Institutional Research and Academic Planning
IRAP collaborates with and provides analytical and policy support to the Provost, Academic Planning Council, the UC Academic Senate, the Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs and University Committee on Planning and Budget in particular, and all campuses and other parts of UC.
Academic planning content and analysis is separated into the four categories below:
- Academic policy and planning
- Academic program review
- Accreditation and assessment
- Campus collaborations
As part of the 2015 Budget Framework Agreement, faculty on the nine undergraduate campuses reviewed upper division requirements for campus’s undergraduate majors, streamlining requirements wherever possible. In total, 623 majors were reviewed, accounting for 95 percent of all undergraduate programs. This report summarizes this demanding, complex activity that resulted in a number of unit reductions across campuses.
IRAP is responsible for maintaining and interpreting a number of academic policies for the University.
IRAP provides expertise on behalf of the university as part of statewide efforts to plan for and improve higher education in California.
Major features of the California Master Plan for Higher Education
IRAP supports the Academic Planning Council, a joint Academic Senate/ Administration body that reviews planning issues and develops and revises policy related to the university’s academic mission.
IRAP coordinates both the collection of enrollment data and also the development of short- and long-term plans for the numbers and types of students that can be accommodated at the UC campuses.
Compendium: Universitywide Review Processes for Academic Programs, Academic Units, & Research Units PDF
The Compendium presents system-level review processes for creating and modifying academic degree programs, academic units, and research units, and is designed to serve as a manual for the wide range of administrators, faculty, and staff who participate in these processes.
In collaboration with the Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs, IRAP conducts the administrative system-level review of campus proposals for new graduate programs, as well as proposals for new schools and colleges.
The Five-Year Planning Perspectives process gives campuses the opportunity to gather information useful to their long-range planning efforts.
Self-supporting programs allow the University to serve additional students above and beyond the resources provided by the state while fulfilling demonstrated higher education and workforce needs.
UC is committed to assessment of student learning that is faculty driven, discipline specific, and locally defined.
IRAP collaborates with UC campus accreditation officers to represent UC’s academic interests to statewide planning entities and the regional accrediting body, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
IRAP collaborates with vice provosts and deans of undergraduate education to advocate for undergraduate education and maintain the focus on teaching and learning.
Across the UC system, thousands of courses are offered each summer in hundreds of disciplines to any student.
University Extension is the continuing education branch of UC campuses, providing innovative learning programs to adult learners in California, across the U.S. and throughout the world.
IRAP experts: Academic policy and planning
Todd Greenspan | Rebecca Landes | Brianna Moore-Trieu | Chris Procello
IRAP experts: Academic program review
Todd Greenspan | Chris Procello
IRAP experts: Accreditation and assessment
Chris Procello | Todd Greenspan
IRAP experts: Campus collaborations
Todd Greenspan | Chris Procello
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