Our Units and Initiatives

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Undergraduate Education's units and initiatives serve three key goals in service of our campus mission:

  • Advancing equity and inclusion in the learning environment
  • Enhancing the graduation pathway with high-impact experiences
  • Championing evidence-based practices for effective teaching and learning


Faculty- and Staff facing Units:

These units offer tools, resources, workshops, training, and research to help faculty and advisors:

  • Academic Advising Enrichment
  • Academic Advising IconAcademic Advising Enrichment
    Mission Statement: 

    The Office of Academic Advising Enrichment engages and supports the academic advising community in building agency and capacity to implement comprehensive, intentional, and evidence-based advising practices that empower undergraduate students to develop self-awareness, self-accountability, and self-actualization.


    1. Promote equitable student learning practices via information guidance intellectual mentorship, and developmental relationships to strengthen students’ preparedness to approach immediate and future challenges.
    2. Offer and support advisor learning opportunities to increase advisors’ capacity to implement strategies and approaches that enhance student development.
    3. Advocate for academic advising processes, organization, and resources that contribute to student success.

  • Center for Educational Effectiveness
  • Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE)Center for Educational Effectiveness
    Mission Statement: 

    To promote and support effective learning for all UCD students.


    1. Maximize the possibility for courses to be positive and equitable learning experiences for students.
    2. Increase the number of knowledgeable, inquisitive instructors that are reflective in their teaching practice.
    3. Question, inform and influence internal and external programs and organizational structures to increase the value placed on teaching and learning.
    4. Identify and promote opportunities for senior administrators to adjust resources, policies and expectations to maximize equitable outcomes in student learning.

Student-facing Units:

These units offer ways for students to enhance their learning experience at UC Davis, providing access to small classes, facilitating research opportunities, and other high-impact educational experiences. 

  • Center for Leadership Learning
  • Center for Leadership and Learning (CLL)Center for Leadership Learning
    Mission Statement: 

    Student-Facing Units


    The Center for Leadership Learning aims to educate and cultivate the next generation of leaders who have a strong sense of self-awareness, have the ability to work effectively with others, and who are civically and socially engaged.

    The Center for Leadership Learning strives to meet its mission through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs which are open to every undergraduate student. The CLL welcomes students from all majors, class levels, and degrees of leadership experience who wish to enhance their personal lives and the lives of others.


    1. Develop, implement, and assess continuous curricular and co-curricular leadership education programs designed for the undergraduate community.
    2. Establish and foster campus partnership s to deliver leadership education opportunities for underrepresented communities and larger-campus initiatives.
    3. Recruit, educate, and empower undergraduate interns to serve as a campus student leaders within the CLL and throughout their individual campus involvement.

  • FirstGen Initiative
  • The FirstGen Initiative celebrates the presence of first generation students, faculty, and staff on campus. 
  • First Year Seminars
  • First Year Seminars IconFirst Year Seminars
    Mission Statement: 

    The First-Year Seminar (FYS) program provides a small classroom experience for students in their first-year on campus that engages faculty and undergraduate peers to explore intellectual and socially significant topics together.  Students are introduced to critical inquiry that facilitates their academic and personal transition as university scholars who examine contemporary and enduring issues, often transcending specific disciplines or world views.  Faculty members support this educational journey by emphasizing critical analysis, interpersonal communication, and active learning, including engagement in discovery research and creative work, thus providing a foundation for continued student success in subsequent coursework and full engagement as members of the campus community.


    1. Develop a suite of FYS taught by, and offered for, first generation faculty and students.
    2. Develop and assess the effectiveness of providing faculty led discovery research experiences for a diverse group of first year and transfer students.
    3. Grow the program including new initiatives while also developing new direct and indirect assessment tools to better understand the impact of FYS on student academic success and community building.

  • International & Academic English
  • International and Academic English (IAE)International & Academic English
    Mission Statement: 

    International and Academic English works to ensure academic success for multilingual students, both domestic and international, by using data to identify, and eliminate barriers and by partnering across campus to support multilingual learners.


    1. Ensure academic success for multilingual undergraduate students, both domestic and international, by using data to identify and eliminate barriers and by partnering across campus to support multilingual learners.
    2. Provide opportunities for domestic and international undergraduates to develop their intercultural communication skills to interact effectively in an inclusive and diverse environment.
    3. Improve the undergraduate learning experience by working to ensure multilingual graduate students have the necessary English communication skills to serve in instructional roles at UC Davis. 

  • Quarter at Aggie Square
  • Quarter at Aggie Square is an academic, internship, and community engagement  program for undergraduates housed at UC Davis’s Sacramento campus. Students work in cohorts of 25 or less, across multiple disciplines, at and around our urban campus. 

    Quarter at Aggie Square programming is on topics of societal relevance that connects us with the Sacramento region in ways that lead to expanded, diverse partnerships that pertain to advances in human health and quality of life, as well as the pursuit of social equity. Our initial offerings focus on health and educational equity, and leveraging the health campus to inform biomedical engineering.  

    Faculty are invited to propose new thematic curricula.

  • Summer Sessions
  • Summer Sessions IconSummer Sessions
    Mission Statement: 

    Summer Sessions works with campus administrative and academic partners to offer and promote UC Davis quality courses during the summer to support our students’ successful advancement toward timely graduation.


    1. Promote and support a range of academic courses during the university’s “fourth quarter.”
    2. Support the university’s strategic priorities of decreasing time to degree and increasing retention and graduation rates.
    3. Offer pre-matriculation programs that support the university’s goal of equitably increasing educational access.
    4. Serve as an academic resource for non-matriculated and lifelong learners.

  • Undergraduate Research Center
  • Undergraduate Research Center IconUndergraduate Research Center
    Mission Statement: 

    The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) encourages and facilitates research opportunities for UC Davis undergraduates in all majors and class levels. We offer awards and activities to support undergraduate research across the university. The URC promotes research as a high impact student experience to enhance readiness to succeed in future careers.
    - We partner with colleges, divisions, departments and faculty to serve the needs of all students
    - We function as a team with mutual respect and opportunity for all


    1. Increase awareness and engagement of students in faculty-sponsored undergraduate research and discovery experiences across the UC Davis campus.
    2. Facilitate and engage campus partners to promote engagement and extend the impact of undergraduate research and discovery experiences.
    3. Promote a culture of undergraduate research and excellence in mentoring undergraduate research at UC Davis.
    4. Provide funding opportunities for students engaged in research and discovery experiences.

  • University Honors Program
  • University Honors Program IconUniversity Honors Program
    Mission Statement: 

    The University Honors Program (UHP) enriches the diverse needs of academically high achieving, high potential and socially conscious undergraduates through innovative pedagogy and interdisciplinary opportunities that foster active and collaborative learning, discovery research or creative expression, leadership development, and civic engagement.  UHP students are inspired to take intellectual risks, assume campus, community and global leadership roles in a diverse and complex world, become agents of positive social change, and build and pursue inclusive excellence all through critical and close partnerships with faculty, staff and their peers. 


    1. Develop an expansion plan that considers transfer, on-campus admit, and traditional first-year students, encompassing all three program entry points.
    2. Provide a series of non-academic and experiential community building activates to further enrich the UC Davis honors experience.
    3. Develop a UHP advising handbook and a reporting and tracking system for program analytics informing early outreach to students meeting GPA of individual course challenges.
    4. Increase the number of UHP courses offered with emphasis on courses from new areas that challenge students to move out of their comfort zones.
    5. Increase the diversity of UHP faculty to help students gain confidence to engage and appreciate new ideas and points of view.
    6. Maintain strong program persistence with particular attention to specific transitions.
    7. Develop new strategies to recruit the strongest classes possible for Regents and UHP that reflects the diversity of the institution.
    8. Convene a regular meeting of current and past honors leadership, staff, faculty, and students to increase alumni outreach.

  • Washington Program
  • Washington Program IconWashington Program
    Mission Statement: 

    The Washington Program’s mission is to provide the highest quality experiential learning program for UC Davis undergraduates by offering internship and professional development opportunities that help inform students' transition from study to professional practice. The program is student centered and committed to providing access to educational & professional opportunities to meet students’ changing personal, professional, and academic needs. 


    1. Meet and exceed enrollment goals. 
    2. Identify, attract, and retain a diverse student cohort. 
    3. Develop a plan to increase the rate of domestic and international student participation in the program. 
    4. Establish a new culture that supports enrollment and the concept that recruitment is everyone’s business and clearly communicate this to campus community. 

    1. Support students in the exploration, identification, pursuit, and integration of professional career goals. 
    2. Provide online resources that support student’s career development & exploratory learning. 

    1. Ensure all students’ experiences, perspectives and backgrounds are respected, recognized, and integrated into professional and career development workshops. 
    2. Engage students in the planning and development opportunities.
    3. Deliver workshops and resources that reflect a diverse student population. 
    4. Develop strategies to increase student engagement in professional development workshops.
    5. Facilitate Individual Development Plans (IDP).