Town Hall on Core

Join us on March 6 at 7:10 p.m. at the Stevenson Event Center for a town hall on the future of Core.

March 03, 2017

By , College Academic Program Coordinator 

Dear Stevensonian, 

I’d like to invite you to our Save Stevenson’s Core Town Hall on Monday, March 6 at 7:10 PM in the Stevenson Event Center. This town hall will discuss ways we can preserve the central role of Core in shaping identities and the community at Stevenson.

I apologize for the short notice but I learned yesterday that members of the UCSC Academic Senate Committee on Educational Policy discussed the possibility of transforming Core from a standard 5-unit class to a 2 or 3-unit class and changing Core from a seminar class of 20-25 students to a lecture class of 55 students. As you can imagine, students and faculty are very upset about these proposals and want to discuss ways we can educate Senate faculty and university administrators about the benefits of Core and the importance of preserving the role of the colleges at UCSC.

I hope you can attend this forum and will support our efforts to preserve Stevenson’s Core. If you’d like to speak at thetown hall, please let me know and we’ll put you on the schedule of speakers. If you can’t attend, you can still view a recording of the event that we’ll post on Stevenson’s Facebook page. This site will provide more information about the campaign as it develops and will allow you to share your memories of Core and your ideas for the campaign.

Finally, we’d appreciate it if you would consider contributing to the “Help Ensure the Future of Stevenson College’s CoreCourse” fund on Giving Day on Wednesday, March 8. This one-day fundraising event will help us pay for Core seminars even if the university cuts our funding. We’ve prepared a 1-minute video that we encourage you to view on the Giving Day page:

Please let us know if you are interested in being a matching donor. Alumna Linda Peterson has generously offered a $2500 matching fund. The university is also offering Challenge awards for projects that have the greatest number of donors (regardless of the size of the donation) at the following specified times:


Early Riser ‪7-8am: Prize range $500-$1,000

Mid-Day Motivator ‪noon-2pm: Prize range $2,000-$2,500

Mad Dash ‪6-8pm: Prize range $3,000-$5,000

Night Owl 10-11pm: Prize range $500-$1000

Final Frenzy - most donors during the day: Prize range $5,000-$10,000

Best wishes,

Alice Yang

Provost, Adlai E. Stevenson College