Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu and staff from the Division of Academic and Space Planning are involved in a number of initiatives related to academic planning, space management, and global engagement. Below we have listed major initiatives. Click each heading to view a brief description and to access reference documents. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact our office at


Academic Program Reviews

In consultation with the deans and department chairs, in Spring 2017, Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu initiated a project to update the Academic Program Review (APR) process. The primary changes include a mid-cycle check-in that provides an opportunity for school deans and department chairs to communicate to the Program Review Oversight Committee (PROC) and campus leadership a brief update about their APR-related activities, and to bring attention to new challenges and/or opportunities that the unit faces. Other changes include sending annual reminders to all academic units, with links to each unit's customized APR schedule and at-a-glance profile, as well as links to the academic planning dashboard and the online academic repository (Box folder) containing the unit’s most recent APR outcome letter, self-study, and planning documents. All APR changes took effect on September 1, 2017. For more information, see Academic Program Review Changes.

Academic Unit Profiles

The Division has launched a new project to develop at-a-glance profiles of academic units. The purpose of these profiles is to help raise the visibility of UC Berkeley schools, colleges and departments and to facilitate collaboration across units. The profiles highlight trends in key areas (undergraduate and graduate enrollment, degrees awarded, research, etc.); they consolidate academic and institutional data from multiple sources. This project, from development to maintenance, was conducted in partnership with department chairs. The profiles can be accessed from the Academic Units page. 

Common Solutions Initiative

The Common Solutions initiative is sponsored by Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu. It is a collaborative and consultative campus project to improve the ability of academic units to work efficiently. The project teams work with campus groups, tool developers, finance and academic personnel analysts, functional and enterprise system owners, as well as managers and staff in the schools and colleges to identify tools that can handle the most routine, labor-intensive, and time–consuming tasks in academic departments. See the Common Solutions website for more information on projects, teams, objectives, and timeline, and to contribute to the Common Solutions inventory.

CNR-BSD Working Group

The CNR-BSD Working Group was comprised of faculty and postdoctoral students from the College of Natural Resources (CNR) and the Letters & Science Biological Sciences Division (BSD). The group was formed in Spring 2016 to advise campus leadership on how to “best achieve closer collaboration and coordination between CNR and BSD with respect to research, teaching, facilities and equipment management, fundraising, revenue generation and any other areas of common interest.” The working group submitted their report in May 2017.  Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, support was provided by a member of the Division of Academic and Space Planning. See the CNR-BSD Working Group website for the charge to the group, the final report, and background materials.


Campus Commercial Advertising Policy Working Group

In April 2017, Interim EVCP Carol Christ established the Campus Commercial Advertising Policy Working Group. The group was chaired by Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu and was comprised of the incoming Senate Chair, faculty representatives, deans, and administrators. The working group was asked to develop a policy to guide use of commercial advertising on the Berkeley campus and to preserve the integrity of our community values, our university’s mission, and our campus environment. The working group’s report was submitted in July, 2017. See the charge and composition of the working group, and the Report from the Working Group.

Oxford Tract Planning Committee

In January 2017, the UC Berkeley Housing Master Plan Task Force identified the Oxford Tract (link is external)as a site of high priority for development of new student housing. Shortly thereafter, Interim EVCP Carol Christ established a planning committee to evaluate and recommend feasible options for relocating the programs and research activities at the Oxford Tract to one or more other UC Berkeley locations. The committee has broad faculty representation and is co-chaired by Dean Keith Gilless and Vice Provost Tsu-Jae King Liu.  See the  charge and composition of the planning committee and background information provided to the committee (CNR Report on Possible Re-purposing of Oxford Tract Research FacilityUC Berkeley Housing Master Plan Task Force Draft Report; and Message from IEVCP Christ to the CNR community).

New Space Management System – TRIRIGA

Our division has implemented a new space management system for the campus. TRIRIGA is an enterprise IBM system that has been configured for campus use in partnership with the UC Office of the President, as part of the Integrated Capital Asset Management Program (ICAMP). TRIRIGA will integrate space data and floor plans with information about building assets and condition, as well as data from other enterprise campus systems, to provide a more comprehensive view of the campus portfolio. We are very pleased to make this tool available to campus decision-makers to ensure that we can optimize our limited campus space.


GEO Advisory Group

The Global Engagement Office Advisory Group was established in Spring 2017 in order to help set priorities for GEO's work and to help inform campus global engagement strategy. The advisory group members’ invaluable insight helps ensure that decisions with regard to global engagement are made in alignment with Berkeley's core values and international vision. The GEO Advisory Group will meet regularly to advise GEO regarding activities in support of international visitors and partners, recommend elements of an international strategy for the campus, and suggest and support the implementation of best practices for global engagement to ensure the success and sustainability of UC Berkeley's international partnerships. See GEO Advisory Group.

International Activities Coordination Group

The International Activities Coordination Group (IACG) is composed of members who advise on, or are engaged in, planning international activities. The group keeps senior administration informed of internationalization efforts across campus and coordinates high-level campus global initiatives. See the International Activities Coordination Group's Composition.