UCCSC Frequently Asked Questions
How did UCCSC get started?
The first "conference" was at UC Santa Cruz in 1982. It was suggested and then hosted by Jim Mulherin, a consultant who suggested that UCSC find out what other UC campuses were doing with respect to academic software. The focus was strictly on academic software, as administration could always acquire whatever is needed. It was held in a conference room on campus. Twenty-one people attended.
What is UCCSC, and what does the acronym stand for?
Since 1982, people from the UC campuses have been meeting during the summer to discuss common issues associated with providing and supporting information technology services in the UC system. The conference is a result of grass roots efforts by UC campuses to share knowledge and information for the benefit of all UCs. For the past several years, approximately 200 people have attended. The conference location shifts each year between northern and southern California campuses. The acronym "UCCSC" stands for "University of California Computing Services Conference."
Where and when have past UCCS Conferences been held?
2001 - Los Angeles
Where and when will future UCCS Conferences be held?
2002 - Berkeley
Possible future conference locations (depending upon feedback from conference participants):
2003 - Irvine
What types of presentations have been made at UCCSC?
Topics range from campus technical issues and projects to organizational and policy issues; participants include technical support staff, system administrators, unit directors, librarians, and people with various job titles for whom technology plays a significant role in their daily activities.
In the past few years, topics have included: Wireless technology, Webcasting, Security and authentication issues, Web site development and applications, Portals, Email policies and misuse, software licensing, UNIX, Windows 2000, Data Warehouse, and e-business directions.
What can I expect to learn at UCCSC?
Aside from the subject matter discussed in the classes (which will be determined soon), you will learn what other people are doing at other campuses in IT. You will have opportunities to network with people from other campuses who do the same thing as you, enriching your understanding of how things operate UC-wide. You will also learn about the Berkeley area.
What were some of the themes at previous UCCS Conferences?
2001 - Universal Access: Anytime, Anywhere
What is the theme for this year?
Improving Life Through Technology
How much does the conference cost?
The conference cost for 2002 is $150 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday and dinner on Sunday and Monday.
Can I bring a guest?
Yes, and although there is not room for the guest to attend the sessions, your guest is welcome to attend the Sunday and Monday night activities. The guest fee will be on the registration form when it becomes available.
Special thanks to UC Davis for allowing us to use the original UCCSC FAQ.