University of California ClioMetric History Project

ClioMetric History Project LogoUC – CHP Director and Lead Researcher  Zach Bleemer – CSHE Research Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University

CSHE PI  John Aubrey Douglass  Senior Research Fellow Public Policy and Higher Education

The University of California ClioMetric History Project (UC-CHP) takes a Big Data approach to exploring the history and longitudinal impact of the UC campuses in the state of California.  The project has produced an unprecedented large-scale empirical examination of the university’s students, professors, institutional structure, funding, and the university’s impact on socioeconomic mobility and economic development. Public and restricted-access databases include comprehensive student and faculty records, applicant records, course catalogs, budget reports, and similar institutional records and documents from 1900 to the present. These data are used in novel statistical analyses that are presented to the public in reports, topic briefs, and academic working papers.

The scope and magnitude of UC ClioMetric History Project is enabled by modern computational technology—allowing the digitization and statistical analysis of massive amounts of administrative data presently archived on paper records. All publicly-available data have been posted to the UC-CHP website, available here.

For further information on the UC-CHP contact: Zach Bleemer at sends e-mail)

UC ClioMetric History - Research Goals

The project has four major areas of research that are being explored in collaboration with interested scholars and practitioners.

UC ClioMetric History - Data Sets

The project is pursuing analysis via a Macro and Micro approach to the data.

UC ClioMetric History Links