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 live up to our campus goal of promoting access and excellence. Our core values that define how we contribute to the campus community include creativity, integrity, collaboration, excellence and stewardship. And our goal is to transform OPA from a standard institutional research office to one of the most trusted, innovative, and influential advisory groups on the campus.

Planning & Analysis Highlights

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!

Join Cal Answers at Stay Day 2016

3/25/16 - Join the Cal Answers Team at Stay Day 2016. The event is on Wednesday, June 8 from 8am - 5pm at the ASUC Student Union Pauley Ballroom. Stay Day is a one day conference sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. The goal is to enhance student experience by facilitating communication and collaboration among student service staff on campus. Sereeta Alexander from the Office of Planning and Analysis will be leading a session from 2:45-4:00pm on "Using Institutional Survey Data to Understand the First Year Experience of UC Berkeley Undergraduates." You can learn more about the conference on the Stay Day website at sa.berkeley.edu/stayday.

New OPA Analyst: Audrey Thomas

2/16/2016 - We are pleased to welcome Audrey Thomas to the Office of Planning and Analysis and the Division of Undergraduate Education. Audrey joins OPA from the National University of Ireland, Galway where she was a postdoctoral researcher for three years. She has a degree in Integrative Biology from Cal and a doctorate in Sociology from Harvard. Audrey will focus on providing analytic support to the Undergraduate Initiative and its related working groups, task forces, and committees. She will also coordinate and support other analytical projects for the Division of Undergraduate Education (VCUE) and OPA.


1/26/2016 - We're excited to announce three new dashboard reports in the Student Demographics and Outcomes subject area: Undergraduate Graduation Rates by Multiple Fields, Retention by Multiple Fields, and Time to Degree. These dashboards make it easier to compare student data, find answers to questions about student graduation and retention rates, and see trends. The first two expand on the existing "UG Grad Rates" and "UG Retention" tabs and allow for a more detailed breakdown of the data by different student characteristics simultaneously. The third includes undergraduate time-to-degree data, which is new to Cal Answers and available down to the major level. Watch the new Cal Answers video, Determining Undergraduate Time to Degree, for more information about that new report.


1/25/2016 – OPA actively led, supported, and engaged in the UC Summit on predictive analytics at the Clark Kerr Campus on January 7-8, 2016. Conversations from conference participants (including faculty and representatives from student advising, undergraduate education, educational technology, and institutional planning & analysis from all UC campuses and UCOP) highlighted the use of data and analytics in enrollment, advising, and curriculum management. Discussions also encompassed topics such as data ethics and privacy, data access and standards, and analytic approaches to identifying “at-risk” students and providing interventions. See the Summit Program here.

new opa Analyst: Malcolm Quon

1/11/2016 - The Office of Planning and Analysis is pleased to welcome Malcolm Quon to the team. Malcolm joins OPA from UCLA, where he worked for eight years, most recently as a Senior Analyst for Finance and Enrollment in the Summer Sessions and International Education Office. At OPA, Malcolm will focus on providing analytic support to the Academic Program Review process and the office of the Vice Provost for Strategic Academic and Facilities Planning.

Berkeley Pell Grant recipient counts decline in 2013-14

11/6/2015 - UC Berkeley experienced a 1% decline in the number of Pell Grants awarded to undergraduates between 2012-13 and 2013-14. While Berkeley had nearly as many Pell recipients as the entire Ivy League combined, Berkeley's 36% of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants is well above the Ivy League's 17%. Among other UC campuses, only UC Santa Barbara (32%) is lower than Berkeley, while Merced (62%) and Riverside (60%) are highest. This is the continuation of a slow but consistent trend; as our selectivity increases the number of Pell students decreases.  Berkeley is committed to remaining a major engine of economic mobility and will continue to find ways to further our commitment to access and equity. Please see the OPA briefing here.


U.S. News released its annual rankings of undergraduate colleges. Among national universities offering doctoral degrees and emphasizing faculty research, UC Berkeley was again named the top public university and again ranked 20th overall. In the updated OPA briefing we cover Berkeley's scores and ranks across indicators, how our closest public peers performed as well as the other UC campuses included in the rankings. The final page covers Berkeley's position in other major global and national ranking efforts.

UCUES Data Used to Support UC Berkeley’s African American Initiative

In September 2015, Chancellor Dirks announced a critical initiative to address the underrepresentation of African American students, faculty, and staff at UC Berkeley. Analysis conducted by the Division of Equity & Inclusion and the Office of Planning & Analysis highlighted the need to address campus climate for African Americans, drawing on data from the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) and the UC Campus Climate Survey. These efforts demonstrate how survey data can be used to inform decision-making and advocate for a better experience for all members of the campus community. For more information, see The Intersection of Campus Climate and the Student Experience, The UC Berkeley Campus Climate Survey: From Analysis to Action, and the African American Initiative.