UC-Davis Receives Record Gift To Launch Nursing School
UC-Davis has received a $100 million donation from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation to establish a nursing school at the university's Sacramento campus, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The school will be named the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (Los Angeles Times, 8/1).
The donation will be allocated over 11 years. The first two-year grant of $21.2 million will help the university develop curriculum, marketing and fundraising, as well as recruit personnel, faculty and staff.
The school expects to admit its first graduate students in fall 2008. The undergraduate program tentatively is scheduled to start in 2010. At capacity, the school is expected to serve 456 students and offer bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in nursing.
The school will share existing facilities with the UC-Davis Medical Center and UC-Davis School of Medicine (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 7/31).
Approval of the school is required from several entities, including the:
- UC-Davis Academic Senate;
- UC Board of Regents;
- Board of Registered Nursing; and
- California Postsecondary Education Commission.
The school will become the fourth nursing school in the UC system.
UC-Davis will have to raise funds to construct a building for the school, which initially will be housed in the Education Building on campus.
Bonnie Hyatt, an assistant director of the UC-Davis Health System, said additional funding for the school likely will come from the state and private entities.
The school is expected to help reduce a nursing shortage in the region and statewide. The state shortage by 2030 is expected to reach 100,000 to 120,000, according to the California Board of Registered Nursing (Lindelof/Griffith, Sacramento Bee, 8/1).
Capital Public Radio's "KXJZ News" on Wednesday reported on plans for the new nursing school. The segment includes comments from Ed Penhoet, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Milne, "KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 8/1).
A transcript and audio of the segment are available online.