We are a systemwide resource for academic excellence in research, teaching and public service.
Academic Affairs builds on the energy and academic strength of UC’s campuses to enhance the system’s educational impact. We help recruit and retain outstanding professors and provide them with the support they need to succeed. We promote excellence through programs that help prepare, recruit and support undergraduate, graduate and professional students. We manage programs that help position UC and California as engines of economic, social and cultural development. And we ensure that UC remains on the cutting edge of innovation in teaching and learning by supporting new academic initiatives.
Academic Personnel and Programs
The University of California is committed to diversity and inclusion to achieve excellence
Academic Personnel and Programs manages systemwide programs and develops policy supporting academic careers at UC. We are the stewards of the Academic Personnel Manual (APM) and serve as the UC Center of Expertise for academic recruitment, retention, advancement, compensation, diversity, affirmative action, employee and labor relations, and data analysis. We provide faculty and students with opportunities to study and work in Washington, DC and Sacramento. Several of our programs offer publication, media, and digital services to the UC community as well as to California and to the world.
Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs
We manage the university's equity and student success efforts.
Educational Innovations and Services
We enhance learning and increase course access for UC students.
We support campuses with curriculum and professional development.
We oversee undergraduate admissions and financial aid.
We support and advance graduate education at UC.
Graduate Studies advances graduate education at the University of California through strategic planning, analysis, outreach and coordination. This includes the development of graduate research and preparation opportunities as well as advocacy efforts through systemwide initiatives and programs. Learn more about Graduate Studies
Outreach and Educational Partnerships
We partner with K–20, business and community sectors to fill opportunity gaps.
Student and Equity Affairs
We support equity and inclusion, student engagement and well-being.
Student and Equity Affairs coordinates equity, diversity and inclusion efforts for UC students, faculty and staff; oversees student governance and policies; connects students and leadership; and stewards practices and policies that support students’ mental health and well-being.
Institutional Research and Academic Planning
We provide evidence-based analyses and reports that inform and shape strategic planning, institutional policy creation and revision, and decision support.
UC is a leader in advocating for the purpose and importance of public higher education. By providing timely, accurate, consistent, and reliable information about UC and the environment in which it operates, Institutional Research and Academic Planning (IRAP) illustrates UC’s progress, challenges and outcomes in support of its mission.
IRAP's statement of inclusion: We create and model an inclusive and collaborative culture for all of us to belong, grow, and feel valued. We thrive together and commit to practice transparency and equity.
Research and Innovation
We work to strengthen research and innovation across UC.
Research & Innovation (R&I) is a resource for UC researchers and administrators in research policy, funding for systemwide programs, and the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. We work to build UC-wide partnerships, help shape effective policies and provide a strong voice nationally for research and innovation on behalf of UC. Learn more about Research & Innovation
Research Grants Program Office
We fund research to address some of California's most critical needs.
The Research Grants Program Office (RGPO) oversees a broad grantmaking portfolio of over $100 million a year to support research that is critical to California, the nation and the world. RGPO programs enhance UC’s research capacity and excellence, which helps attract top faculty, graduate students, government funding and companies to our state. These grants also enable health researchers and community agencies to collaborate and solve the most pressing problems in the state. RGPO also provides grants for training undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, whose work will benefit California communities. Learn more about the Research Grants Program Office (RGPO)
Natural Reserve System
We provide a network of protected natural areas throughout California.
The Natural Reserve System aims to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California. Our 38 sites include more than 750,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major state ecosystems are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to Sierra Nevada forests.
Innovation Transfer & Entrepreneurship
Increases UC's innovation capabilities and creates new opportunities for the UC community through the promotion of public benefit and economic growth.
Research Policy Analysis and Coordination
We coordinate policy and guidance to support and advance research at UC.
Research Policy Analysis and Coordination (RPAC), a unit of Research & Innovation (R&I), provides guidance and assistance in the development, interpretation and implementation of policies and external rules in the conduct of extramurally funded research at the University of California. Learn more about RPAC.
Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services
We provide tools and resources to our campuses to help fulfill the mission of the University in an ethical and compliant manner
The Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services provides direction, education, oversight for president policy process, investigatory services, auditing and monitoring, guidance and resources to the University to optimize ethical and compliant behavior, provide assurance, and improve operations through effective controls and processes.
External Relations and Communications
We build public understanding and support for the university's mission.
External Relations and Communications is focused on increasing public understanding and support for the university and communicating UC’s value and impact on the lives of people in our local communities, California and the nation. We help establish and strengthen relationships with outside constituencies — such as alumni and philanthropists, business and industry — and, in coordination with campuses, facilitating their support for the university. We also conduct policy analysis for the university.
We help illuminate the unique role UC plays in California’s economic, social and technological vitality, and bring to life its countless contributions to the state, the nation and the world.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2022 UCDA Gold
2021 CASE Circle of Excellence Silver
2020 CASE Circle of Excellence Gold
2020 PRSA Bronze Anvil
2019 CASE Gold
2018 UCDA Best in Show Gold
2017 Eddy Award 1st Place
2014 CASE Gold
2013 Ragan Communications
Executive Communications and Engagement
We help convey the value and impact of the University of California.
Executive Communications and Engagement functions as the UC president’s chief speechwriting team and develops and executes strategic public engagement opportunities on the president’s behalf that promote institutional priorities. The team also helps the UC president manage relationships with strategic groups and constituencies and provides the president with briefing, advance, and event staffing support.
We help keep you informed about what it means to be part of the UC community.
The Internal Communications unit is responsible for developing and delivering a broad range of communications (print and digital) for UC’s more than 225,000 employees and 60,000 retirees. In addition to systemwide communications, the unit is also responsible for internal communications for the UC Office of the President community. Key goals include keeping employees informed about and engaged in presidential and institutional priorities; ensuring employees are receiving accurate and timely information about important university matters; fostering a sense of community, connection and shared pride within the UC community; celebrating the remarkable people of UC and their collective contributions to California and beyond; and enabling employees and retirees to make informed employment/retirement decisions.
We tell the UC story with clarity and conviction.
Marketing communications builds public awareness of UC’s value and its impact on the lives of people in California and beyond. Working with campus colleagues, OP leaders and our clients, we convey the breadth and depth of UC’s leadership in teaching, research and public service, and foster pride and engagement in the UC community. As stewards of the systemwide brand and visual identity we ensure the institution’s values and aspirations are brought to life in each and every communication.
Strategic Communications & Media Relations
Our team serves as the primary link between the Office of the President and the news media.
Strategic Communications and Media Relations enhances the public’s understanding of the university and its contributions to the world. The team interacts with journalists and media outlets, responding to some 150 inquiries a month; strategizes, develops and coordinates communications/messaging on various systemwide issues and events; and helps promote UC priorities through proactive media outreach and tactics. In addition, the department also evaluates and arranges media opportunities for President Drake, drafts statements and op-eds on his behalf as well as that of other senior leaders, and helps manage perennial issues and crises.
UC Health Communications
We provide strategic communications for University of California Health.
University of California Health (UCH) Communications provides strategic marketing and communications support for the University’s health enterprise, including systemwide collaborations among the six academic health centers and 20 health professional schools, a Global Health Institute and systemwide services that improve the health of patients and the University’s students, faculty and employees.
Federal Government Relations
We advocate on behalf of the University of California to the federal government.
The University of California's Office of Federal Governmental Relations is located at the UC Washington Center in Washington, DC. As the largest public research institution in the world, the university engages in numerous partnerships with federal education, health care and research agencies. Working with Congress, the administration, federal agencies and national organizations, we advocate for the university and its policy and fiscal priorities in education, research, healthcare and public service.
We facilitate financial and other support for the university's research, teaching and public service mission.
The Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) promotes, expedites, encourages and assists the campuses in increasing private, voluntary support of the university by providing a central hub for inquiries about support, managing reports and analyses of fundraising activities and assuring accountability in the private support program. We work to interpret, coordinate and oversee policy for volunteer and private support, oversee endowment administration matters and issues related to UC's status as a 501(c)(3) entity. Learn more about IA.
We develop UC's positions on legislative issues and provide analysis and research in support of policy initiatives.
Legislative Analysis is responsible for coordinating the development of the university's position for state and federal legislation, as well as responses to state and federal legislative, gubernatorial and other official requests. Legislative Analysis provides policy analysis and research to further initiatives consistent with UC's policy agenda.
State Governmental Relations
We serve as the primary university representative to state elected officials and agencies.
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, we represent university positions on legislative, budgetary and policy matters.
We manage and oversee systemwide financial management.
The UC Finance Division has oversight of financial and capital project management at the campuses, academic medical centers and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Areas of responsibility include budget analysis and planning, accounting and financial controls, risk management, capital markets financing, capital resource management, strategic sourcing, and external relationships with rating agencies, investment houses, banks, financial auditors and financial regulators.
Budget Analysis and Planning
We develop and manage the university’s systemwide annual budget.
Budget Analysis and Planning (BAP) manages UC’s annual budget and conducts long range financial planning. Our role includes analysis of the complex factors which influence the university’s budget, development of the annual budget requests to the State, and coordination with the campuses on a wide variety of budget-related issues. We advocate in support of the university’s budget and we work with leadership from across the university system to integrate local and UC-wide priorities into our forecast and planning.
Capital Programs, Energy and Sustainability
We support systemwide capital projects and develop innovative strategies to meet our carbon neutrality and other sustainability goals.
We support systemwide capital projects.
Capital Programs provides systemwide leadership and campus support in the following areas: capital budget strategy, policy and recommendations to the regents and the state of California; capital project design and delivery strategies, policy, contract development and training; design professional selections; building/safety code and regulatory issues; land use and site planning, long-range development plans, CEQA compliance and environmental documents; sustainability; and real estate transactions.
We manage the review and approval processes for UC's capital program.
Capital Planning partners with campuses in the development of capital projects through the Ten Year Capital Financial Plan and the Annual Budget for State Capital Improvements. The unit coordinates with OGC, Capital Markets Finance and the Secretary of the Regents office on funding, compliance and other issues to ensure success of capital proposals. Under the Certification Checklist Process, eligible projects less than $70 million are verified for policy compliance. Capital Planning collaborates with campuses on proposed policy and process revisions; provides information required by State agencies; and responds to project-specific queries.
We support systemwide capital project design.
Design Services supports capital project design approvals, and CEQA approvals and compliance. We recommend design and construction policy to the Regents, represent University interests on building code development, and coordinate with governmental agencies. Design Services manages the Designated Campus Fire Marshal program, and acts as a resource to campuses for code interpretations.
We provide support, policy and contract guidance for campus capital programs and construction staff.
Construction Services provides guidance, support, and training to campus capital programs and construction staff. We provide campuses with innovative strategic options to deliver projects, manage costs, and mitigate project risk by advocating industry best practices and crafting complementary policies, procedures, guidelines, contract documents, and educational opportunities. We assist campuses in resolving construction disputes in an equitable and legal manner by offering advice and chairing the Construction Review Board. Construction Services Capital Program Institute leverages industry partnerships and UC professionals to educate over 800 annual UC registrants on more than a dozen critical topics.
Real Estate Services & Strategies
We oversee policy, transactions and activities for university-related real estate.
Working closely with each campus, RESS is responsible for negotiating acquisitions, sales and ground leases. We provide assistance to campuses and medical centers on strategic planning, business case analysis, due diligence and market, valuation, and financial feasibility analysis for real estate matters. RESS supports campus leasing, licensing and other real estate activities with consulting services, training, documents and forms. RESS also accepts, manages and sells endowment real estate received via gift and bequest, and consults with campus foundations.
Asset Management and Physical Planning
We support systemwide land use planning, physical development, facilities operations and asset management.
Asset Management and Physical Planning provides system-wide guidance on land use planning, physical development and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance. We provide CEQA guidance on Long Range Development Plans, Capital Projects, Real Estate Transactions, and other activities.
Energy and Sustainability
We develop innovative strategies to meet our carbon neutrality and other sustainability goals.
Energy and Sustainability supports efficient use of university resources and helps chart a path to carbon neutrality through its leadership and coordination across climate and energy, transportation, green building, zero waste, water and food programs and initiatives. We are leading a bold new effort to change the sources of the energy that UC consumes through our energy services unit.
We develop strategies and policies to support efficient operation, maintenance and renewal of UC's energy.
ESU supports the university’s diverse asset base and helps to chart a path to carbon neutrality with increased procurement transparency. Program areas include wholesale electric, retail load (e.g. campus energy efficiency and renewable energy), natural gas and biogas procurement and development, management of environmental attributes (e.g. carbon allowances), university legislative and regulatory representation on facility issues, and the purchased utility database.
Develops, coordinates and supports campus sustainability efforts throughout the UC system.
We provide systemwide financial management, reporting, policy and procedures in support of UC's mission.
The Controller provides strategic leadership and support of systemwide financial functions including corporate accounting, federal and extramural costing policy, benefit plan accounting, endowment and investment accounting, payroll policy and compliance and taxation. We deliver efficient and effective financial services, provide best practices and guidance to our campus and medical center communities, develop and administer systemwide policies and procedures, and ensure the University’s financial systems are compliant with all University, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
We support systemwide capital projects and capital raising activities.
We access capital markets to finance capital and working capital needs for the university’s campuses, laboratories, and medical centers. We provide leadership and support in capital project policy, planning, design, contract and regulatory issues. We also originate and service mortgage loans for certain faculty and senior staff.
Capital Markets Finance
We support capital-raising activities systemwide.
We provide support for capital programs to the campuses and medical centers which, in turn, provide services to our faculty and student body. In serving the university's needs, the staff of Capital Markets Finance is dedicated to providing efficient service with the highest standards of excellence. For debt information and financial reports, see bondholder information.
UC Treasury manages over $100B in annual cash flow.
Office of Loan Programs
We are the systemwide source of mortgage lending products for eligible faculty and senior managers.
We develop and implement systemwide supply chain strategies and policies that leverage UC's vast purchasing power to optimize University spend.
UC Procurement uses strategic and collaborative sourcing methods supported by technology and data analysis to optimize spend across the UC system, creating significant savings for the University.
UC Procurement partners with campus procurement teams to standardize policies, practices and agreements to make it easier to do business with the University. OUR STORY
We enable university faculty, staff and students to identify and manage risks associated with their activities.
The Office of Risk Services is responsible for developing and implementing Enterprise Risk Management systemwide, identifying and developing strategies to minimize the impact of risk, developing a center of excellence for managing risk, reducing costs and improving safety by executing new ideas and strategic plans in a rapid manner. By strategically managing risk we can reduce the chances of loss, create greater financial stability and protect our resources in support of UC's mission. The Risk Services Fiscal Year 2019-20 & 2020-21 Report is now available.
We at UC Investments (The Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the Regents) manage University of California investment funds and provide fiduciary oversight.
UC Investments currently manages a portfolio of investments totaling approximately $152 billion, which includes retirement, endowment, and cash assets.
Since 2015, UC Investments has integrated material environmental, social and governance risk factors into our investment process because doing so improves our ability to calculate risk-adjusted returns. We are pleased to share our progress on our sustainable investing journey.
As part of the University of California, UC Investments is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We turn our commitment into action via our Diversified Returns program.
UC Legal - Office of the General Counsel
We are the systemwide source of legal representation, advice and guidance.
UC Legal - Office of the General Counsel (UCL) provides legal services to the university, including representation, advice, research and training. We also provide legal opinions to the Board of Regents, administration, faculty, staff and others acting on the university's behalf. We report jointly to the Board of Regents and the president. Learn more
UC National Laboratories
We provide contract management and oversight of LBNL and ensure UC obligations for the LLCs that operate LANL and LLNL.
The Regents of the University of California have a long and rich history in the management and operation of three U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories as a service to the nation that spans more than 80 years:
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab or LBNL) since 1931
- Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since 1943
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) since 1952
We oversee and develop policy for the university's business operations.
UC Operations provides systemwide leadership and oversight of human resource administration, information technology, the UCPath Center, and the project and initiative management unit. This division also oversees the budget and operations within the Office of the President itself.
Systemwide Human Resources
We provide strategic human resources support and oversee HR programs and policies for the UC system as a whole.
The Office of Human Resources is responsible for developing a vision, strategy and environment to engage, empower and involve the university's human capital, in the present and onwards. This includes employee and labor relations, finance, administration, strategic planning, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging, total rewards and administration of UC retirement operations.
Systemwide Leadership and Immediate Office
Driving the vision, strategy and implementation of systemwide human resources programs, policies and efforts
Systemwide Human Resources Leadership & Immediate Office drives the vision, strategy and implementation of systemwide human resources programs, policies and other efforts.
Employee & Labor Relations
Fostering employee engagement, managing labor agreements and providing multi-faceted support
Systemwide Employee & Labor Relations fosters employee engagement, negotiates and administers local and systemwide labor agreements and provides multi-faceted support toward ensuring an inclusive, diverse, collaborative and productive work environments across the UC system.
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Finance & Administration
Providing leadership and strategic support to advance the overall effectiveness of SHR
Systemwide Finance & Administration provides leadership and strategic support in the areas of finance, administration, communication, project management, compliance and analytics to advance the overall effectiveness of SHR.
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HR Strategy & Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
Providing strategic and EDIB guidance to systemwide and location-based leadership
Systemwide HR Strategy & Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) provides strategic guidance to systemwide and location-based leadership related to legal and policy obligations, workforce planning, and equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives and best practices.
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Creating and delivering programs that support the recruitment and retention of world-class faculty and staff
Systemwide Total Rewards creates and delivers principled total rewards programs that support the recruitment and retention of world-class faculty and staff, and involved retirees, in furtherance of UC’s mission, values and vision.
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Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC)
Supporting University members with their pension, health benefits and overall transition into retirement
The Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) counsels members of the University as they transition into retirement and provides long-term pension and retirement health benefits support.
Information Technology Services
We deliver data and technology services and, through collaboration with partners, transform the role of Information Technology to advance the UC mission.
The work of ITS touches many aspects of university life. Prospective students use applyUC to apply online for undergraduate admissions. Faculty and staff use UCPath to access their payroll and benefits information.
We support common operational systems and services for the university.
Operational Services delivers systemwide payroll, HR, academic personnel and benefits administration services through UCPath, and general operations, including Budget, HR, Building, IT, Procurement and Business Services, for the Office of the President.
Office of Systemwide Community Safety
We promote ongoing community engagement in safety, and work with all UC locations to build a more holistic, data-driven, service-oriented and community-centric approach to safety and security across the University.
The Office of Systemwide Community Safety engages across the university to implement practices that improve consistency, transparency, accountability and demonstrate a community-oriented approach to safety and security. This office directly supports the full implementation of the UC Community Safety Plan.
Office of Workplace Inclusion and Belonging
Helps UCOP achieve its vision of becoming an inclusive workplace that embraces the diversity of its employees and fosters an environment where everyone feels respected, appreciated and valued.
Strategy and Program Management Office
As trusted strategic advisors, we apply rigor and analysis to drive solutions on high-impact priorities that advance the mission of the University.
The Strategy and Program Management Office (SPMO) provides seven capabilities to the Office of the President and the UC system:
- Strategic Planning
- Strategy Development and Implementation
- Organizational and Operating Model Reviews
- Leadership Consulting
Process and Change
- Operations and Process Optimization
- Systemwide Program Management and Governance
- Change Management
University of California Health
We advance the health education, research and clinical service missions of the University.
University of California Health comprises six academic health centers, 20 health professional schools, a Global Health Institute and systemwide services that improve the health of patients and the University’s students, faculty and employees. All of UC’s hospitals are ranked among the best in California and its medical schools and health professional schools are nationally ranked in their respective areas.