The Rise and Demise of the UCSC Colleges


Carlos G. Noreña traces the decade-long effort to create a new kind of UC campus. The passion in this lengthy essay is deeply rooted in the prolonged and vigorous debate on the pros and cons of the collegial plan for UC Santa Cruz conceived by President Clark Kerr and Chancellor Dean McHenry.

"Professor Noreña's thoughtful and fair-minded history of the Santa Cruz campus will attract attention for the light it sheds on the difficulties of academic innovation. It calls to mind Niccolo Machiavelli's provocative words: 'There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.'" -From the foreword by John Dizikes Professor Emeritus, American Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Carlos G. Noreña
Publication date: 
December 1, 2004
Publication type: 
UC History & Higher Education