Budget for the Office of the President

The budget for the Office of the President for fiscal year 2016-17 is $686 million, or two percent of the total UC budget of nearly $29 billion. The Office of the President’s budget is divided about equally between the two important and distinct functions of the Office:

  1. Systemwide Academic and Public Service Programs
  2. Central and Administrative Services

UC Office of the President provides funding for and in some cases oversees and manages a wide array of systemwide academic and public service programs that benefit the university and the state, and which allow UC to work more effectively as a university system. It also provides central administrative services and business operations that leverage economies of scale and avoid duplication of effort at the campus level.

Systemwide Academic Public Service Programs

  • Represents one percent of UC’s total budget.
  • Budget is $372 million, including $164 million in restricted funds (reserved for specific purposes).
  • Supports systemwide delivery of programs in instruction, research, public service and academic support.
  • More than 50 percent of the $372 million flow to the UC campuses and UC’s statewide Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).
  • Provides managerial support for UC’s three national laboratories, Presidential Initiatives, coordination of systemwide cybersecurity efforts, and operation of UC’s Path Center (human resources and payroll services for the University).

Public Service

UC works with community partners and K-12 schools around the state to advance the health and education of all Californians.

Healthy communities

  • Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) Division — An extensive network of UC researchers and educators bring UC Cooperative Extension services to every county in California through the ANR Division, providing science-based information to help solve local economic, agricultural, natural resource problems and to provide youth development and nutrition education. The ANR Division serves underserved communities and carries out hundreds of research projects addressing many important state issues, such as healthy food systems, clean water, and healthy communities. Programs include Master Gardeners, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education, the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, as well as the following:
    • 4-H Youth Development Program — Promotes hands-on, experiential learning for youth ages 5-19, focusing on science, engineering and technology, healthy living, citizenship, and leadership subject areas.
    • California Institute for Water Resources — Supports research, education, and outreach to develop solutions to water-related challenges in California.
    • Nutrition Policy Institute — Conducts and evaluates research related to the impact of nutrition and physical activity on public health.
    • Research and Extension Centers — There are nine ANR division centers throughout the state that bring academic research and extension activities to regional agricultural and natural resource challenges.

K-12 support

UCOP oversees a wide range of educational programs aimed at improving K-12 education, whether it is through teacher training, curriculum development, or outreach to schools and communities that face persistent achievement gaps:

  • California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) — This program provides a four-week academic and residential program in math and science for high school students. Courses in STEM fields are taught on UC campuses by faculty and researchers, and the students participate in hands-on labs, field activities, lectures, discussions and research.
  • California Subject Matter Project — Comprehensive and statewide professional development programs for K-12 teachers are provided through this network of nine content-based projects designed by University faculty and teacher leaders, covering the academic disciplines required to meet college entrance (“a-g”) requirements.
  • Diversity outreach programs — UC conducts extensive statewide outreach to strengthen and enhance the diversity of UC applicants, students, faculty, scholars and staff.
  • High school and Community College transfer articulation programs — UC certifies the academic rigor of college preparation courses and works to ensure that students know how to meet UC’s entrance requirements.
  • Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project — Diagnostic mathematics tests and scoring services are provided to California high schools free of charge through this program, to promote and support student readiness and success in college mathematics courses.
  • Science and Math Teacher Initiative (CalTeach) — Promising mathematics and science majors at UC are recruited and prepared for future teaching careers in STEM fields through CalTeach.
  • Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships (SAPEP) — A broad portfolio of academic preparation programs, educator assistance, community college articulation support, and school and community partnerships are provided through UC’s SAPEP. The programs assist low-income and underrepresented-minority K-12 students in preparing for and securing access to postsecondary education, graduate and professional school opportunities, and ultimate success in the workplace.


  • California Institutes for Science and Innovation — UC joined with private industry and the State to establish the Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation — four institutes representing a billion-dollar effort that focuses public/private resources and expertise on research areas critical to sustaining California's economic growth and global competitiveness. The institutes are:
    • Calit2 — The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at UC San Diego and Irvine: The two campuses work in partnership to conduct research on the future of telecommunications and information technology.
    • CITRIS — The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society: Building on multidisciplinary research at UC Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz, CITRIS looks to design sustainable energy, water and transportation systems, modernize health care delivery, improve robotics and automation, and foster civic engagement in the digital era.
    • CNSI — The California Nanosytems Institute, at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, which partners with industry to enable the rapid commercialization of science and technology at the atomic, molecular, and supermolecular scale.
    • QB3 — The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at UC San Francisco focuses on the quantitative biosciences, and has built an entrepreneurial support system to help discoveries in the life sciences move from the lab to the marketplace.
  • Institutes of Transportation Studies — UCOP administers this multi-campus research center that teams UC researchers from more than 30 disciplines on six UC campuses to address critical State goals in high priority transportation areas such as climate change, urban sustainability and air quality, infrastructure and energy, transportation system performance and optimization, and taxation and finance.
  • National Laboratory Fees Research Program — This program sponsors partnerships between UC faculty and laboratory scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Awards from the program promote research projects and collaborations that advance the missions of both UC and the labs, including in national security, energy use and efficiency, and critical safety issue areas.
  • Natural Reserve System — This UC network of protected natural areas throughout California consists of 39 sites including more than 756,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major State ecosystems are represented, providing undisturbed environments for academic research, education, and public service.
  • State-funded research programs administered through UCOP are:
    • California Research Coordinating Committee — This faculty-directed program uses endowed funds to support research in all aspects of cancer through a competitive grants program.
    • California Breast Cancer Program — The largest state-funded breast cancer research effort in the nation.
    • California Cancer Research Fund — Supports research relating to the causes, detection and prevention of cancer, including expanding community-based education on cancer and providing prevention and awareness activities for communities that have disproportionately high cancer rates.
    • California HIV/AIDS Research Program — Fosters innovative research in prevention, education, care, treatment, and a cure for HIV/AIDS, funding over 2,000 research projects and allocating more than $275 million in grants since its founding.
    • Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program — Funds innovative research and education efforts that relate to enhancing understanding of tobacco use, prevention and cessation; the social, economic and policy-related aspects of tobacco use; and tobacco-related diseases in California.
  • UC Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) — This systemwide academic research institute encourages binational collaboration and exchanges between UC and Mexico.
  • UC Observatories (UCO) — UCO is a multi-campus astronomical research unit, with headquarters on the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton and labs at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA. It is also a managing partner of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the center for UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project.

Academic Support

  • California Digital Library — The California Digital Library oversees one of the world’s largest digital research libraries. Roughly 3.8 million digitized books, 500,000 digital images and historical documents, and nearly 110,000 scholarly publications are available through the Library. The Digital Library maintains systems linking users to the vast print and online collections across all campuses. It helps the university save millions of dollars by facilitating co-investment and sharing of among the UC libraries.
  • UC Press — One of the foremost scholarly publishers in the nation, UC Press is the nonprofit publishing arm of all campuses both in print and electronic formats. The Press maintains 4,000 book titles in print and publishes an average of 175 new books and 30 multi-issue journals annually in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The Press also provides open access services — free, unrestricted, online access to peer-reviewed research and scholarly work. This allows authors to share their work with global audiences and saves libraries money by making content more affordable.
  • Academic Senate at UCOP — The systemwide Academic Senate authorizes, approves, and supervises all academic courses and curricula and determines the requirements for admissions, certificates, and degrees at all campuses. Among its other duties, the Academic Senate advises on issues affecting faculty welfare and the academic environment.


  • Office of the National Laboratories — UCOP handles functions related to UC’s participation in the limited liability companies that manage Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. UCOP also provides contract administration and governance services for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. These three labs work to make the nation — and the world — a safer place. For example, they advance energy independence through the development of new technologies and renewable biofuels; provide policymakers with detailed modeling related to the anticipated impacts of climate change; and are at the leading edge of national cyber security efforts.
  • President’s Initiatives
    These universitywide efforts are led from UC Office of the President, and bring together faculty, students and staff:
    • Carbon Neutrality Initiative — As a national leader in sustainability, UC has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025, and is developing scalable solutions for climate change in service to California and the world.
    • Global Food Initiative — The entire UC system is working together on the critical issue of how to sustainably feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025.
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative — UC is expanding the innovation ecosystem across its campuses to help more discoveries reach the marketplace. A particular focus is on providing students, including those from the humanities and other non-STEM sectors, the entrepreneurial skills, resources and training to launch successful startups. UC offers a growing network of accelerators, incubators, mentorships and courses to help the generation of student entreprenuers make the most of their innovations.
    • President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program — This program furthers faculty diversity and opportunity at UC by providing fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring.
    • President’s Public Service Fellowships — This program provides financial support for UC law students and graduates who commit to practicing public service law.
    • Student Housing Initiative — UC is expanding the pool of student housing on an accelerated timetable through this Initiative, adding nearly 14,000 beds for undergraduate and graduate students. The program will provide each campus additional affordable housing for its growing student population.
    • UC–Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative — UC is strengthening research collaborations and student opportunity in partnership with faculty and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
    • UC–Mexico Initiative — Scholars from across the University have joined with colleagues at sister institutions in Mexico to broaden and deepen the historical UC-Mexico connection to advance binational projects in a number of substantive areas: arts and culture, education, energy, the environment, and health.
    • Undocumented Students Initiative — UC welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status. Through the Undocumented Students Initiative, UC works to ensure that undocumented students have the same opportunities for academic success as other students.


  • Casa de la Universidad de California — Located in Mexico City, expands UC’s academic research and outreach to Mexico and facilitates the exchange of ideas by scholars and students from both sides of the border.
  • Education Abroad Program — UC’s systemwide study abroad program serves over 5,600 students each year, with UC students attending 120 universities and programs in 43 foreign countries.
  • Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI) — Access across the UC system to high-demand online undergraduate courses is provided through ILTI. Its current catalog includes 160 online and five hybrid courses.
  • UC Center Sacramento — The center offers an academic program in public policy to UC students and provides seminars and internships in and around the Capitol.
  • UC Washington Center (UCDC) — The residential, instructional and research center located near the White House provides UC faculty and nearly 900 students each year with opportunities to study, research, work, and live in Washington, D.C.

Central and Administrative Services

  • Academic Preparation and Outreach — Provides academic support and tools for low-income and underrepresented-minority students along the K-12 continuum, manage and evaluate student and teacher preparation programs, and work with the California Community Colleges and California State University to enhance accessibility of university degrees.
  • Admissions and Enrollment — Maintains UC's admissions process and portal. Partners with community colleges high schools, and education groups through its Achieve UC program reach thousands of California students each year with financial aid information, resources and encouragement to apply to the university.
  • Applications — Operates the centralized admissions application system serving hundreds of thousands of prospective undergraduate students.
  • Benefits and Retirement —  Administers plans for 200,000 current and retired faculty and staff members.
  • Budget — Manages fiscal operations and the University of California system’s annual $29 billion budget.
  • Human Resources — Supports staff development and recruitment and employee relations, and develops and administers personnel policies and programs.
  • Financial Aid — Administers student financial assistance totaling over $5 billion annually. Three-fourths of California undergraduates receive aid, and more than half of California undergraduates receive enough aid that all their systemwide tuition and fees are covered. UC undergraduates will receive more than $250 million directly from UC in 2017-18 to help pay expenses above and beyond tuition and fees such as housing, food, books and transportation.
  • Intellectual Property — Collects patent and licensing revenues, pays expenses and distributes royalties.
  • Investments — Manages UC’s $100 billion investment portfolio, including campus endowment funds and oversight of the UC pension fund that serves 270,000 members.
  • Labor Relations — Negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of campuses.
  • Legal Services — Oversees legal and ethical compliance at all campuses, medical centers and UCOP.
  • Medical Enterprise — Oversees five public medical centers that provide critical care for Californians, serving about 1 million patients a year.
  • Student Services and Engagement — Helps maintain positive campus environments conducive to student success, diversity, health and wellness, leadership and retention.
  • Risk Services — Manages insurance programs for the system.
  • UC Advocacy — Promotes the University’s interests in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and with the public.