UC President Janet Napolitano selected accomplishments
On Sept. 30, 2013, Janet Napolitano became the 20th president of the University of California, and the first woman to lead the $36.5 billion enterprise. Some of her major accomplishments include:
Enrollment and access
Enrolled more than 17,500 additional California students above planned enrollment since 2015, including large numbers of first-generation and transfer students.
Created the Transfer Pathways program, which simplifies the transfer process for California Community College students in 21 of UC’s most popular majors.
Expanded Achieve UC, an outreach program that helps California high school students from all backgrounds prepare for admission to the university.
Facilitated UC Merced 2020, a project to double the physical capacity of the campus and allow it to serve 10,000 students.
As UC’s chief advocate, Napolitano successfully secured state reinvestment in the university, enabling it to stabilize tuition. As a result, UC has implemented only one in-state tuition increase during her tenure, totaling approximately $330.
Napolitano also lobbied state and federal lawmakers to expand student financial aid to include summer Cal Grants and year-round Pell Grants. Under UC’s strong financial aid program, 57 percent of in-state undergraduates have all tuition and fees covered by financial aid.
Expanded UC’s partnership with the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities as part of efforts to diversify graduate and faculty ranks. UC has now enrolled 60 Ph.D. fellows at seven campuses.
Created two public service fellowships, one that helps UC law students pursue careers in public interest law and another that helps undergraduate students participate in Sacramento and Washington D.C. internships.
Filed a lawsuit to block the federal government’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Launched the UC Cancer Consortium, which harnesses the strengths of all five UC medical centers to conduct more than 1,000 clinical trials per year and accelerate federal approval for promising cancer therapies.
Created the President’s Research Catalyst Awards to foster multicampus, interdisciplinary research in areas of strategic importance to California and the world, including climate change, drought, wildfire, cultural preservation, teacher training and more.
Fostered UC’s growth as a powerhouse of research and innovation. UC is the single largest recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and UC’s research enterprise produces an average of five new discoveries per day.
Multiyear framework for 2030
Created, with input from the Board of Regents and UC chancellors, a plan that will allow UC to produce 200,000 more degrees by 2030; shorten the average time-to-degree; close achievement gaps for low-income, first-gen and underrepresented minority students; strengthen UC faculty; and expand UC’s research and economic impact across the state.