpenCourseWare initiative wins recognition

Professor lectures on education
Professor Michael Martinez's lectures for "Education 173: Cognition & Learning in Educational Settings" have been accessed by students around the globe via OpenCourseWare.

UCI recently received the 2011 Award for Institutions from the Open Educational Quality Initiative, acknowledging its outstanding open education resources. In the five years since launching its OpenCourseWare initiative — which makes high-quality, university-level courses available for free online — UCI has captured five prestigious awards. "Colleges and universities worldwide are increasingly recognizing the benefits of providing free and open educational resources for students, teachers, self-learners, businesses, governments and other organizations anywhere in the world," said Gary W. Matkin, the campus's dean of continuing education, distance learning and summer session. "This international recognition honors UCI's contribution to open education."

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Engineering Hall garners top construction award

Engineering Hall exterior
Engineering Hall houses lab and office space in an energy-efficient and visually appealing design.

The team behind construction of UCI's Engineering Hall has won the esteemed 2011 Design-Build Institute of America award for design excellence in educational facilities, which honors projects in which all services are provided under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Engineering Hall, in combination with the campus's energy efficient infrastructure, outperforms California's energy code standards by 55 percent. "DBIA doesn't give this award for projects that just meet expectations. They have to exceed expectations in every way," said campus architect Rebekah Gladson, associate vice chancellor for design & construction services. "The design-build concept brought huge savings in both cost and energy usage."

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Stem cell research center earns platinum designation

Gross Hall interior view
Most of Gross Hall's offices and spaces have views to the outdoors that let in natural light — an asset when totaling green credits.

It's a simple pleasure: the ability to open a conference-room window and let in the afternoon breeze. But operable windows are also a good energy strategy and just one of the many green features and amenities that earned UCI's Sue & Bill Gross Hall: A CIRM Institute its second LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A platinum designation is the agency's highest honor; the campus has received eight LEED Gold certifications.

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