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What We Heard

Participant Summary

  • From November 2020 to January 2021, 636 UC Merced stakeholders participated in 29 live, Zoom-based engagement sessions, generating over 2,000 responses for theming from staff, non-senate faculty and academic appointees, students, alumni, community members and Trustees.  Staff participation rates were high, with nearly 45% of staff participating in these sessions.  

  • At the same time, the web-based, self-paced, interactive presentations received over 1,000 clicks generating over 1,200 responses for theming. Thirty-two percent (32%) of responses were from faculty and academic appointees, 47% from staff and 21% from students, alumni and community members.  

Response Themes 

The two word clouds that follow summarize the most common response themes to the following two stakeholder questions: "What makes UC Merced distinctive today and in 2030?" and "Is anything from the draft goals?"

Most common themes in response to "What makes UC Merced distinctive today and will in 2030?"


Most common themes in response to "Is anything missing from the draft goals?"