Vice Provost Hal Stern

Vice Provost Hal Stern

Hal S. Stern is the Vice Provost for Academic Planning at the University of California, Irvine. Since joining UCI as founding chair of the Department of Statistics in 2002, Professor Stern has held a range of academic and administrative leadership roles including Chancellor’s Professor of statistics. He also served more than six years as the Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. His research interests include Bayesian methods, model assessment techniques, causal inference, and collaborative projects in the life sciences and social sciences. He is co-director of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and is part of the leadership team for the Conte Center at UCI, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Role of the Vice Provost for Academic Planning

The Vice Provost for Academic Planning engages in academic and strategic planning, oversees UCI Academic Initiatives, co-chairs the Academic Planning Group and its task forces, as well as leads the Council for Enrollment and Student Success, and frequently collaborates on UC systemwide activities. Additionally, administrators in Academic Planning coordinate approval of new degree programs and academic units, and all aspects of institutional accreditation. The Office of Academic Planning serves as an incubator for new initiatives on campus (e.g. UCI Engage).

The Office of Academic Planning and the Academic Planning Group coordinate implementation and ongoing assessment of UCI’s Strategic Plan – Bright Past, Brilliant Future.  Thousands of our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members provided input, and the plan is a true reflection of our collective vision. Now at the implementation and assessment stages, the strategic plan guides our work and leads us to shine brighter.