Institutional Research and Academic Planning
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.
Summary metrics can be found in the Honors and Rankings chapter of the UC Accountability Report (Chapter 13).
Undergraduate outcomes content and analysis is separated into the three categories below:
- Economic mobility for undergraduates
- Other research on undergraduate alumni mobility
- Graduate education and economic mobility
Economic mobility for undergraduates
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.
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.
This brief summarizes the personal and economic growth experienced by UC first-generation students, along with their potential contributions to public welfare.
This policy brief highlights some of the unique ways that UC serves first-generation students and empowers them to achieve their goals.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) and the National Student Survey of Engagement (NSSE) both ask undergraduate students about the highest degree they plan to earn. This topic brief compares the likelihood of UC undergraduates to plan on earning a graduate degree to undergraduates of various Carnegie Classification universities.
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.
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.
Graduate degree outcomes of UC graduates and the different post-UC earnings trajectory associated with graduate degree completed.
A longitudinal analysis of the impact on California of UC-trained health professionals, beginning in the early 20th century through today.
IRAP experts and requests for additional information
IRAP experts: undergraduate outcomes
Chris Furgiuele | Brianna Moore-Trieu | Julienne Palbusa
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