News and Announcements from Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Watkins

UCR budget update for fiscal year 2022-23
Dear UCR Colleagues,   We are writing to give you an update on the final outcome of the fiscal year 2022-23 UC Riverside operating budget. As we noted in last year’s letter, we once again have a lot of information to share, which makes this email a lengthy read.    A RELATIVELY GOOD YEAR FOR REVENUES
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“Compassionate clause” concluding at the end of this quarter
Dear Colleagues: This fall the UC Riverside campus has successfully returned to our most expansive in-person operations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.   With the wide availability of vaccines and boosters to Californians of all ages, high vaccination rates among employees and students, more COVID-19 treatment options, and continued availability of testing on campus, UCR will continue to pivot from an emergency response mode to more standard campus operations. 
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Compassionate clause to continue fall quarter
Dear Colleagues:  As we look forward to the start of the fall quarter, we would like to confirm that the compassionate clause will remain in effect.  The compassionate clause, which was in place last academic year, allowed for exceptions to normal course delivery modes through an approval process starting in the home department that is offering the course. These course modality changes (from in-person to remote) applies to instructors who either: 
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New School of Education dean appointed
Dear campus community, I am excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Joi Spencer as Dean of the School of Education. Her first day will be January 1, 2023.
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New dean of the UCR School of Public Policy named
Dear campus community, I am excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Long as Dean of the School of Public Policy. His first day will be January 1, 2023.
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Spring update on FY22 Budget
Dear UCR Colleagues, While we await news on the final State budget and our allocation from the UC Office of the President for 2022-23, I thought I’d write to inform you about a number of financial decisions recommended by the Campus Finance Committee (CFC) and approved by the Chancellor and me since I last wrote in November about UCR’s 2021-22 operating budget.
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Reinstating indoor masking for two weeks
Dear Campus Community,  In consultation with UC Riverside’s Public Health Advisory Committee, campus leadership, the Academic Senate, and other UC campuses, we have elected to temporarily reinstate UC Riverside’s indoor mask mandate, starting Monday, May 30. From May 30 through June 13, face coverings will be required in indoor spaces on campus and in university owned or operated venues.  
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Provost’s Spring Campus Update
Dear Campus Community, The topic of this spring campus update is strategic planning. 
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Student wearing mask holds Tested! sticker.
Students receive Bear Bucks for COVID-19 test results
An incentive program aims to increase testing compliance and improve campus health at UC Riverside.
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Provost Watkins
The new provost is ready to get started
Elizabeth Watkins is UC Riverside's new provost and executive vice chancellor. The provost is eager to help raise the profile and funding support for UCR's research enterprise, and to work with its high-achieving students — this past year, UCR set a new six-year graduation rate record — many of whom are first-generation students, and from underrepresented and low-income families.
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Elizabeth Watkins to be appointed UCR provost and EVC
UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced the appointment of Elizabeth Watkins as provost and executive vice chancellor effective May 1, 2021, pending approval by University of California President Michael Drake. Watkins has extensive experience as a University of California administrator, faculty member, and leader in the Academic Senate.
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Provost Past Letters

April 6, 2022: Emily Engelschall AVCES 

March 28, 2022: Shaun Bowler Grad Division 

March 17, 2022: MarkoPrincevac_VPIA.pdf

March 9, 2022: DeanSOE_ Search.pdf

March 2, 2022: KenBaerenklau_IVP_EducationDean.pdf

February 15, 2022: DeborahDeas_DeanSOM.pdf

January 28, 2022: CompassionateClause.pdf

January 27, 2022: Matthew Gunkel_AVCCIO.pdf

January 25, 2022: JenniferBrown EducationDean.pdf

January 24,  2022: Remote to In Person.pdf

January 24,  2022: InPersonReturn.pdf

January 14,  2022:  WinterCampusUpdate.pdf

November 22, 2021: AnilDeolalikar_PublicPolicy.pdf

November 15, 2021:  Operating Budget

Provost Liz Watkins Headshot on Campus


Provost Elizabeth Watkins holds weekly office hours to get to know and hear from faculty, staff, and students at UCR. Instead of gathering in a large forum, office hours are opportunities to chat one-on-one or in small groups. Campus members can bring any questions or concerns to the meeting or use the meeting time to share perspectives and ideas. 

The office hours are offered by campus affiliation on a rotating basis, one week for faculty, the next for staff, the following for students, and so on. You can sign up for a 15-minute time slot below. 

For your first time registering for office hours, follow the link to the time slot you'd like below and then simply click "Login/Create Account" and register for your time slot once you are logged in. 



Friday, January 13th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, February 7th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Friday, March 10th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Friday, January 20th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Friday, February 17th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Friday, March 17th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm


Friday, January 27th, 8:00 - 9:30 am

Friday, February 24th, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Thursday, March 23rd, 9:00 - 11:00 am