Institutional Research and Academic Planning
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:
- Undergraduate student experience
- Persistence and graduation rates
- Degrees awarded
Undergraduate student experience
This topic brief provides a profile of undergraduate and graduate parenting students at the University of California. It examines their financial concerns, academic and social experiences and challenges, as well as their success at UC, by using responses from the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) and the Graduate Wellbeing Survey (GWS).
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 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.
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 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
This report provides some insight on students who start their undergraduate education at UC and do not complete their degree at UC and sometimes not at all. Non-completion and completion at other institutions is compared across selected social demographics.
Explore freshman and transfer retention and graduation rates, time-to-degree, graduation GPA, and units by campus, entry cohort, and demographic.
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.
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.
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?”
Filter by degree type, broad discipline, academic year and campus location to discover gender and ethnicity percentages of degree recipients.
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 is an important contributor to California's K-12 educational system. This brief highlights UC's role in educating and training tens of thousands of California public school teachers.
This topic brief explores the impact of a UC degree on personal economic gain, both in terms of relative and absolute measures, including earnings, economic mobility, return on investment, non-salary compensations like health insurance and retirement plans, and homeownership. This research provides evidence that attending the University of California is a good investment.
This topic brief summarizes student veteran enrollment trends, demographic characteristics, fields of study, graduation outcomes, satisfaction with undergraduate experiences, and post-graduation employment trajectories.
This brief examines the contributions of UC alumni to the state, federal and local economies. Data from the CLIMB initiative provides estimates of the state and federal paid by UC alumni and data from Pitchbook confirms UC alumni impact on productivity, entrepreneurship, and job creation. The report also considers the fiscal impact to California of college graduates lower utilization of social assistance programs.
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.
Data from U.S. Department of Education show that UC is unique in its commitment to enrolling and graduating Pell Grant recipients when compared to AAU private and public universities.
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.
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.
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.
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 | Chris Furgiuele | Ryan Chan | Xiaohui Zheng | Brianna Moore-Trieu | Matt Reed | Yang Yang
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