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Learn more about the vision, strategy and initiatives of Academic Affairs, as well as the services and resources we provide in support of UC San Diego's mission, vision, and values. 

Vision

As Executive Vice Chancellor, I aspire for UC San Diego to work collectively and coherently in becoming an inclusive student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented university.​

I envision that we will:

  • ​scale up the size, connectivity, and impact of our research collaborations​
  • be as proudly innovative in education as we are in scholarship​
  • empower every Triton to succeed – undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty

Strategy for Attaining our Aspirations

Over the past several years, we have worked throughout Academic Affairs, as well as with partners across UC San Diego and the broader community, on several large-scale goals. Through that work, we discovered that the Collective Impact approach of having shared goals and an emphasis on purposeful collaboration magnified the impact of the effort being invested. Here are the UC San Diego overarching goals and habits that will make this effort successful: 

Shared Overarching Goals:

  • Erasing opportunity gaps for undergraduates, graduate students, and employees
  • Developing a culture of educational innovation
  • Promoting large-scale, interdisciplinary, community-engaged research initiatives
  • Uplifting the arts and humanities within our campus identity
  • Emphasizing the societal dimensions of scientific advances

Habits of Purposeful Collaboration:

  • Institutionalizing inclusive, equitable practices
  • Extending our partnerships throughout campus and the wider community
  • Cultivating diverse revenue streams to support new academic initiatives
  • Pursuing continuous improvement – including lessons from the COVID area
  • Employing collective impact  to manifest our shared goals and leverage common datasets, tools, and assessments across our many unique programs

Mission

UC San Diego is transforming California and a diverse global society by educating, by generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and by engaging in public service. Guided by UC San Diego‘s first-ever Strategic Plan, the university is in the midst of a major transformation. Beyond the new buildings, there is an intellectual and cultural transformation underway that is reenergizing the student experience and sparking breakthrough research and innovation.

Academic Affairs supports the campus on its way to becoming an inclusive and welcoming living-learning environment, and a destination for art, culture, and recreation. We are preparing the next generation of global leaders and changemakers to drive innovation, fuel economic growth, and make the world a better place. 

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Values

The values that define UC San Diego create an environment and culture where:

  • Excellence in teaching, research, patient care, as well as a people- and service-oriented culture to support learning and scholarly work are the norm

  • Collaborative interdisciplinary activities that lead to discoveries, technologies, cures, scholarship, and creative work to advance and enrich society are supported

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion enable academics, students, and staff to excel and provide the opportunity for all to succeed

  • An entrepreneurial spirit that leads to agility, taking risks, and creating innovative approaches to solving problems is encouraged

  • Public engagement, sustainability, integrity, and ethics are core principles guiding our activities

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UC San Diego Strategic Plan

As a public research university, we aim to have a transformative impact on the economic, social, cultural, and imaginative experiences of the communities we serve. The UC San Diego Strategic Plan articulates our shared mission, vision, values, and established our five transformational goals and four grand research themes

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(plan.ucsd.edu)