Vice Provost Lisa Alvarez-Cohen and staff from the Division of Academic Planning are involved in a number of initiatives related to academic planning, space management, and global engagement. Below we have listed major initiatives. Click each heading to view a brief description and to access reference documents. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact our office at


Academic Program Reviews

In consultation with the deans and department chairs, in Spring 2017, former Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu initiated a project to update the Academic Program Review (APR) process. The primary changes include a mid-cycle check-in that provides an opportunity for school deans and department chairs to communicate to the Program Review Oversight Committee (PROC) and campus leadership a brief update about their APR-related activities, and to bring attention to new challenges and/or opportunities that the unit faces. Other changes include sending annual reminders to all academic units, with links to each unit's customized APR schedule and at-a-glance profile, as well as links to the Academic Planning dashboard and the online Academic Repository (Box folder) containing the unit’s most recent APR outcome letter, self-study, and planning documents. All APR changes took effect on September 1, 2017. For more information, see Academic Program Review Changes.

Academic Unit Profiles

The Division has launched a new project to develop at-a-glance profiles of academic units. The purpose of these profiles is to help raise the visibility of UC Berkeley schools, colleges and departments and to facilitate collaboration across units. The profiles highlight trends in key areas (undergraduate and graduate enrollment, degrees awarded, research, etc.); they consolidate academic and institutional data from multiple sources. This project, from development to maintenance, was conducted in partnership with department chairs. The profiles can be accessed from the Academic Units page. 


New Space Management System – TRIRIGA

Our division has implemented a new space management system for the campus. TRIRIGA is an enterprise IBM system that has been configured for campus use in partnership with the UC Office of the President, as part of the Integrated Capital Asset Management Program (ICAMP). TRIRIGA will integrate space data and floor plans with information about building assets and condition, as well as data from other enterprise campus systems, to provide a more comprehensive view of the campus portfolio. We are very pleased to make this tool available to campus decision-makers to ensure that we can optimize our limited campus space.


GEO Advisory Group

The Global Engagement Office Advisory Group was established in Spring 2017 in order to help set priorities for GEO's work and to help inform campus global engagement strategy. The advisory group members’ invaluable insight helps ensure that decisions with regard to global engagement are made in alignment with Berkeley's core values and international vision. The GEO Advisory Group will meet regularly to advise GEO regarding activities in support of international visitors and partners, recommend elements of an international strategy for the campus, and suggest and support the implementation of best practices for global engagement to ensure the success and sustainability of UC Berkeley's international partnerships. See GEO Advisory Group.

International Activities Coordination Group

The International Activities Coordination Group (IACG) is composed of members who advise on, or are engaged in, planning international activities. The group keeps senior administration informed of internationalization efforts across campus and coordinates high-level campus global initiatives. See the International Activities Coordination Group's Composition.