Initiatives

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 vpap@berkeley.edu

ACADEMIC PLANNING INITIATIVES

Academic Program Reviews

In consultation with the deans and department chairs, in Spring 2017 the Academic Program Review (APR) process was updated to 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.

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. 

SPACE INITIATIVES

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.

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVES

International Activities Coordination Group (IACG)

The IACG keeps senior administration informed of internationalization efforts across campus, coordinates high-level campus global initiatives, and develops international activity guidelines for campus. The IACG is a standing committee with a one-year renewable appointment, with a charge issued by the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

International Engagement Policy Task Force (IEPTF)

The IEPTF was charged with reviewing and providing guidance to campus leadership on Berkeley's international policies, protocol, and global engagement strategy, in response to increasing discussions led by U.S. Federal agencies and Congress about the nature of U.S. universities and their engagement with international institutions and governments. The IEPTF was a temporary task force, engaged in a focused effort from April-May 2019, with a charge issued by the Vice Provost for Academic Planning & Vice Chancellor for Research. The IEPTF released its final report in Spring 2020.

Berkeley International Group (BIG)

BIG is a recognized Berkeley Staff Association Community of Practice(link is external) led by GEO that is composed of UC Berkeley staff and faculty who are invited to meet monthly to collaborate and participate in informal discussions related to the international work across UC Berkeley.

BIG's goals are to:

  • Bring together staff and faculty with similar professional interests in international education, and serve as a community to share knowledge about Berkeley’s international activities.
  • Foster connections among UC Berkeley’s international stakeholders, strengthening cross-unit collaboration and providing a space to share best practices, innovations, and challenges across a decentralized space.
  • Provide a space for all levels of staff and faculty to connect around Berkeley’s international programs and topics of interest – providing a space for staff at all levels (from entry level through senior administration) to connect. Staff and faculty are encouraged to join the bconnected list!