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Cal Profiles: A New Central Source for Campus Information

by Julia Sommer, Public Affairs
posted November 18, 1998

Cal Profiles, a new central source of campus management information, is now available on the web at

Modeled on systems at other universities, Cal Profiles brings together in one web site just about everything a person might want to know about Berkeley from both central and unit sources: general ledger transactions, budgeted FTE, assigned square feet, research expenditures, adjusted budget, financial information adjusted for inflation and, for academic departments, student-related data such as majors, course enrollments, admission applications and degrees awarded.

"Chancellor Berdahl was used to this kind of central source of information at the University of Illinois, so we started to put one together this summer with the help of administrative units and academic departments all over campus," said Pamela Brown, principal policy analyst in the Office of Planning and Analysis. Brown coordinated the effort in conjunction with Jim Hyatt, vice chancellor for resource planning and budget.

"Cal Profiles is unique because it includes information, both data and text, provided by individual departments not otherwise available centrally," Brown said. "It also includes executive summaries for about 125 departments so far."

The immediate goal of Cal Profiles has been to facilitate the annual budget process, primarily by reducing the burden on departments to assemble data. But it should also prove indispensable to other campus planning efforts, including accreditation reviews, quality initiatives, and general requests for information, said Brown.

Launched Nov. 13, Cal Profiles should become even more useful over time as data are added. The plan is to update it in January and thereafter each November.

The Cal Profiles web site, presently limited to campus users, offers many links, including "tips for first-time users."

For information on the project, email For technical help, email Help.Desk.COIS@uclink4.

"So many people helped with this project," said Hyatt at the Cal Profiles kick-off celebration Nov. 13. "We want to thank all of them."


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