We are a systemwide resource for academic excellence in research, teaching and public service.
Academic Affairs builds on the energy and academic strength of UC’s campuses to enhance the system’s educational impact. We help recruit and retain outstanding professors and provide them with the support they need to succeed. We promote excellence through programs that help prepare, recruit and support undergraduate, graduate and professional students. We manage programs that help position UC and California as engines of economic, social and cultural development. And we ensure that UC remains on the cutting edge of innovation in teaching and learning by supporting new academic initiatives.
Academic Personnel and Programs
The University of California is committed to diversity and inclusion to achieve excellence
Academic Personnel and Programs manages systemwide programs and develops policy supporting faculty careers at UC, including recruitment, retention, advancement, compensation, diversity, and affirmative action. We have universitywide responsibility for education abroad and exchange relationships. We provide faculty and students with opportunities to study and work in Washington, DC and Sacramento. We help prepare high school and middle school students for university opportunities. Several of our programs offer publication, media, and digital services to the UC community as well as to California and to the world. The Academic Personnel and Programs (APP) Annual Report can be viewed here.
Diversity and Engagement
We are the nexus for UC efforts that advance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the academic pipeline.
The Office of Diversity and Engagement provides vision, direction, leadership and oversight of UC’s engagement in public education. We manage programs, initiatives and services that prepare students to succeed academically and to ensure that they advance smoothly throughout the academic pipeline. We focus on students from communities with low college enrollment rates, applying current research and best practices to enhance the teaching-learning process with public school educators. We contribute to developing overarching strategies and approaches for the UC system that advance access, diversity and inclusion for students and faculty.
Institutional Research and Academic Planning
We provide evidence-based analyses and reports that inform and shape strategic planning, institutional policy creation and revision, and decision support.
UC is a leader in advocating for the purpose and importance of public higher education. By providing timely, accurate, consistent and reliable information about UC and the environment in which it operates, Institutional Research and Academic Planning (IRAP) illustrates UC’s progress, challenges and outcomes in support of its mission.
Research and Graduate Studies
We work to strengthen research and graduate education across UC.
Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) is a resource for UC researchers and administrators in research policy, funding for systemwide programs, and graduate education. We work to build UC-wide partnerships, help shape effective policies and provide a strong voice nationally for research and graduate education on behalf of UC. Learn more
Research Grants Program Office
We fund research to address some of California's most critical needs.
The Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) oversees a broad grantmaking portfolio of over $100 million a year to support research that is critical to California, the nation and the world. RGPO programs enhance UC’s research capacity and excellence, which helps attract top faculty, graduate students, government funding and companies to our state. These grants also enable health researchers and community agencies to collaborate and solve the most pressing problems in the state. RGPO also provides grants for training undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, whose work will benefit California communities. Learn more
Natural Reserve System
We provide a network of protected natural areas throughout California.
The Natural Reserve System aims to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California. Our 38 sites include more than 750,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major state ecosystems are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to Sierra Nevada forests.
We support and advance graduate education at UC.
Graduate Studies advances graduate education at the University of California through strategic planning, analysis, outreach and coordination. This includes the development of graduate research and preparation opportunities as well as advocacy efforts through systemwide initiatives and programs. Learn more
Research Policy Analysis and Coordination
We coordinate policy and guidance to support and advance research at UC.
Research Policy Analysis and Coordination (RPAC), a unit of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS), provides guidance and assistance in the development, interpretation and implementation of policies and external rules in the conduct of extramurally funded research at the University of California. Learn more
Student Affairs’ work is accomplished through strategic leadership, planning and operational support to UC campuses.
Our work is carried out through the following functions: Undergraduate Admissions implements the Regents’ and the Academic Senate’s admission policies and is responsible for the centralized undergraduate application system (ApplyUC) through which over 200,000 students apply for admission annually. Student Financial Support provides critical central support to campus administration of student assistance totaling over $5 billion annually. Student Development and Engagement advises and supports campuses in maintaining positive campus climates that are conducive to student success, diversity, health and wellness, leadership and retention, facilitating student engagement with UC Regents, the UC president and other systemwide administrators.
UC National Laboratories
We provide contract management and oversight of LBNL and ensure UC obligations for the LANS and LLNS, LLCs.
The Regents of the University of California have a long and rich history in the management and operation of three U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories as a service to the nation that spans more than 80 years:
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab or LBNL) since 1931
- Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since 1943
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) since 1952
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
We manage and oversee systemwide financial management.
The CFO division has oversight of financial and capital project management at the campuses, academic medical centers and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Areas of responsibility include budget analysis and planning, accounting and financial controls, risk management, capital markets financing, capital resource management, strategic sourcing, and external relationships with rating agencies, investment houses, banks, financial auditors and financial regulators.
Budget Analysis and Planning
We develop and manage the university’s systemwide annual budget.
Budget Analysis and Planning (BAP) manages UC’s annual budget and conducts long range financial planning. Our role includes analysis of the complex factors which influence the university’s budget, development of the annual budget requests to the State, and coordination with the campuses on a wide variety of budget-related issues. We advocate in support of the university’s budget and we work with leadership from across the university system to integrate local and UC-wide priorities into our forecast and planning.
Capital Asset Strategies and Finance
We support systemwide capital projects and capital raising activities.
We access capital markets to finance capital and working capital needs for the university’s campuses, laboratories, and medical centers. We provide leadership and support in capital project policy, planning, design, contract and regulatory issues. We also originate and service mortgage loans for certain faculty and senior staff.
Capital Markets Finance
We support capital-raising activities systemwide.
We provide support for capital programs to the campuses and medical centers which, in turn, provide services to our faculty and student body. In serving the university's needs, the staff of Capital Markets Finance is dedicated to providing efficient service with the highest standards of excellence. For debt information and financial reports, see bondholder information.
We support systemwide capital projects.
Capital Programs provides systemwide leadership and campus support in the following areas: capital budget strategy, policy and recommendations to the regents and the state of California; capital project design and delivery strategies, policy, contract development and training; design professional selections; building/safety code and regulatory issues; land use and site planning, long-range development plans, CEQA compliance and environmental documents; sustainability; and real estate transactions.
We manage the review and approval processes for UC's capital program.
Capital Planning partners with campuses in the development of capital projects through the Ten Year Capital Financial Plan and the Annual Budget for State Capital Improvements. The unit coordinates with OGC, Capital Markets Finance and the Secretary of the Regents office on funding, compliance and other issues to ensure success of capital proposals. Under the Certification Checklist Process, eligible projects less than $70 million are verified for policy compliance. Capital Planning collaborates with campuses on proposed policy and process revisions; provides information required by State agencies; and responds to project-specific queries.
We support systemwide capital project design.
Design Services supports capital project design approvals, and CEQA approvals and compliance. We recommend design and construction policy to the Regents, represent University interests on building code development, and coordinate with governmental agencies. Design Services manages the Designated Campus Fire Marshal program, and acts as a resource to campuses for code interpretations.
We provide support, policy and contract guidance for campus capital programs and construction staff.
Construction Services provides guidance, support, and training to campus capital programs and construction staff. We provide campuses with innovative strategic options to deliver projects, manage costs, and mitigate project risk by advocating industry best practices and crafting complementary policies, procedures, guidelines, contract documents, and educational opportunities. We assist campuses in resolving construction disputes in an equitable and legal manner by offering advice and chairing the Construction Review Board. Construction Services Capital Program Institute leverages industry partnerships and UC professionals to educate over 800 annual UC registrants on more than a dozen critical topics.
Real Estate Services & Strategies
We oversee policy, transactions and activities for university-related real estate.
Working closely with each campus, RESS is responsible for negotiating acquisitions, sales and ground leases. We provide assistance to campuses and medical centers on strategic planning, business case analysis, due diligence and market, valuation, and financial feasibility analysis for real estate matters. RESS supports campus leasing, licensing and other real estate activities with consulting services, training, documents and forms. RESS also accepts, manages and sells endowment real estate received via gift and bequest, and consults with campus foundations.
Office of Loan Programs
We are the systemwide source of mortgage lending products for eligible faculty and senior managers.
We provide systemwide financial management, reporting, policy, procedures and administrative services in support of UC's mission.
Financial Accounting provides numerous systemwide support functions, including financial management and reporting in connection with employee benefits, debts, federal and other extramurally funded projects, endowment funds, and campus foundations. We oversee financial accounting policy, initiate changes to the Payroll/Personnel System, and develop systemwide policy and procedures regarding payroll, disbursements and tax matters. For UCOP, we operate the shared administrative services center.
We develop and implement systemwide procurement and supply chain policies and strategies.
Procurement Services at UCOP partners with systemwide UC procurement teams to standardize agreements and procedures, which make it easier to do business with the university and ensure our campus clients have access to the goods and services they need. By using strategic and collaborative sourcing methods, supported by tools, training and data analysis, we optimize spend and purchasing activities across the UC system, creating significant savings for the university. Our Story
We enable university faculty, staff and students to identify and manage risks associated with their activities.
The Office of Risk Services is responsible for developing and implementing Enterprise Risk Management systemwide, identifying and developing strategies to minimize the impact of risk, developing a center of excellence for managing risk, reducing costs and improving safety by executing new ideas and strategic plans in a rapid manner. By strategically managing risk we can reduce the chances of loss, create greater financial stability and protect our resources in support of UC's mission.
Chief Investment Officer of the Regents
We manage UC investment funds and provide fiduciary oversight.
The Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the Regents currently manages a portfolio of investments totaling approximately $100 billion, which includes retirement, endowment, and cash assets. Learn more »
Office of the Chief Operating Officer
We oversee and develop policy for the university's business operations.
The COO division provides systemwide leadership and oversight of human resource administration, information technology, the UCPath Center, the project and initiative management unit and energy services and sustainability. This division also oversees the budget and operations within the Office of the President itself.
Energy & Sustainability
We develop innovative strategies to meet our carbon neutrality and other sustainability goals.
Energy and Sustainability supports efficient use of university resources and helps chart a path to carbon neutrality through its leadership and coordination across climate and energy, transportation, green building, zero waste, water and food programs and initiatives. We are leading a bold new effort to change the sources of the energy that UC consumes through our energy services unit.
We develop strategies and policies to support effective and efficient operation, maintenance and renewal of UC's real estate assets.
ESU supports the university’s diverse asset base and helps to chart a path to carbon neutrality with increased procurement transparency. Program areas include wholesale electric, retail load (e.g. campus energy efficiency and renewable energy), natural gas and biogas procurement and development, management of environmental attributes (e.g. carbon allowances), university legislative and regulatory representation on facility issues, ICAMP (Integrated Capital Asset Management Program), and the purchased utility database.
Develops, coordinates and supports campus sustainability efforts throughout the UC system.
Systemwide Human Resources
The Office of Human Resources is responsible for developing a vision, strategy and environment to engage, empower and involve the university's human capital, in the present and onwards.
Helping align our human capital and mission.
Systemwide Talent Management oversees training and development, talent acquisition and executive recruitment, and all their associate processes, to best optimize the performance of each employee at UC.
Integrated Talent Management
Learn how Talent Management integrates various HR functions into an interconnected whole, providing the structure, programs, tools and resources necessary for University employees of all levels, throughout the system to thrive and excel
Benefits Programs & Strategy
Enhancing the well-being of our employees and their families.
Systemwide Benefits Programs & Strategy manages and creates health benefits strategy and programs that enhance the well-being of our employees and their families.
At Your Service Online
Health, welfare, and UC Retirement plan portal
Compensation Programs & Strategy
Compensation policy and program design, tools and systems.
Systemwide Compensation Programs & Strategy oversees compensation policy and program design, tools and systems, working closely with compensation and human resource professionals at the ten campuses and five medical centers.
SMG Coordinators by Location
Assisting Senior Management Group members at each location
Oversees personnel policy, programs, guidelines and procedures.
Systemwide HR Policy is responsible for developing and interpreting personnel policies and other employment-related programs, guidelines and procedures for staff employees.
Building an environment in which people can do their best work.
Systemwide Employee Relations is responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of strategies and initiatives that build an environment of employee engagement in which people can do their best work.
Partners with UC locations to ensure legal, regulatory and policy compliance.
Systemwide HR Compliance works with UC locations to ensure compliance with appropriate employment laws, regulations and HR policies.
Negotiates and administers systemwide labor agreements.
Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC)
Supporting University members with their pension, health benefits and overall transition into retirement.
The Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) counsels members of the University as they transition into retirement and provides long-term pension and retirement health benefits support.
At Your Service Online
Health, welfare, and UC Retirement plan portal
Retirement Programs & Services
Coordinates the University's retirement benefit programs, plans and support.
Systemwide Retirement Programs & Services coordinates the University's retirement benefit programs and plans, and conducts retirement related research, policy development, benefit design, costing and fiduciary oversight for the University.
Information Technology Services
We deliver data and technology services and, through collaboration with partners, transform the role of Information Technology to advance the UC mission.
The work of ITS touches many aspects of university life. Prospective students use applyUC to apply online for undergraduate admissions. Faculty and staff use At Your Service Online to access their benefits and retirement plans.
See our IT metrics.
We support common operational systems and services for the university.
Operational Services supports the successful deployment and operation of common systems which leverage UC’s scale and improve our administrative efficiency.
The transactional hub for the university’s HR, payroll benefits, general ledger, work force administration and academic processes.
UC's priority program to implement a single payroll, benefits, human resources and academic personnel solution for all employees.
Working to build a sustainable financial model to carry the university forward.
Strategy and Program Management Office
We drive effective strategic and program management at the Office of the President.
The Strategy and Program Management Office (SPMO) serves the Office of the President in three key areas:
- Leading multi-year strategic planning, performance management, and project portfolio management
- Providing strategy and program management support to major projects and initiatives
- Supporting organizational assessment and design
We manage general operations within the Office of the President.
UCOP Operations is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President. This includes management of the OP Budget, Human Resources, Information Technology, Building Services, Procurement and the Business Resource Center (BRC). We serve as a one-stop service center for all OP clients with the goal of ensuring that the Office of the President models best practices in the areas of customer service, accountability and resource management.
We develop, monitor and manage the local UCOP budget program.
The UCOP Budget & Finance department is responsible for systematically aligning resources with strategic needs and goals. We prepare the annual UCOP budget request for the Board of Regents, provide UC senior leadership and department heads with tools regarding actual expenditures against the budget and provide support to UCOP departments on budget-related issues. We also manage the annual UCOP fiscal close process.
Building and Administrative Service Center (BASC)
We support UCOP building and administrative needs.
The Building and Administrative Service Center (BASC) offers systems and services that support the work of the Office of the President. We strive to provide a clean, safe and secure working environment and efficient administrative support services.
Business Resource Center
We build a strong foundation for UCOP financial operations by ensuring accountability for and compliance with UC policy.
The Business Resource Center (BRC) aims to build a strong foundation for UCOP financial operations, allowing departments to focus on their core duties. Our goal is to standardize procedures and controls to ensure maximum service to departments, as well as efficient, controlled and compliant transaction processing for administrative functions. BRC staff strive to provide excellent service while demonstrating accountability to stakeholders, including the Regents and the public.
UCOP Human Resources
We oversee human resources programs and policies for the Office of the President.
UCOP Human Resources is dedicated to serving and supporting staff, and to building a work environment where employees feel involved and empowered to offer their best. Our HR Business Partners are assigned by department and provide guidance regarding all local HR services. Other staff units cover benefits, disability and leave, talent acquisition and employment, learning and development, and compensation.
IT Client Services
We provide local technical support and services to the UCOP community.
IT Client Services provides desktop and telecommunications services, as well as technical support, technical project management and business relationship management services to the Office of the President.
Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services
We provide tools and resources to our campuses to help fulfill the mission of the University in an ethical and compliant manner
The Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services provides direction, education, oversight for president policy process, investigatory services, auditing and monitoring, guidance and resources to the University to optimize ethical and compliant behavior, provide assurance, and improve operations through effective controls and processes.
External Relations and Communications
We build public understanding and support for the university's mission.
External Relations and Communications is focused on increasing public understanding and support for the university and communicating UC’s value and impact on the lives of people in our local communities, California and the nation. We help establish and strengthen relationships with outside constituencies — such as alumni and philanthropists, business and industry — and, in coordination with campuses, facilitating their support for the university. We also conduct policy analysis for the university.
Executive Communications and Engagement
We help convey the value and impact of the University of California.
Executive Communications and Engagement handles speeches, remarks and statements on behalf of the university President, and develops and executes major speaking opportunities, events and public engagement for UC leadership that demonstrate the breadth and depth of the University of California.
Federal Governmental Relations
We advocate on behalf of the University of California to the federal government.
The University of California's Office of Federal Governmental Relations is located at the UC Washington Center in Washington, DC. As the largest public research institution in the world, the university engages in numerous partnerships with federal education, health care and research agencies. Working with Congress, the administration, federal agencies and national organizations, we advocate for the university and its missions in education, research and public service.
We facilitate financial and other support for the university's research, teaching and public service mission.
The Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) promotes, expedites, encourages and assists the campuses in increasing private, voluntary support of the university by providing a central hub for inquiries about support, managing reports and analyses of fundraising activities and assuring accountability in the private support program. We work to interpret, coordinate and oversee policy for volunteer and private support, oversee endowment administration matters and issues related to UC's status as a 501(c)(3) entity. Learn more
We help keep you informed about what it means to be part of the UC community.
Institutional Communications supports internal communications for UCOP and systemwide business functions and initiatives that impact UC’s diverse employee and retiree population. In partnership with UCOP and UC campuses, medical centers and labs, we provide news and information about the benefits of UC employment and the value that the people of UC add to our communities, to the state and beyond.
We develop UC's positions on legislative issues and provide analysis and research in support of policy initiatives.
Legislative Analysis is responsible for coordinating the development of the university's position for state and federal legislation, as well as responses to state and federal legislative, gubernatorial and other official requests. Legislative Analysis provides policy analysis and research to further initiatives consistent with UC's policy agenda.
We tell the UC story with clarity and conviction.
Marketing communications builds public awareness of UC’s value and its impact on the lives of people in California and beyond. Working with campus colleagues, OP leaders and our clients, we convey the breadth and depth of UC’s leadership in teaching, research and public service, and foster pride and engagement in the UC community.
State Governmental Relations
We serve as the primary university representative to state elected officials and agencies.
State Governmental Relations (SGR) serves to advance understanding and support for UC's tripartite mission of teaching, research and public service. As UC's principal representative to state elected officials and state agencies in Sacramento, we represent university positions on legislative, budgetary and policy matters.
Strategic Communications and Media Relations
Our team serves as the primary link between the Office of the President and the news media.
Strategic Communications and Media Relations enhances the public’s understanding of the university and its contributions to California, the nation and the world. The Strategic Communications and Media Relations team interacts with journalists and media outlets, coordinates responses on news coverage and executes proactive communications strategies.
UC Health Communications
We provide strategic communications for UC Health.
UC Health Communications provides strategic marketing and communications for UC Health, including development of systemwide collaborations among the five academic medical centers and 18 health professional schools.
Office of General Counsel
We are the systemwide source of legal representation, advice and guidance.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services to the university, including representation, advice, research and training. We also provide legal opinions to the Board of Regents, administration, faculty, staff and others acting on the university's behalf. We report jointly to the Board of Regents and the president. Learn more
We advance the education, research and clinical service missions of UC Health.
UC Health provides leadership and strategic direction for UC’s five academic medical centers and 18 health professional schools. UC Health’s central office supports operational initiatives at individual campuses and development of systemwide initiatives, promoting collaboration among the university’s health professional schools and providing oversight on the business and financial activities of the clinical enterprise. Read more
Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
We promote innovation and entrepreneurship across the university.
The Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship works to increase UC's innovation capabilities and to create new opportunities for the UC community. It supports campus programs and forges alliances with the government, private and philanthropic sectors to promote public benefit and economic growth.
Moves groundbreaking research and discovery from the lab and classroom into the marketplace by nurturing great ideas and people, and by investing in bold solutions to today’s biggest challenges.
Most UC innovations require alliances outside of the lab and classroom to make tangible results publicly available. This is can involve some or all of the following activities:
- Identify opportunities: Researchers and lab directors can, with the help of campus technology licensing staff and commercial partners, survey and mine the scientific capabilities and intellectual property residing in UC laboratories so as to identify those that can be translated into products and services of value.
- De-risk technology: Most inventions, even patented ones, require further evaluation, data gathering, proof-of-concept studies, or prototypes to demonstrate commercial potential.
- Plan a business and raise finances: UC startups must develop an entrepreneurial team, do market research to form a business plan, and secure investments.
- Support business incubation: UC startups and nascent business spin-offs need support through the early stages of their creation and growth.
- Market the technology: Campus licensing staff market research and intellectual property to identify potential licensees and/or sponsors who can support patent costs and the technology development required to bring research to market.
- Make early-stage investments: Most technologies require early-stage (proof-of-concept) funding and venture financing
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
Leverages the scale and diversity of UC’s ten campuses and three affiliated national labs to build a vibrant and innovative entrepreneurial culture across the system.
We help move UC innovations from the lab to the market.
Innovation Services supports UC campuses in technology transfer operations. Our group provides information systems, financial management, patent prosecution and intellectual property management services. We create tools to help connect external parties to UC innovations. We support UC inventors, entrepreneurs and best practices at UC campuses to realize the public benefit of UC research.