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Data-oriented website aims to increase accessibility of UC statistics

Title: Where UCLA gets its revenue
Data: $1.9 billion from Ronald Reagan Medical Center
$0.9 billion from grants and contracts
$0.7 billion from student tuition and fees
$0.5 billion from state funding
Source: University of California Infocenter (http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/infocenter/uc-revenue-and-enrollment-trends)
Reporter: Jeong Park, Bruin senior staff.

By Sylvia Lutze

April 17, 2015 2:34 a.m.

The University of California launched a new website Thursday to compile and display statistics about the University.

The website features various interactive graphs and charts, which users can sort by high school GPA, ethnicity, residency and gender, among other factors.

The University released an “in-house beta” of the website recently. The project is meant to make UC-related statistics more accessible to the public, said UC spokeswoman Shelly Meron. Previously, the data was publicly available in online files and in reports, but was not centralized or presented in an interactive way, she added.

“We are making it easier to access it and make it easier for people to interact with it,” Meron said. “It makes it easier for anyone who wants to go on the site. “

The new site replaces StatFinder, which functioned similarly for the UC system in the past. StatFinder launched in 2007, but shut down in 2012 because of the economic recession.

The University will continue to update the site with more information about statistics from specific areas and high schools. Pamela Brown, the University’s vice president of institutional research and academic planning, said in a press release that her office also plans to add displays about the University’s research, health care and economic growth in the future.

Compiled by Sylvia Lutze, Bruin contributor.

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