Institutional Research and Academic Planning
University of California
IRAP Bulletin
July 2016
Welcome to the summer edition of the Institutional Research & Academic Planning (IRAP) Bulletin. This Bulletin is published on a quarterly basis and highlights timely, relevant data and research which can support your work and interests.

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2016 Accountability Report Released
Did you know that
  • Nearly 90 percent of UC undergraduates complete their degrees (85 percent in six years for freshman, 88 percent when you consider graduation at a non-UC campus and 88 percent for transfer entrants in four years) and the average time to degree is 4.1 years for freshman entrants and 2.3 years for transfer entrants
  • Earnings for UC bachelor degree recipients double between two and ten years; Pell grant recipients  earn more than their families within five years
  • UC is the third largest employer in California, UC Health operates the fourth largest health care delivery system in the state and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources manages cooperative extension stations that share UC research to support local agricultural issues in all 58 counties.
This information comes from the 2016 UC Accountability Report released at this July’s Regents meeting. This report represents a major collaborative effort across UC Office of the President and presents information about all university operations. The full report, individual data visualizations, and data tables can be downloaded from the web. New this year, IRAP has produced an Accountability Report dashboard to highlight key indicators regarding UC operations.
Research and Graduate Studies Featured in 2016 Accountability Report Executive Summary
The University of California receives half of its $4.3 billion research budget from outside California, and California startups based on UC technology licenses generate nearly $14 billion in annual revenue.  UC has launched the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative to further the reach of UC research by building a vibrant and innovative entrepreneurial culture across the entire university.  Examples of entrepreneurial programs, along with a map illustrating UC research impacts in California, can be found in this year’s UC Accountability Report executive summary
In addition, this summary highlights how graduate students are critical to UC’s research, producing groundbreaking discoveries, becoming future faculty and researchers, serving in leadership positions and helping to teach and mentor undergraduate students.  More than 20 UC Ph.D. recipients have gone on to win a Nobel Prize, half of the state’s medical students and residents were trained at UC, and many graduate professional degree recipients go on to support the public sector, including three of California’s seven Supreme Court Justices (including the Chief Justice) and half of California State justices (including at the appellate court level).
Enhanced Community Maps Now Available on the Web
With the support of UCOP and UC campus government relations units and UC Santa Cruz Center for Integrated Spatial Research, IRAP released UC in California: Impact Beyond Campus Borders which is an interactive map that presents the impact of UC, including but not limited to numbers of students and alumni, employees and retirees, as well as a myriad of community programs by campus, or assembly, senate or congressional district. County and state region aggregations will be available soon.  Information can be explored on the web and downloaded as custom pdfs which can be used to support advocacy efforts.
Sharing Information about Contributions of Research Universities and Alumni Outcomes
IRAP staff have presented findings on the contributions of research universities to society at the June “Exploring the Complexity of the Contributions of Research Universities to Society” conference at UC Davis, on undergraduate and graduate alumni outcomes at the May UC Alumni Leadership Forum and on student engagement and employment outcomes at the November California Association for Institutional Research and the June Association for Institutional Research conferences.
What’s New in the UC Information Center and IRAP reporting
Timely and updated dashboards we encourage you to explore:
  • UC’s summer enrollment dashboard presents enrollment trends, including cross-campus and UC vs. non-UC enrollments, as well as average units attempted by campus and systemwide
  • An improved Fall enrollment at a glance dashboard with enhanced graphics, summarizing undergraduate and graduate enrollment by discipline, gender, ethnicity, residency and country in total and by campus
  • Partnering with Academic Personnel and Programs, a diversity of UC’s faculty and academic appointments dashboard provides gender and race/ethnicity data by citizenship by discipline for the UC system and by campus
  • Partnering with Diversity and Engagement, a UC college preparation participation dashboard which compares outcomes for program and non-program participants
  • Partnering with Human Resources and Benefits, a staff workforce profile dashboard summarizes diversity, funding source, separation and retirement horizon information by campus and other categories. 
Self-Supporting Degree Policy Revision Approved
A revised policy on self-supporting graduate professional degree programs was approved by President Napolitano and went into effect on July 12, 2016.  The revised policy and implementation procedures provide more specificity on the criteria and approval process for establishing new self-supporting graduate professional degree programs (SSGPDPs), for converting existing state supported programs to self-supporting status, and for obtaining approval for the level of charges for SSGPDPs.  The new policy addresses the issue of the appropriate criteria for defining which graduate professional programs would be eligible for self-supporting status. The policy is a culmination of two years of work by the Academic Planning Council, a joint Academic Senate/Administration committee staffed by IRAP.
In Other News
The Center for Studies in Higher Education just released College Affordability and the Emergence of Progressive Tuition Models: Are New Financial Aid Policies at Major Public Universities Working? Leveraging UC Accountability Report data and UC Undergraduate Experience Survey results, the authors show that tuition increases have not had a negative impact on the number of lower-income students attending UC, in large part to the progressive tuition model which invests approximately one-third of tuition income into institutional financial aid for lower-income and middle-class students.
Coming Up Fall 2016
Survey results, including UC Undergraduate Experience Survey information on student experience, satisfaction and areas of concern, such as housing and food insecurity; Graduate Student Mental Health Survey results; updates to the Ph.D. time-to-degree and completions report; and a new five-year planning perspectives report…  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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