OK, so a student I know dropped me a line about this. The new dean at UC Davis is making what seems to be an openly hostile move against the student body by robbing the campus clubs of their power and redirecting their funding to the Dean's Office.
Do you know of any CE symposia that are planned, organized or put on by student groups? Great idea, huh? The student clubs and chapters at UC Davis such as SVECCS, VBMA, AAFP plan, organize and put on multiple special interest CE events thru the year. These events are planned in conjunction with faculty and approved by the CE office. The events offer area veterinarians an opportunity to support the school and obtain world class CE in their area of emphasis, conveniently close. The students get the experience of planning and executing these events. Also, students may attend, and monies raised fund club activities- primarily wetlabs- and provide scholarships directly to the students in the clubs. To the tune of thousands of dollars a year.
Bold leadership, there, Lairmore.
Dean Lairmore and Associate Dean Ilkiw apparently want to have just two big CE events a year, open only to veterinarians, controlled by the Dean's office but executed with the students' input; to me this sounds like the students are being demoted from developing professionals to slave labor. Also, there will be little money coming back to the clubs to put on wetlabs because hey, the new curriculum will make such learning experiences redundant. And also, the faculty is too busy planning how to implement his new curriculum, they really don't have time to work with students planning, putting on and attending an educational event.