“During our strategic planning process, we’ve sharpened our mission to be a student-centered, research-oriented, service-oriented public university. Going forward, every decision we make will be based around these eight words.”

UC San Diego Recognized for Return to Learn Response to Pandemic

Test kit vending machines were one of the many innovations of UC San Diego's Return to Learn

UC San Diego responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a level of innovation, compassion and collaboration that are unique to our university. We knew that our approach had to be as flexible, adaptive and multilayered as the pandemic was unprecedented. With this knowledge, our transformative Return to Learn program was born. 

Last week, the American Council on Education (ACE) recognized our successful program with its 2021 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. The award recognizes the evolution of institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways that allow the institution to thrive.