How are UCUES results used at Berkeley?

  1. Systematic administrative uses
    • UCUES responses about the academic experience in the major are reported each year to each department for its majors. The results are also analyzed in detail by the Financial Policy and Institutional Research Team for academic program review, the periodic in-depth evaluation of every instructional program. Students are asked to rate how satisfied they are with such aspects of their major as instruction by faculty and graduate student teaching assistants, advising, equitable treatment by faculty, and the availability and quality of courses. These responses are also compared to other majors and to prior years' data to examine trends over time. UCUES data have helped shift academic program review from a predominant focus on faculty and graduate students to one of increasing attention to the undergraduate experience.
    • UCUES results regularly inform the decisions of administrators in everyday situations, from answering specific questions (for example, what percentage of students are employed off campus or how many hours undergraduates study per week) to providing a more complete and nuanced picture of the everyday experience of a diverse population of undergraduates.
    • UCUES responses are a key component of the UC system's public accountability initiative, which is akin to the Voluntary System of Accountability template proposed by AASCU and APLU (formerly NASULGC).
  2. Non-routine administrative uses
  3. Scholarly research
  4. Instruction
    • Sociology 105, Introduction to Sociological Methods (uses subset of UCUES data for computer data analysis-intensive course)
    • Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (undergraduates conduct original empirical research using UCUES data)