IRAP collaborates with the Undergraduate Education and Institutional Research departments on campuses to assess undergraduate student experience and learning outcomes, and provide decision support on factors influencing graduation rates, trends in degrees awarded, and outcomes.

Summary metrics can be found in the Student Success chapter of the UC Accountability Report (Chapter 3).

Undergraduate outcomes content and analysis is separated into the four categories below:

  1. Undergraduate student experience
  2. Persistence and graduation rates
  3. Degrees awarded
  4. Outcomes

Undergraduate student experience

Global Food Initiative: Food and Housing Security at the University of California PDF

UC is dedicated to ensuring the success of its more than 260,000 undergraduate and graduate students. This report provides information on the university’s latest data collection efforts and strategies for addressing basic needs security.

UCUES 2016 UC systemwide data report PDF

March 2017

UCUES collects a broad range of information about student academic engagement, academic experience, community and civic engagement, as well as goals and aspirations for the time at UC, growth in awareness of social, political and personal issues.

View the instrument here.

Adaptive Learning Technology Pilot May 2017 PDF

May 2017

UC is exploring the use of adaptive learning technology. This report presents the results of pilots at UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz who explored the use of Assessment and Learning Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) system.

UC undergraduate student research, expectations, experience and aspirations

UC Information Center

UC provides a rich environment for student research. Undergraduate students are engaged in various research activities and their post-graduation aspirations align with pursuing research.

Persistence and graduation rates

Undergraduate retention and graduation rates

UC Information Center

Explore freshman and transfer retention and graduation rates, time-to-degree, graduation GPA, and units by campus, entry cohort, and demographic.

UC leads the way in enrollment and graduation of Pell Grant recipients PDF

November 2017

UC campuses compare favorably in both the share of Pell grant recipients enrolled and those students’ six-year graduation rates when compared to Association of American Universities (AAU) member schools and California State University (CSU) campuses.

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Three-year degree pathways project PDF

In 2016, UC campuses developed three-year degree pathways for completing some of the most popular undergraduate majors on each campus. This report presents campus efforts to develop and promote these accelerated degree pathways.

Does income factor into graduation rates? May 2014 PDF

May 2014

IRAP presents UC data to contrast national data published in The New York Times Magazine article on Sunday, May 18th titled “Who Gets to Graduate?”

Degrees awarded

Degrees awarded at a glance

UC Information Center

Filter by degree type, broad discipline, academic year and campus location to discover gender and ethnicity percentages of degree recipients.

STEM degree pipeline and production Link

UC Information Center

UC continues to be a leading producer of degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) within California, producing nearly 50,000 STEM degrees in 2013-14.


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.

Understanding the value of a UC degree April 2018 PDF

April 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.

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.

CLIMB: A mobility analysis March 2018 PDF

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.

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.

Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) summary data

UC Information Center

This dashboard presents summary results of student responses to UCUES by student demographics. UC uses results to better understand the academic and co-curricular experiences of students, assist with program evaluations, assess financial aid packages, and understand campus climate.

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.

2016 Summer Sessions Pilot Outcomes July 2017 PDF

July 2017

In 2016, three UC campuses piloted initiatives that included financial incentives with the goal of increasing the enrollment of UC undergraduate students in the summer. This report presents the results of those pilots.

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.

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.

Advising Strategies for Timely Graduation December 2015 PDF

December 2015

UC engages in a variety of efforts to identify what factors foster student success and support timely graduation. The strategies presented in this report reflect a sample of existing practices and new plans for improving advising services that support timely graduation of UC students.

Undergraduate alumni outcomes

UC Information Center

UC awards tens of thousands of bachelor degrees annually. These degree recipients go on to work in a wide variety of industries. On average, they experience a doubling of salary between 2 and 10 years after graduation. The return on investment is strong for most degrees.

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.

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.

UC innovations in education are improving student outcomes February 2015 PDF

February 2015

UC is leveraging technology to promote student success. In January 2015, UC campuses came together to discuss strategies to increase student success at the Undergraduate Completions Conference.

IRAP experts and requests for additional information

IRAP experts: undergraduate outcomes

Tongshan Chang | Kimberly Peterson | Chris Furgiuele | Ryan Chan | Xiaohui Zheng | Brianna Moore-Trieu | Matt Reed

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