Instructors at the University of California Arts, Design and Humanities Extension received the bad news via a .PDF file from Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Alison Galloway. It began:
Dear Arts, Design & Humanities Instructors:
I recently assumed the leadership role for UCSC Extension. As a self-sustaining unit affiliated with UC Santa Cruz, University Extension provides continuing education services for our citizens.
In the months preceding my arrival, a careful assessment of financial viability was conducted of the programs offered through Extension. Over the past few years, we have accumulated a debt that now exceeds $30 million dollars. As a result, the organization must take a number of immediate corrective actions.
Our analysis revealed that many Arts, Design and Humanities courses were unable to cover the costs associated withtheir delivery. After much consultation and long deliberation, we made the difficult decision to close the Arts, Design & Humanities program at the end of the Fall quarter....
Tim Baskerville on The Nocturnes Night Photography Blog quotes Mark Citret: "It's the end of a great program that has seen the likes of Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Al Weber, Henry Gilpin, Morley Baer, among others, teaching over the last 40 years. That leaves the Northern California photography community with no University level workshop programs."
Mike (Thanks to Susan Nichols)