July 19, 2013
July 11, 2013
This month, as we focus on our Operating Principle “We are accountable to each other,” I am reminded of the importance of looking for opportunities to give and receive feedback – at the individual, team, unit, and campus levels.
This new video highlights two bright spots on campus where our staff effectively elicit, analyze, and act upon feedback to improve performance.
June 11, 2013
May 3, 2013
Proposed aquatics center aids campus
New aquatics center will not be funded by student tuition
By John Wilton -- Daily Cal OP-ED -- Friday, May 3, 2013
April 25, 2013
Read Armando Fox's blog on the role of MOOC's (Massive Open Online Courses) in higher education.
April 24, 2013
Just ten years after the launch of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability, we now have an impressive list of accomplishments in support of our efforts to green the campus and significantly lower our carbon footprint! Congratulations to the Green Team! Read all about it in NewsCenter article.
April 18, 2013
Check out the Top Ten Reasons Cal is a Sound Financial Investment developed by the Office of Planning and Analysis.
April 10, 2013
March 28, 2013
March 5, 2013
Last Friday, I was invited to give the welcoming remarks at UC Berkeley's first campus-wide career development conference for staff: the NOW Conference. I was impressed to hear that the event had completely filled up within the first 24 hours of opening registration. I also learned that we have made hundreds of new hires since July 2012. The number of people taking courses and pursuing training opportunities is also astounding.
February 16, 2013
Feb. 15, 2013
BERKELEY - The University of California Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (IA) has published the most recent financial statement on the progress of the Endowment Seating Program (ESP). Going forward, IA will issue statements regularly after the close of each quarter to ensure transparency and support clear communications on ESP sales progress.
February 14, 2013
Recent attention by the media and elected officials has focused on the affordability of a college education. Berkeley, including our campus leadership and Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, is determined to keep our university an affordable choice for students and their families. Forty percent of undergraduates pay no tuition and 65% receive some form of financial aid. For the 40% that take loans, the average level of student indebtedness is around $17,000, an amount that is lower than many car loans. In addition, Berkeley made history by becoming the first public university to cre
December 19, 2012
Dear members of the VCAF community,
There is no question that we have had a terrific year in terms of accomplishments. We were able to undertake several campus-wide system implementations and start a whole new area of work around revenue generation. We plan to continue to challenge the status quo and take risks for the benefit of Berkeley in the new year – plus have some fun. We cannot do any of this without the care, commitment, and hard work of everyone in our organization.
December 14, 2012
Last week, we had another great win on the Procurement side that will benefit many of our academic units directly. UCSF and UC Berkeley identified 44% savings ($200,000) by competitively bidding a portfolio of chemicals in a reverse auction. Over the course of the 90-minute bidding event, the team collected approximately 50 bids from 4 different suppliers. The new pricing is expected to be implemented at UCSF and UC Berkeley in the January Quarter and could benefit other campuses across the UC system as well.
December 13, 2012
Dear Campus Community,
The campus has spoken! Over the course of the last two years, more than 10,000 voices have contributed to articulating a working culture that can help us succeed. Great ideas were generated in CultureCal, the online brainstorming event in October in which thousands of Berkeley’s staff, faculty, and student employees rated principles, created new ones, and shared passionate comments.
November 30, 2012
November 19, 2012
As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, I feel very fortunate that we have so much to be thankful for in VCAF. Everyone in our organization continues to show an incredible amount of talent and motivation, despite the many challenges we face. The elections are behind us and the outcomes look promising for California and higher education. The passage of Prop 30 sends an important message: clearly, voters think that spending on education is the right decision.
November 15, 2012
November 14, 2012
EPA Food Recovery Challenge ceremony will be held at UC Berkeley on November 15 starting at 10am, and will include remarks and a tour to follow of our university’s student-led composting network and innovative LeanPath computerized food waste tracking system at Cal Dining. The LeanPath system provides real time data to avoid food waste and save money. The tour will provide a behind-the-scenes look at UC Berkeley’s innovative approach to food management.
November 6, 2012
With state funding accounting for only about 11 percent of UC Berkeley’s operating budget in the 2011-12 academic year, a question arises as to what, exactly, defines a public university. We believe that while sources of revenue are an element of the equation, there are other important attributes that must be taken into consideration. For example, the mission, values and purpose of a university are critical, as is the socioeconomic composition of its community.