University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Goals The University of California supports students toward the successful and timely completion of their degrees and prepares them for roles as the next generation of leaders for California and the nation.

Narrative By many measures, UC students are successful. Four-fifths of entering freshmen graduate from a UC campus within six years, and two years later more than a quarter are enrolled in graduate or professional programs. Surveys show that UC undergraduates, in large numbers, plan to take professional and managerial positions in the California labor force. However, there are continuing challenges-graduation rates, for example, vary by campus and tend to be higher for white and Asian-American students than for African-American or Chicano/Latino students (see the first accountability sub-report on student success [pdf]). The University will continue to carefully monitor these trends going forward.

Looking Forward The University remains committed to ensuring that undergraduate students are able to complete their degrees on time and to maintaining its excellent record of improving persistence and graduation rates. However, in response to the state budget cuts, the University in 2009-10 significantly reduced the number of permanent faculty and staff hires (in both new and replacement positions), narrowed course offerings, increased class size and reduced support services for students. Future editions of the accountability report will examine the impact of these budgetary actions upon student success.

Additionally, UC has only patchy information about the roles UC graduates play after they leave the University. In 2009-10, it launched a comprehensive survey of baccalaureate recipients who graduated five, 10 and 20 years ago (in 2004, 1999 and 1989). Data gathered through this survey will make an important contribution to our understanding about the role the University plays in furthering students' achievements over their life course and will make an important contribution to this section in the May 2011 report.