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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
This summer, the news of devastating wildfires across the American West underscored for me the centrality of the College’s role in education and research on important land and resource management issues. As we begin the new academic year, I am energized by our progress toward collectively-set goals to ensure that we step up to the challenges of our time. I am also very much aware of the work we have yet to do. The direction we have set has been undertaken with a view to fulfilling our responsibilities to stakeholders and realizing our vision of providing world-class leadership in natural resources and environmental issues. With input from the diverse range of internal and external clients that we serve with our education, research, and outreach programs, the following criteria have emerged to guide us in maintaining and enhancing the College as a world-class institution:
• Our students meet market needs for economic, environmental, and social responsibility in forest resources, ecological science, and related fields.
• The best academics in the field want to work and teach at CFR.
• Standards for admission to our programs are high.
• Collaborative problem solving, research, and intellectual debate are centered at CFR and are recognized worldwide.
• Our research program supports contemporary problem solving at the leading edge.
• The full range of our constituents demand the outreach services, high-quality graduates, and other products that we provide.
• Our undergraduate and graduate programs are solidly linked to other UW core programs.
• Gifts and endowments liberally support the College’s stature.
Building on our productive efforts of the past year, we will continue to devote substantial energy in the coming year to:
Curriculum transformation. CFR faculty last spring approved a new undergraduate curriculum structure of five majors (forest management, environmental horticulture and urban forestry, environmental science, wildlife ecology, and paper science and engineering). Finalization and implementation of the proposal is underway, with an emphasis on the participation of all majors in an interdisciplinary core of classes emphasizing the concept and fundamentals of sustaina-bility. In addition, all courses and majors will be structured in a way to accomplish specific learning outcomes. This is an important opportunity to develop an undergraduate experience around our world-class laboratory spanning urban to wild land issues. CFR will develop and deliver programs that provide a comprehensive, integrated educational experience to serve society generally and our respective natural resource professions in particular. Our new graduates will contribute to discussions about and solutions to the complex resource problems facing the region and the world.
Sustainability—an integrating theme. CFR is committed to a vision of international leadership in providing knowledge and solutions for environmental and natural resources problems. Centered on the concept of sustainability, this vision is supported by two themes: sustainable forest enterprises and sustainable land and ecosystem management in an urbanizing world. Implementation of these themes occurs through our programs in sustainable forestry, sustainable urban environments, and sustainable forest enterprises. Some specific examples include our interdisciplinary urban ecology program and research and teaching in paper science, precision forestry technology, restoration ecology, and environmental horticulture and urban forestry. We will also be emphasizing the sustainability of CFR itself, with particular attention to self-sustaining programs in professional and public education and technology transfer and to our participation in the UW’s development campaign.
In this climate of ever-shrinking state budgets, CFR is greatly encouraged by the generous support of its donors—alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations. In the upcoming development campaign, our goals will center on key elements necessary to support a world-class research and teaching institution: enhancing student learning opportunities; promoting faculty research and development activities; improving facilities and associated infrastructure; funding new initiatives in sustainable forestry, forest enterprises, and sustaining urban environments; and supporting programs in our existing interdisciplinary research and outreach centers. With your continued support, I am confident that we can achieve our vision!
The CFR Quarterly is published four times annually, at the close of Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters.
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