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Spotlight: Staff Development at Berkeley

In addition to the annual NOW staff development conference, Berkeley offers staff a wide range of resources for learning and development. 

Globalization of Higher Education Conference


John Wilton recently joined Governors Jeb Bush and Jim Hunt at the bipartisan Globalization of Higher Education Conference. At the conference, John spoke about the challenges and opportunities for higher education in an era of globalization. He also shared Berkeley's multifaceted, spectrum approach to online education. Click here to watch the video of John's presentation.

Building New Ideas for the Future at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is a leader in developing new models for financial sustainability that have helped us retain our place as the world's premier public university, despite weathering historic lows in state funding. Through the new Revenue Generation Program, the Operational Excellence Program Office is partnering with schools and departments across campus to explore, expedite and implement ideas to generate new net revenue. Watch this video to learn more.

True or False?

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The lack of state funding is eroding our public character.

FALSE: The changes in the composition of our funding sources have not had any impact on the public character of Berkeley. We have experienced a 50% decline in nominal dollars in state appropriations over the past seven years and we have never been more of a public institution as measured by the composition of our student population or faculty. We are fully committed to our public purpose, mission and values and there is little reason to think this will change.

Most of our funding goes to pay for administration.

FALSE: More than 70% of our revenues are spent on teaching, research and academic departments. An additional 13% goes to Student Affairs, with about 15% allocated to fund our operations. And this has been on a declining trajectory. The salaries of the Senior Management Group have also declined, accounting for less than 1% of our total budget.

The number of applications to Berkeley has increased.

TRUE: Another record number of students have applied for enrollment in UC Berkeley’s 2013-14 freshman class. In all, more than 67,000 individuals submitted applications, up nearly 10 percent from the previous application period.

Berkeley's revenues are growing.

TRUE: Despite the huge disinvestment in higher education by the state, Berkeley's revenues have increased over time.

Tuition increases are making it impossible for lower-income families to pay for college.

FALSE: About 40% of our undergraduate students effectively pay no tuition because their families earn under $80,000 a year. The total cost of attendance for our lowest income students has been flat in real terms over the past several years. In addition, as of this year, we are the only public university in the U.S. to offer financial aid to families with incomes between $80,000 and $140,000, via our Middle Class Access Program (MCAP). In effect, this insulates students from families in this income bracket from tuition increases if other factors stay the same.

Berkeley students receive more Pell Grants than all the Ivy League schools combined.

TRUE: Berkeley has 38% of undergrads receiving awards compared to 17% for the combined Ivy League. See our latest report on Pell Grant statistics.

Posted by John Wilton on July 11, 2014

The facts in this infographic, which were excerpted from my recent paper on IA, show some of the many ways that Berkeley’s IA program is fostering excellence, equity and access at our university.


In his paper,"Time is Not on Our Side," Vice Chancellor John Wilton examines the current policies shaping Berkeley’s financial outlook and identifies the serious challenges they'll create if we don't act. In part two, Wilton offers real solutions to put Berkeley and the UC system on a sustainable path for the future.
Read the latest from Vice Chancellor Wilton:
Time Is Not On Our Side Part 1
Time Is Not On Our Side Part 2

Professors Bob Jacobsen and Richard Rhodes discuss student athletes and academic performance at Berkeley.
Take a look at the facts in their latest piece:
Facts About Intercollegiate Athletics

Intercollegiate Athletics Facilities Financing
Vice Chancellor Wilton provides a summary of the financing approach for the new intercollegiate athletics facilities, California Memorial Stadium and the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance.
Read more about the new facilities financing model here.