Continued Progress for Campus Transformation

UC San Diego is in the midst of a physical, intellectual and cultural transformation. We are enhancing the student experience, creating a more connected campus and making UC San Diego a destination for art, culture and recreation. We are adding more student housing, classrooms and research facilities, and we are preparing for the arrival of the UC San Diego Blue Line trolley to our campus in 2021. Our revitalization is underway, and the following are achievements over the last year that support the five Strategic Plan goals and campus vision. View prior years’ accomplishments.

Goal 1

Delivering an educational and overall experience that develops students who are capable of solving problems, leading, and innovating in a diverse and interconnected world

  • Increased the number of student majors in all Scripps Institution of Oceanography degree programs by 10 percent, from 542 to 602
  • Aligned the earth systems undergraduate major with Scripps Institution of Oceanography by transferring leadership responsibilities
  • Enhanced student major offerings by developing the oceanic and atmospheric studies major at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Launched a new master’s degree program in Drug Development and Product Management at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which is expected to enroll the first group of students in fall 2018
  • Completed $3.8 million renovation of Eckert Hall providing three new classrooms and student support facilities
  • Completed $1 million state-of-the-art teaching laboratory in Vaughn Hall
  • Enhanced the student experience for entering first generation students by developing the Student Success Coaching Program. The program serves over 800 students through strength-based practices that include goal setting and the development of individualized success plans. Participants earned more units and had higher cumulative GPAs than a comparable group of nonparticipants.
  • Increased the enrollment of low-income and underrepresented freshmen into the Summer Bridge transition program by 60 percent over the past three years, going from 120 in 2013 to 300 students in 2017
  • Increased the number of Chancellor’s Associates scholarships – 204 new scholars joined the campus in fall 2017, bringing our campus total to 540 scholars. We will surpass our goal of providing a total of 600 scholarships by 2018-19. In addition, the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program will graduate 100 students in spring 2018, the largest graduating class to date.
  • Increased undergraduate research participation in faculty-mentored research from 575 students to 730 students, a 28 percent increase from 2014
  • Increased freshmen retention for both Pell and first generation students to 95 percent in 2016, a 1 percent increase from previous year
  • Coordinated Greek Life Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Peer Educator Programs training 2,500 fraternity and sorority members each quarter on a variety of equity, diversity and inclusion topics
  • Designated a Changemaker campus by Ashoka U, the international leader in social innovation and changemaking education. UC San Diego is one of 43 campuses worldwide and the first UC campus to be recognized for serving as a national model and embedding social innovation and changemaking as core values.
  • Hosted the third annual SD Hacks event for over 700 students to innovate with mentors, start-ups and global tech companies. SD Hacks is a three-daylong hack-athon event that allows students to collaboratively build out their ideas using technology.
  • Over 600 students traveled to a systemwide conferences focusing on skill and knowledge development in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Trained over 60 student leaders on topics ranging from conflict management and time management to professional communication and résumé writing in the Raising the Bar program
  • Trained 25 first-year students on topics ranging from conflict management and public speaking to professional communication and event planning in the First Year Fellowship program
  • Developing a student MakerSpace and training facility at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Continued implementation of faculty growth plan with 69 net new hires in 2016-17
  • Established two new Master of Science degrees – drug development and product management, and geotechnical engineering – and two new master’s degrees in public health and professional accountancy in 2017-18
  • Improved time to degree due to efforts in curriculum streamlining, advanced analytics to identify at-risk students, student success services, and Teaching + Learning Commons.
    Graduating class 2013 versus 2017:
    • four-year graduation rates for freshman cohorts improved by 13 percentage points
    • four-year + one-quarter graduation rate for freshman cohorts improved by 10 percentage points
    • four-year graduation rate for underrepresented minority freshman cohorts improved by 16 percentage points
    • four-year + one-quarter graduation rate for underrepresented minority freshman cohorts improved by 15 percentage points
  • Developed and implemented three summer academic success programs: Summer Bridge Math Track, Triton Prep, and Sophomore Scholars Program, serving 393 students who are largely underrepresented minority and first generation starting in summer 2016.
  • Implemented the Teaching + Learning Commons’ five hubs: Engaged Teaching, Digital Learning, Triton Achievement, Writing, and Experiential Learning in 2016. The Commons is a campuswide innovative infrastructure for providing comprehensive faculty and student support.

Goal 2

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive university community that encourages respectful open dialogue, and challenges itself to take bold actions that will ensure learning is accessible and affordable for all

  • Hired a full-time Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives coordinator at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Launched the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence campaign to collect the diverse perspectives and talents of the community to help continue to shape the future of UC San Diego
  • Launched Veteran Ventures Entrepreneurism Program, which is a commitment to provide veterans with entrepreneurial programs, resulting in greater confidence and increased skills as they transition into the civilian world
  • Implemented a successful transition from an opt-in emergency notification process to an opt-out system assuring that all students, faculty and staff receive email and cell phone notifications for all incidents that could jeopardize their safety on campus
  • Expanded STRIVE leadership development program to include Academic Affairs
  • Standardized staff performance appraisals across all VC areas and developed meaningful and simplified performance standards and measurement criteria
  • Established UC San Diego as a Yellow Ribbon campus, providing scholarships to qualified out-of-state veterans to help defray costs of attendance
  • Established Triton Faculty Firsts program that connects our first-generation students to faculty, staff and graduate student role models through networking events, faculty panels and topical lectures
  • Launched a new dialogue ambassador program in partnership with the National Conflict Resolution Center and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust. Twelve trained student dialogue ambassadors who conduct 30 dialogue circles per year on campus and 8 community-based dialogues off campus on a variety of relevant topics.
  • Expanded the Triton Fest event series to 10 events to provide over 13,000 students with free and late-night events. Triton Fest programs evening events as alternatives to high risk activities and it allows our students to build community and connections during crucial windows at the beginning of the quarter.
  • Since fall 2018, served over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, who may be facing food insecurity, at the Triton Food Pantry
  • Nearly 1,000 students registered by the Student Organized Voter Access Committee (SOVAC) during orientation and move-in. Additionally, they hosted quarterly political forums, inviting students to engage with current political topics in a moderated setting.
  • In 2017, hosted the free three-day, two-night 15th Annual SPACES Overnight Program. The Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACES) brought 181 high school students from underserved and underrepresented communities throughout California to UC San Diego for an opportunity to experience the university environment and campus life at UC San Diego. Participants were paired with current UC San Diego undergraduates who served as their hosts and mentors throughout the duration of the program.
  • Curated a season of emerging and seasoned artists through ArtPower that represent a diverse range of world cultures in promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Created student engagement programming through ArtPower that offered students encounters with diverse artists to explore their vision and working methodologies and investigated their relationship to community and culture
  • Provided advice and counseling on a variety of legal topics to over 700 students, helping them to overcome obstacles to their academic and professional success
  • Conducted preventive legal education workshops covering a wide range of subjects for over 1,000 students in order to empower them to make informed legal decisions
  • Initiated placemaking initiatives to increase community building and social interaction and instill a sense of belonging
  • Incorporated alcohol-awareness education into major student events to improve student wellness
  • Implemented a series of initiatives that emphasized UC San Diego’s Principles of Community as central tenets for a more equitable campus climate in order to promote and communicate Principles of Community. The series – Engaging Our Principles of Community – included seminars and workshops, as well as Campus Climate Enhancement Grant opportunities ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Selected grants address issues of bias, advance scholarly work in Black girlhood, enhance UC San Diego police-community relations, encourage student-to-student dialogue on polarizing topics, and celebrate contributions to equity and inclusion.
  • Developed and charged a Black Academic Excellence advisory committee to make recommendations to improve the experiences for Black faculty, staff and students
  • Convened a Joint Academic Senate-Administrative Task Force on exploring Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation for UC San Diego. The task force was charged to “develop recommendations to enable UC San Diego to increase Hispanic student enrollment and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students…”
  • Strengthened programs and services for Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern and Desi American (APIMEDA) students through the hiring of an APIMEDA program manager to develop co-curricular and other support programming.
  • Developed meaningful and simplified performance standards and measurement criteria for the Principles of Community to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion goals and expectations are comprehensively integrated throughout the staff performance appraisal instrument.
  • Launched the Women’s Faculty Network and the Faculty of Color Network. Both were created to foster equity and scholarship throughout campus, for and by women/faculty of color, and to provide peer mentoring, collaboration, networking, and professional development through formal symposia and informal gatherings.
  • Developed the Center For Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. The purpose of the Center is to collaboratively guide and coordinate practice, policy, and professional development with the objective of increasing accountability and measurable progress in diversifying our faculty.
  • Seeded equity, diversity and inclusion innovation across campus through Innovation Grants of up to $15,000 to fund promising pilot projects that advance equity, diversity and inclusion. These mini-grant opportunities allow broad, campuswide engagement in achieving our shared goals for diversity and inclusion. Many of these pilots have been institutionalized either by the department, division or through extramural funding, including Summer Program for Women in Philosophy, Black Studies Research Collaborative, Morehouse-Spelman Physics Bridge Program, Community College Partnership Program in Bioengineering, Explore, Prepare, Innovate, Connect (EPIC) Program, REACH and BioChemCore 2015Arts and Humanities Advantage Outreach Internship ProgramCalifornia ShamanDependent Care Professional Travel Grant Program for Postdoctoral Scholars, GPS Promoting Public Service Weekend, Xavier Summer Program in Biological Sciences, and Peer Educators for Greek Life.
  • Launched the Faculty Peer Mediation Program, designed to empower faculty to help resolve disagreements between colleagues through facilitated negotiation and civil discourse
  • Launched Tritons Together to provide opportunities for students to learn about themselves and the perspectives of others, and to gain the skills needed to put the Principles of Community into action
  • Launched collaborative effort between Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and The Teaching + Learning Commons to fully integrate equity-minded teaching and learning practices
  • Launched Veteran Ventures Entrepreneurism Program, a commitment to provide veterans with entrepreneurial programs, helping to build greater confidence and increased skills as they transition into the civilian world
  • Launched the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Grant for Faculty Leadership in Excellence and Diversity to support faculty who want to enhance their leadership capacity in support of diversity and equity
  • Developed and launched Black and Latinx transition programs, BRC Success Institute, and RRC Avazando Juntos to support and facilitate smooth campus and academic adjustment. Programs deliberately involve family members who are influencers of college choice.
  • Launched the Sol Program to bridge the retention gap of Latinx students. The program is designed to provide Latinx students the support and preparation needed to successfully graduate and benefit from the resources provided at UC San Diego.

Goal 3

Nurturing and supporting a collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture that advances the frontiers of knowledge, shapes new fields, and disseminates discoveries that transform lives

  • Increased sponsored research awards by $4.6 million and increased funding support for researchers from 5 percent to 15 percent at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Hired seven joint faculty members by partnering with five schools at UC San Diego
  • Initiated the UC San Diego Strategic Initiative to Understanding and Protecting the Planet led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Created a new seed-funding research program for early career faculty
  • Launched the Cryo-Electron Microscope Mesa Collaborative. The Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility is available to UC San Diego faculty, staff and students and also to members of the nonprofit research institutions on the Torrey Pines Mesa.
  • Grew research in the Health Sciences by 3.5 percent from $582 million to $603 million.
  • Received over $1 billion in research funding for over five consecutive years since 2013
  • Successfully negotiated 3 percent IDC increase
  • Established free Coursera: UC San Diego students, staff and faculty can enroll in Coursera courses and earn certificates for free

Goal 4

Supporting and promoting just and sustainable forms of economic development, shared prosperity, and social and cultural enrichment regionally and globally

  • Opened the Jacobs Medical Center in November 2016 and continued construction on the new Outpatient Pavilion, scheduled to open in fall 2018
  • Continued short and long-term campus visioning, including updating our Long Range Development Plan for campus and Hillcrest; initiating various regional transportation projects, such as preparation for light rail transit in 2021 and the Gilman realignment project to facilitate connection to the future Gilman Bridge; and planning for the design and construction of mixed-use facilities to create vibrant communities and meet the evolving needs of campus members
  • Served as Science Envoy for the U.S. Department of State
  • Hosted over 474,000 visitors at Birch Aquarium
  • Started successful Corporate Affiliates Program with hundreds of companies participating
  • Launched AIM (Accelerating Innovations to Market) with 54 initial applications across campus
  • Began operation of the research vessel Sally Ride, which had her inaugural voyage in August 2016
  • Launched five new startups by Entrepreneurs in Residence
  • Replaced 56 million gallons of potable water usage with reclaimed water through the Central Utility Plant
  • Ensured Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute building is fully operational

Goal 5

Creating an agile, sustainable, and supportive infrastructure by ensuring a dedication to service, people, and financial stewardship

  • Awarded $29 million for research vessel Roger Revelle Service Life Extension
  • Completed APLU (Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities) Application resulting in a 60 percent increase in Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer grants when university is a partner
  • Created a funding portal on BLINK website to increase visibility to suggested resources for funding opportunities
  • Completed ten “campaigns” in FY 2016-17 through IdeaWave to solicit ideas and implement recommended process improvements on a variety of topics, including collective impact as a pathway to reinvigorate broadening participation in STEM, professional development opportunities, strategic planning, leadership initiatives best practices; the campaigns received more than 206 ideas and 7,906 total page views
  • Completed the Mesa Nueva Student Housing on UC San Diego’s east campus in La Jolla, which added approximately 1,355 new beds for single graduate and professional students
  • Continued construction and design for additional student housing on campus with the Nuevo West and Nuevo East Graduate Student Housing and North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood projects
  • Raised over $1.49 billion in private support toward a historic and ambitious $2 billion fundraising Campaign for UC San Diego by refining campaign priorities and recruiting campaign leadership, including honorary co-chairs Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Ernest Rady, and Denny Sanford
  • Reported over 82.5 percent growth in gifts and grants from $60 million to $110 million in Health Sciences Advancement
  • Trained over 600 UC San Diego staff and faculty in Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodology in 2017, and Lean Six Sigma projects generated an estimated savings of $2.16 million
  • Partnered with CampusBird to offer Visitor Map, an engaging and visually appealing 3D interactive map to improve how people experience our campus

Looking Ahead

Over the next year and beyond, we will continue our efforts to think boldly to identify and implement the unprecedented solutions that are necessary to ensure our continued level of excellence, and that fulfill our Strategic Plan goals. Looking ahead, we plan to

  • Open the Outpatient Pavilion at UC San Diego Health in fall 2018
  • Continue construction and design for additional student housing on campus with the goal of adding 10,000 new beds, including 5,000 by 2021
  • Refine campus vision and physical transformation to meet evolving facility needs for campus members
  • Build a culture of philanthropy and publicly launch fundraising campaign to advance Strategic Plan goals and campus vision
  • Continue to implement faculty growth plan to support future student growth and advance multidisciplinary research
  • Grow UC San Diego’s research enterprise by expanding industry and community-based research, fostering innovation and entrepreneurism, improving large grant application process, and identifying and building support in alignment with strategic strengths
  • Implement new living and learning communities to enhance students’ academic and co-curricular experience
  • Continue to address priority cyclical maintenance projects through strategic investments and partnerships
  • Continue work to support the University of California Carbon Neutrality Initiative by implementing energy efficient projects to ensure campus carbon neutrality by 2025