Big Ideas at UC Davis

The University of California, Davis will enter into the silent phase of a comprehensive fundraising campaign in the next 12 months. A critical component of a successful campaign is the generation of “big ideas” that represent audacious, forward-thinking programs and projects that will keep UC Davis at the forefront of academia, and position us for continued success for many years to come. These Big Ideas will come from all levels of the academic community, including faculty, students, staff, department chairs, center directors, the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors, and university leadership, and should embody the characteristics listed below:

  • Transformational (strategic, reputational, leveraging/inspiring, programmatic, financial)
  • Single-concept idea (ie. not a collection of smaller naming opportunities)
  • Build on strength/foundation at UC Davis but moving toward something more leading-edge
  • Interdisciplinary OR having an interdisciplinary impact
  • Area where we have the unique capacity to be the best

The university has convened a Campaign Steering Committee that is comprised of Acting Chancellor Hexter, all permanent deans, select university administrators, and the chair of the faculty senate. This committee in partnership with students and staff will review initial submissions for Big Ideas, give feedback, and determine which ideas should move forward to the next stage.