How do we strive to ensure that the University of California remains the best public university system in the world? By looking hard at every aspect of the enterprise and asking: Can we do better? Can we be more cost-effective? More sustainable? Where can we capitalize on the power of our collective size to work together?

Here's a sampling of initiatives led by the Office of the President that will help keep UC vital for the next 150 years.

Accountability Link

The annual Accountability Report assesses the university's progress in meeting key teaching, research and public service goals.

Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan Link

UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will cover educational and student services fees for California residents whose families earn less than $80,000 a year and qualify for financial aid.

Campus climate Link

The Office of the President is leading an effort to conduct a comprehensive assessment of campus climate, gathering a pool of data to help build environments where people feel respected and valued.

Civil Disobedience Initiative Link

CDI is working to implement the recommendations of the Robinson Edley Report, which identified practices that facilitate free expression and encourage lawful protest activity while protecting the safety of the UC community.

Commission on the Future Link

How can UC maintain access, quality and affordability in the face of severely limited state resources? The commission's November 2010 report addressing that question is shaping UC’s actions.

Data Improvement Project Link

By creating an integrated system that corrals systemwide data, the Office of the President is able to identify opportunities for efficiencies, spot trends, and support better business decisions.

Enterprise Risk Management

The ERM program, which aims to protect people and prevent loss to the system, has already reduced the university’s overall premium costs by more than $80 million in 2010-11.

Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI)

ILTI aims to expand the use of innovative and high-quality online instruction to improve student access to high-demand courses.

Project You Can Link

Ten campuses, four years, $1 billion: That’s the Project You Can goal, a systemwide fundraising effort to grow the pool of scholarships and fellowships that help keep UC affordable and accessible.

Science and Mathematics Teacher Initiative (CalTeach) Link

Through CalTeach, UC recruits and prepares mathematics and science majors for teaching careers by providing special coursework and field experiences in K-12 schools.

Sustainability Link

UC is aggressively moving to reduce its impact on the environment -- from energy-saving buildings to cutting waste in food service.

UC-HBCU Initiative

Seeks to improve the representation of African Americans/Blacks in UC graduate programs by investing in relationships and efforts between UC faculty and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

UC Online

UC Online serves as a resource to assist faculty, campuses and programs in developing high-quality online offerings.

UCPath Link

UCPath is an ambitious effort to transition the entire UC system to a single payroll and human resources system – a move that is expected to save the university as much as $100 million a year.

Working Smarter Link

By cutting costs and generating revenue through a series of focused new initiatives, UC is on track to save $500 million over five years.