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

OPA WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMBER MACHAMER
The Office of Planning and Analysis is happy to welcome Ann Marie (Amber) Machamer as Executive Director.

Amber joins the team from CSU East Bay, where she was Associate Vice President of Institutional Research, Analysis, and Decision Support. Prior to CSU East Bay, Amber was Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Las Positas College. Amber earned her Ph.D. from UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences where her dissertation focused on American Indian Tribal Colleges. 

When she’s not leading OPA, Amber is president of her tribe’s non-profit “yak titYu titYu yak tilhini Northen Chumash Kinship Preservation” whose mission is to support tribal efforts to preserve and promote its rights, resources, and traditional ways through fund-raising, public relations, partnerships, and research.

On joining the team Amber says, “I find Berkeley’s mission and values resonate with my own personal and professional commitments to excellence, student-centeredness, innovation, community engagement and serving a diverse population.”

2014 UC UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE SURVEY (UCUES) RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE 

The most recent UCUES results are now available, including results from this year's Wild Card module on academic and co-curricular advising.  UCUES is a system-wide survey that serves multiple analytic needs on the Berkeley campus, including academic program review and the assessment of campus climate for diversity.  Approximately 40% of Berkeley undergraduates responded to the 2014 UCUES.

36% OF UC BERKELEY'S UNDERGRADUATES RECEIVE PELL GRANTS – HIGHER THAN THE COMBINED IVY LEAGUE

Using annual data from the U.S. Office of Postsecondary Education, OPA again reports that UC Berkeley’s 36% Pell Grant recipient rate is more than twice as high as the 17% among all Ivy League schools combined. 9,263 Berkeley students received federal Pell Grants in 2012-13 based on the student’s financial need, the cost to attend and full-time vs. part-time status.

UC BERKELEY AGAIN NAMED TOP PUBLIC IN U.S. NEWS’ RANKING OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

In this year’s release of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, UC Berkeley was again the top-ranked public in the “national universities” category – those offering doctoral degrees and emphasizing faculty research. Berkeley has maintained this ranking for 17 years. An OPA briefing provides this year’s ranking for the top 30 schools as well as an overview of the other UC campuses and our peers. The U.S. News methodology for converting 16 indicators into a composite score is explained, along with coverage of a new academic paper titled, “Modeling Change and Variation in U.S. News & World Report College Rankings”.

Cal Answers Showcased at the 2013 CAIR Conference

At the recent California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) conference, OPA staff gave a presentation on how Cal Answers has transformed the work we do and our ability to provide decision support to the campus. Session attendees, who were from across the state, also received a Cal Answers demo and walked away with example dashboard designs.