University of California, Riverside

Larry L. Sautter Award



Submission for 2008 Larry L. Sautter Award


Academic Personnel eFile Online Merit and Promotion System

The Academic Personnel eFile system (eFile) at UCR represents a significant improvement of the academic personnel review process for faculty. Assembling and reviewing faculty merit and promotion portfolios online is faster, simpler and more efficient using this stable, secure, and flexible system. Updated, accurate, and comprehensible information is essential to the faculty review process and the eFile system provides faculty with a secure, web-based, environment in which to maintain academic accomplishments and process academic actions.

The California Digital Newspaper Collection

The California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) is an on-going project by the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) to digitize historic California newspapers and make them accessible to the public. To date, the Center has processed over 150,000 pages from a collection of pre-1910 papers, all of which are full-text searchable at cdnc.ucr.edu. The project places UCR on the leading edge of printed newspaper digitization. The software specifically designed for the CDNC incorporates features found nowhere else and, we believe, sets new standards for the processing and display of digital papers. By making historic California newspapers freely available through an easy-to-use but incredibly sophisticated online system, the CDNC offers a unique teaching and research tool for students and faculty throughout the UC system, and provides an invaluable service for all Californians by preserving and making available their printed history.

Conflict of Commitment and Compensated Outside Activities

The California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) is an on-going project by the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) to digitize historic California newspapers and make them accessible to the public. To date, the Center has processed over 150,000 pages from a collection of pre-1910 papers, all of which are full-text searchable at cdnc.ucr.edu. The project places UCR on the leading edge of printed newspaper digitization. The software specifically designed for the CDNC incorporates features found nowhere else and, we believe, sets new standards for the processing and display of digital papers. By making historic California newspapers freely available through an easy-to-use but incredibly sophisticated online system, the CDNC offers a unique teaching and research tool for students and faculty throughout the UC system, and provides an invaluable service for all Californians by preserving and making available their printed history.

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Emergency Notification System Deployment and Maximization of Student, Faculty, andStaff Participation

UCR deployed an emergency notification system in November, 2007. The system can be used to rapidly notify students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency affecting the campus. Messages can be sent via SMS text messages, voice calls to cell phones or landlines, instant messaging and a variety of other methods.

Simply deploying an emergency notification system is, however, only half the battle. Persuading students, faculty and staff to participate and agree to receive messages in times of crisis has proven to be much more difficult than the challenges of system deployment. Based on an informal poll, the average university emergency notification system will reach only about 30-40 % of students, faculty and staff. The rest of the population simply never makes a choice about whether they want to receive emergency messages or they decide to opt-out entirely. At UCR, our ENS acceptance rate is greater than 60%. Through an effort that involved individuals and groups ranging from Programmer Analysts to the Chancellor, UCR deployed a highly effective emergency notification system and achieved an opt-in rate far higher than most other institutions of higher learning.

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GROWL Financial Aid Self-Service Web Tool

GROWL is UCR suite of student self-service web tools enabling online access to enrollment processing, grades, student billing, and a host of other services and support offerings.

The GROWL Financial Aid Self Service system was undertaken to greatly enhance the student experience by delivering more self-service functionality, tailored messaging, enhanced help, online forms, next step instruction, and much more.

Via GROWL Financial Aid Self Service functionality, students are presented with post awarding disbursement requirements and “to do” instructions resulting from acceptance or revision of awards. Moreover, on the Award Status page, awards are categorized to present a clear “out of pocket” cost, My Net Cost, to attend UCR. The Award Revision process presents a request page that is relevant to the individual’s award eligibility (i.e. Graduate students will not be presented with the option to request work-study, independent students can not request Plus Loans, etc). On the administrative side, the enhanced and tailored messaging and award categorization has been placed completely under the control of the Financial Aid Office, in flexible, dynamic, and easy to use tables.

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Hyperstruction Studio

As student profiles, backgrounds, aptitudes, and expectations continue to evolve, UCR is committed to engaging its students in a variety of flexible, dynamic learning environments. These flexible learning spaces will combine physical appointments and various technologies in such a way that a variety of instructional approaches may be adopted. The goal of providing such environments is enhanced student engagement and improved learning success. UCR’s Hyperstruction Studio (a.k.a. the Classroom Instructional Innovation Incubator) allows campus faculty to explore innovative pedagogies and as a result create a campus “road map” as UCR considers how to best enhance teaching and learning in the years ahead.

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Password Token Integration with UCR’s Identity Management

UCR’s Two-factor Authentication project is a one time password generation technology using Secure Computing SafeWord tokens. While one time password (OTP) generation methodologies have been implemented on other university campuses, UCR has uniquely integrated the service into its single sign-on authentication environment, CAS (Central Authentication Services). The technology is open-source and works with Shibboleth. To authenticate to a user service, users can either enter their UCR Net ID password or a password generated by the Secure Computing token. Since the Secure Computing password entered at the CAS prompt also includes a 4 digit personal identification number (PIN), the process is two-factor.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-4741
Fax: (951) 827-4541
E-mail: helpdesk@ucr.edu

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