The Office of Institutional Research conducts research on topics of interest to campus administrators or to higher education in general, publishes reports to disseminate our findings, and presents at conferences to build collegial relationships within the institutional research community.

Coalition for Next Generation Life Science

UC San Francisco joined eight other U.S. research universities and a major cancer institute in an effort to give would-be life scientists clear, standardized data on graduate school admissions, education and training opportunities, and career prospects. The 10 institutions have founded a Coalition for Next Generation Life Science. The presidents and chancellors of the founding institutions announced the initiative in a jointly authored article published in the Dec. 15 issue of the journal Science.

A Primer on Indirect Costs at UCSF

For many principal investigators, the issue of indirect costs can often represent everything frustrating about the modern mechanisms of funding scientific research. An interactive dashboard was built to help PIs get acquainted with the topic. The concept and components of indirect costs, the process of indirect cost reimbursement rate development, the impact of the research portfolio on a PI's indirect cost rate, and the distribution of indirect costs recovered are the main contents of the dashboard. The Budget and Resource Management Office provided data and content expertise for the dashboard.

Food Security at UCSF: Student Survey

As part of the University of California Global Food Initiative that aims to ensure that students on UC campuses have food security while taking on the bigger issue of hunger around the world, a food security survey was administered at UCSF in the spring quarter 2015. The survey results shed light on the scope of food security issues on campus, help identify at-risk populations, and provide contextual information for planning and budgeting of financial support for our students.

Data Visualization of Survey of Student Cost of Living

In response to the rising cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area and the increasing concern over the financial needs of students at UCSF, a survey was conducted to further understand our students’ living arrangements and expenses. The results are presented here in a story board where viewers can visually explore the data.