August 24, 2015

In August, UC Berkeley's Advising Council issued its first Progress Report, detailing a variety of important achievements and progress in improving and aligning advising across the Berkeley campus.

The Advising Council is a representative body formed in 2012 as an Operational Excellence project to better coordinate advising across the campus and improve the student experience of advising. The project transitioned to ongoing campus operations in 2014.

August 17, 2015

June 1, 2015

In June 2015, UC Berkeley staff and faculty were invited to participate in the OE Administrative Service & Technology Satisfaction Survey.  It was designed to measure faculty and staff satisfaction with: 

  • Services provided by Campus Shared Services(CSS), including information technology, business and financial services, human resources and academic personnel support, and research administration; and
  • Other technology systems and tools made available through the OE Program.

Why another survey?

April 27, 2015

UC Berkeley's Advancing Practice program was recognized by NACADA, the nation's premier association for academic advising professionals in the category, "Outstanding Institutional Advising Program." The program's director, Elizabeth Wilcox, received the award recognizing Berkeley's new, innovative professional development program for campus advisors.

April 21, 2015

Campus Shared Services IT was recognized as a runner-up for the Excellence in Customer Service award by SSON, an international organization of shared services professionals.

February 6, 2015

Gracing the College of Engineering this year are new energy-efficient lighting, fans, irrigation systems and solar panels – tangible improvements made possible through the College’s reduced energy consumption.

February 2, 2015

For the first time in its history, UC Berkeley offers a professional development program specifically for academic advisors and student services professionals.

January 30, 2015

Cal Student Central Streamlines Student Business Transactions

Just two years ago, UC Berkeley students had to walk from building to building on campus to resolve the most common student business transactions. In one office, they’d go to ask questions about a tuition bill that was larger than they expected. At another, they’d go to ask questions about dropping a class. And in yet one more office, they’d go to find out when that financial aid money would finally hit their accounts.

August 6, 2014

UC Berkeley's Energy Incentive Program has been recognized as an "effective and innovative practice" by a national association of educational facilities management professionals.  

As part of an ongoing commitment to advising excellence, the Advising Council in coordination with the Center for Teaching and Learning and Learning + Organizational Development is launching a new professional development program for advisors titled Advancing Practice. The program aims to expand core knowledge and skills, ensure exposure to current advising trends and topics, stimulate new thinking and approaches to advising, introduce new methods and tools, improve collaboration, and help advisors refine their advising style, values and philosophy.

July 24, 2014

Student Information Systems website article

June 17, 2014

May 28, 2014

How can a university ensure successful adoption of a change that affects thousands of staff, faculty and students across a diverse array of schools, colleges and departments?

Increasingly, at UC Berkeley, the answer is to go directly to those who best know the people, needs, and priorities of their respective departments and work with them to make sure that projects have the best chance of success.

May 23, 2014

--------From the Desk of Vice Provost Catherine Koshland-------

Dear Berkeley Advisors, 

The Advising Council and the Center for Teaching and Learning are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2014-15 “Advising Council Fellows Program.”

May 20, 2014

The following campus announcement was sent on May 20, 2014 by the Operational Excellence Program Office:

Dear Campus Community:

April 23, 2014


Over spring break, UC Berkeley’s advisors played host to the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 9 Conference, drawing 560 participants

Business Officer Magazine

Continuing and improving on a long tradition of energy curtailment during the winter holiday, the Energy Office is reporting even more savings this past curtailment than the previous year. A total of $113,200 in energy costs were saved throughout the December 2013- January 2014 closure.

A good deal of these savings can be attributed to steam conservation. Kevin Ng, Energy Analyst, noted that “we worked much closer with the Stationary Engineer shop and were able to shut down more steam use in buildings.”