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For nearly 100 years, UCLA has been a pioneer, persevering through impossibility, turning the futile into the attainable.

We doubt the critics, reject the status quo and see opportunity in dissatisfaction. Our campus, faculty and students are driven by optimism. It is not naïve; it is essential. And it has fueled every accomplishment, allowing us to redefine what's possible, time after time.

This can-do perspective has brought us 12 Nobel Prizes, 12 Rhodes Scholarships, more NCAA titles than any university and more Olympic medals than most nations. Our faculty and alumni helped create the Internet and pioneered reverse osmosis. And more than 100 companies have been created based on technology developed at UCLA.

This is UCLA.
These are the grounds of optimism.

Awards

Awards & Honors:

  • 13 Nobel Laureates
  • 12 MacArthur Fellows
  • 10 National Medal of Science Winnters
  • 3 Pulitzer Prize Winners
  • A Fields Medal
  • And hundreds of recipients of Guggenheim, Sloan and Fulbright-Hays fellowships and other leading grants and awards.

Among UCLA's students, faculty and alumni are some of the most recognized and decorated individuals in just about every field and arena.

UCLA is the alma mater of winners of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys and Golden Globes like Francis Ford Coppola, Alexander Payne, John Williams, Tim Robbins and more than 20 others.

The relentless UCLA appetite for success has become a tradition and legacy. And it sets an example for future generations of Bruins.

Athletics:

  • 113 NCAA Championships
  • 120+ Professional Athletes
  • No. 1 overall pick in almost every major league’s draft
  • 261 Olympic Medals
    • 133 Gold Medals, 66 silver, 62 bonze
  • And the only university with Heisman Trophy, Wooden Award and Golden Spike Award winners

Information found at: http://www.ucla.edu/about/awards-and-honors/

 

INTERNATIONAL RANKINGS

UCLA ranks 12th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, based on faculty publications and citations and the number of alumni and faculty who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.

The Times of London ranks UCLA 14th in its THE World University Rankings (2016-17). The world ranking relies on performance indicators in the areas of teaching, research citations, industry income and international outlook.

U.S. News & World Report introduced a Global Ranking in 2014. UCLA is number 10 in that ranking (2017).

 

NATIONAL RANKINGS

U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA 24th (2016-17) among national universities.

Washington Monthly, which measures access, social commitment and the importance of research as a major driver of the economy and quality of life, ranked UCLA 8th (2016) in the U.S.

The New York Times puts UCLA 5th in its College Access Index, ranking the top schools doing the most for low-income students.

The Center for Measuring University Performance puts UCLA among the nation's top research universities: 8th in total research expenditures, 6th in producing doctorates (2014).

GRADUATE & DOCTORAL PROGRAM RANKINGS

In 2010 (its most recent rankings), the National Research Council placed a number of UCLA graduate and doctoral research programs in its highest ranks. Of the 59 UCLA programs considered, 40 placed in the range that extended into the top 10.

HOSPITAL RANKINGS

According to U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Hospital Honor Roll, UCLA Health ranks as one of the top five hospitals in the nation and, for 27 consecutive years, as the best hospital in the western United States. UCLA's nationally recognized programs based in Westwood and in Santa Monica have been ranked highly in 15 of the 16 specialty areas.

UCLA hospitals have been designated among the nation's "most wired" institutions in a survey by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.

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Benefits

Resources

Distribute (scarce) resources to encourage recruitment and retention of faculty who further the Office’s mission; make human capital investments in such faculty; contribute resources to students, staff, and faculty for campus programming and initiatives that further the Office’s mission.

Examples include:

  • Request for Proposal (RFP)-based calls to distribute programming and research funding;
  • modest ad-hoc financial support for programming;
  • faculty Career Development Awards;
  • faculty scholarships for self-development programs.

Research & Policy

Research, test, and re-engineer various practices and policies to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion; rationalize, rebuild, and rewrite internal procedures and manuals; conduct R&D and translate academic knowledge into pragmatic “best practices.”

Examples include:

  • redesigning complaint investigation procedures;
  • helping redraft university policies and principles;
  • re-engineering student evaluation forms;
  • interventions to lift stereotype-threat and counter implicit bias;
  • exploring and refining measures of campus climate.

Advice and Counsel

Advise, collaborate, and coordinate with administrators, deans, department chairs, Equity Advisors, student leaders, and staff leadership on the business of the University that touches upon equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Examples include:

  • regular meetings with campus administrative leadership;
  • regular meetings with campus academic leadership;
  • regular meetings with student and staff leadership;
  • coordinating steering committees and advisory boards.

Information found at:  https://equity.ucla.edu/about-us/our-work/

Diversity

Build an equal learning and working environment,

by holding ourselves accountable to our professed ideals.

Our work can be categorized into a few core functions:

Information

Connect and communicate with internal and external constituencies, through multiple media, provide clear information, prompt responses, informed analyses, and conceptual framings. Information flows both ways, which means that we are also listening and learning with every engagement.

Examples include:

  • meetings with students, faculty, staff, alums, gov’t officials, regulators
  • attendance at local, regional, and national events;
  • announcements, talks, lectures, keynotes;
  • media interviews, editorials, blogs, social media;
  • “public intellectual” engagements on the merits;
  • building a one-stop clearinghouse website for all equity, diversity, inclusion matters.

Prevention & Compliance

Generate legally mandated reports; act as a gatekeeper in faculty searches; investigate rigorously and objectively complaints of discrimination (including those triggered by sexual violence) and issue written findings; train various communities to prevent discrimination and sexual violence from happening in the first place.

Examples include:

Dual Career

Dual-Career

UCLA is strongly committed to supporting work and family, including assistance for couples with dual careers where one partner is employed at UCLA as a faculty member and the other is seeking local employment in academe or another occupation. Assistance in housing, childcare, and schooling for faculty families is also part of our overall effort to make UCLA a successful career home for our talented faculty and a supportive and family-friendly environment.  

The Faculty Development Office within Academic Personnel, under the direction of Associate Vice Chancellor Chris Dunkel Schetter, assists in locating positions for partners -- whether they be academic or staff and within or outside UCLA -- by coordinating communication with other units on campus and use of available resources such as staff and alumni networks.  Los Angeles is a large, diverse and vibrant city, with many career opportunities.  While it is not possible to guarantee job placement for faculty partners, UCLA wants to ensure that the overall value to the campus of dual career hires is recognized, available resources are deployed, and campus units work together to achieve institutional goals.  Priority in such efforts is placed on increasing the diversity of our faculty and our campus as a whole.

https://www.apo.ucla.edu/faculty-career-development/dual-careers-at-ucla

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UCLA’s core mission can be expressed in just three words: Education, Research, Service

 

OUR MISSION

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities.

Learning and teaching at UCLA are guided by the belief that undergraduate, graduate and professional school students and their teachers belong to a community of scholars. This community is dedicated to providing students with a foundational understanding of a broad range of disciplines followed by the opportunity for in-depth study in a chosen discipline. All members of the community are engaged together in discovering and advancing knowledge and practice. Learning occurs not only in the classroom, but also through engagement in campus life and in communities and organizations beyond the university.

Discovery, creativity and innovation are hallmarks of UCLA. As one of the world's great research universities, we are committed to ensuring excellence across a wide range of disciplines, professions and arts while also encouraging investigation across disciplinary boundaries. In so doing, UCLA advances knowledge, addresses pressing societal needs and creates a university enriched by diverse perspectives where all individuals can flourish.

Civic engagement is fundamental to our mission as a public university. Located on the Pacific Rim in one of the world's most diverse and vibrant cities, UCLA reaches beyond campus boundaries to establish partnerships locally and globally. We seek to serve society through both teaching and scholarship, to educate successive generations of leaders, and to pass on to students a renewable set of skills and commitment to social engagement.

UCLA endeavors to integrate education, research and service so that each enriches and extends the others.

This integration promotes academic excellence and nurtures innovation and scholarly development.

Information found at: http://www.ucla.edu/about/mission-and-values

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