IRAP research illustrates the impact the University of California has on advancing economic mobility for its students, their families and the state. Below is a collection of research completed to understand economic mobility of undergraduate and graduate students, along with opportunities for continuous improvement.

Economic mobility for undergraduates

Economic Mobility of Undergraduates January 2017 PDF

January 2017

A recent study confirms that UC excels in providing access to low-income students and helping them climb the economic ladder. More than 40 percent of UC students come from families at the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution, which exceeds both public and private peer institutions. More than 75 percent of UC’s low-income students go on to join the middle class.

UC alumni at work

UC Information Center

This dashboard shows employment outcomes by major and discipline of UC undergraduate alumni at two, five and ten years after graduation, along with data comparing debt to earnings ratios for programs just after graduation.

UC and first-generation students, a formula for economic mobility and public benefit July 2018 PDF

July 2018

This brief summarizes the personal and economic growth experienced by UC first-generation students, along with their potential contributions to public welfare.

First generation student success at the University of California August 2017 PDF

August 2017

This policy brief highlights some of the unique ways that UC serves first-generation students and empowers them to achieve their goals.

CLIMB: A mobility analysis

March 2018

UC’s collaboration with the Equality of Opportunity Project and the CLIMB Initiative reveals new insights into UC’s role in enabling low-income students to achieve intergenerational economic mobility.

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UCs' commitment to social mobility

UC Information Center

UC delivers on its commitment to social mobility by enrolling large numbers of low-income students, first-generation college students, and students from a wide variety of educational backgrounds.

Other research on undergraduate alumni mobility

Is there a gender pay gap among UC graduates? August 2018 PDF

August 2018

Recent evidence reveals that University of California (UC) graduates are not immune from the gender pay gap that exists nationwide. This report compares earnings for male and female UC undergraduate alumni by major and industry of work, and also explores the relationships between gender, race, college GPA, and post-graduation earnings.

Understanding the value of a UC degree September 2018 PDF

September 2018

Leveraging University of California data, state and national data sources, this brief discusses a framework to identify outcomes and preliminary metrics for demonstrating the value of a UC degree.

UC undergraduate alumni outcomes

UC Information Center

This dashboard shows that, on average, UC graduates’ earnings double between 2 and 10 years after graduation. It also shows the post-UC earnings trajectory by major, and the proportion of UC graduates who go on to work in CA after graduation.

Student engagement and employment outcomes March 2016 PDF

March 2016

IRAP researchers presented their latest work on student success at the November 2015 conference of the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) – an analysis of the relationship between student engagement and post-college employment outcomes.

Graduate education and economic mobility

Do UC undergraduate alumni earn graduate degrees? April 2018 PDF

April 2018

More than 40 percent of UC undergraduate alumni earn graduate degrees within 15 years of graduation. On average those who earn a graduate degree go on to achieve annual earnings that are 13 percent higher than alumni without a graduate degree.

UC student graduate school aspirations and outcomes January 2018 PDF

January 2018

The UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) shows that about 40 percent of UC’s undergraduates plan to enroll in graduate school, but less is known about their graduate degree success rates or how their plans and outcomes vary by demographic groups. This brief summarizes students’ plans to enroll in graduate school and their success in completing graduate degrees, by ethnic groups.

UC undergraduate alumni graduate degree attainment

UC Information Center

Graduate degree outcomes of UC graduates and the different post-UC earnings trajectory associated with graduate degree completed.

A Century of Health: UC-Trained Medical Professionals in California May 2017 PDF

May 2017

A longitudinal analysis of the impact on California of UC-trained health professionals, beginning in the early 20th century through today.