UCI’s 175,000 alumni have become leaders and contributors in all walks of life, regionally and throughout the world. Our goal is to maintain strong ties to our alumni family, creating an ethos that celebrates UCI pride and affinity for decades after graduation. Currently, a small percentage of alumni are engaged through volunteerism, event participation, philanthropy or other means. In 2017-2018, 4.6% of alumni were engaged with UCI, for a total to 9,009. The methods of counting alumni engagement are in flux and this partially explains this year’s apparent decline. We aim to increase the percent of engaged alumni to approximately 10% of UCI graduates.
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Number of UCI Substantive Mentions in Media
The number of substantive mentions of UCI in the media increased dramatically in 2017. We will continue to tell our story of impact and innovation by expanding our local, national and global media coverage, further positioning UCI as a globally pre-eminent institution.
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Number of Mentions in Media
UCI Engage: Partnership for Community Engagement
UCI Engage embodies our campus commitment to being a Great Partner by supporting campus-community partnerships that align the resources and expertise of our world-class university with the knowledge and strengths of our local communities. It serves as a campus-wide hub to support, amplify, and celebrate civic and community engagement and to foster partnerships that are collaborative, empowering, and transformative. Core activities include coordinating and communicating campus engagement activities on- and off-campus, building capacity among campus and community partners to fuel meaningful engagement, and supporting and fostering emerging collaborations.
UCI Engage was developed in response to recommendations by the Academic Planning Group Engagement Task Force and launched in the summer of 2017. In fall 2018, the administrative home of the initiative was moved to the School of Social Ecology and Professor Douglas Houston was appointed as the Faculty Director of UCI Engage. He leads the initiative in consultation with the UCI Engage Internal Advisory Board, which is comprised of representatives from engaged campus units and two faculty representatives from each school.
One of initiative’s major accomplishments is the development of the UCI Engage website that showcases over 180 UCI programs and initiatives from all across the UCI campus that are making an impact in the community. The website allows users to search by school/unit or by area of engagement, making the website a tool for community members who are looking for ways to connect to campus efforts, as well as for faculty to connect and collaborate across campus. UCI Engage also sponsors faculty workshops on engaged teaching and research and is currently developing a place-based program focused on supporting and amplifying UCI’s engaged teaching, research, and professional development activities within local communities.