Access

Highlights for Student Affairs Strategic Priority: Access

Goals: Advance an inclusive campus climate; increase affordability 


Building Community

Office of Undergraduate Admissions Builds Community Access to Cal

Community was the byword in Admissions for 2013. To connect underrepresented students to campus support, Admissions sponsored brochures for Berkeley’s African American, Chicano/Latino, and Native American populations. For newly admitted students visiting campus, Admissions created a half-day “admitted student experience,” an informal opportunity to get to know Berkeley. Admissions and Financial Aid joined forces to give out-of-state Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship candidates in-person, one-on-one interviews with faculty, and also hosted counselors who recommended these superlative out-of-state applicants. 

Financial Aid website

Financial Literacy, Food Assistance, Web Projects Highlight Financial Aid Year

In addition to disbursing more than $650 million of student financial support, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office processed a record number of Regents' and Chancellor's scholars; established a campuswide financial literacy workgroup and peer mentorship program; created the Food Assistance Program for students in need; automated the emergency loan process; and launched a new website that garnered 150,000 visits per month in its first three months.

Philanthropy

Student Affairs Philanthropy Boosts Funds for Undergrad Scholarships by 40 Percent

Student Affairs Philanthropy increased dollars raised for the Berkeley Undergraduate Fund, as well as for the Cal Opportunity, Incentive Awards, and Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship Programs, by nearly 40 percent, and leveraged matching programs to secure an additional $450,000 for undergraduate scholarships. Three new fundraisers brought in their first major gifts in addition to their annual fund work.

Career Center

Students Get Credit for Summer Internships, Thanks to the Career Center

In addition to its ongoing work of researching employment trends and promoting Berkeley students, the Career Center developed significant partnerships with several graduate student organizations to deliver major career events; attracted a record number of employers and revenue for its  “Berkeley Circle” VIP program; developed a Memorandum of Understanding with UC Berkeley Extension to provide resources to 800 first-semester freshmen; launched a successful medical school review tool; and, with Summer Sessions, created an academic mechanism for students to earn credit for their summer internships.

Housing

New Residential Curriculum Model Brings RAs and Students Together

In 2013, Residential and Housing Services (R&HS) launched a new curriculum in the residence halls that led to 121 resident assistants (RAs) completing more than 5,500 personal check-ins with residents during the fall semester. The program allowed residents and RAs to collaborate and create community standards for their floors. Moving forward, R&HS will identify ways to extensively assess and evaluate the curriculum, as well as caseloads, service, and student satisfaction.

Ombuds Office

Getting the Word Out About the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdocs

In addition to participating in divisional initiatives, such as Stay Day, CONNECT, Thanks to You, and the Strategic Planning Initiative, the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdocs increased its marketing, outreach, and trainings. The number of outreach presentations tripled, and the office delivered five times more trainings for departments than the previous year. The office’s caseload increased by 16 percent from 2012-13, and a quarter of all cases resulted in facilitated resolution.