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Fiat Lux : Faculty of Distinction To remain competitive with the great private universities while maintaining its public mission, Berkeley is creating a new model of funding for public universities. By substantially growing its endowment through vital public-private partnerships, the University will preserve its high distinction and opportunity for generations to come.

Private gifts for endowed chairs, endowed faculty funds, graduate fellowships, and other types of faculty support are among Berkeley’s most effective means to keep and attract outstanding professors — the heart of Berkeley’s excellence in teaching, research, and public service.

For further information: University of California, Berkeley University Relations 2080 Addison Street, Suite 4200 Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-1212

Brilliant faculty exert a powerful gravitational force. They inspire young minds, influence their trajectories, and catapult thought to places no one could have imagined. Our stellar faculty are at the center of Berkeley’s far-reaching universe.

university of california, berkeley

— Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau


Institutional Excellence Berkeley has more graduate programs ranked in the Top10 than any other university in the country, according to the prestigious National Research Council. Number of graduate programs in the Top 10

Berkeley’s preeminence is founded on world-class faculty The University of California, Berkeley’s high international renown rests on a number of extraordinary strengths. These include the quality of its students, research, curricula, Library collections, other scholarly and technological resources — and, especially, faculty. Berkeley’s 1,697 faculty members are at the heart of the University’s

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Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings (based on a three-year average, 2004–06) * + , . /

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achievements. Residing in more than 130 academic departments and

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more than 65 interdisciplinary research units, Berkeley’s professors are highly distinguished and productive researchers and scholars. Many of them are the leading experts in their fields. Berkeley’s professors have been key to the experience of generations of students — educating, challenging, mentoring, and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders in academia, arts & culture, business, government, and the professions.

By our yardstick, University of California, Berkeley is about the best thing for America we can find.

The Washington Monthly College Rankings 2006. Berkeley placed second based on indicators that included performance as an engine of social mobility, scientific and humanistic research, and service to country.


An incomparable education

Berkeley faculty contribute . . .

Berkeley professors are not only leading researchers, scholars, and artists, but also committed teachers, mentors, and advisors to our exceptional undergraduate and graduate students. In fact, all of these roles are mutually

Groundbreaking research, scholarship, and creative work

reinforcing — with faculty discoveries and innovations enhancing the

Berkeley professors are internationally known as leaders in research,

professors new possibilities for their own work.

classroom experience, and intellectual exchange with students showing

scholarship, and creative work across the disciplines — physical and biological sciences, mathematics, engineering, social sciences, arts & humanities, and the professions. Indeed, the University’s breadth of excellence sets Berkeley apart from its prestigious rivals. For our professors, “cutting-edge” is the norm. Many of their projects are

Faculty Excellence Berkeley has some of the most distinguished faculty in the nation. Recruiting faculty of similar distinction and retaining current faculty are two of Cal’s greatest challenges.

highly multidisciplinary and collaborative, and thus leverage the insights,

Awards and honors comparisons American Academy of Arts and Sciences*

knowledge, and methodologies of different disciplines to move forward in new and creative directions.

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In their projects, Berkeley faculty extend the frontiers of knowledge about ourselves and our world, and point the way to the future. Berkeley social scientists contribute to improvements in education, public policy, and social services. Professors in the arts & humanities provide us deeper insight into the complexities of our and other cultures, and give us access to enriching aesthetic experiences. Berkeley scientists and engineers play a leading role

*Includes medical schools National Academy of Sciences

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in the dramatic developments in information technology and bio- and

Nobel Laureates*

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nanoscience — transforming the way we live. Multidisciplinary, collaborative approaches are being used with great effectiveness by Berkeley professors seeking to find solutions to some of our most pressing and challenging global problems — in health sciences, energy, and the environment.

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*Faculty Nobelists as reported  by institution National Academy of Engineering

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85 83 64 14 National Medal of Science*

MIT 31 Stanford 22 Berkeley 13 Harvard 9 *Does not include medical schools


Recruiting and retaining top faculty

Gap in Faculty Salaries: Berkeley vs. Its Peers

In spite of keen competition for top faculty, Berkeley has had a 72 percent success rate in recruiting new faculty in the past decade. In the past five years, it has retained almost 70 percent of faculty whom other institutions have tried to recruit. This success, however, has been achieved only through extraordinary and costly measures.

Perhaps the single most important indicator of a university’s health is

The competition is growing — especially among the nation’s elite private universities. Since 2000, Harvard has tried to recruit more of our professors than any other private institution, and has been the most successful in luring them away. Increasing our endowment is the only way to sustain Peer private institutions offer salaries the long-term excellence of our faculty. up to 20 percent higher than what Berkeley can..

its ability to hire its first-choice faculty candidates and retain its top professors. Today, with the high cost of living in the Bay Area, and

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faculty salaries already lagging up to 20 percent behind those of

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our private peers, it is becoming more and more difficult to

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stay competitive.

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Major new infusions of private support, coupled with continuing commitment from the state, are essential to address the rising cost of hiring and retaining top faculty. In addition, providing state-of-the-art research facilities and graduate fellowship funding will enable Cal to attract the best graduate students, who in turn draw top professors.

The price of excellence is high, but it is a small price to pay to keep the finest minds in the country coming to California.

George W. Breslauer

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost


Fiat Lux : Faculty of Distinction To remain competitive with the great private universities while maintaining its public mission, Berkeley is creating a new model of funding for public universities. By substantially growing its endowment through vital public-private partnerships, the University will preserve its high distinction and opportunity for generations to come.

Private gifts for endowed chairs, endowed faculty funds, graduate fellowships, and other types of faculty support are among Berkeley’s most effective means to keep and attract outstanding professors — the heart of Berkeley’s excellence in teaching, research, and public service.

For further information: University of California, Berkeley University Relations 2080 Addison Street, Suite 4200 Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-1212

Brilliant faculty exert a powerful gravitational force. They inspire young minds, influence their trajectories, and catapult thought to places no one could have imagined. Our stellar faculty are at the center of Berkeley’s far-reaching universe.

university of california, berkeley

— Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau


Faculty Excellence Case Statement