Around Storke Tower Spring 2012

UCSB Among Top 20 Campuses Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

africaUC Santa Barbara has moved up in the 2012 rankings of colleges and universities that send the largest number of volunteers to serve in the Peace Corps. UCSB is ranked No. 16 among all large universities in the nation, according to the rankings released this week. With 70 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, UCSB has moved up from No. 22 in 2011 and No. 28 in 2010. In addition, UCSB is ranked No.12 in the nation among universities that have sent volunteers to the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961, with 1,564 alumni having served.

Gaucho Graduates Earning Potential in Top 20 of U.S. Public Colleges

UC Santa Barbara is in the top 20 of U.S. public universities in earning potential and in the top 15 of all California schools, according to PayScale, a website that collects salary data. The study found that the median salary for UC Santa Barbara graduates with a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience is $47,300. For mid-career professionals – those with a bachelor’s degree and 15 years of experience it is $91,000. UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UCLA are also in the top 20 of U.S public universities and top 15 of California schools. http://www.payscale.com/best-colleges.

Protestors Head to Sacramento to Support Higher Education

Thousands of UC, CSU and community college students, faculty, and staff rallied alongside lawmakers March 6 outside the state Capitol to protest against continued tuition hikes and cuts to higher education funding. Demonstrators marched from Sacramento’s Southside Park to the Capitol steps and chanted “Hear us out or we’ll vote you out!” at the state’s policymakers. UCSB alumnus and State Assemblymember Das Williams, ’03, attended the protest and met with UCSB student representatives to discuss funding for higher education.

STEM Grant Supports Partnership Between UCSB and Oxnard College

stemWith a $6 million award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Science Technology Engineering Mathematics grant program for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI- STEM), UC Santa Barbara and Oxnard College are partnering to create additional education opportunities in mathematics, science, and technology for students in the Oxnard Elementary and Oxnard Union High School districts. The goal of the partnership, which is supported by the grant for a period of five years, is to prepare and motivate students to pursue bachelor’s degree programs in STEM fields. The partners will implement innovative STEM programs for Hispanic and other underrepresented students in Oxnard schools and at Oxnard College.

UC's Original YouTube Channel, UCTV Prime

University of California Television has launched a new YouTube original channel, UCTV Prime. Each week, UCTV Prime will debut 15 minutes of fresh content from throughout the University of California at www.youtube. com/uctvprime and www.uctv.tv/prime. UCSB provides roughly 30 percent of UCTV’s programming.

Compiled from UC Santa Barbara’s Office of Public Affairs and Staff Reports

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