The University's fundamental missions are teaching, research and public service. We teach - educating students at all levels, from undergraduate to the most advanced graduate level. Undergraduate programs are available to all eligible California high-school graduates and community college transfer students who wish to attend the University of California. Instructional programs at the undergraduate level transmit knowledge and skills to students. At the graduate level, students experience with their instructors the processes of developing and testing new hypotheses and fresh interpretations of knowledge. Education for professional careers, grounded in understanding of relevant sciences, literature and research methods, provides individuals with the tools to continue intellectual development over a lifetime and to contribute to the needs of a changing society. Through our academic programs, UC helps create an educated workforce that keeps the California economy competitive. And, through University Extension, with a half-million enrollments annually, UC provides continuing education for Californians to improve their job skills and enhance the quality of their lives.
We provide public service, which dates back to UC's origins as a land grant institution in the 1860s. Today, through its public service programs and industry partnerships, UC disseminates research results and translates scientific discoveries into practical knowledge and technological innovations that benefit California and the nation. UC's agricultural extension programs serve hundreds of thousands of Californians in every county in the state. Open to all Californians, UC's libraries, museums, performing arts spaces, gardens and science centers are valuable public resources and community gathering places. The University's active involvement in public-school partnerships and professional development institutes help strengthen the expertise of teachers and the academic achievement of students in communities throughout California.
We do research - by some of the world's best researchers and brightest students in hundreds of disciplines at its campuses, national laboratories, medical centers and other research facilities around the state. UC provides a unique environment in which leading scholars and promising students strive together to expand fundamental knowledge of human nature, society, and the natural world. Its basic research programs yield a multitude of benefits for California: billions of tax dollars, economic growth through the creation of new products, technologies, jobs, companies and even new industries, agricultural productivity, advances in health care, improvements in the quality of life. UC's research has been vital in the establishment of the Internet and the semiconductor, software and biotechnology industries in California, making substantial economic and social contributions.
Principles of Community These principles of community for the University of California, Berkeley, are rooted in our mission of teaching, research and public service. They reflect our passion for critical inquiry, debate, discovery and innovation, and our deep commitment to contributing to a better world. Every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring and humane environment in which these values can thrive. We place honesty and integrity in our teaching, learning, research and administration at the highest level. We recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors. We affirm the dignity of all individuals and strive to uphold a just community in which discrimination and hate are not tolerated. We are committed to ensuring freedom of expression and dialogue that elicits the full spectrum of views held by our varied communities. We respect the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together and call for civility and respect in our personal interactions. We believe that active participation and leadership in addressing the most pressing issues facing our local and global communities are central to our educational mission. We embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. UC Berkeley's "Principles of Community" statement was developed collaboratively by students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and issued by the Chancellor. Its intent is to serve as an affirmation of the intrinsic and unique value of each member of the UC Berkeley community and as a guide for our personal and collective behavior, both on campus and as we serve society.
Scotlan Scholarship The Scotlan Scholarship award recognizes students who have achieved academic excellence and who have demonstrated leadership in the community. We hope this annual celebration of Black student success motivates and inspires other students to strive toward academic excellence. Mission Statement The Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) was established in 1979 to address the issues and concerns unique to employees at the University of California, Berkeley. The goal of BSFO is to promote inclusiveness of African-Americans at the University of California at Berkeley; to function as an informative organization in support of recruitment, career development and retention of our members; hold the campus administration accountable for maintaining its commitment to diversity and affirmative action; and to be an influential voice in supporting recruitment and retention of African -American students. Ultimately bring together the African-American community internally and externally. To develop and maintain a cohesive network system that will cross all campus levels. Black Staff and Faculty Organization
A Scholarship Program That Changes Lives The Incentive Awards Program (IAP) provides financial support in scholarship funds over eight semesters, and student support services to low-income students and first generation college students who have demonstrated leadership potential, high academics, and a commitment to serve others. IAP reaches out to first-generation college students who have overcome great socioeconomic disadvantages through its partnerships with 49 Northern California high schools, and 22 Los Angeles high schools through its Pre-Collegiate Academy. Incentives Awards Program IAP believes that education is an equalizer and a means to empower dynamic young community leaders. The Incentive Awards Program (IAP) is committed to providing an avenue for high-achieving students who have overcome socio-economic barriers to advance their education and success at UC Berkeley and beyond. We realize this mission by: Inspiring first-generation college and low-income high school students to seek a post-secondary education, and encouraging them to apply to and attend UC Berkeley. Recruiting applicants who reflect the diverse populations of their high schools and who are committed to mentoring younger students. Providing the tools, empowerment, and support services to help IAP Scholars successfully navigate their academic careers and graduate from UC Berkeley. Counseling Scholars in their future endeavors, and by cultivating community leaders.
The UC Berkeley McNair Scholars Program What is the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program? The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. Twenty to thirty McNair Scholars are selected each year to participate in both academic and summer activities. The McNair Scholars Program aims to increase numbers of groups underrepresented in doctoral programs. Who Qualifies? Students who meet the following criteria: Completion of at least 60 units 3.0 minimum cumulative UC Berkeley GPA US Citizenship or permanent US Residency Qualify as either a first-generation college student who also has an income level established by the US Department of Education; or a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education. Preference is given to students who have previously participated in a TRIO program.
The Posse Foundation The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Those Posse Scholars who are admitted by UC Berkeley are awarded a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship. Posse Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers. The Benefits Full tuition scholarship and possible supplemental aid For-credit seminar with fellow Posse Scholars addressing academic study skills, leadership skills, stress management, time management, writing, research skills and methodology, graduate school application, community service, mentoring, and learning about campus resources. Posse retreats, including Annual Posse Plus Retreat Faculty, staff, and peer mentoring External Posse support and program evaluation Senior officer at UC Berkeley to act as liaison with Posse staff
Summer Bridge Mission Statement Summer Bridge, a rigorous academic residential program, cultivates a diverse community of scholars and prepares them to engage actively with and meet the challenges of a large public research University. The Program supports the University's commitment to excellence by providing students with: A stimulating and challenging academic experience Personalized, comprehensive advising and counseling An intellectually and socially enriching residential experience
Summer Bridge began in 1973 with the mission of assisting entering Educational Opportunity Program Freshmen and Transfer students as they transitioned to the University. The inception classes were small in size, servicing approximately 35-50 students for eight weeks. In 1976 Summer Bridge expanded its enrollment by 50%. The following year, 1977, the student population served became limited to freshmen.
In 1978 Summer Bridge was once again expanded to serve Affirmative Action students and in the five years following this (1979-1984) a Special Services Grant allowed for augmented services for low-income, first- generation students and English as a Second Language students. Following the tradition of expansion and service to underserved communities, during the period of 1980-1989 Summer Bridge incorporated student athletes, disabled students, and mandated students whose admission is conditional on their successful completion of the program. The Summer Bridge class of 1989 was the first class to have an all-residential experience- a key component that has continued since. From 1980-1994 Summer Bridge served approximately 200-280 students each summer and in 1993 it became a six week program. In 1998 the Summer Bridge program was forced to adopt and admissions cap due to funding issues.
Today the program serves over 140 students. 90% of its students are eligible for financial aid and 84% of its students come from families that makes less than $45,000 a year. Using measurable data it has been shown that students who complete Summer Bridge persist at Cal at a higher rate than non-Summer Bridge first-year students. Overall retention rates for Summer Bridge students are higher than those of the general student body. Our success has been a model for universities across the nation and around the globe. With 90% of Summer Bridge students being the first in their families to attain a bachelor’s degree, Summer Bridge has never wavered in its mission to successfully transition low- income and first generation students to the University. Thirty- five years and more than 5,000 students later, the program continues to assist students traverse their bridge and go on to become lawyers, scientists, educators, professional athletes, and civic leaders.