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NEWS BRIEFS: High Marks from U.S. News

By Dateline Staff on November 6, 2018 in University

Quick Summary

  • UC Davis ranks 1st in the nation, 2nd in the world in agricultural sciences, and plant and animal science
  • Registration underway for ProShare: It's all about networking between Davis and Sacramento campuses
  • Staff and faculty invited to participate in Police Department’s Community Academy, starting in January
  • Police Cadet Academy, for students interested in law enforcement careers, also accepting applications

New rankings from U.S. News & World Report give UC Davis best-in-the-nation status, based on reputation and research, in two subject areas:

  • Agricultural sciences — Including horticulture, food science and nutrition, dairy science and agronomy.
  • Plant and animal science — Including plant research, plant pathology, plant nutrition, veterinary medicine, marine and freshwater biology, and zoology.

UC Davis placed second behind Wageningen University and Research Center, The Netherlands, in both categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings of 1,250 colleges and universities around the world.

U.S. News & World Report issued its first “Best Global Universities” rankings report in 2015, evaluating 500 colleges in 11 countries. “Since then, we’ve added 750 schools and have expanded to 75 nations,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “One thing has remained the same: Schools that prioritize quality academic research remain at the top of the rankings.”

UC Berkeley, Davis, San Diego and San Francisco accounted for 10 top-three scores in the report’s subject-area rankings.

Among national, public colleges, UC Davis is 10th (tied with the College of William and Mary in Virginia) in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Colleges” report issued in September. The rankings are based on student outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.

ProShare: It’s all about networking

Registration is underway for the 2019 session of ProShare, a program that aims to help Davis and Sacramento campus staff members develop and build connections with their colleagues across campus and across the causeway, for mutual guidance and support.

ProShare is for managers, aspiring managers and staff at all levels. The Administrative Management Group, or ADMAN, and Staff Assembly introduced the program in 2016 and continue to sponsor it.

The program works like this: Starting in January and running through July, participants will be assigned to small cohorts that will meet monthly for about 90 minutes. Within each cohort, each member will take a turn as the monthly host for programs that could include department tours, presentations to the group and discussions of key management issues.

The program also includes three plenary meetings, with the kickoff event on Jan. 22 in Davis.

Registration can be arranged online. The deadline to register is Dec. 14.

Additional questions? Contact Ellen Jordan by email.

Police academies: 1 for students, 1 for everyone

The Police Department’s Outreach Unit announced it is accepting applications for the department’s Community Academy and Cadet Academy. Each is limited to 25 participants.

  • Community AcademyEnrollment is open to all UC Davis students, staff, faculty and community residents who wish to learn more about law enforcement. The academy will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for nine consecutive weeks, Jan. 16 to March 13. The application form is online.
  • Cadet AcademyThis academy is for senior and graduate students interested in law enforcement, forensics, criminology and an array of related professions. A scholarship competition accompanies the academy, whereby the top cadet or cadets will receive full scholarships to attend a police academy in California. The 2019 UC Davis Cadet Academy will meet Tuesdays (one-hour fitness), Thursdays (two hours classroom) and Saturdays (six hours classroom and fitness), Jan. 12 to April 20. The application form is online.

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or