Office of Planning and Analysis

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Welcome to the Office of Planning & Analysis

At the Office of Planning & Analysis (OPA), our purpose is to create decision support that helps Berkeley better fulfill its teaching, research and public service mission and champion our campus goal of promoting access and excellence. We care deeply about the success of our students and strive to conduct the type of actionable research that improves the student experience while remaining good stewards of our resources.

We are driven to be a TRUSTED campus partner:
Thorough, Rigorous, Unbiased, Strategic, Transparent, Effective, Decision-support.

Planning & Analysis Highlights

KEY CAMPUS STATISTICS HAVE BEEN UPDATED

The following pages have been updated to include the most recent information: Fall Enrollment Data (new students), Fall Enrollment Trends (all students), Fall Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender, Undergraduate Graduation Rates, and Degrees Awarded. Also see the Fall 2016 Snapshot of Berkeley Undergraduates.

2016 UC UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE SURVEY (UCUES) AND SURVEY OF NEW STUDENTS (SONS) RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE

The Spring 2016 UCUES overall results, and Departmental Report as well as the Fall 2016 SONS results for freshmen and transfers are now available.  UCUES is a system-wide survey of all undergraduates that serves multiple analytic needs on the Berkeley campus, including Academic Program Review. Results from both UCUES and SONS are also used to assess affordability, campus climate for diversity, the undergraduate advising experience, and students' satisfaction with access to courses.  Approximately 1 in 3 Berkeley undergraduates responded to the 2016 UCUES, whereas more than half of newly entering Fall freshmen and transfers responded to SONS.

BRIEFING NOTES ON FIRST-TERM ACADEMIC LOAD AND GRADUATION (October 2016)

OPA produced briefing notes about the number of units students attempted in their first term, and how this related to normative graduation. For both freshman and transfer entrants, attempting fewer than 13 units was associated with lower normative graduation rates. However, very few students (3% of freshman entrants and 7% of transfer entrants) attempted fewer than 13 units in their first term and, presumably, these students underwent an approval process to be allowed a lighter load. For transfer entrants, there was no difference in normative graduation (2 years after entry) for students attempting 13-14.5 compared to 15 or greater units. For freshman entrants, the difference in normative graduation (4 years after entry) was reduced when controlling for demographic variables.

UC BERKELEY’S STANDARD PEER COMPARISON GROUP (November 2016)

UC Berkeley has traditionally used a set of five public, five private and two UC institutions as a standard set of peers for most campus level peer comparisons. A consistent peer group from topic to topic and in year-to-year comparisons avoids the perception that different peers are being chosen in order to influence Berkeley’s position. This brief also defines the “Comparison 8” peer group used by UCOP for faculty salary comparisons.

2014-15 UCB PELL GRANT RECIPIENT COUNTS STEADY WHILE IVY LEAGUE INCREASES (October 2016)

Data from the Office of Postsecondary Education shows that Ivy League institutions, as a group, had a 1% increase in the number of Pell Grant recipients between 2013-14 and 2014-15 while UC Berkeley’s count remained steady. Although UCB’s count (9,178) was more than 1,000 fewer than all Ivy League schools combined (10,308), the number of UCB’s Pell recipients as a percentage of the total undergraduate population (34%) was twice that of the Ivy League (17%). UC Berkeley had the lowest percentage of Pell recipients among all UC campuses as shown in this briefing.

Cal Answers Top Ten Dashboard Tips

3/26/16 - Cal Answers Top Ten Dashboard Tips from our newest OPA Institutional Research Analysts, Audrey Thomas and Malcolm Quon. As they were on-boarding to the team and learning Cal Answers they created a list of tips they wanted to share with the campus Cal Answers community.

Check it out and thank them if you find it helpful