Institutional Research and Academic Planning
University of California
IRAP Bulletin
April 2016
Welcome to the first Institutional Research & Academic Planning (IRAP) Bulletin. The Bulletin will be published on a quarterly basis and will highlight timely, relevant data and research which can support your work and interests.

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UC Remains an Affordable Option for Undergraduates
As prospective students make their college choices, it is important to show that UC can be one of the most affordable options for California families. Six UC campuses are less expensive than the local California Community College and California State University for low-income students. And, UC provides better outcomes in terms of timely graduation and earnings. The UC Information Center provides information by campus and family income level that show UC remains an affordable option, along with providing a link to campus financial aid calculators so prospective students can estimate what UC would cost them.
UC Promotes Local Economic Impact through Research Activity
UC spends $4.5 billion on research activity. More than half of that funding comes from outside California, and these funds are then used to create jobs and purchase goods from vendors across the state. The research supported by these funds addresses critical issues for our state and the nation, along with producing inventions, patents, technology licenses, and startup companies that create additional jobs and contribute to local economies. With the support of Innovation Alliances and Services, IRAP created a visualization demonstrating UC’s research impact on California.
UC Campuses Share Practices to Support Timely Graduation
UC graduation rates are strong and continue to improve, with 85 percent of freshman entrants and 83 percent of Pell grant recipients graduating in six years, and 88 percent of our transfer entrants graduating in four years. Over the last decade, four-year graduation rates have increased almost 15 points to 64 percent. IRAP collaborated with campus colleagues, particularly Undergraduate Deans, on “Advising Strategies to Support Timely Graduation,” a report which provides campus advisors examples of additional programs and strategies to support timely graduation. 
UC Staff Growth Concentrated in Health Sciences Operations
Staff growth at UC is often questioned, but over 70 percent of this growth is concentrated in self-supporting health science areas, and another 15 percent represents student workers, half of whom are employed through work study as part of their financial aid. The increasing demand in health care services is detailed in the UC Health chapter of the UC Accountability Report, which highlights that the five UC medical centers train nearly half of the medical students and residents in the state, while also managing nearly 159,000 inpatient admissions, 334,000 emergency room visits, and nearly 4.2 million outpatient visits; almost 60 percent of these patients are covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal, or lack health insurance.
Just the Facts!
Did you know that tuition is fully covered by financial aid for 57 percent of UC’s California undergraduate students? And that UC produces 5 inventions per day and has 61 Nobel Prize winners? IRAP, Communications, and the Budget Office have just released the latest version of UC at a Glance. This two-page handout provides key statistics about university operations and is produced twice a year, in November and March. 
In Other News
UC responded to a recent report by the California State Auditor by countering many of their assertions on admissions, finances, and transparency at UC with a comprehensive, data-driven report highlighting key facts that were not considered during the audit process. Read UC’s response, and President Napolitano’s letter to the state auditor, to learn more.  
Coming Up Next Quarter
UC Accountability Report highlights, student survey results and more…  Until then, learn more about the IRAP team—the content area experts and services we provide in the spirit of collaboration and service to the mission of the University of California.
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