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

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.”

The Office of Planning and Analysis is pleased to welcome Noam Manor and Lexi Shankster to the team. 

Noam joined OPA in March, after serving as Assistant Director for UC Berkeley’s Fall Program for Freshmen. His main role is providing analytic support to the vice provosts, with a focus on Academic Program Review and the establishment of and changes to degree programs. He also works on ad-hoc analyses and research projects.

Lexi Shankster joined OPA in April; before joining OPA, Lexi served as the Research Analyst at Financial Aid and Scholarships on campus. Lexi brings expertise in survey assessment to the team, which supports the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) and the Survey of New Students (SONS). Lexi also supports various other initiatives on campus, such as the Advising Metrics Council. 

Strategic Management and Metrics Project Joins OPA

The Office of Planning and Analysis is pleased to welcome the Strategic Management and Metrics Project. Team members Louise Davidson (Project Lead) and Sara Quigley (Senior Metrics Analyst) are joining the office as part of the goal to mainstream the project throughout campus. By offering a shared framework, useful management tools, and a common set of performance-based metrics – leveraging institutional systems like Cal Answers and CalPlanning  – the project will enable campus leaders and staff to clearly communicate about goals, achievements, and challenges, resulting in more informed, strategic decisions about how resources are allocated.

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.

UC Berkeley Among Four California Institutions in Top 12 THE Rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE) of London released their annual World University Rankings based on indicators of teaching quality, research quantity and quality, and international outlook. Berkeley was again ranked the best U.S. public university, and ranked 8th in the world.


Read the 2012-13 Common Good Curriculum Annual Report which highlights gains made in the 3rd year of the initiative to increase students’ access to three critical areas of the “common-good curriculum” – reading and composition (R&C); lower division math and science “gateway” courses; and foreign language instruction.