Provost Initiatives

Faculty Hiring and Investment Program (HIP)

Overview of HIP

HIP, launched in 2014, annually awards funding to support additional faculty hiring that either transcends the traditional boundaries between our colleges, schools, and/or departments or extends their range into critical new areas. By providing this funding, the program helps to ensure that the most-promising and creative faculty come to UC Davis, and that all of the university’s academic programs are able to benefit from multidisciplinary work of high value.

American Talent Initiative

UC Davis has joined the American Talent Initiative (ATI), a consortium of public and private colleges and universities with the highest national graduation rates that aims to increase access and promote academic success for lower-income students across the United States. The initiative intends to distill the best practices that top universities like UC Davis employ, and to share these successful approaches through publications and participant meetings to create and disseminate a new, national model for achieving these goals.

Freedom of Expression Initiative

The Freedom of Expression Initiative is focused on developing policies and practices that will best serve all members of our campus community.

Work Group on Testing Services

This work group is charged with developing a vision for testing services for all students who need these services at UC Davis.

Quality Metrics Workgroup

UC Davis is continuously striving to better itself across a broad range of parameters, from student success and faculty recognition to sponsored research and private philanthropy. Our achievement with respect to these and other “quality metrics” is of interest to a wide range of constituencies, including prospective students, donors, and accrediting agencies.

This work group is charged to address the following questions, among others:

     • How can we accelerate or initiate efforts that will improve the quality metrics we care most about?

Task Force on Data Governance

UC Davis manages an ever-expanding amount of data pertaining to the members and activities of our campus community. Such data can offer insights into increasing the efficiency of daily campus operations; provide opportunities for instructional research and enhancement of programs to better support students; and be useful for accreditation and governmental reviews. We need a data governance structure that maximizes the benefits of data analysis for the campus, while respecting privacy and complying with laws that protect the accuracy and security of these data.

Task Force on Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics training and services in support of faculty research across the campus can provide a competitive advantage for securing funding in a broad range of fields and endeavors: these include the One Health Initiative, global food security, precision medicine, and plant breeding, among others. But ongoing changes in the type and scale of biological data sets require ever more sophisticated technologies, algorithms, and software for effective analysis.

Work Group on Data Sciences

This work group is charged with determining how best to increase the impact of UC Davis on research and education in the field of data sciences. The 2013 report of the "Big Data Implementation Committee" (which can be accessed in the Archive of Past Provost-Led Initiatives below) proposed the creation of a Data Science Institute (DSI), which is now being organized under the leadership of Professor Duncan Temple-Lang and University Librarian MacKenzie Smith.

Chemistry Discovery Complex Task Force

If UC Davis is to continue to be a leader in STEM research and education over the coming decades, it is critical that we maintain a physical infrastructure that is commensurate with this role. A key element in this effort will be the construction of the Chemistry Discovery Complex, the largest capital project that the university has undertaken. We anticipate that the complex will require seven years to complete and cost over $400 million.