History

Here are some of the important milestones in the development of Berkeley Discovery as a campus initiative: 

  • Spring 2017 - Vice Chancellor Cathy Koshland and Vice Chancellor Paul Alivisatos host a series of open campus forums to generate ideas for how to further develop discovery experiences in undergraduate education. The forums were moderated by faculty from the Berkeley Collegium. 

  • Summer 2017 - Growing out of the enthusiastic campus forums, forty-five faculty, staff, and administrators volunteerd to take part in summer working groups. The goal of the five working groups was to further develop planning and programming ideas under the following themes: 1) expanding and promoting mentoring of undergraduates, 2) scaling existing discovery oriented programs, 3) Expanding and scaffolding curricular entry points to discovery, 4) Fostering undergraduate maker spaces, 5) Building mechanisms for continued program assessment 

  • Spring 2018 - Surveys released to all departments gathering information on how they are currently fostering discovery in their majors and what ideas they have for further developing discovery learning in their curriculums. 

  • Fall 2018 - Grant received by the Berkeley Student Technology Fund to explore the development of "Discovery Tools" - a suite of online tools that will faciliate student navigation of campus resources. In May 2019, a "Discovery Tools Report" was published to guide this planning. 

  • Winter 2018 - Campus strategic planning groups, under the leadership of Chancellor Carol Christ, release final reports including an 
  • Spring 2019 - Discovery faculty working group is convened by Vice Chancellors Koshland and Sutton. The working group finalizes its white paper on discovery in the undergraduate experience in November of 2019. 

  • Summer 2019 - Discovery website launched, showcasing the first batch of short videos profiling undergraduate student discovery. The campus' Instagram account showcases these student stories. 

  • Fall 2019 - Multiple campus units come together to plan Discovery-themed orientation programming for all L&S Transfer students at Golden Bear Orientation 

  • Fall 2020 - Berkeley Discover Departmental Innovation Grant Program is launched to develop and infuse the Discovery Arc throughout the undergraduate experience. The grants provide funding and Berkeley Discovery staff guidance to departments in a multi-year process of weaving Discovery into the fabric of the undergraduate experience.