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Governance of the University of California

Governance of the University of California is entrusted to the Board of Regents under the State constitution. The Governor is officially the President of the Board of Regents, but in practice the presiding officer is the Chairperson, who is elected by the Regents for a one-year term.

The board consists of 26 members; 18 are appointed by the Governor of California for 12 year terms; one is a student appointed by the Regents to a one-year term; and seven are ex-officio members - the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Superintendant of Public instruction, the President and Vice President of the alumni associations of UC and the UC President.

Regents appoint the UC President and (with the President's advice) Vice Presidents, officers and Chancellors. Authority in academic matters is delegated by the Regents to the Academic Senate.

UC Professional Schools: Health Sciences

UC is recognized as one of the nation's leaders in health sciences. UC operates five medical schools (Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco), two dental schools (UCSF and UCLA), two public health schools (Berkeley, Los Angeles), three nursing schools (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and UCD), a school of pharmacy (San Francisco) and a school of veterinary medicine (Davis). UC also operates five general acute care hospitals, a number of clinics and two neuropsychiatric institutes in conjunction with its health sciences schools.

  • UCD Medical School: The UC Davis School of Medicine partners with the Medical Center, providing the organizational framework that enables UC Davis to fulfill core teaching, research, patient care and public service missions.
  • UCD Veterinary Medicine: The School of Veterinary Medicine is the only such school in California. The School has developed another professional degree program, offering the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree. The School also offers a myriad of research and service activities covering a broad spectrum of biomedical and applied sciences. It is the largest and most diverse school of veterinary medicine in the world. The VMTH at UC Davis is now considered to be one of the best veterinary teaching hospitals in the world.
  • UCB Public Health: Practitioners work to protect the environment; identify sources of illness in population groups; control disease outbreaks caused by killer microbes; evaluate the economic impacts of changing demographics; develop media campaigns to promote healthy behavior; and produce health policy legislation.
  • UCI Medical Center: The UCI Medical Center mission is to provide high quality patient care in a manner that supports the education and research programs of the UCI College of Medicine
  • UCLA Nursing School: UC Los Angeles School of Nursing
  • UCLA Dentistry: The School of Dentistry is designed to accommodate a full program of teaching, research and patient care, providing laboratory, clinical and classroom facilities.
  • UCLA Public Health: Cross disciplinary research initiatives involve faculty from disciplines spanning the campus. Concurrent degree programs break down the traditional departmental barriers in a fully integrated approach to the multi-faceted issues facing the field
  • UCSD Medical School: The approach at UCSD is to make students more responsible for their education: They come up withtheir own questions on a number of topics and to research the answers. Another innovation by the School of Medicine is to use trained actors to mimic symptoms of specific diseases to reflect real problems and issues in the doctor-patient interaction.
  • UCSF Health Sciences: The Parnassus campus of the University of California, San Francisco is home to graduate professional schools in dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a separate graduate division for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scientists; UCSF Medical Center; and Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute.
  • UCSF Dental School: UCSF has a comprehensive care curriculum that centers on the patient; students begin interacting with patients during the first year.
  • UCSF Nursing School: UC San Francisco School of Nursing
  • UCSF Pharmacy School: The School educates pharmacy professionals and scientists, advances scientific discovery, cares for patients, serves the public, and advocates on the public’s behalf.

UC Professional Schools: Law Schools

  • UCD School of Law: The Law School building is named after the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in recognition of his efforts to achieve social and political justice for the poor and disadvantaged by lawful and orderly means. The building includes a model courtroom for moot court and mock trials.
  • UCB School of Law: Boalt Hall has seeks to educate men and women not only for the practice of law but for all the varied roles lawyers perform in modern society, including the theoretical and practical skills necessary for effective, creative and responsible legal counseling and advocacy.
  • UCLA School of Law: UCLA School of Law, the only public law school in Southern California is the youngest top tier law school in the world, and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary over the next three years. A pioneer in clinical legal education, it also has one of the leading public interest law programs in the country.
  • Hastings College of Law: The University of California's first law school, Hastings College of the Law has courses on legal practice that cover the entire spectrum of law. More Hastings graduates sit as judges on the California bench those from any other law school.

UC Professional Schools: Management

  • UCD Management: In 1996, U.S. News & World Report ranked the UC Davis MBA program among the top 20 public institutions and in the top 50 public and private MBA programs in the nation.
  • UCB Business School: Haas is distinctive in its approach to management in its emphasis on three strategic themes: management of technology; entrepreneurship and innovation; and international business management.
  • UCI Management: Through full-time, part-time and executive MBA degree programs, a Ph.D. program, an undergraduate management minor program and a non-degree executive education program, UCI's Graduate School of Management provides students with the skills to meet today's business challenges and create tomorrow's business solutions.
  • UCLA Management: The Anderson School has grown into the most technologically advanced management school in the world. Its programs are consistently ranked in the top ten, as are its Executive and Fully Employed MBA programs.
  • UCR Management: AGSM's vision is to be recognized as a premier center of management research and education seeking to develop effective and socially responsible leaders.

National Laboratories

  • Lawrence Berkeley Lab: Lawrence Lab invented the cyclotron, which led to a Golden Age of particle physics and revolutionary discoveries about the nature of the universe.
  • Lawrence Livermore: Lawrence Livermore's mission is to apply science and technology in the national interest, with a focus on global security, global ecology, and bioscience.
  • Los Alamos: National security is the central part of Los Alamos' mission.

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