Accountability Report 2023

Chapter 10:

Part of the UC mission

Along with teaching and research, UC contributes to the well-being of the state’s population and economic growth through its public service efforts. UC’s impact goes well beyond its on-campus activities. UC has a significant presence in nearly every community throughout California.

Every UC campus and UCOP’s Division of Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs (GUEA) administer hundreds of thousands of community-based programs across a range of foci, from community and social services to teacher professional development and K–12 student services. UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) and the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) support sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, healthy families, and education.

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) implements the land-grant mission for the University, which emphasizes the development and dissemination of practical information to address critical agricultural, environmental and societal issues. The land-grant system represents a three-way partnership with federal, state and county governments.
More information about the land-grant system.

UC ANR statewide network and impacT

UC ANR operates a statewide network of researchers and educators which includes the multi-campus Agricultural Experiment Station and statewide Cooperative Extension. There are approximately 540 Agricultural Experiment Station researchers currently located at three campuses. In 2022, President Michael V. Drake announced formally adding UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced to UC’s Agricultural Experiment Station, joining UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Riverside. There are over 110 Cooperative Extension Specialists, located at six campuses, Research and Extension Centers (RECs), and county offices, and 150 Cooperative Extension Advisors conducting research, outreach, and education in all 58 California counties. Nine statewide RECs provide education for the public and places for researchers to conduct field experiments. UC ANR is often the face of the University to Californians with no other connection to UC.

UC ANR people and programs connect and deliver resources from the entire UC system, forming integrated teams to work on complex issues and develop innovative, multidisciplinary, science-based solutions to improve the lives of all Californians. Several impact highlights from 2022 follow, illustrating how UC ANR benefits communities across the state in ways that contribute to President Drake’s priorities for UC. For more information on its breadth of impact see the 2022 UC ANR Annual Report.

Leading on climate change

  • The UC ANR Climate Smart Agriculture effort is a partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture that provides hands-on assistance to farmers and ranchers through grant application assistance, workshops, field days, and events. The program focuses on working with underserved producers and offers information in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Hmong, Cantonese, and Punjabi. Since 2019 almost $36M has been awarded to over 1,300 farmers and ranchers in 24 counties to implement science-based climate-smart practices that support climate change mitigation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering carbon, and promote climate change adaptation by increasing on-farm resilience.
  • UC ANR’s statewide California Naturalist Program promotes stewardship of the state’s natural resources through education and service. The program recently added Climate Steward certification courses. In the first two years of the program, Certified Climate Stewards conducted 4,838 service hours over 602 service activities, including community resilience and adaptation and climate justice activities. It is estimated that 1,412 tons of carbon emissions are reduced per year by Climate Steward participants.

 Expanding opportunity and excellence

  • UC ANR’s statewide 4-H Youth Development Program engages youth ages 5–18 in all 58 counties to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. In 2022, there were 46,631 California youth enrolled. In a recent study on the long-term impacts of participation, 84 percent of the 695 UC 4-H alumni respondents reported the program helped them succeed in their careers later in life. Findings also show the program helped foster a sense of responsibility that lasted into adulthood. UC 4-H alumni reported volunteering 130 hours annually, compared to the general population’'s 57 hours annually, and 65 percent of 4-H alumni always vote, compared to 57 percent of the general population.

Strengthening an inclusive, respectful and safe community

  • Research has found inequities in access to urban vegetation in communities that are more ethnically and racially diverse and have lower income levels. The UC Master Gardener Program extends to the public research-based information about food gardening and sustainable landscaping, which results in sustained and expanded school and community gardens. In 2022, there were close to 6,200 UC Master Gardener volunteers in 52 California counties.
  • University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) provides resources to underserved groups in farming communities across the state. For example, in the Sacramento Valley region, UCCE collaborated with around 200 small-scale Hmong and Iu Mien farmers in 2022. Language and cultural barriers have previously prevented them from integrating into and receiving resources standard for other California farmers. UCCE worked with the Department of Pesticide Regulation to hire two staff persons, one Hmong and one Iu Mien speaker, to develop a culturally targeted outreach program, which resulted in increased reach. UCCE also brought representation of the Iu Mien strawberry farmers’ needs to the industry, which resulted in a collaboration with the UC Strawberry Breeding Program that ultimately distributed improved varieties to the Iu Mien farmers.

Promoting health in California’s vulnerable communities

  • The California Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP) delivers research-based nutrition education to limited-resource families with young children to improve healthy lifestyle choices in 19 California counties. In 2022, EFNEP graduates statewide saved an average of $33.58 in their monthly grocery budgets, which is $400 in savings per year for each family. After completing EFNEP classes, the number of participants reporting they were unable to afford balanced meals decreased from 90 percent to 33 percent.
  • The CalFresh Healthy Living, University of California Program (CFHL, UC) is a joint agreement with UC, USDA, and the California Department of Social Services to serve persons eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program is delivered by UCCE in 34 California counties. CFHL, UC reported Policy, Systems, and Environment (PSE) changes at 286 SNAP-Ed sites statewide, contributing to improved community health and wellness for more than 108,000 people. For example, 111 program sites in 19 counties made at least one physical activity-related PSE change, and more than half of these sites improved the quality and/or number of opportunities for structured physical activity. In addition, the program provided evidence-based nutrition and physical activity education to 54,700 children from preschool through 12th grade.

Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs programs

Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs (GUEA) provides leadership and support for efforts that advance UC equity and inclusion, that promote access to and successful completion of baccalaureate and graduate degrees, and that help to provide an exemplary student academic experience. GUEA’s Outreach and Educational Partnerships supports and helps UC sustain partnerships with K–20 public education segments, community-based organizations, and the business sector. These collaborations advance college preparation, access, and degree-completion for students from underserved backgrounds.

Educational partnerships

The University of California’s Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships (SAPEP) programs help prepare California students for higher education (10.2.1). SAPEP programs served nearly 130,816 K–12 students at 1,511 public schools, and 16,621 community college students at 109 community colleges in 2020–21, the most recent year available.


The goal is to promote achievement by supporting academic preparation and college readiness. Programs include the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), which focuses on “a–g” course completion (a prerequisite for admission to UC and CSU); K20 Regional Intersegmental Alliances (aka P20), creating ties between campuses, schools, local communities, and business organizations; The Puente Project, focusing on college-preparatory English skill development; Transfer Prep, focusing on community college transfer support; and Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills development. he Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program integrates UC’s core missions of teaching and public service by focusing on the academic preparation of students at K–12 schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Through its three components — the MESA College Prep Program (formerly known as MESA Schools Program or MSP), the MESA Community College Program (MCCP), and the MESA University Program (formerly known as MESA Engineering Program or MEP) — MESA serves more than 18,240 California students annually. (During the Covid pandemic, MESA saw a drop of around 6,000 students, primarily in the College Prep program, where middle school and high school students were most affected. Numbers began steadily rebounding as students returned to school, but have not yet reached pre-pandemic levels).

MESA College Prep centers are housed in 18 locations and serve more than 9,456 students at about 371 K–12 schools. Centers offer classes that reinforce math and science content standards. MESA activities include workshops aimed at strengthening study skills, monitoring progress, and encouraging students to pursue degrees in STEM.

The MESA Community College Program (MCCP) manages 85 centers at community colleges, serving 3,481 students annually. These centers provide academic excellence workshops, orientation courses, academic advising, and counseling activities to help community college students transfer to a four-year university in a timely manner.

The MESA University Program operates 19 centers located in public (UC and CSU) and private universities across the state. Serving 5,303 students annually, these centers assist college students in attaining four-year degrees in engineering and computer science by providing tutoring and academic skills workshops. In partnership with local industry leaders, MESA University Program centers also provide career and professional development opportunities for students.

UC also plays an important role in preparing California’s teacher workforce. UC’s Teacher Education Programs prepare teacher candidates to engage students in rigorous, relevant, and inquiry-based educational experiences. Located at eight UC campuses, Teacher Education Programs recruit, prepare, and support educators who are committed to academic excellence, equity, and integrity, and to cultivating the highest levels of achievement and opportunity for all students.

UC also provides ongoing support to educators already in the workforce through professional development programs. For example, the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) is a network of nine discipline-based statewide projects, providing more than 700 professional development events for educators at more than 2,500 schools each year. CSMP professional learning opportunities are aligned with state-adopted standards and are collaboratively designed by K–12 and university educators to enhance learning for all students (10.2.1).

Social and economic impact

Including the programs of ANR and UC’s educational partnerships mentioned above, the University of California administers community-based programs at more than 20,000 locations across the state. UC in California; Impact beyond campus borders, displays these programs on an interactive website. Because the well-being of every California citizen and community is important, all campuses sponsor and manage programs far from their campus locations (10.3.1).

Critical to the success of the University is a shared understanding with the California Legislature and California public of the enormous benefit UC provides to the state; its social and economic impact can be demonstrated with the UC in California maps (10.3.2).

More than 1.2 million UC alumni are known to live and work in California (10..3.3). They are leaders, volunteers, and contributors to the vitality of the state’s communities, businesses, and culture. UC’s operations also add significantly to the state’s economy. With over 251,000 employees, UC is California’s third-largest employer (10.3.4). True to its land-grant mission, the UC system touches many aspects of life in California. The UC public service mission has evolved in tandem with the changing needs of our state and local communities, and has developed programs and partnerships that improve the lives of all Californians.

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources brings the power of UC research and education to local communities across California through 3,079 community-based program locations.

10.1.1 UC Agriculture and Natural Resources program locations as of 2018

Map of UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs

Source: UC campuses, most recent data from 2018

UC’s land-grant arm, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), operates several of California’s agriculture and nutrition awareness and education programs across the state, including Cooperative Extension, Research and Extension Centers, the California 4-H Youth Development Program, the UC Master Gardener Program, the UC California Naturalist program, the UC Master Food Preservers program, the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC Program, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

UC’s Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships (SAPEP) helped prepare 162,708 California students for college and university in 2020.

10.2.1 Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs programs

Information Center banner

Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships (SAPEP) outcomes dashboard

More information on SAPEP programs and outcomes: UC’s K–12 outreach programs dashboard



UC’s Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships (SAPEP) portfolio comprises thirteen educational programs.

SAPEP programs were created to reduce disparities in college access and preparation levels among public school students, thereby expanding the following groups: California high school students who matriculate to two- and four-year postsecondary institutions; California community college students who transfer to four-year postsecondary institutions; and undergraduate students who pursue graduate and professional degrees.

Students who participate in SAPEP programs are more likely to complete college preparatory (“a–g”) courses and attend California public two- and four-year colleges and universities.

SAPEP Programs include:

ArtsBridge, Articulation, ASSIST, Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), Graduate and Professional School Programs (GPSP), K–20 Regional Intersegmental Alliances (aka P–20), MESA, Puente Project, Student-Initiated Programs (SIP), Transfer Prep, University-Community Links (UC Links), University-Community Engagement (UCE), and UC Scout.

UC is involved in communities across California through a wide range of local-level service programs at 20,534 locations.

10.3.1 UC in California: Impact beyond campus borders, Community-based program locations as of 2018


UC in California maps website


Source: UC campuses; due to the global pandemic most recent community-based program data from 2018
Note: A comprehensive systemwide effort is underway to gather current community-based program data.

The University of California administers community-based programs at more than 20,000 sites across California. All ten campuses and University of California Health, plus Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), the Natural Reserve System (NRS), and systemwide Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs (GUEA) contribute to the well-being of California society and California’s economic stability and growth. Explore the UC in California maps at

Through personalized maps, UC displays to California legislators the people, funding, and outcomes benefiting from the University in their local communities.

10.3.2 UC in California: Impact beyond campus borders, Advocacy tools


UC in California maps website


  Source: UC corporate systems, summary statistic data current as of February 2023
UC campuses, Comunity-based program data from 2018

UC’s State Governmental Relations (SGR) serves to advance understanding and support for UC’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service. As UC’s principal representative to state elected officials and state agencies in Sacramento, SGR represents the University’s positions on legislative, budgetary, and policy matters.

The UC in California map catalog contains a two-page map of every California legislative district (Assembly, State Senate, US Congressional, US Senate), California county, and campus. These maps are used by SGR in their advocacy efforts.

On the second side of these maps is a summary statistics table for the selected district that is focused on the student pipeline, listing number of applications, admits, and enrollees, and including some demographic information as well as a comprehensive table of financial aid packages. The table also includes employee counts, aggregated payroll, and employee job type, plus counts of alumni, retirees, UC-spawned startup companies, and tech licenses. All in the service of demonstrating UC’s social and economic impact in California.

Summary statistics highlights:

  • In Fall 2022, UC received 251,700 freshman and transfer applications and admitted 61 percent, ultimately enrolling 27 percent, or more than a quarter of all applicants.
  • UC students received more than $1.8 billion dollars in UC institutional grants, Cal Grants, Pell Grants, and Federal Student loans in the 2022–23 school year.
  • UC’s California-based instructional personnel number 45,660 people, research personnel number 28,610, Public service personnel number 160,430 and health services personnel number 61,360 people. There are 83,460 UC retirees living in California.

Discover regional impact by legislative district, county or region on the UC in California maps.

Of UC’s more than two million living alumni, many reside within California.

10.3.3 Location and industry of employment of UC alumni since 2000, in California, Fall 2015

UC programs for community and social services, cultural resources and arts, university extension, business and economic development, and public policy

Source: UC campuses, EDD; Other includes industries such as retail & wholesale,
manufacturing, transportation, construction, legal services, and others.

Campus alumni offices maintain recent residential address information for more than 85 percent of those alumni. These maps display the distribution across California of UC graduates in each of eight different industries, as reported by California Employment Development Department (EDD).

The industry with the largest employment of young UC graduates is health care, employing 11.3 percent of these alumni, followed by higher education at 10.5 percent, and Internet & computer systems at 6.5 percent. The entertainment & media industry employs 3.4 percent of these UC alum.

UC is one of California’s largest employers, with over 251,000 employees.

10.3.4 California resident faculty, academics, and staff employees, 2022; retirees, 2023

Faculty, academics, and staff employees; retirees, in California, 2021

Source: UC Information Center Data Warehouse

The University of California employs more than 251,000 faculty, academics, and staff, of which 99 percent reside in California, making it the state’s third-largest employer. With employees residing throughout the state, UC’s economic impact goes well beyond its ten campus locations. Members of its workforce purchase goods and contribute to local economies across the state.

In addition to the current employees shown on the map, 64,251 of UC’s more than 83,000 retirees reside in California, and their UC pension benefits also contribute to the communities in which they reside.