A birds-eye view: Longitudinal trends in UC students and faculty

Colloquium | October 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Zachary Bleemer, UCOP, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

How has the student experience provided by the University of California changed over the past 100 years, and what are the ramifications of those changes for the broader state of California? I will present preliminary results from the University of California ClioMetric History Project (UCCHP), a longitudinal examination of the contributions of California universities to the state's growth, economic mobility, and gender/ethnic equality. UCCHP has leveraged modern computational advances to construct a comprehensive database of UC students, faculty, and courses since 1900. I will present results focused on UC Berkeley, highlighting trends by student/faculty gender and discipline and comparing historical and contemporary outcomes. I will conclude with evidence of the positive role of female role models—especially UC-educated high school STEM teachers—in promoting female college-going in the early 20th century. UCCHP is a project of the Center for Studies in Higher Education with support from the UC Office of the President.